On Monday February 8th, the Chinese new year will begin! The celebration lasts for one week. In order to celebrate, people clean their homes, give children money, and hang red colored decorations in their homes. Chinese people believe that red scares away demons and ghosts. They also light firecrackers and have lion dances to scare bad spirits away. People also eat traditional chinese food such as fish, dumplings, and oranges. These foods symbolize luck and prosperity.
Every year, there is a new zodiac animal. A zodiac animal represents future of the year. There are 12 zodiac in total. This year is the year of the monkey. The monkey symbolizes intelligence and humor. People born in the year of the monkey are very disciplined and try to avoid trouble.
Article By: Georgina Cahill
Photography By: Georgina Cahill
在古代的时候， 蔡伦发明了纸。 人们开始通过削减叶， 也皮 。 如今，由于有这么多的颜色，所以人们使用纸张。 中国剪纸又美丽又对称。剪纸还有常常红色。 因为剪纸带来幸运， 所以人们开始用剪纸来装饰门窗。人们也给把剪纸作为礼物送给好朋友。
中国孩子喜欢做剪纸。 它们用剪纸装饰自己的校服和书本。 为了做好的剪纸作品，你必须练习。人们经常用剪刀做剪纸作品， 但是大师用刀子用刀子。 当人们剪纸的时候由于你可以得到用剪刀剪，所以你一定要小心。 即使剪纸是有点危险，你应该做的。 它们美丽也给你带来好运。
In ancient times, Cai Lun invented paper. Before, people cut leaves and animal skins. Now, since there are so many colors, so people use paper. Chinese paper-cutting is beautiful and symmetrical. The paper-cuts are usually red. Because paper-cuts bring luck, use them to decorate their windows and doors. People also give them to good friends as gifts. Chinese children like to make paper-cuts for fun. They decoupage them to their school uniforms and books.
In order to do paper-cut works, you have to practice. People often use scissors to make paper-cut works, but Masters use a knife. Since you can get cut with scissors, it is important to be careful. Even though paper-cutting is a little dangerous, you should try it. They are beautiful and will bring good luck.
Article by: Georgina Cahill
- 8 ounces lo mein egg noodles*
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, julienned
- 1 carrot, julienned
- 1/2 cup snow peas
- 3 cups baby spinach
FOR THE SAUCE:
- 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce, or more, to taste
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha, or more, to taste
- In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, ginger and Sriracha; set aside. In a large pot of boiling water, cook noodles according to package instructions; drain well.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add garlic, mushrooms, bell pepper and carrot. Cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in snow peas and spinach until the spinach has wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
- Stir in egg noodles and soy sauce mixture, and gently toss to combine.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Article By: Lauren Capolongo, Genevieve Capolongo, and Francesca Lippolis
The Great Wall of China went under construction in 221 BC under the reign of Chinese emperor Qin Shihuangdi, during the Qin Dynasty. Uncommonly known to the public, the wall is made of four smaller sections, and the oldest section was begun just after China unified its feudal states into a large empire. Construction was difficult due to the wall being built over rugged terrain, including rivers, streams, mountains, and desert-style landscapes. However, the wall was made from multiple layers of earth, mixed with stones and twigs inside wooden frames, causing the wall to be very durable. Workers often transported the materials on their backs, and they used a series of trails to transport the materials. Materials were passed hand-to-hand while the workers put the wall together, which led to greater efficiency and safety on terrains like thin mountain trails.
The Great Wall shows two important Chinese ideas. First, the Chinese believed that defenses should be built in order to create greater access to an area with difficult terrain. Second, it was important to the Chinese to use local materials to build the wall. While the wall provided defenses against swords and bows and arrows, it did not stop trade and cultural exchange from occurring in China. The wall led to advanced farming techniques, animals like horses and camels, and music, which all became a large part of the Chinese culture. While much of the wall has been destroyed due to centuries of damage from war and from nature, many remains are still present and has become one of China’s most famous monuments and national symbols.
Article By: Lydia Currie
Photography By: Georgina Cahill
Beijing is located in Northeast China. It is located in the Hebei Province. Beijing has a population of 15 million people. It has many famous places such as the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Great Wall of China, and the Temple of Heaven.The Forbidden City is China’s oldest palace. The Summer contains many pretty gardens, and a beautiful lake. The summer palace has the China’s oldest public garden. Beijing’s Great Wall of China is longer than the United States. Beijing also has the Temple of Heaven. In ancient times, Chinese people believed the emperor was a god. He would often go to the Temple of Heaven to pray. Chinese people thought a round shaped building was good feng shui, so they made the Temple of Heaven round.
Beijing also has very good colleges such as Peking University. Beijing’s has very successful businesses and is a great business center in China.
Article By: Katherine Siciliano
Photography By: Katherine Siciliano
Video journal of CSH’s recent trip to China. We visited Beijing, Xi’an, Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Shanghai.