A Chinese Village House with 118 Rooms

This is a giant village house supported by 1,322 timber columns, located in the outskirts of Shaoxing in Zhejiang Province. Shaoxing is an ancient city with a rich cultural tradition and the homeland to some prominent figures in Chinese history, including the greatest hydraulic engineer and last ruler of Xia Dynasty Yu the Great (大禹, 4,000 BC), China’s greatest calligrapher […]

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China’s Majiabang Culture 6,000 Years Ago

Majiabang Culture (马家浜文化) existed during the so-called Neolithic Age at the mouth of the Yangtze River, primarily around Lake Tai, in the area between Changzhou in southern Jiangsu and Hangzhou in northern Zhejiang, centred with Jiaxing, 100 km from Shanghai. Its existence was previously unknown until 1959 during a government-organised archaeological study at village Majiabang in Jiaxing. The unearthed items from […]

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Hemudu & Majiabang Cultures – Chinese Civilisation 7,000 Years Ago

Hemudu Culture The Hemudu culture flourished in China’s eastern seaboard around today’s Ningbo in the south of Hangzhou in a period between 5,000 BC and 3,000 BC. The archaeological site was discovered in 1973. The excavation of the ancient farming tool suggests China entered an agricultural age as early as during the so-called Neolithic Period. The discovery of a large […]

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A Nine Storey Pagoda in a Taoist Temple

Shibaozhi Pagoda (石宝寨塔), the centrepiece architecture in Daoist Temple Precious Stone Fortress (石宝寨) built against a 200m high rocky hill facing the Yangtze River in Chongqing, is one of the largest wooden pagodas in China. Legend has it that the rocky hill was a stone among those collected by Goddess Nuva to repair the sky damaged by rebell Gonggong. After […]

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