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As our store has been in business for decades, we’ve processed several hundreds of orders while ceaselessly trying to find beautiful oriental furniture pieces to make your house a home. While some products fall into the ‘come-and-go’ category, we’ve also noticed that certain pieces and styles are always asked about and become our clients’ favorite throughout the years.

Every time we were on our Yesterday Once Again missions making a trip to China, we never missed adding a few more days just to explore local places, and one of our favorite things is strolling around the historical quarter of the cities we happened to be at the time.

When it comes to Classical Chinese furniture, the first thing that comes up in our minds is often their delicate oriental designs and appearances. But among Chinese furniture enthusiasts, a factor that’s no less important is the material, specifically the type of wood used to create these stunning pieces.

While we’re still on the topic of artistic themes that can be found in Chinese style furniture and decorations, let’s take a look at one of the more traditional takes:  plants and flowers.

When you’re drawn into the world of Chinese furniture and decoration, there’s this small catch: it’s just impossible to overlook their elaborate details and rich cultural contexts. Oftentimes the design, patterns, colors, or even materials tell a lot of stories about that particular piece.

As summer looms, things become more colorful with all kinds of flowers blossoming around China. We at Yesterday Once Again can’t help but notice that around this time of the year, the more vivid tone and color trend is also reflected in the pieces that arrive in our warehouses.

The Chinese New Year, or more authentically the Spring Festival (春节Chūn Jié), is around the corner and it’s the Ox Year! For 2021, the New Year Day falls upon 12th February but the Chinese would celebrate a little earlier than that.

As the pandemic reemerges, people all over the world are spending more time at home than ever. Views on our surroundings and how we manage our domestic spaces also seem to be collectively reshaped, as home becomes our refuge from the crazy world outside more than ever.

Yes, the Bauhaus once said ‘form follows function’, and it is what some people apply to their interior design choices, but we at YOA look at it a bit differently, because if you can get a combo treat then why not? The reason being: when it’s Chinese furniture or decorative pieces, they likely come along with an art piece!

For any Chinese culture enthusiast out there, or if you’ve been learning Chinese for quite a while, it’s very possible that you have come across the “Four Great Treasures of the Study” at some point (your laoshi would certainly mention them!). But if you haven’t, this post is a good start! Let’s get familiar with them and their significance regarding Chinese penmanship culture.

The Chinese Zodiac Animals 101 and Why Chinese Shrines are Often Crowded around the Lunar New Year

Confession time: we at YOA have a really, really soft spot for Beijing’s Imperial Palace (aka the Forbidden City, but we prefer the Chinese name Gugong).

You may not know this, but China celebrates its own version of the “Day of Love” and it’s coming up soon! Of course it’s not called Valentine’s Day; it’s ‘Qixi (七夕 or Double Seven)’ and the festival falls on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, so every year the date shifts around a little bit within August. For 2020, it’s August 25th!

The Chinese couplet refers to two complementary poetic lines adhering to certain rules, often written on red paper or carved on wooden uprights for appreciation. A form of Chinese literature, the couplet varies in content and style, and can be poetic and calligraphic art. Some couplets express people's earnest love to their motherland, some describe the beauty of the nature, and some convey a maxim or best wishes for the coming year.

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"The Four Great Inventions of Ancient China" refers to paper, gunpowder, printing, and the compass.

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