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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7 Major Flavours of Chinese Tea

  There are more than 380 varieties of tea-trees growing around the world, of which over 260 are in southern China, mainly in Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces. Apart from the different species of tea trees, based on the time of fermentation, Chinese tea products can also be categorised into 6 major flavours: Green Tea, White Tea, […]

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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 favorite pastime is to jump out of a shadowy corner unexpectedly and hold a girl’s leg when she passes […]

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A Monkey and a Man

It is said that humans are largely controlled by emotions while animals are generally ruled by instinct. Then is it possible for a monkey and a man to form a deep-felt friendship based on mutual appreciation, trust and respect? A Chance Meeting One day in March five years ago, in 2009, Chinese villager Xiao, a native of Mayang River Nature […]

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