Xu Tsunzhai, a grand scholar in the Ming Dynasty, became a government official when he was only 20 years old. (Image:  wikimedia /  CC0 1.0)

How the Imperial Examiner Faced a Candidate

Palace Examination was the highest level of examination in the ancient Chinese civil service examination system. The first place winner would receive the title “Zhuang Yuan,” the second “Bang Yan,” and the third “Tan Hua.” Xu Tsunzhai, a grand scholar…

Every year, thousands of students in Hong Kong work hard in an effort to score top grades in the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. (Image: via  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

Why Hong Kong Loves the IB Exams

In academics, Hong Kong is known for its love of the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. Every year, thousands of its students work hard in an effort to score top grades. And the islanders continued with their tradition of excellent results…

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How the Imperial Examiner Faced a Candidate

Palace Examination was the highest level of examination in the ancient Chinese civil service examination system. The first place winner would receive the title “Zhuang Yuan,” the second “Bang Yan,”…

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Why Hong Kong Loves the IB Exams

In academics, Hong Kong is known for its love of the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. Every year, thousands of its students work hard in an effort to score top grades.…

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How an Unloved Women Saved the State of Qi

During the Warring States Period, in a place called Qi, there once lived an extraordinary woman called Wu Yan. She was still unmarried at the age of 40 because she was…

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Compassion Helped Neanderthals to Survive

They have an unwarranted image as brutish and uncaring, but new research has revealed just how knowledgeable and effective Neanderthal healthcare was. The study, by the University of York, reveals that…

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Good Character Is Your Real Fortune

Your real fortune is neither beauty nor money, but a good character, which is a passport to a good life. In an indifferent and unpredictable environment, your thinking and reactions depend on the…

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A Feng Shui Master’s Last Words

Li Ka Shing, a Hong Kong billionaire, started out as a small businessman at the age of 30. At a reception, he met Chen Lang, one of the 10 most…

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Thief’s Successes Led to His Own Capture

During Emperor Qianlong’s reign in the 18th century, there was a thief who specialized in stealing treasures out of the palace. The thief could go in and out of the…

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Fear Not That Others Know, But That I Know

During the Yongzheng era (1723-1735) of the Qing Dynasty, there was a principled and unselfish official named Ye Cunren who served as a government administrator for over 30 years.

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The History of Silk in Ancient China

Of all Chinese inventions, silk (絲 sī) is perhaps the oldest. Traces of silk fabric have been found among remains from around 1300 B.C. The use of silk in China…