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Ancient Chinese copper coins are circular with a square hole in the middle. The outer shape symbolizes heaven, innate wisdom, and the foundation of running a business.
Business and Benevolence in Traditional Chinese Culture
Ancient Chinese copper coins were circular in shape with a square hole in the middle. For the ancients, the round shape symbolized the eternity of heaven, and the square hole in the middle symbolized the...
The literary giant Su Shi was also an effective and honest official who used his fortitude to help the people he governed. The literary giant Su Shi was also an effective and honest official who used his fortitude to help the people he governed.
Su Shi, the Ancient Poet Who Put the People First
One of the greatest literati of ancient China, the ancient poet Su Shi (蘇軾), also known by his alias Su Dongpo (蘇東坡), was not just an accomplished man of letters, but also a dedicated and...
Qingming: Pure Brightness to Honor the Deceased
During ancient China’s Spring and Autumn Period almost 2,700 years ago, there was an official who was so loyal that he let himself be burned to death rather than risk dishonoring his prince. According to...
How the Pursuit of Extremes Doomed China’s Sui Dynasty
The Sui Dynasty (A.D. 581-618) was the seventh major dynasty in Chinese history. Though very powerful, it lasted less than 40 years across the reign of just two emperors: Yang Jian (楊堅) and his son...
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...
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 which we are now familiar....
Here’s Why Chinese Foot Binding Lasted for a Millennium
In China, up until the 20th century, many women had their feet broken in order to make it look more appealing. Known as "foot binding," the practice began with the upper-class court dancers, slowly spreading...