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Chinese New Year

2018 Year of the Dog

It’s the start of the Chinese New Year this Friday 16th February. Known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, it’s the biggest celebration of the Chinese calendar and is all about families coming together and wishing each...

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Chinese New Year Celebrations in Yorkshire and beyond

Chinese New Year falls on 16th February this year and there’s lots going on to celebrate it locally, nationally and internationally. First, we look at Yorkshire, where Shimu has its showroom and HQ. At Leeds Town Hall on Monday 5th February, the Chinese...

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Mid autumn festival lanterns

Mid-Autumn Festival 4th October

  We love to share our knowledge of Chinese culture with our customers and readers of the blog. You’ll already be aware of the importance of festivals to the Chinese, and one of the most significant is celebrated over the...

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Chinese kites

Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day)

Chinese festivals are truly fascinating and we love to share what we know with you. One of many intriguing festivals is the Qingming Festival. It started during the Zhou Dynasty and has a history of over 2,500 years. In the...

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Chinese mooncakes

Feasting for the Moon Festival

The Chinese Mid-Autumn or ‘Moon’ Festival is traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month , so this year will take place on Sunday 27th September. The Mid-Autumn festival is the second most important festival after the...

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Chinese dragon

An amazing spectacle – Chinese New Year!

This week tools will be downed in our Shanghai and Beijing workshops as our committed team clock-off for the biggest celebration of the year. The festivities start today – the first day of the lunar month – and continue until the...

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Chinese Lights

Christmas Celebrations in China

Christmas is hardly the main event in China – you’ll all know that Chinese New Year is the big one. Only a tiny percentage of China’s population are practicing Christians, and even though Christmas has its roots in the pagan...

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Crabs, Mooncakes and some Special Antiques

I just have time to update the blog while enjoying a couple of ‘mooncakes’ given to me by the lady how owns one of the antique warehouses I visited earlier. Today is the mid-Autumn festival in China, a public holiday (though thankfully...

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