A Warmonger Monkey

This is not a fairytale but a real incident occurred in a zoo in Guangdong Province. A tiger and a monkey were neighbours with their territories separated by steel bars along the border. One day when the tiger quietly took a nap, the restless and insecure monkey somehow became more vicious, more aggressive, more inclined to take risks to come […]

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Pandas Not In Black & White

China found a white panda in Sichuan Province in April 2019. The first panda donning other coloured coat, instead of in a trademark white & black outfit, was discovered in 1985 in a bamboo forest in Shaanxi’s Qinling mountain area, the third major habitat for giant pandas after Sichuan and Hubei. The latest field inspection carried out between 1999 and 2003 puts the panda population […]

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Along the Route of the Ancient Silk Road

In 114 BC, Chinese Emperor Wudi of the Han Dynasty decided to send Zhang Qian as his envoy to the foreign states on a diplomatic mission. Zhang Qian and his royal entourage and military guards began their journey from the capital city Chang’an (Xi’an), travelling through today’s Gansu, Xinjiang provinces, via Afghanistan, Iran, Russa, Greek to Rome in today’s Italy, […]

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China’s Magic Plants

Believe it or not, this is not an artwork crafted by a human artist but a plant created by nature. Ganoderma, a genus of polypore mushrooms that grow on wood, is traditionally regarded in China as having a magic effect on youthful looking and longevity. In Chinese folk tales, some certain types of Ganoderma are also described as possessing a power […]

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China’s Unusual Landforms

Earth Bears Witness This is a mountain scene in Dazhou, Sichuan Province, which looks like having a pair of semi-closed eyes. 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 […]

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A Monkey’s Dirty Business

A male macaque has been indulging in the monkey’s dirty business in China for six years, local media reported. According to Wuhan residents, the creature is wandering around the centre of the capital city of Hubei province harassing young ladies, and its favourite pastime is to jump out of a shadowy corner unexpectedly and hold a girl’s leg when she passes […]

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