Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant in Glen Ellyn, Illinois!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant in Glen Ellyn, Illinois!  Our restaurant  will be open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  Our hours will be from 11:00 am until 9:30 pm, serving fresh, delicious and affordable Chinese food for you.

Christmas 2015 at Yu's New Beijing

And remember that we can cater your holiday events and get-togethers.  Just give us a call at 630-469-1535.

 

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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.

Map showing Miao regionThe Miao are a collective group of about 5-million made up by different peoples from southeast China, who have been designated as one of fifty-five ethnic minority groups in the country. Some of the subgroups within the Miao designation include the Hmong, Hmub, Xong, and A-Hmao. Archeological discoveries indicate that they have been in the region for 6,000 to 8,000 years. It is important to note, that belonging to the Miao minority does not mean that all groups are related. As a matter of fact, many subgroups have distinctly different languages, may belong to different ethnic groups, and cannot communicate with each other in their mother tongues.

Intricate Miao CostumesSeveral outstanding cultural factors differentiate the Miao from other minority groups in China: their colorful traditional costumes, and their intricate silver head pieces and adornments– a must have for all girls and women. In Guizhou Province, silversmiths abound, craftily working on intricate designs. A popular element is the butterfly, from which, according to legend, esteemed ancestor Chi You, hatched.

The video below shows some of the beautiful ornamental jewelry as well as the process to make it.

The largest Miao New Year festival takes place in Leshan County, which is celebrated with parades, typical dances, and sharing meals at long tables.

Miao New Year Celebration

Yu’s New Beijing in Glen Ellyn, IL enjoys celebrating Chinese culture with you. We are open seven days a week and serve delicious Chinese food made fresh every day, which is available to eat in the restaurant, pick up, or have delivered.

Happy New Year!

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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.

Round Chinese fansBut the hand-held fan, as we know it today, it is said to have surfaced about 3000 years ago, made in a circular shape to resemble and honor the full moon. At first, a plain piece of cloth was held between two guards that kept it in place, and a handle at the bottom. However, a calligrapher by the name of Wang Xizhi wrote some meaningful characters on a plain fan with messages with which touched people’s hearts. That changed the role of the fan from a utilitarian tool into a keepsake.

The hand-held fan evolved over the millennia to depict beautiful drawn scenes drawn on them. Other shapes of the fan, such as the pleated version from Japan was introduced during the Ming Dynasty, which could collapse into itself, and was able to be easily carried when not in use. The intricacies of the fan design gave it and those who carried it social status. The fan even took on its own language based on the type of wave and the way in which it was held.

Red Chinese FanToday, the fan continues to be an important element of Chinese culture, often incorporated into traditional dances.

Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant in Glen Ellyn, Illinois enjoys sharing Chinese culture and traditions with you.

Yu’s New Beijing  serves wholesome Chinese food every day of the week for dining in, to pick up, and for delivery.  For more information, call 630.469.1535.

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At Yu’s New Beijing in Glen Ellyn, We are Celebrating Mid-Autumn Moon Festival under a Moon Struck September

As fall is descending down in the Northern Hemisphere, Mother Nature presents us with one of the most beautiful moons of the year.  True, there is only one Moon and here on Earth, we have the privilege of sharing it.  In the U.S., we call it this phenomenon, the Harvest Moon.  In China and many of the Asian countries, it is called the Mid-Autumn Moon.

Cultures around the world often have legends to explain the different nuances of nature.  And, the Mid-Autumn Moon is no different.   There is something to be said about September’s majestic Moon… so big, so close…

Full Moon Over Xi'an - Photo Copyright Dave Morrow

In China, it is said that many, many years ago, the country was going through a devastating drought, being scorched by ten suns.  One day, an emissary of the King of Heaven, Hou Yi, was sent down to Earth to help.  Immediately, with his bow and arrow, he shot nine of  the suns out of orbit.  Quite rapidly, Earth turned back to its natural self, and humanity survived.  But, as a result of the confrontation, he was overcome by thirst.  Luckily, a beautiful young woman, Chang’er, happened to be walking by with a bamboo container filled with water.  It took only gazing into each others’ eyes one time for them  to realize that they had fallen in love. Soon thereafter, they were married.

However, there was a problem.  Chang’er was a mortal and their happiness would only last as long as her life did.  Hou Yi sought the help of the Western Queen Mother, who, understanding their predicament, concocted an elixir made from the fruit of the tree of immortality.  If they both drank it together, at the same time, they both would live forever and so would their love for each other.  The lovers agreed to drink the elixir on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, when the Moon is the brightest I the fall sky.  However, if only one of them drank it, he or she would ascend to Heaven and become immortal. The other would not.

As the story goes, a villain overheard their plan, and decided to drink the elixir himself.  He proceeded to kill Hou Yi and demanded the elixir from Chang’er.  Instead, she drank the elixir.  As she was sobbing over her dead husband, a force pulled her oChang'er Ascended to the Moon upon becoming immortalnto Heaven.  She settled on the Moon, which was the closest to Earth.  From there, it is said that she sends moonlit rays to shine over lovers and to illuminate love proposals.  She also orchestrates the reunion of separated lovers under the Moon.

Presently, families in China gather to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and love.  Mooncakes  and lanterns have become a symbol of this celebration.  Mooncakes are crusty pastries filled with red bean or lotus seed paste, and are exchanged between family members and Lanterns flying off to the Moon during Mid-Autumn Festival in China.friends.  Lanterns are carried by children, or let loose to fly free towards the Moon.

This year, the 15th day of the 8th lunar month falls on September 27.  Join us at Yu’s New Beijing in Glen Ellyn to celebrate this fantastic holiday!

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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 Qixi Festival is based on a folklore tale about  a couple that was separated and only allowed to reunite on the 7th day of the 7th month of the Lunar Calendar each year. In 2015, this celebration falls on August 20th.

Based on an old folk tale, QiXi speaks of a cow herder and fairy who fall in love.As the story goes, there was a cowherder who was tending a cow. The cow was really a god who was being punished.  One day, the cow led the cow herder to a lake where the fairies regularly bathed.  The cow herder immediately fell  in love with one of the fairies.  The fairy,  who was known for her weaving and sewing skills, fell back in love with the cowherder. The two soon married and had a son and a daughter, living happily on Earth.

When the Jade Emperor found out that a fairy and a mortal had married, he sent the empress to bring the fairy back.  When the cowherder discovered his wife was gone, the cow came to his aid and told him to make his hide into leather boots so that he couldAn old Chinese folk tale tells about the love between a cow herder and a fairy.  go after her. The cowherder did and after putting his children into two baskets on a pole over his shoulder, he went after his wife.  When the empress realized that the cow herder was following them, she took her hairpin and slashed the sky creating the Milky Way and forever separating the lovers….or so she thought. Nearby magpies took pity on the lovers and formed a bridge over the Milky Way so that the couple could reunite.  When the emperor found out about the bridge,  he allowed it to happen once a year, on the 7th night of the 7th moon.

In ancient Chinese tradition, single girls would use the ‘Night of Sevens’ as a time to show off their sewing skills and pray for a good marriage.  They would offer sacrifices to the gods in hopes that they would be blessed in their sewing skills and marriages.  The Qixi Festival can be traced back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 22). The moral of the story is that love prevails– whether celebrated on Valentine’s Day, or on the 7th day of a 7th month of the Lunar Calendar.

Come and celebrate love at Yu’s Garden Chinese Restaurant during the Double Seven Festivities.

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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 the fast food industry.

Chinese Fast Food2 To put it into perspective, currently the fast food chain McDonald’s has about 35,000 outlets worldwide, with about 15,000 in the U.S. What that means, is that there are more than 3 times the number of Chinese restaurants than the number of McDonald’s outlets. Luckily, although there is definitely a common menu thread, most of Chinese restaurants are privately owned and operated, and not a part of a conglomerate, allowing for a little variance in taste and flavor.

In 2011, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History opened an exhibit called “Sweet & Sour,” outlining the beginnings and the subsequent journey of Chinese-American food. On display were old menus, drawings, photos and implements, as well as a timeline.

The history of Chinese immigration dates back to the mid-1800s when Chinese workers arrived in the United States to work as miners, railroad builders, farmers, and laborers. The first Chinese restaurants were not opened by professionally trained chefs, but by immigrants who were denied work elsewhere or simply wished to feed their own communities. The Chinese restaurant business continued to expand throughout the early 1900s as Americans became intrigued with new exotic flavors at an inexpensive price. Chinese restaurant-owners found ways to combine their traditional recipes with Western flavors in order to attract more American customers. Chop suey, which means “little pieces,” quickly became a culinary trend. A combination of familiar ingredients such as meat, fish, vegetables, eggs, and sauce invited Americans to experience a new culture.

As a new crop of Chinese immigrants landed on the United States in the mid-1960s, new regional flavors, such as Szechuan and Hunan, were infused into the traditional Cantonese-inspired menus.

Throughout the years, however, the model has remained steady: a family-owned and operated business, where everyone in the family plays a role in the operation.

One such story is that of Cedric Yeh’s, the Smithsonian’s Chairman of Asian and Pacific American Initiatives, who practically “grew up” in his family’s Chinese restaurant. Gathering the stories in order to present a perspective from the typical Chinese restaurant family was one of his lifelong dreams, which eventually led to the exhibit that concluded in February of 2013.

Sweet and Sour by John YungConcurrently, Professor John Jung, a second generation Chinese psychologist who retired from California State University, Long Beach, was fascinated by the Chinese-American restaurant history. After retiring, he delved into researching and studying the historical and sociological aspect of Chinese Americans, resulting in several book publications: Southern Fried Rice: Life in A Chinese Laundry in the Deep South, Chinese Laundries: Tickets to Survival on Gold Mountain, and Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton: Lives of Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers. In 2010, he published Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants, exploring the history while attempting to understand the conditions that made their success possible.

Join us today at Yu’s New Beijing to enjoy Chinese-American dishes that are surely to satisfy you. We are open 7 days a week. You can dine in, pick up your take-out, or have your delicious food delivered. 630.469.1535.

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2015 Dragon Boat Race for Literacy to Take Place on June 27 at Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chicago’s Chinatown

Logo from Chinatown's Race.fwYu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant is happy to share with you news about the “Dragon Boat Race for Literacy” event, the 2000-year old tradition of “dragon boat racing,” coming to Chicago’s Chinatown on Saturday, June 27, 2015 on the Chicago River at Ping Tom Memorial Park.

This is the 15th consecutive year in which colorful dragon-headed and tailed boats race to win the coveted first place. Sponsored by the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Chicago Park District Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Office of 25th Ward Alderman Daniel Solis, the Chicago Marine Heritage Society, and Friends of the Chicago River, the event is likely to bring over 10,000 spectators.

For over 2000, people in China and Asia have practiced this tradition to celebrate the spirit of the great warrior Qu Yuan, who had drowned himself in the river Mi Lo to protest against political corruption. The Dragon Boat Festival, also kwon as Duanwu Jie, typically falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. The story goes that for many years, Qu Yuan’s supporters threw rice into the river to feed his spirit, but that eventually, the offerings were intercepted by a water dragon.

The Dragon Boat Festival and Race has become a popular event throughout the world. This year in Chicago’s Chinatown, 28 boats are expected to participate. The Dragon Boat Race Tournament will begin at 8am and end at about 5pm with the award ceremonies. Visitors will be able to also enjoy on-land musical and dance performances. Children will be amused by plenty of activities, while adults will relish on the offerings of several vendors.

This event is free to the public and all proceeds go to “support and promote local literacy, cultural, and diversity programs.”

Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant in Glen Ellyn, IL is happy to share Chinese culture and traditions with our friends.

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Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant in Glen Ellyn, IL Celebrates Arbor Day 2015

Yu’s New Beijing in Glen Ellyn, IL is honored to serve the community with wholesome Chinese food, cooked fresh for you every day. We also like sharing cultural and community news that helps to bring us together.

Arbor Day 2015 is celebrated on April 24.On April 24, 2015, we will be celebrating National Arbor Day, giving a shout out to those magnificent trees which, luckily for us, are sprinkled throughout the world.

Trees are indispensable for humankind, as they create an ecosystem, which provides a natural habitat for many animals. In addition, trees also absorb carbon dioxide and other harmful gasses, such as carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide, as well as releasing oxygen—something all Earth-roaming creatures could not live without.

There are many activities in and around Chicagoland scheduled to celebrate Arbor Day. Close to us,  the Morton Arboretum located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, has a series of events planned for this momentous occasion, including a 10K Run on April 19th, a “Dress Like a Tree, Get in Free” on April 24th, tree plantings and tagging, and a huge plant sale from Friday, April 24h through Sunday, April 26th.

In addition, Morton Arboretum has scheduled a Tree House Tales Exhibition, featuring amazing creations such as a dogwood doghouse, a white oak cabin, a silver maple factory, a bur oak clubhouse, an empress tree castle, and a white pine ship. This exhibit is free with regular admission.

Gingko Tree LeavesTrees go back a long time in the history of our Earth. According to scientists, the oldest tree species known to still thrive today is the gingko, which stems from China. Evidence of growing gingko date as far as 200 million years ago!

But, when we talk about the longest living trees in the world, there are some fearless contenders: “Methuselah,” located in the White Mountains of California is said to be about 4,900 years old. Methuselah is a bristlecone pine. A prime contender, however, is “Jōmon Sugi,” located in Yakushima, Japan, with its longevity calculated to be between 2,000 and 7,000 years. Most believe that Jōmon Sugi is the oldest tree in the world.

Metuselah TreeThere are a number of ancient trees around the world, finding themselves in Brazil, Crete, the U.S., the Andes Mountains, North Wales, Iran, and Mount Etna in Italy. In other words, these amazing life forms have witnessed history like no other living creature has… and it is only right to set a day to honor their presence and their contribution.

At Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, we honor the past, respect the present, and wish for a bright future for everyone.

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The Boluo Temple Festival and The Story of the Magic Chicken

Boluo TempleIn 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 Dynasty, approximately (627 – 649 AD).

Each year, the birth of Boluo, God of the Sea,  is celebrated between the eleventh and thirteen day of the second month of the lunar year. This year, the festival falls in March, attracting thousands of tourists who will enjoy local food, culture and crafts in an exciting and luck-filled atmosphere.

Adding to the celebration of the birth of Boluo, is the legend of the Magic Boluo Chicken.   As in most folk stories, this tale goes back more than 1000 years.

Boluo Tourists with ChickensThe legend tells us about a local woman by the name of Zhang, whose priced possession was a rooster who crowed like no other. A ruffian landlord, himself an avid cock fighter, offered to buy the rooster from the woman. When she declined, the landlord had the rooster stolen by his servants, but, to his surprise the rooster never crowed again. Enraged, he killed the rooster. The old woman was devastated when she heard the news and picking up some of the rooster’s feathers, she constructed a chicken out of clay and paper, gluing some of the rooster’s feathers onto it. To her astonishment, the next morning, the clay and paper chicken began to crow as loudly and proudly as the demised rooster.

Excited with the outcome, Zhan made more chickens in an attempt to share her luck with the people attending the Boluo Temple Festival. This tradition has become the center attraction of the festival, which features thousands of feathered clay and paper chickens bound to bring luck to the tourists who buy them to take them home.

At Yu’s New Beijing, we love sharing Chinese traditions and legends with you.

We make our wholesome Chinese food fresh for you every day. We are located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and are open 7 days a week for dine-in, pick up or delivery. 630.469.1535.

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Happy Spring from Yu’s New Beijing in Glen Ellyn, Illinois – Enjoy This Blooming Dogwood Drawing

With the harsh winter we have been experiencing, it is sometimes hard to imagine that spring is just around the corner.

At Yu’ New Beijing Chinese Restaurant in Glen Ellyn, IL, we hope this blooming dogwood drawing will help you get in the mood for the milder season that is bound to be here soon.

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” -Hal Borland

Yu’s New Beijing Chinese Restaurant
610 Roosevelt Rd.
Glen Ellyn, IL  60137
630.469.1535

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