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Anything Flies: How Kiting in China Reached New Heights

Backed by international competitions, a 2 billion yuan industry, and complex tricks and designs, kiting in China is no child’s play

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Discover the Beauty of Blooming Lotuses in Jiangsu

In Jiangsu province, summer is the season for enjoying lotuses

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Discover the Many Legends of Dragon Boat Festival

Dozens of historical figures are commemorated on Duanwu Festival, so how exactly did the festival begin?

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The Last Falconers in the Altai Mountains

Two generations of a Kazakh family recall a life of partnership with birds of prey

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Birds and Their Meanings in China

Magpies for happiness, cuckoos for sorrow, and cranes for longevity—learn the symbolism of birds in China

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Chinese Trees and Their Meanings

Symbolism of eight common trees in Chinese culture

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Gimme Sugar: Fujian’s Ancient Sugar-Making Traditions Live On

Sugar-making in Longyan, Fujian province, is the sweetest job in town

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Make ’Em Laugh: How a Northeast Folk Performance Escaped Decline

By blending tradition with modern pop culture, northeastern “errenzhuan” was catapulted into the big leagues of Chinese showbusiness—but at what cost?

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The Last Shamans of the Changbai Mountains

In Jilin province, shamans adapt ancient beliefs to the modern context

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