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What Ancient Chinese Thought About Rats

As a Westerner, I instinctively carry a negative opinion of rats. Maybe European history is to blame; it’s estimated that 30 to 60 percent of Europe’s population died from the Bubonic Plague or the Black Death. The rats harbored the lice that were responsible for carrying the disease. In addition, either living rurally or in the ...

Emma Lu


2020: The Year of the Rat

The Astrology of the East is an intricate, complex science that requires a good deal of time and patience to fully appreciate its many intriguing subtleties. The system works on a multiplicity of levels, each fascinating in its own right. As a whole, it offers a wealth of information and invaluable insights into every aspect ...

Emma Lu

The sculpted head of a rat.

2020 Lunar New Year Bazaars in Taiwan

Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, is the grandest festival in Taiwan. Shopping at the bazaars in Taiwan in the run-up to the Lunar New Year’s Eve is, therefore, something indispensable for almost every household. To celebrate the Year of the Rat and facilitate the general public to ...

Billy Shyu

Taiwan Lunar New Year bazaar.