Ancient China

China today is often mocked as the ‘copycat nation,’ but ancient China was a breeding ground for some of the world’s most important inventions. (Image:  wikimedia /  CC0 1.0)

9 Amazing Things Invented by the Chinese

China today is often mocked as the “copycat nation” due to its tendency to take Western products, re-engineer them, and sell the counterfeited items across the world. However, this is a very recent phenomenon. Before the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)…

It is said that jade masters have hands that can create miracles, because they can make beautiful looking jade jewelry out of ordinary looking jade stones. (Image: Zhangyu_5, Pixabay, CC0)

The True Jade of He Bian

Jade has been valued since time immemorial in China for its beauty and purity. A well-known story recorded by the Legalist Chinese philosopher Han Fei Zi alludes to these qualities as it tells of the He Shi Bi (和氏璧), the…

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A Look Inside Studios of Ancient Chinese Scholars

In ancient China, scholars were held in high regard. They often maintained their own studios. The scholars stored several items that were considered necessary for their profession. The objects’ quality…

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Ancient Chinese Hairstyles Through the Years

Ancient Chinese had a very specific image of “classic beauty.” Chinese traditional beauty was often defined as having delicate skin, small eyes and ears, thin eyebrows, long fingers, pale face,…

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9 Amazing Things Invented by the Chinese

China today is often mocked as the “copycat nation” due to its tendency to take Western products, re-engineer them, and sell the counterfeited items across the world. However, this is…

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The True Jade of He Bian

Jade has been valued since time immemorial in China for its beauty and purity. A well-known story recorded by the Legalist Chinese philosopher Han Fei Zi alludes to these qualities…

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The Legacy of China’s First Emperor

China has a history of around 5,000 years, but prior to the Qin Dynasty that began in 221 B.C., the concept of “China” was totally different than the one with…

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Dragon Boat Festival Activities

Cheered on by thousands and accompanied by the loud sounds of drums, gongs, and firecrackers, long and narrow boats decorated with colorful dragon heads, tails, and scales race in rivers…

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China’s Most Beautiful Town, Ancient Fenghuang

Ancient Fenghuang is an exceptionally well-preserved town and sits on the western border of Hunan Province. It is in an area with exceptional natural beauty where mountains, water, and blue…

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The Lasting Beauty of Chinese Bronze Mirrors

Bronze mirrors have a 4,000 year history in China. Not until the later period of the Qing Dynasty were they gradually replaced by glass mirrors. Producing a bronze mirror was…

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The Chinese Terra Cotta Warriors

The Chinese Terra Cotta Warriors, also known as the Terra Cotta Army, come from the most significant archaeological excavation of the 20th century, and one of the most sensational archaeological…

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The Making and Essence of Chinese Paintings

Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Originating as artwork for decorative and ornamental purposes, Chinese painting techniques evolved into a classic art form…

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Zhang Heng’s Famous Ancient Chinese Inventions

Zhang Heng (A.D. 78-139) was a Chinese astronomer, mathematician, inventor, geographer, cartographer, artist, poet, statesman, and literary scholar from Nanyang, Henan Province, China. He is noted for many ancient Chinese…