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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An Underground Mansion

This underground mansion in Horse Village, of Shanxi Province, is a tomb dating back to the Song Dynasty about 800 years ago. The burial chamber is heavily decorated with carved bricks. The bricks were carved into the shapes of wooden brackets and tiled roofs. The brick sculptures not only emulate timber brackets, roofs, windows and front gate but as well as […]

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Classic Chinese Porcelains

A 4,500-Year-Old Black Ceramic Wine Cup A 4,500-year-old ultra-thin “egg-shell” black ceramic wine cup, unearthed from Rizhao, Shandong province. Tang Dynasty (618-907) Porcelain The heyday of glazed ceramics was the Tang Dynasty between the 7the and the 10th centuries. The articles were usually coated with three colours, such as green, yellow and white, or blue, red and brown, etc., which […]

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Encyclopedia on Classic Chinese Technology

The Exploitation of the Works of Nature (天工开物) is an encyclopedia on ancient Chinese technology, compiled by Song Yingxing (宋应星), a Ming Dynasty scholar and engineer, published in May 1637, but destroyed by Manchus who originated in Tunguska and entered China’s northeast via Korean peninsula. After more than 200 years of Manchu reign, Chinese became rather ignorant of most ancient […]

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A Giant Quantum Leap

Chinese scientists have established a quantum entanglement between particles 1200 kilometres apart, smashing the previous world record of 143 kilometres. In early 2016, China announced a successful transmission of “entangled” photon pairs from space to the Earth, which proves that quantum entanglement exists at a large distance. The result is a stepping stone to ultrasecure communication networks and, eventually, a […]

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