History Category

What Makes This Year a Wooden Horse in Ancient Chinese Timekeeping?

Most people know that the Chinese Year of the Horse kicked off February 1, but did you know that it is also the Wood Horse Year? Not only do traditional Chinese calendars follow the 12-year Chinese zodiac but they also incorporate the ancient Five-Elements concept which cycle in five-year increments along with the 12-year zodiac. Therefore, each […]

Posted in Beijing Tradition, History, News

Beijing Summer – Not Cool!

The time of short sleeves, skirts, sweat and naked bellies has arrived once more to the capital of China. Yes, it is hot. And no, it’s not global warming. Beijing’s summers have always been hot. But not always has the solution been similar for everyone. Stretch-a-Leg knows the way to stay cool in the summer!

Posted in Architecture, Beijing Tradition, History, Hutongs, News, Off the beaten path, Seasons
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