Useful Links

A wide range of free Chinese Mandarin language learning resources link from Pinying sound, Pinyin tool, Characters writing, grammar structure and news for advanced learner; cultural, history, Peking opera, calligrapher, Kongfu, cooking and map of China all on video clips. Also listen Chinese radio online, watch Chinese films online or download Chinese songs and music for free.

Chinese Festivals

Qingming Festival, also known as Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb-sweeping Day, is one of the 24 segments of the Chinese calendar. It normally falls on the 4th or 5th of April, between spring plowing and summer weeding, and is a time to pay respects to one’s ancestors and to tidy their gravesite. On this day, whole families, young and old, go to the gravesite of deceased family members to burn incense and perform a ritual offering while clearing away plant overgrowth from the grave site.