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Classical Chinese mythology, which is a collection of cultural history, folktales, and religions that have been passed down in oral or written tradition, including creation myths and legends and myths concerning the founding of Chinese culture and the Chinese state. Please see Chinese mythology for more details.



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Chinese Folktale: Lord Ye Professed to Love Dragons

Chinese Folktale: Lord Ye Professed to Love Dragons

Lord Ye Professed to Love Dragons is a traditional Chinese cultural story. Long ago, there was a person named Chu Zhuliang who addressed himself as "Lord Ye." It was said that this Lord Ye was very fond of dragons. The walls of his house had dragons painted on them, while the beams, pillars, doors, and windows were all carved with the creatures....
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Chinese Mythology: The Magic Lotus Lantern

Chinese Mythology: The Magic Lotus Lantern

The Magic Lotus Lantern , is an exciting classical Chinese folktale that has been known and loved by generations of Chinese children. Full of adventures and challenges, this book will enchant every child. The story is based on the traditional Chinese folklore about a boy named Chen Xiang. His mother, a goddess in the heavenly palace, falls in love...
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100 Chinese Family Names

100 Chinese Family Names

Throughout most of Chinese history, family names have served sociological functions. Because of their association with the aristocratic elite in their early developments, family names were often used as symbols of nobility. Thus nobles would use their surnames to be able to trace their ancestry and compete for seniority in terms of hereditary...
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Chinese Folktale: The Gigantic Turnip

Chinese Folktale: The Gigantic Turnip

In this beloved folktale, the cumulative action centers on Grandpa, Grandma, Grandchild, kitten, puppy, and the little mice, who try to uproot a gigantic turnip. In the end, it is a tiny mouse that finishes the tugging, and all enjoy a hearty turnip supper. The charming illustrations and graphic design help engage young children and compliment...
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Chinese Tale: Gu Dong Is Coming

Chinese Tale: Gu Dong Is Coming

This interesting story is about a rabbit who got frightened by a loud "Gu Dong" noise, took off running, and started telling all the animals he ran into about the terrible monster called "Gu Dong". Soon enough, all of the animals who heard about this terrible monster joined the rabbit in running scared all over the jungle, until they met one...
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Chinese Tale: Kitty Goes Fishing

Chinese Tale: Kitty Goes Fishing

Kitty Goes Fishing is a lovely story about a little cat who goes fishing with his Mom. When they sit down, a dragonfly comes. Kitty puts down his fishing rod and chases the dragonfly. But the dragonfly flies away, and kitty comes back empty-handed. Just at this moment, his Mom lands a big fish. When Kitty sits down again and continues fishing, a...
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Chinese Tale: Kitty Goes Fishing

Chinese Tale: Kitty Goes Fishing

Kitty Goes Fishing is a lovely story about a little cat who goes fishing with his Mom. When they sit down, a dragonfly comes. Kitty puts down his fishing rod and chases the dragonfly. But the dragonfly flies away, and kitty comes back empty-handed. Just at this moment, his Mom lands a big fish. When Kitty sits down again and continues fishing, a...
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Chinese Tale: The Lovely Little Rabbits

Chinese Tale: The Lovely Little Rabbits

A mother rabbit warns her children to be wary of the wolf while she is out shopping. The wolf comes and claims to be their mother. The wolf begins to sing: Lovely Little rabbits, Lovely Little rabbits, Open the door, Hurry up, Mommy is back. But the little rabbits identify the wolf, and they reply: No, I cannot open the door, Mommy isn't back yet,...
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Chinese Folktale: Malan Flower

Chinese Folktale: Malan Flower

Malan Flower is a Chinese children's classic created half a century ago and it has influenced three generations and has spread around the world. Malan Flower accompanies the growth of numerous children, and is memorized by many Chinese as a childhood treasure. Malan Flower is a typical Chinese folk tale. The malan flower spirit Malang rescued a...
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Chinese Mythology: the Legend of the White Snake

Chinese Mythology: the Legend of the White Snake

the Legend of the White Snake , also known as Madame White Snake , is a Chinese legend which existed in oral tradition long before any written compilation. It has since been presented in a number of major Chinese operas, films and television series. The earliest attempt to fictionalise the story in printed form appears to be The White Maiden...
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Chinese Mythology: The Story of Dragon Boat Festival

Chinese Mythology: The Story of Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival, called "Duanwu Jie" in Chinese, has been celebrated in China for more than 2,000 years and is notable for its educational influence. People celebrate the festival by eating rice dumplings zongzi, drinking realgar wine xionghuangjiu, and racing dragon boats. A number of folklores and legends are connected to its observance,...
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Chinese Folktale: The Gigantic Turnip

Chinese Folktale: The Gigantic Turnip

In this beloved folktale, the cumulative action centers on Grandpa, Grandma, Grandchild, kitten, puppy, and the little mice, who try to uproot a gigantic turnip. In the end, it is a tiny mouse that finishes the tugging, and all enjoy a hearty turnip supper. Now your child can enjoy this timeless classic tale in Chinese. The book comes with Chinese...
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Chinese FolkTale: The Monkeys Fish On the Moon

Chinese FolkTale: The Monkeys Fish On the Moon

The Monkeys Fish On the Moon is a lovely story about how a group of monkeys use teamwork to discover that the Moon did not fall into the well! The title is close in meaning to the saying "ask for the moon" or "cry for the moon", or simply means "trying for the impossible". One day, a little monkey is playing by the well. He looks into the well...
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Chinese Folktale: The Story of Afanti

Chinese Folktale: The Story of Afanti

The Story of Afanti , is based on the award-winning animation film with the same title. The Afanti stories are known throughout the Middle East and have touched cultures around the world. Superficially, most of the Afanti stories may be told as jokes or humorous anecdotes. They are told and retold endlessly in Asia and can be heard in homes and on...
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Chinese Folktale: Three Monks, No Water

Chinese Folktale: Three Monks, No Water

Three Monks, No Water is based on the ancient Chinese proverb "One monk will shoulder two buckets of water, two monks will share the load, but add a third and no one will want to fetch water." The proverb is close in meaning to the saying "Let George do it," wryly noting how individuals shirk group responsibilities. A young monk lives a simple...
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Chinese Folktale: Treasure Vat

Chinese Folktale: Treasure Vat

Treasure Vat is a short and fun Chinese children's story with a touch of black humor. In this story, an old farmer found an old vat from his farmland. When he took that vat back, he found out the vat can multiply anything by ten-folds. Soon, the local rich men and county magistrate heard this news and fought to acclaim this vat. Eventually, the...
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Chinese Historical Story: Kong Rong Gave Up the Larger Pears

Chinese Historical Story: Kong Rong Gave Up the Larger Pears

Kong Rong (153 - 208) was a bureaucrat, poet, and minor warlord during the late Eastern Han Dynasty and Three Kingdoms era of China. He was also the 20th generation descendant of Confucius. As he was once the governor of Beihai Commandery (present day Weifang, Shandong). During his tenure of office, Kong Rong constructed cities, built schools, and...
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Chinese Mythology: Monkey King Wreaks Havoc in Heaven

Chinese Mythology: Monkey King Wreaks Havoc in Heaven

Monkey King Wreaks Havoc in Heaven is based on the award-winning 85-minute-long animation film with the same title, Chinese DVD: Monkey King Wreaks Havoc in Heaven (Collector's Edition). Monkey King, also known as Sun Wukong, is a main character in the classical Chinese epic novel Journey to the West . As the real hero of this novel, this...
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Chinese Mythology: The True and False Monkey Kings

Chinese Mythology: The True and False Monkey Kings

Monkey King, also known as Sun Wukong, is a main character in the classical Chinese epic novel Journey to the West . As the real hero of this novel, this resourceful, brave and humorous Monkey King has been loved for four hundred years by Chinese children and adults alike. In The True and False Monkey Kings , Monkey King's master, the Tang Priest...
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Chinese Tale: Little Horse Crosses the River

Chinese Tale: Little Horse Crosses the River

Little Horse Crosses the River is a very popular Chinese story for children, which gives a deep and lasting impression when reading it. Mother Horse and Little Horse are living on a farm. One day Mother Horse asks Little Horse to send a bag of wheat to a mill, which is located on the other side of the river. A bull tells Little Horse that the...
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Chinese Tale: Snow Kid

Chinese Tale: Snow Kid

Snow Kid , also referred to as Snow Child , is based on the award-winning animation film with the same title. The story is about a rabbit mother leaving her young rabbit at home alone. At first the young rabbit builds the snow kid and they entertain one another. Afterwards the young rabbit fell asleep and accidentally started a fire in the cabin....
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Chinese Tale: The Lovely Little Rabbits

Chinese Tale: The Lovely Little Rabbits

A mother rabbit warns her children to be wary of the wolf while she is out shopping. The wolf comes and claims to be their mother. The wolf begins to sing: Lovely Little rabbits, Lovely Little rabbits, Open the door, Hurry up, Mommy is back. But the little rabbits identify the wolf, and they reply: No, I cannot open the door, Mommy isn't back yet,...
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Chinese Folktale: Little Tadpoles Look for Their Mummy/Chen Xian

Chinese Folktale: Little Tadpoles Look for Their Mummy/Chen Xian

This book has two Chinese folktales: Little Tadpoles Look for Their Mummy and Chen Xiang Saves His Mother , both are very popular Chinese stories for children, which give a deep and lasting impression when reading it. Little Tadpoles Look for Their Mummy is based on the award-winning water-and-ink animation film with the same title Chinese DVD:...
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Chinese Folktale: Little Tadpoles Look for Their Mummy

Chinese Folktale: Little Tadpoles Look for Their Mummy

Little Tadpoles Look for Their Mummy is based on the award-winning water-and-ink animation film with the same title Chinese DVD: Little Tadpoles Look for Their Mummy . The story is about a cloud of newly born tadpoles seeking their missing mother through an oddly predator-free world. They mistake a succession of animals — "uncle shrimp",...
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Chinese Folktale: Sima Guang Broke the Vat

Chinese Folktale: Sima Guang Broke the Vat

Sima Guang (1019-1086) was a Chinese historian, scholar, and high chancellor of the Song Dynasty. He is best remembered for compiling his monumental "Comprehensive Mirror for Aid in Government" masterwork, a general chronicle of Chinese history from 403 BC to 959 (294 scrolls), considered one of the largest historical magnum opus in history and...
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Chinese Folktale: The Conch Fairy

Chinese Folktale: The Conch Fairy

The Conch Fairy is based on the award-winning paper-cut animated feature film The Golden Conch , which was adapted from Chinese folktale The Snail Girl . Please see Chinese folktale: The Snail Girl for more details. In The Conch Fairy , a sea conch fairy named Hailuo watches the young fisherman rowing the boat, fishing and singing everyday. Out...
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Chinese Folktale: The Legend of Nian

Chinese Folktale: The Legend of Nian

In The Legend of Nian , in ancient times, there was a monster called "Nian" ("year") that would come out on the eve of every New Year to devour livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. To avoid the monster's attack, people would flee to the depth of the mountains and call this day "Nian Guan" (meaning "the Pass of Nian"). On one...
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New Products For January - Chinese Children's Books

Chinese Mythology: the Legend of the White Snake
Chinese Mythology: the Legend of the White Snake
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Water Margin (Shui Hu Zhuan, Junior Edition)
Water Margin (Shui Hu Zhuan, Junior Edition)
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Chinese Folktale: The Conch Fairy
Chinese Folktale: The Conch Fairy
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Chinese Mythology: The Magic Lotus Lantern
Chinese Mythology: The Magic Lotus Lantern
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Chinese Story: Little Bear Has Toothache
Chinese Story: Little Bear Has Toothache
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Journey to the West (Junior Edition)
Journey to the West (Junior Edition)
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Chinese Folktale: The Legend of Nian
Chinese Folktale: The Legend of Nian
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Eastern Zhou Zhi (Junior Edition)
Eastern Zhou Zhi (Junior Edition)
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Chinese Folktale: The Peacock Princess
Chinese Folktale: The Peacock Princess
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Chinese Story: Little Bear Has a Party
Chinese Story: Little Bear Has a Party
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Chinese Mythology: Jingwei Filling Up the Sea
Chinese Mythology: Jingwei Filling Up the Sea
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Chinese Folktale: Treasure Vat
Chinese Folktale: Treasure Vat
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