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Yang Zhi Sells His Sword

Yang Zhi Sells His Sword

Outlaws of the Marsh is one of the four classics of Chinese literature. Set in the 12th century during the Northern Song Dynasty, the book narrates the adventures of 108 outlaw-heroes atop Mount Liang. Written during the 14th century, this novel was inspired by folk tales about an outlaw band during the reign of Emperor…
Wu Song Beats the Tiger

Wu Song Beats the Tiger

Wu Song is a character from the classic Chinese novel Outlaws of the Marsh. The 14th of the 108 heroes of Mount Liang, he was known for extraordinary martial arts skills, and his capacity for liquor. One day, while passing by a small village in Yanggu County, he saw a sign outside…
The Good-Bad Monk Lu Zhishen

The Good-Bad Monk Lu Zhishen

One hundred and eight “heroes” form the main characters in the classic Chinese novel Outlaws of the Marsh. Unlucky number 13 is Lu Zhishen, a brash 8-foot-tall giant who loved to drink. Lu Zhishen was good at being bad, and bad at being good. Originally named Lu Da, this minor government…
Journey to the West

Journey to the West

Journey to the West is one of the four classics of Chinese literature. Written by the Ming Dynasty novelist Wu Cheng’en during the 16th century, this beloved adventure tale combines action, humor, and spiritual lessons. The novel takes place in the seventh century. It tells the story of one of…
Mythistory: The Legend of the Jade Rabbit

Mythistory: The Legend of the Jade Rabbit

  Cute, fluffy, and white, the Jade Rabbit is no ordinary bunny. Calling the moon its home, the Jade Rabbit is a mystical and enchanting Eastern legend. When the bunny isn’t busy making immortality elixirs, it keeps the beautiful goddess Chang’e company in the Moon Palace. Out of the various…
The Four Beauties

The Four Beauties

  If you’ve ever strolled through the aisles of a Chinese supermarket, you may have come across ornately crafted tin boxes with four Chinese women on the lid. These are the “Four Beauties” of Chinese history. After five thousand years of history, what makes these four ladies so special? There’s…
An Introduction to Traditional Chinese Culture

An Introduction to Traditional Chinese Culture

  Since ancient times, China has been known as the “Celestial Empire.” This refers not only to China’s strength and position as East Asia’s Middle Kingdom, it also captures a more profound meaning, describing a land where the divine and mortal once coexisted. It refers to the belief that the…