MT. WUDANG, CHINA’S BIGGEST DAOIST CENTRE

Mt. Wudang, the Biggest Daoist Hub in China Daoist temples began to appear in Mt Wudang since Lao Tzu and Confucius time 2,500 years ago. But Mt. Wudang was developed into a Daoist hub hundreds years later during the Weijin South North Dynasties (魏晋南北朝) around the 3rd and the 4th centuries, the time when the story of Nirvana in Fire, […]

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A CHINESE VILLAGE HOUSE WITH 118 ROOMS

This is a giant village house supported by 1,322 timber columns, located in the outskirts of Shaoxing in Zhejiang Province. Shaoxing is an ancient city with a rich cultural tradition and the homeland to some prominent figures in Chinese history, including the greatest hydraulic engineer and last ruler of Xia Dynasty Yu the Great (大禹, 4,000 BC), China’s greatest calligrapher […]

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MORE THAN 6,000-YEAR-OLD MAJIABANG CULTUE

Majiabang Culture (马家浜文化) existed during the so-called Neolithic Age at the mouth of the Yangtze River, primarily around Lake Tai, in the area between Changzhou in southern Jiangsu and Hangzhou in northern Zhejiang, centred with Jiaxing, 100 km from Shanghai. Its existence was previously unknown until 1959 during a government-organised archaeological study at village Majiabang in Jiaxing. The unearthed items from […]

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UNUSUAL LANDFORM IN CHINA

Stone Bridges Made by Nature A naturally formed rock arch bridge in Mt. Taihang in Hebei Province. Karst landscapes are typically seen in China’s southernmost provinces Guizhou, Guangxi and Yunnan. It is rather unusual to find this special landform in a region as north as Hebei. Another naturally formed stone bridge in Mt. Taihang that situats in China’s northern inland […]

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LABA CONGEE FESTIVAL – A WARM UP TO CHINESE NEW YEAR

Lunar December (la) 8 (ba) in Chinese calendar is China’s traditional La Ba festival. However, traditionally in China there is only one way to observe this special day, that is to eat La Ba congee – a multi-material rice soup cooked in one-step process, either sweet or salt. Labazhou Festival was initially set to commemorate Shakyamuni Buddha’s regaining of physical […]

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