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Animals signs may all have origins in results of a race, Taoists say
The use of animals to represent a year in a 12-year cycle, now commonly known as the Chinese zodiac, can actually be found in many ancient cultures including China, Egypt, Greece and ancient Babylon. The Chinese Zodiac system is still commonly used in China and some other nations in Asia including Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Mongolia.
 
Chinese lion dance tradition thrives in Malaysia
The traditional art of the Chinese lion dance is nowhere near perishing in Muslim-majority Malaysia.
 
Hotels expand options to accommodate guests' requests to be healthy on the road
Running concierges, a hotel mini bar stocked with produce from the local farmers market and a training wall that comes standard in every room. The hotel industry is moving beyond basement gyms and basic spa menus to accommodate guests' growing requests to stay healthy while on the road.
 
Taxi Less than one week before Chinese New Year, local governments have announced Chinese New Year taxi fare hikes, the arrangements for trash collections and other changes affecting bank and medical services.
 
Young Vietnamese chess player dreams of grandmaster greatness
Wearing a beautiful and sparkling purple dress, Nguyen Le Cam Hien was busy chatting with several people at a sports awards ceremony in Hanoi. Their conversations were about her daily activities, mainly focusing on school and chess.
 
Traffic control plan set for Alishan flower season
Only 16,000 people per day will be permitted to visit Alishan during the cherry blossom viewing season on weekends between March 10 and April 10, according to the Directorate General of Highways (DGH, 公路總局).
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In fad, Thais treat 'child angel' dolls like pets
Mix one part superstition, two parts fashion, a dab of celebrity idolatry and a heap of media frenzy, and what do you get?
 
Monthlong Muslin Festival in Dhaka
The Muslin Festival, hosted by Drik in collaboration with Aarong and the Bangladesh National Museum is set to start this February.
 
Survivor sheds light on WWII Jewish Councils
Throughout the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam, and while incarcerated in two prison camps, Mirjam Bolle wrote letters to her fiance that she never sent but hoped to share with him after the war. Yet when the two ultimately reunited she decided to leave the past behind and stashed them away. Now, decades later, she has published them as a memoir.
 
It has been a year since two pilots from the U.S. and Russia lifted off from Japan with the aim of flying farther and longer in their gas balloon than anyone in history.
 
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