Category Archives: Chinese culture

Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant in Glen Ellyn Celebrates Chong Yang (Double Yang) Festival on October 9, 2016

Also known as the Chrysanthemum Festival, or the Double Nine Festival, the Chong Yang Festival is deeply rooted in Chinese tradition. This celebration goes back to the Han Dynasty (25 AD) and falls on the ninth day of the ninth … Continue reading

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A City Within A City: Beijing’s Forbidden City

A 164-foot wide mote and 33-foot high wall with a perimeter of roughly 2.25 miles encases The Forbidden City in the center of  Beijing.  It features about 800 buildings and almost 10,000 rooms, over a 7-million square feet area, and … Continue reading

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The 16th Chicago Chinatown Annual Dragon Boat Race for Literacy Takes Place on June 25, 2016

Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chicago’s Chinatown will fill with excitement on Saturday, June 25, 2016, when multitudes will gather to witness the 16th Chicago Chinatown Annual Dragon Boat for Literacy on the Chicago River. Following an ancient tradition dating … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day from Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant in Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Just as in the United States and many other countries, Mother’s Day in China is typically celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in May–this year, being on Sunday, May 8th. Traditionally, however, the second day of the fourth month of the … Continue reading

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Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant Wishes You a Happy New Year: The Year of the Monkey!

On February 8, 2016, a new year in the Chinese zodiac calendar will begin: The Year of the Monkey (猴) . All of us at Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, want to wish you a Happy … Continue reading

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Happy New Year from China’s Miao Ethnic Group

The Miao ethnic minority in China celebrates their new year in the 10th lunar month, typically after the rice harvest. This year, the celebration is on November 12, 2015. The Miao are a collective group of about 5-million made up … Continue reading

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Yu’s New Beijing in Glen Ellyn Presents the Chinese Tradition of the Fan

Perhaps born from the necessity to cool off during hot days, ancient Chinese—mostly women–adopted the art of fanning often using leaves or bird feathers. But the hand-held fan, as we know it today, it is said to have surfaced about … Continue reading

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Chinese Valentine’s Day: Qixi Festival, also Known as The Night of Sevens or The Double Seventh Festival

Valentine’s Day is traditionally a western holiday, but as in the case with many other holidays there is a somewhat comparable holiday in China called the Qixi Festival or 七夕节 “The Night of Sevens,” or “The Double Seventh Festival.””  The … Continue reading

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Sweet and Sour: The Story of Chinese-American Food

As one of nearly 50,000 Chinese restaurants in the U.S., Yu’s New Beijing in Glen Ellyn, IL is pleased to share with you some history on how Chinese-American food mainstreamed throughout the country to become an affordable, pleasing staple of … Continue reading

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The Boluo Temple Festival and The Story of the Magic Chicken

In the Guangdong province located in south China, the City of Guangzhou boasts the Boluo Temple, dedicated to the god of the sea, whose name it still bears.  Its construction dates back to the period of Zhenguan in the Tang … Continue reading

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