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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 Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, Leif Erickson, Ferdinand Magellan, or Francis Drake. But few would name the...
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Lantern Festival: Traditions for the End of China’s Holiday Season
By Ally Wang This year, the Chinese lunar new year fell on Feb. 1 — day 1 of the 1st lunar month (正月初一) according to the traditional calendar. Fifteen days later marks the Lantern Festival,...
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The Imperial Eunuchs of China: From Wicked Usurpers to Selfless Heroes
The term eunuch comes from the ancient Greek word eunoukhos (εὐνοῦχος), meaning “guarding the bed.” The Imperial eunuchs of China were castrated males employed as guardians in the royal court; trusted not only because of...
Why Chinese Eat Mooncakes
One of the most well-known staples of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is the mooncake, called yuebing (月餅) in Chinese. While the name “mooncake” goes back only to the Tang Dynasty over a millennium ago, the...