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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: 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: Three Monks, No Water/The Gigantic Turnip

Chinese Folktale: Three Monks, No Water/The Gigantic Turnip

This book has two Chinese folktales: Three Monks, No Water and The Gigantic Turnip , both are very popular Chinese stories for children, which give a deep and lasting impression when reading it. 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...
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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 Folktale: Wu Song Fights the Tiger/Zhang Liang Picks Up

Chinese Folktale: Wu Song Fights the Tiger/Zhang Liang Picks Up

This book has two stories: Wu Song Fights the Tiger and /Zhang Liang Picks Up the Shoes . Wu Song is a fictional character in Water Margin, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. He ranks 14th of the 36 Heavenly Spirits of the 108 Liangshan heroes. According to legend, Wu Song was a student of the archer Zhou Tong and he...
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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: Jingwei Filling Up the Sea

Chinese Mythology: Jingwei Filling Up the Sea

Jingwei Filling Up the Sea is an old Chinese mythological story for thousands of years. Once upon a time, the youngest daughter NuWa of Emperor Yan, legendary ruler of primitive China, went boating on the Eastern Sea. While she was enjoying herself, a strong wind rose on the sea and her boat capsized. Just before she was buried by the surging...
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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: Nezha Riots the Seas (Collector's Edition)

Chinese Mythology: Nezha Riots the Seas (Collector's Edition)

Nezha Riots the Seas , also called also known as Nezha Conquers the Dragon King , is an exciting classical Chinese folk tale that has been known and loved by generations of Chinese children. Full of adventures and challenges, this book will enchant every child. The story opens with Nezha's father Li Jing, a powerful general of Chentang Pass. His...
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Chinese Mythology: Pangu and Nuwa (Collector's Edition)

Chinese Mythology: Pangu and Nuwa (Collector's Edition)

This books features a synthesis of three stories about Pangu and Nüwa from classical Chinese mythology. In Chinese mythology, Pangu was the first living being and the creator of all. He separated Yin from Yang with a swing of his giant axe, creating the Earth (murky Yin ) and the Sky (clear Yang ). To keep them separated, Pangu stood between them...
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Chinese Mythology: The Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea (Collect

Chinese Mythology: The Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea (Collect

In The Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea , the Eight Immortals have been making rather too merry and, their minds clouded by wine, they decide to journey forth to discover all the wonders of the undersea realms that are not found at home in Heaven. Today the expression "Eight Immortals cross the sea" can refer to each member of a group making a...
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Chinese Mythology: The Goddess ChangE Flies to the Moon (Collect

Chinese Mythology: The Goddess ChangE Flies to the Moon (Collect

The Goddess ChangE Fly to the Moon is also called the original the Chinese moon festival. It is said that in ancient times there were ten suns coexisting in the sky, blazing the earth, drying rivers and lakes, scorching all crops and driving people to starvation. To save the world from misery, a great archer named Hou Yi ascended to the top of the...
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Chinese Mythology: the Legend of Ji Gong (Collector's Edition)

Chinese Mythology: the Legend of Ji Gong (Collector's Edition)

Ji Gong was a Chan Buddhist monk of the Southern Song Dynasty in China. He was born with the name of Li Xiuyuan. Ji Gong was famous for his wild and eccentric behavior while openly breaking monastic codes (such as openly drinking wine and consuming meat, although the meat he ate came from animals that had died due to natural causes), but was still...
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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 Legend of the White Snake (Collector's Ed

Chinese Mythology: the Legend of the White Snake (Collector's Ed

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 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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Chinese Mythology: The Magic Lotus Lantern (Collector's Edition)

Chinese Mythology: The Magic Lotus Lantern (Collector's Edition)

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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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 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 Story: Little Bear Has a Party

Chinese Story: Little Bear Has a Party

Little Bear Has a Party is a lovely Chinese children's story. In this story, Little Bear invites Dog, Cat, Roster to his house to have a party. Hearing this news, Fox asks Dog, Cat and Roster to take him together. His request is turned down since nobody wants to make friends with Fox. Out of anger, Fox goes to Little Bear's party without being...
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Chinese Story: Little Bear Has Toothache

Chinese Story: Little Bear Has Toothache

Little Bear Has Toothache is a lovely Chinese children's story. In this story, Little Bear ignores Mom's suggestions of brushing teeth and not eating candy. Instead, he eats too much honey and has toothache. He has to ask Doctor Rabbit to have a check. Doctor Rabbit fills one of his teeth, pulls one out and fixes the third one. Since then, Little...
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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: 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: 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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New Products For January - Chinese Children's Books

Chinese Tale: Kitty Goes Fishing
Chinese Tale: Kitty Goes Fishing
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Chinese Folktale: The Conch Fairy
Chinese Folktale: The Conch Fairy
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Chinese Folktale: The Legend of Nian
Chinese Folktale: The Legend of Nian
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Chinese FolkTale: The Monkeys Fish On the Moon
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Chinese Folktale: The Gigantic Turnip
Chinese Folktale: The Gigantic Turnip
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Chinese Tale: Little Horse Crosses the River
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Chinese Tale: The Lovely Little Rabbits
Chinese Tale: The Lovely Little Rabbits
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Chinese Folktale: The Gigantic Turnip
Chinese Folktale: The Gigantic Turnip
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Chinese Tale: Little Horse Crosses the River
Chinese Tale: Little Horse Crosses the River
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Chinese Tale: The Lovely Little Rabbits
Chinese Tale: The Lovely Little Rabbits
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Chinese Folktale: The Peacock Princess
Chinese Folktale: The Peacock Princess
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Chinese Folktale: Sima Guang Broke the Vat
Chinese Folktale: Sima Guang Broke the Vat
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Chinese Tale: Gu Dong Is Coming
Chinese Tale: Gu Dong Is Coming
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Chinese Folktale: The Story of Afanti
Chinese Folktale: The Story of Afanti
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Chinese Folktale: Three Monks, No Water
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