Chinese tea cups with kettle pouring water over tea leaves

Spilling the Tea on Tea: A Primer on the World’s Most Popular Beverage

Hot drink season is here so you know what that means: time to stock up on all things tea. That got us wondering about this beloved beverage and where it comes from.
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A night view of a city with a beautiful pink moon

The Mid-Autumn Festival: Family, the Full Moon, and Mooncakes

You might already know about Lunar New Year, the biggest holiday in many Asian countries, but how about the second biggest holiday?
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Porcelain bowl in "sweet white" glaze

Sweet White, Blood Red, and Blue and White: An Emperor’s Prized Porcelains

While we love all kinds of porcelain, there’s something also to be said for a sweet and simple white. That got us thinking about “sweet white” porcelain of the imperial variety.
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Pearl River chop with stamp

Presenting the New Pearl River Chop: How It Was Made

We’re so pleased to present the new Pearl River Mart chop! And to show you how the artist behind it made it.
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The Devil Is in the Details: 5 Fun Facts About Ling Long Porcelain

The Devil Is in the Details: 5 Fun Facts About Ling Long Porcelain

You might have grown up with these bowls, dishes, and cups in your home. You might have some in your cupboard right now. That classic blue and white design embedded with rice grains — Ling Long porcelain.
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Large pile of thorny durian fruit

Happy (Unofficial) Durian Day! 10 Funky Fun Facts About This Prickly Fruit

While June 26 isn’t officially Durian Day, we agree with Fly FM, an English-language radio station based in Malaysia, that it should be. That’s why we’re celebrating with 10 funky fun facts about this king of the fruits.
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Many bubble teas lined up

Slurp ‘Em Up! 8 Flavorful Fun Facts About Bubble Tea

For some, bubble tea is much more than just a beverage slash dessert. Learn more by slurping up these eight tasty tidbits about the Taiwanese phenomenon.
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Blue, green, and white mini buddhas

Happy Birthday Buddha! Five of His Symbolic Positions and What They Mean

Today is the Vesak Festival, which commemorates the birth and enlightenment of Buddha Gautama. We're celebrating by exploring the different meanings behind his various symbolic gestures.

 

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The Ancient Art of Chinese Calligraphy: Four Treasured Tidbits

The Ancient Art of Chinese Calligraphy: Four Treasured Tidbits

Chinese calligraphy has long been viewed as the supreme visual art form. But how did it originate and what makes it so special? 

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Out of the Blue: Five Fun Facts About Classic Blue and White

Out of the Blue: Five Fun Facts About Classic Blue and White

Blue is already one of our favorite colors (after red of course). The only thing that makes it better is putting it on white. Here are five fun facts about this classic color combo that will never go out of style.
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Peaceful white figurine of Guan Yin against a bright background

Six Serene Things You Might Not Know About the Goddess of Mercy

The Goddess of Mercy, also known as Guan Yin, is a peaceful figure that you’ll see in parks, temples, and homes around the world. But what does she represent exactly?
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The King of Flowers: Six Things You Might Not Know About the Precious Peony

The King of Flowers: Six Things You Might Not Know About the Precious Peony

Spring is finally in the air, which means flowering seasons have begun! Here are six blossoming bits about the pulchritudinous peony.
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