Chinese Culture

September 22, 2015

Learn about the Xi Jinping’s native cuisine

While Xi Jinping spent his formative years in Beijing, his parents hail from Northwest China’s Shaanxi province. In Chinese culture, a person is considered from whatever region their paternal ancestors are from. Shaanxi province, located along the middle reaches of the Yellow River, is considered […]

September 18, 2015

Steamed bun research center established in Beijing

A popular Beijing restaurant that sells stuffed steamed bun will set up a baozi culture research center to help its employees “better understand the cultural significance of the traditional Chinese food,” according to the Qingfeng company’s official website.

September 8, 2015

China celebrates 50th anniversary of Tibet’s autonomy

A ceremony was hosted in the square in front of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, on Tuesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the region’s founding. Tens of thousands of people gathered in front of the imposing landmark, waving national […]

September 7, 2015

Eye on Tibet

Eye on Tibet series from CCTV News highlights aspects of life in the Tibet Autonomous Region.

September 6, 2015

China issues white paper on Tibet

China has issued a white paper on Tibet ahead of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the ethnic autonomous region. The white paper said that since regional ethnic autonomy came into practice in 1965, Tibet has established a new socialist system and achieved economic and […]

August 20, 2015

How to celebrate love – the Chinese way

On the 7th day of the 7th month of Chinese Lunar Calendar, lovers throughout China celebrate Qixi day, also known as the Chinese version of Valentine’s day. This year, it falls on August 20, and it’s a day for attached Chinese around the world to […]

August 20, 2015

Learn more about Tianjin, China

The recent chemical explosions in the North China’s Tianjin municipality has brought international attention to the port city – but few outside of China may know much about this important municipality. Here’s everything you need to know about Tianjin.

July 29, 2015

Quick tips to feng shui your home and office

The ancient Chinese practice of 风水 (feng shui) is used to align a person’s energy and surroundings in harmony and boost prosperity. Literally translated as “wind and water”, “feng” represents vigor and energy, while “shui”, represents changes.

China liquors
July 17, 2015

Four Americans try Chinese liquor for the first time

What happens when you mix four Americans and three Chinese liquors? To answer that, three CCTV America employees took an an epicurean cocktail tour of three Chinese liquors, guided by bar manager Robin Miller at Casa Luca restaurant. All four were new to the spirits.

July 14, 2015

Photos: Famous Beijing opera and ballet performances

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City featured the National Ballet of China on July 11 and 12 performing “The Red Detachment of Women” and “The Peony Pavilion”.  In September it will also feature Peking opera singer Zhang Huoding who will perform “Legend of […]

July 9, 2015

One third of China’s Great Wall is reportedly missing

Anyone who has visited the Great Wall of China remembers the structure as awe-inspiring, but there are parts of the structure that few ordinary visitors have seen and would imagine exist. Reports show the majority of the UNESCO world heritage site is in dire condition. […]

Great Wall
July 9, 2015

Why a third of China’s Great Wall has disappeared

Centuries of environmental wear, various wars, re-purposing of the bricks for homes, and making way for new roads and farmland have taken their toll on the Great Wall. It exists in sections, with erosion and human damage so bad in places that an estimated 30 […]

June 19, 2015

Dragon Boat Festival explainer

The 2015 Dragon Boat Festival will take place on June 20. Across China and Asia, people will race dragon boats, eat glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves, and make scented perfume sachets as talismans for good luck. Here’s a breakdown of the festival:

June 8, 2015

Quiz: Are you smarter than a Chinese high school student?

CCTV America looked through many of the hundreds of questions in the areas of math, science, writing, English, and essays that more than 9 million Chinese high school students encountered in the annual college-entrance examination, or gaokao, currently underway in China. We came up with […]

May 14, 2015

Photographer Xi Zhinong uses camera to protect wildlife

Xi Zhinong, China’s well-known wildlife photographer and conservationist, spent more than 30 years in the wild to capture images of rare wildlife. He is famous for taking the first video footage of the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey and raising public awareness about environmental conservation and endangered […]

March 30, 2015

In The Kitchen: 10-minute Mongolian beef

Succulent Mongolian beef is the perfect dish to make when you get that “I’m-too-tired-to-cook-but-I-have-to” feeling after work. This recipe is tasty and easy to rustle up, and all my test bunnies have fallen in love with it at first bite. And the best part? It […]

March 15, 2015

In The Kitchen: Spam musubi

Spam musubi is one of Hawaii’s most popular snacks. It can be found in most convenience stores there. Today, I am going to share my original spam musubi recipe with all of you. Spam musubi is basically a spam and rice sandwich with a twist. You can add […]

March 13, 2015

Business (card) culture in China

However slight the variation, business in China has its own style. Since the details create the big picture, we decided to look at how someone in China would exchange a business card and compare it with a more Western style.

March 9, 2015

In The Kitchen: Chinese chicken lettuce wraps recipe

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love crunchy, healthy and tasty bites of Chinese chicken lettuce wraps. I devised this recipe as an affordable alternative to the pricey options at restaurants and the best part is that it’s super easy to make and you can substitute […]

February 24, 2015

Chinese culture at your desk: Tea edition

Even though coffee is a cultural obsession in the U.S., drinking Chinese tea in the States has risen in popularity as well. In this how-to video, we walk you through the steps to properly prepare and experience a traditional Kung Fu-style tea ceremony.