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  • Made In China: Amazing Chinese inventions of the ancient world

    These four Made In China products of the ancient world have changed the course of history. Do you know them?

  • Great Chinese Poets and Where to Find Them

    Poetry is an ambiguous art form to many in contemporary society where commercial cinema and Internet pop-ups; graphic art and digital visuals inform much of our dizzying, day-to-day experience. Yet the desire to capture a moment, a feeling, a profound experience or philosophical insight in verse still resonates. Indeed the poetic concept has had wordsmith’s grappling with language since the earliest vestiges of the modern man, whom rose from the swamps, woods or desert and began to wonder what life was all about. Everything from epic journeys to dandelions has been evoked with rhyme, wordplay, symbolism and meter.

  • A Chinese Halloween: the Hungry Ghost Festival

    Did you know? China has its very own Halloween, the Hungry Ghost Festival! No, it's not a big party, but it sure is an interesting festival to observe.

  • Guiyang and Beyond

    Guizhou – a province of cloud-quilted mountainous, deep river gorges and lost valleys. The remarkable topography here has shaped a myriad of minority cultures; peoples that to this day make southwest China one of the most intriguing places to visit. And these diverse people typically converge in Guiyang, the rambling capital at the heart of this unique quarter of the Middle Kingdom.

  • Lost in a Beijing Museum

    It stands to reason that Beijing, being the capital city, posses a multitude of museums to explore. Perhaps most famous of all is the Palace Museum, a sort of living, breathing insight into decadent imperial life during Ming-Qing China. It is of course better known as the Forbidden City.

  • The Marvels of Shanxi

    The province of Shanxi covers a large plateau in northern China. Landlocked and averaging at 1000 metres above sea level, the Yellow River flanks its western border, while its tributaries, the Fen and Qin, feed much of this rain-starved region. Mount Wutai in the northeast is Shanxi’s tallest peak standing at 3058 metres.

  • The Philosophies That Shape China

    Learn about the three major philosophies that have shaped China in its 5000 years of history.

  • Is the Xia Dynasty Just a Legend?

    ​You may have never heard of the Xia Dynasty before. It is believed to be the first dynastic clan to rule over China, but there are almost no archeological remains to prove the written records. So it has been considered a legend by many modern historians.

  • A Musical Odyssey through China

    Curious about Chinese music? Explore the rich history and wonderful sounds of traditional, folk, and modern Chinese music!

  • Dive into the legends and history of Jiangxi’s Capital, Nanchang

    Wedged between Fujian and Hunan the landlocked southern province of Jiangxi is often overshadowed by its more boisterous neighbours. This has had the converse affect of preserving a lush environment of rice fields and forested hills, not to mention leaving Jiangxi’s many cultural and historic sites unburdened by marauding tour groups.

  • Explore China's History Off the Beaten Path in Old Fuzhou

    Many overlook Fuzhou in their rush northeast to the tea fields of Wuyi Mountain or south to Xiamen, which is home to a much-revered collection of colonial villas. But while many use Fuzhou as a point of transit, this semi-prosperous provincial capital it is in fact a pleasant place to while away a few days. The city and surrounding region has its own culture and an architectural style distinct from other regions in China and Fujian, which informs the area’s unique culinary and linguistic traditions.

  • Quanzhou, Mouth of the Maritime Silk Road

    When we think of ancient China, we tend to think of an inward facing culture, an empire possessed by the idea of its own unsurpassable Confucian haughtiness. This is because when Europeans started to arrive in China en masse, Qing China had become a rather xenophobic giant without need for “barbarian inventions” like telescopes or steam engines. When things came to ahead during the first Opium War, China’s fleet of wooden war junks were no match for British gunboats. Little Britain showed Big China that maritime dominion now determined who was boss.

  • 5 Very Different, But Extremely Beautiful Places In China

    5 Very Different, But Extremely Beautiful Places In China

    Being such a massive country, China has so many diverse landscapes. From stunning rice fields and lush national parks, to quaint old towns and vast mountainous regions, these landscapes are all so different, yet beautiful in their own unique way.

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