Daxing International Airport – the Biggest Airport in the World

Beijing Capital Airport was opened in 1958 and by now it is the world’s second-busiest behind Atlanta in the US, thus the second Beijing airport has been built in Daxing to take the pressure off the overcrowded existing international terminal in southern Beijing. The new Daxing International Airport is situated 46km south of the city centre in the historically backward […]

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Ancient Water Town Qiandeng in Kunshan

Ancient water town Qiandeng (千灯) is located in Suzhou’s Kunshan, where Kunqu, the mother of all Chinese operas, was originated. The waterfront of most Chinese towns are traditionally allocated as public space. In Qiandeng, an eleborated pavilion was also erected in the form of a boat, which can be used for Kungqu opera performance. The main shopping street of Qiandeng […]

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Tu Youyou – First Chinese Woman Won Nobel Prize

84-year old Chinese scientist Tu Youyou received Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in Stockholm on December 10, 2015, Tu Youyou won Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and gave a speech in Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. She is the first Chinese scientist from the mainland and the first Chinese woman from anywhere in the world to receive a Nobel Prize. […]

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2,200-Year-Old Chinese Troughs

In 1986, an ancient bridge site, with 112 timber bridge piles, was covering a field over 300m long was unearthed in Shaanxi Province. Using carbon-14 dating, the piles were found to be about 2200 years old. Combining this factor with other evidence, including the discovery in the nearby area of more than 100 artifacts made from bronze, iron or ceramic materials with […]

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China’s New Development in Rice Farming

Chinese Engineers Have Built Driverless Rice Transplanters A driverless rice transplanter is at work in a paddy field in China. Rice transplanting from nursery to field is one of the most labour-intensive and physically demanding farmworks in China, which requires the workers to bend their body to reach the wetland during the entire process. The driverless auto-transplanters can surely free […]

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China’s New Bridges

Infrastructure is one of the foundations for the economic development of any nation, while roads and bridges are among the most important infrastructure. Below are some bridges constructed in recent decades in China. Beipanjiang Bridge, the world’s tallest bridge that links two mountainous provinces – Guizhou and Yunnan – in southern China. A bridge in Xianju, Zhejiang Province in east […]

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Ancient Chinese Bath Culture

Chinese Royal Bathrooms 2,300 Years Ago Chinese archaeologists have recently excavated 3 royal bathrooms dating back to the Warring States Period (475 BC – 221 BC) in outskirts of Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, where terracotta warriors were unearthed. The walls and floors of the bathrooms were decorated with ceramic tiles, and the wet areas were equipped with drainage holes and sewage […]

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Ancient Chinese Maps

The use of map features heavily in Chinese mythology and real historical events. The Legend of Chinese Maps The earliest tale about the map is related to legendary Great Yu, a hydraulic engineer and the found of Xia Dynasty. Allegedly, his success in the flood control projects more than 4,000 years ago owned to a detailed map carved on a […]

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A Chain Bridge

The building in the cliff edge is a library in the ancient Cloud Rock Temple (云岩寺) in Sichuan Province. There are a thousand paths to enlightenment, but only two ways to access the 1,000-year-old sutra library: one is via a long and winding mountain track that is time-consuming, and another is a shortcut through a bridge formed by just two […]

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Dragon Scale – An Ancient Chinese Bookbinding Technology

As the birthplace of paper and printing, ancient China developed the whole range of bookbinding techniques, from Policy Briefing (简策) during pre-paper age, Scroll (卷轴) with paper and silk, Sutra (经折), Butterfly (蝴蝶), Amalgamation (和合), Back-cover (包背), Wire-bound (线装) to Dragon Scale (龙鳞). Among all bookbinding styles, Dragon Scale is one of the most fascinating. The final product of the […]

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