Sunday, February 6, 2022

Celebrating the Country of China

One of the Four Great
Beauties of China
This is the seventh in my series, highlighting the rich diversity of folktales, fairy tales, legends, and myths from around the world. My hope is that this will make it easier for you to find new and unique tales to add to your repertoire, and in the process, we will learn more about our global neighbors.

Since the Olympics began in Beijing a few days ago I thought it made sense to highlight China this time around. The country of China is divided into thirty-one provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions. I encourage you to conduct further research on the specific region and/or culture behind the stories. I also offer some curriculum and crafts resources, with articles for additional reading on the beautiful country of China.

At the end of this blog, you will find links to my previous journeys to Africa, India, Germany, Russia, Scotland, and Turkey. I hope you find something useful and fun to add to your storytelling work or classroom.


The Ancestor of Tea

The Blue Rose The tenth story in the book by Marie L. Shedlock.

The Butterfly Lovers

The Clever Wife 

The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl

The Discovery of Salt

The Dragon Princess

The Golden Beetle or Why Dog Hates Cat

Grandmother Tiger

How the Moon Became Beautiful

How Three Heroes Came By Their Deaths Because of Two Peaches

The Ladle of the Moon

The Ladle That Fell From the Moon

The Lady Who Lives on the Moon

The Magic Brocade

The Nodding Tiger

The Old Woman and the Tiger

The Princess Kwan-Yin

The Queen Mother of the West

The Snake and Frog

The Story of Niu Land and Zhi Nu

The Talking Fish

The Two Jugglers


15 Engaging Children’s Books About China

20 of the Best Books Promoting Chinese Culture for Children


25 Outstanding Olympic Crafts for Kids to Make

Activity CraftsNineteen Chinese crafts for a variety of ages.

Happy Toddler Playtime: The Best 30 Chinese New Year Activities and Crafts for Kids in 2022


Lions, Dragons, and Nian: Animals of the Chinese New Year - Wonderfully inclusive lesson plan on the Chinese Spring Festival and eastern and western dragons associated with the Chinese New Year. 

Smithsonian Institute – Timeline of Chinese History, Art, and Culture Timelines, lesson plans, maps, and more. You can explore by Theme, Dynasty, or Object.


Chinese Fables and Folk Stories by Mary Hayes Davis, Chow-Leung, published in 1908.

The Chinese Fairy Book by Dr. R. Wilhelm, 1921. Seventy-four stories of saints, magicians, ghost stories, and more.

Chinese Folklore -Short Stories for Children

Chinese Legends; Or, The Porcelain Tower by Thomas Henry Sealy, 1848.

Chinese Tea Stories - A site brewing with interesting folktales from China.

Chinese Wonder Book - Fifteen stories from Norman Hinsdale Pitman, 1919.

Myths and Legends of China by E.T.C. Werner Myths of water, fire, the stars, fox legends, and so much more.


Chinese Tales - Stories associated with festivals, war, love, myths, Buddhist’s tales and more.

Top Ten Chinese Myths


Celebrating the Continent of Africa

Celebrating the Country of Germany

Celebrating the Country of India

Celebrating the Country of Russia

Celebrating the Country of Scotland

Celebrating the Country of Turkey

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