Chinese Written-Language Older than Oracle Scripts

Oracle Turtle Scripts This is Oracle Turtle Script, the early Chinese written language carved on a turtle shell during Shang Dynasty (1600 BC – 1046 BC) – an era ruled by merchants with a social system chiefly based on written business contacts. This script used to be considered as the earliest form of Chinese characters by archaeologists. But the evidence […]

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White Deer Studio, a 1,000-Year-Old Chinese College

White Deer College (白鹿书院), in Jiangxi Province, was a private university established 1,000 years ago with its heyday during Song and Ming dynasties. In classic China (before the middle 17th century), there were two kinds of tertiary education facilities: state-sponsored university and private colleges. The students of the former were selected nationwide. Not only they needed to pay no tuition […]

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The Heart Sutra

The Heart Sutra is one of the most important Buddhist classics, while hand-copying Heart Surra is a popular practice among Buddhist followers in China historically, The practice mainly serves two purposes: to help distribute Buddhist classics in an era when printing was expensive, and most importantly, to function as a meditative learning process that allows the message easily entering the […]

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Beijing Opera: Scattering Celestial Flowers on Earth

Lyric: 悟妙道好一似春梦乍醒 Suddenly I realised my true self as if waking up from a spring dream 猛然醒又入梦长夜冥冥 Yet soon I became confused again, as though re-entering the dreamland 未修真便言悟终成梦境 Boasting enlightenment while merely knowing what will be the true reality is still an existence in a fantasy 到无梦梦无醒方见性灵 Only when I have no dream to wake up from, I will […]

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Fan Zhongyan – A Great Chinese Statesman and Poet

Fan Zhongyan (范仲淹, 989-1052), a Suzhou native, was a great statesman, philosopher, writer, educator, military strategist of the Song Dynasty. His most memorable statements include: Be the first to bear the burden for the world and the last to enjoy the fruit of collective achievement. I’d rather speak up for the truth and die than keep silent and live. He did not […]

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Mysterious Prehistoric Signs on Rocks in a Mountain in Henan

More than 3,000 mysterious signs discovered in Mt Juci (具茨山), of Henan Province, China, are believed to be carved in the rocks by ancient Chinese more than 5,000 years ago, according to researchers from Geophysics and Planetary Science Institute of China’s Science Academy. But so far no one can decode their meaning. Some experts suggest they might be the earlier […]

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