• Tea: One of China’s gifts to the world

    The history of tea can be traced back thousands of years. According to Chinese legend, the ancient Chinese Father of Agriculture, Shen Nong, was sitting under a Camellia tree drinking hot water when dried leaves fell from the tree into his drink—creating a tea infusion. Legend has it, that this was the creation of tea. […]

  • Everything you need to know about China’s Lantern Festival

    This Monday marks China’s Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the first month in the Chinese lunar calendar, and the last day of the Lunar New Year celebrations.

  • 5 simple recipes to wow them at your Spring Festival table

    Shared meals are a huge part of Chinese Spring Festival. But you don’t want to spend all your time in the kitchen when there is socializing to be done with family and friends. Victoria Li shows you five easy dishes that are delicious and quick to prepare.

  • What these kids have to say about Chinese New Year will crack you up

    Not sure what the Lunar New Year is all about? These kids from the Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School in Washington D.C. give you the scoop.

  • Bottoms up! 3 amazing Chinese New Year cocktails you can make at home

    We asked three bartenders to craft us specialty cocktails based on the themes of Chinese New Year and Spring Festival. Trust us, these are good.

  • Seared scallops with broccoli

    Most of you are familiar with Chinese stir-fry dishes. You can order them from any Chinese restaurant. This recipe is a must-order for my family every time we go out to eat, especially on Chinese New Year. Unfortunately, restaurants have been raising this dish’s price sky-high because of its high-end ingredients and seasonal requirements. Believe […]

  • Steamed pearl rice balls

    It’s Chinese New Year! You know what that means: It’s time for the traditional family reunion dinner. Why don’t you skip the line and celebrate the big day at home this year?

  • Seared shrimp on pan-fried garlic rice roodles

    Rice noodles, or noodles in general represent longevity. Growing up, my family always made some kind of noodle dish at New Year’s dinner. If you like shrimp, garlic and rice noodles, this dish is prepared just for you!

  • The first Chinese Baijiu bar opens in the US

    Located in New York’s Greenwich Village is Lumos—the first Baijiu focused bar to open in the U.S. Lumos co-owner Orson Salicetti was inspired by the diverse flavor profiles of Baijiu and wanted to introduce the spirit to the seasoned or adventurous drinkers in New York.

  • Quick stir-fry in “bamboo” containers

    I am a bamboo lover. I have bamboo pots sitting both on my office desk and at home. The meaning of lucky bamboo plays a huge part in Chinese culture. Many people give this kind of plant for housewarming gifts, birthdays, anniversaries and achievements. It seems like bamboo is never an inappropriate gift for any […]

  • Braised whole fish recipe

    Once considered rare in the States, serving a whole fish at the dinner table – head, tail and eyeballs intact – is embraced by a lot of Chinese families, including mine. It is a lot less scary to eat than it looks. Whole fish also tastes better because the meat is cooked on the bones.

  • Four Americans try Chinese liquor for the first time

    What happens when you mix four Americans and three Chinese liquors? To answer that, three CCTV America employees took an an epicurean cocktail tour of three Chinese liquors, guided by bar manager Robin Miller at Casa Luca restaurant. All four were new to the spirits.

  • Business (card) culture in China

    However slight the variation, business in China has its own style. Since the details create the big picture, we decided to look at how someone in China would exchange a business card and compare it with a more Western style.

  • Quick tips to feng shui your home and office

    The ancient Chinese practice of 风水 (feng shui) is used to align a person’s energy and surroundings in harmony and boost prosperity. Literally translated as “wind and water”, “feng” represents vigor and energy, while “shui”, represents changes.

  • Chinese food in the United States

    There are more Chinese restaurants in the United States than locations for the fast food giant McDonald’s. But if you’re looking for authentic Chinese food, the equation changes.

  • D.C.’s Chinatown in name only?

    The stores in Washington D.C.’s Chinatown may bear Chinese names — along with their more-popularly known English names — but the downtown neighborhood is actually becoming far less Chinese due to increased development and high rents.

  • Think you know what Chinese zodiac sign you are? Think again

    CCTV America created this personality test for you to see if you actually embody the characteristics of your Chinese zodiac animal. Take this poll — the results may surprise you.

  • What is the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival?

    With a history over 2,000 years, the Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival (端午节), is steeped in tradition and legend. The holiday commemorates Qu Yuan, a Chinese poet and patriot who lived from 340-278 BCE.

  • How some habits of Chinese and Americans differ

    Foreigners living abroad often learn that some of their simplest daily habits are practiced differently in their new country. Digital Producer Du Yubin has lived in the United States since 2012. He’s picked up on a few cultural differences between the people of China and the United States. Here are some of his examples of […]

  • Ancient Chinese practice has growing influence in US

    Chinese culture is becoming more a part of mainstream U.S. culture. A good example is Feng Shui. More and more individuals and businesses are consulting Feng Shui experts to improve their luck. Fortune and even health are said to be improved with improved Feng Shui techniques. CCTV’s May Lee visited a Feng Shui master in […]

  • 5 authentic Chinese dishes you should try instead of General Tso’s chicken

    If you’re a fan of Chinese food in the United States, you’ve probably eaten General Tso’s chicken, sesame chicken, and chicken and broccoli — all common dishes found in U.S. Chinese restaurants. But they’re actually a rarity in China.

  • Timelapse: Making a traditional Chinese red lantern

    Originally constructed to improve on a simple candle flame, the iconic Chinese lantern has a very long history.

  • Panda cub at National Zoo is growing

    The four-week-old giant panda cub at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. now weighs nearly three pounds and is starting to look like a panda — specifically, his dad.

  • Does ‘Tiger Mom’ parenting go too far?

    Four years after author Amy Chua’s “Tiger Mom” thesis was published, there still remains a debate over the parenting styles of mothers in Asia and the West.