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The Great Chinese Treasure Ships of Zheng He
Ask an American to name the world’s greatest maritime explorers and you will likely hear the names of...
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Paper Gourds of the Dragon Boat Festival
June 3, is the Duanwu or Dragon Boat Festival (端午節) this year, and is one of the three most celebrated...
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Gongshi: The ‘Scholar’s Rocks’ of China
The mountain holds a special place in Chinese art and philosophy, as men of learning attempted to convey...
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Ancient Pants Discovered in China Reveal Clues to Their Origin
Today it’s hard to imagine a life without pants. For both men and women, slacks are a go-to garment for...
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Jasmine – The Flower That Makes Ordinary Tea Extraordinary
You may have wondered what gives a good jasmine tea that intoxicating fragrance and heavenly flavor....
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A Fate Preordained: The Rise and Fall of Zhou Yafu, Prime Minister of Han
Fate and predestiny are ingrained in traditional Chinese belief. The word ming (命), which means "life...
Thousands of People Around the World Rally to Celebrate 30 Years of Falun Gong
As Falun Gong practitioners and supporters all around the world gather to commemorate and celebrate on...
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The Past–And Present–of China’s Imperial Exams
Adapted from Erping Zhang's original video available on YouTube. Chinese civilization has long viewed...
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The Virtuous Rule of Emperor Kangxi
Emperor Kangxi (康熙) was the longest reigning emperor in China. Coming into power at the age of seven,...