Newsletter #144

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Dear Friend,

The Year of the Rooster has arrived! ChinaSprout wishes you and your family a happy, healthy, and prosperous Year of the Rooster. We hope that you will celebrate as Chinese around world do, during this important holiday - eat good food, wear new clothes, clean the house, decorate your home with good luck couplets, and more. Our Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival Page will tell you even more about how the Chinese celebrate this holiday. ChinaSprout also features Chinese New Year e-cards that you can send to your family, friends, and loved ones. With Valentine's Day following just behind New Year, be sure to visit our Valentine's Page for thoughtful and authentic Chinese gifts for your special valentines.

Happy Year of the Rooster !

Valentine's Day

ChinaSprout has everything that you need to make your New Year celebration complete. Choose from decorative lanterns, couplets, and wall hangingsfor your home, beautiful traditional dresses and suits for holiday festivities, and lovely New Year cards and red envelopes to spread well-wishes to friends and family. ChinaSprout has a wide range of authentic Chinese New Year products to bring the joy and fun of this auspicious holiday into your own home.



Happy Valentine’s Day! Gifts Under $50 and $100

Valentine’s Day is just a week away. Find the perfect gift for every special someone in your life when you visit ChinaSprout's Valentine's page. Share what's in your heart by giving one of our sentitmental silver or gold jewelry pieces, decorations adorned with the Chinese character for Love (Ai), or any of our beautiful  home decor or personal accessory items. You are sure to find the perfect gift at ChinaSprout!  Come and see some of our special favorites.

Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day E-cardsGifts Under $50 and $100

Just in time for the Chinese New Year, we've designed a new set of Chinese New Year cards! These beautiful cards are free and you can send them to as many friends and family members as you like. Best of all, they count towards our popular Friends & Family Referral Program! Should any of the recipients of your E-card buy something at ChinaSprout, you will automatically receive a 10% coupon (restrictions apply, see here for more).   

New Products

Corolle Mini-Calin Asian Doll
 Corolle Mini-Calin Asian Doll
Chinese Character Necklaces
Chinese Character Necklaces
Chinese Pinwheel
Chinese Pinwheel
Good Luck Life
Good Luck Life
 Silver Bracelet - Double Happiness

Silver Jewelry…

Just in time for Valentine's Day, ChinaSprout is introducing inspired silver bracelets, necklaces, and pendants. Every piece relates special messages of love, family, happiness, or an appreciation for beauty or mastery. Your valentine will love to receive such heartfelt sentiments. 

 Silk Dragon Robe


In addition to our newest silver collection, we also received beautiful beaded stone, cloisonne, and CinnaBar jewelry that includes everything from a simple red thread bracelet to complimentary sets. Many of these pieces express warm sentiments that celebrate the love of families, both old and new. For true valentine luxury, be sure to check out our Silk Dragon Robes, perfect for wearing while relaxing in front of a warm fire.


 Spring New Year Ornament

New Year Decor and Toys…

It is not too late get more New Year decorations since the Chinese celebrate the New Year holiday for 15 days! Get more ornaments,  Chinese-themed party napkins/plates, pinwheels, or a stirring oil painting to complete your New Year celebrations.  Little girls will love to get new gifts, like children in China, during the New Year. Our new Corolle dolls, Calin or Cherry, will be the perfect gifts to accompany them to New Year parades and festivities. 

Visit these pages for more Chinese New Year home decor such as Wall Hangings, Couplets, Lanterns, Firecrackers



Learning about Chinese culture will be great fun for kids when you include our new craft, music, and story books. Find out intriguing facts about Chinese holidays and customs, build and fly your own kite, learn to play Chinese folk songs, and gain meaningful insight into traditional values.  We have also added wonderful language resources, including dictionaries, picture books, posters, and a fabulous reference book for mastering tonal pronunciation.

 Magical Chinese - Entering China

VCDs and Audio…

China Panorama continues to be a best-selling Chinese language series at ChinaSprout. We have just added supplemental VCDs and audio cassettes, which support the lessons from the textbooks and workbooks. Kids will be engaged in learning about Chinese characters and festivals with the delightful Magical Chinese and Chinese Festival Tales. Plus, babies and toddlers can begin Chinese language learning, too, with Learn Chinese and English Together.

China in the News

A Talk Show Host Wants to Be China's Larry King

NY Times, February 7, 2005
Jack Pan aspires to be the Larry King of China. It is a grandiose ambition for a budding Chinese television host who began his career as an engineer and propaganda official.

Get the whole story here

China's Holiday Homecoming Creates Travel Nightmare

NY Times, February 6 2005
At 10 p.m., when the hulking Beijing West Railway Station is usually emptying of passengers, Xie Wenzhong has arrived eight hours early for his morning train in hopes of beating the crowds. He can barely find a place to sit.

Get the whole story here

Embracing Lunar New Year 

China Daily, February 7, 2005
A Chinese woman looks at lantern decorations for the upcoming Spring Festival temple fair in Beijing February 7, 2005. Red decorations are customarily used by the Chinese to usher in the Lunar New Year, the year of the Rooster, which starts on February 9.

See more pictures

China TV

The China Related TV list is compiled weekly by Kirby Bartlett-Sloan. Kirby, an adoptive parent of three Chinese girls, has one of the most comprehensive TV listings of programs on China and from China that are in the English language.

The Real Flying Tigers

In 1941, with the U.S. government's tacit approval, retired Army Air Force Captain Claire L. Chennault, then a colonel in China's Air Force, formed the mercenary American Volunteer Group to fight Japan. Later dubbed "Flying Tigers", these brave pilots set records yet to be equaled in the annals of aerial history. This is their story. TV G
Tuesday February 08, 2005 6:00pm-7:00pm on HIST - The History Channel - Special / History

Stanley - "A Happy Chinese New Year"

Stanley and friends throw a Chinese New Year celebration to cheer up Jane.
Wednesday February 09, 2005 9:30am-9:45am on Disney Channel - Children's Show / Educational

Wolfgang Puck - "Chinese New Year"

Imperial lobster; Peking duck; shrimp; Chinese noodles.
Wednesday February 09, 2005 10:00am-10:30am on FOOD - The Food Network - Special / Cooking

More listings... 

Chinese Wisdom of the Week

"Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous."  from Quotations from Conficius

Conficius rightly believed that part of his wisdom came from learning (reading, experiencing life, and observation) . However, he also understood that the balance of his wisdom came from thought (considering action and consequence). One without the other is useless. May you find a steady balance on your own path to wisdom.

Wishing you and your family a healthy and prosperous Year of the Rooster! Xin Nian Kuai Le! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Your Friends,

The ChinaSprout Team 

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