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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Japan’s Biological Warfare in China

Ishii Shirō handed over 8,000 bioweapon samples, and in return, he never went to trial but worked at Fort Detrick, the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases that develops bio-weapons, where a special lab had been allocated for him.

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