A Ming Dynasty General’s Art of War

There are 10 great books on the art of war in Chinese history: The Art of War (孙子兵法); Sun Bin’s Art of War (孙膑兵法); Wuzi (吴子); Six Secret Strategies (六韬); Wei Liaozi (尉缭子); The Strategies of the Sima (司马法); Plant Taibai’s (Venus) Secret Strategies (太白阴经); Tiger Seal’s Military Strategies (虎钤经)y; Jixiao’s New Book (纪效新书); Military Traning (练兵实纪).

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Daily Lives of Chinese People in the 11th Century

Along the River During the Qingming Festival (清明上河图) is one of the most acclaimed classic Chinese masterpieces created by Zhang Zeduan (张择端, 108-1145). It is a 5-metre long painting that illustrates a panoramic street scene of the Chinese capital Bianliang (汴梁) in the 11th century, located in today’s Kaifeng, Henan. This section of the painting shows restaurant staff loading cooked […]

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A Women’s Kingdom

The Kingdom of Women (女儿国) is a chapter in the classic Chinese fantasy novel Flowers in the Mirror (镜花缘) by Li Ruzhen (李汝珍). The novel was published in the early 19th century. A World in the Mirror The story is set in the prosperous era of Tang Dynasty during woman emperor Wu Zetian’s reign. A disgruntled scholar Tang Ao in […]

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A Donkey Lost Its Plot

There was no donkey in this mountain until a boat shipped one from afar across the waterway to the region. A tiger from the mountain spotted the donkey and tried to communicate with the guest, but the donkey only traded with a loud and aggressive shriek. The tiger was shocked and dodged aside. After a while, the tiger tentatively returned […]

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