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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Transformation of Shanghai in the Past 70 Years

Shanghai in 1955, an ordinary docker’s home. Shanghai in 1956, factory workers practising dragon dance. Shanghai in 1956, two ladies in makeup and Shanghai-style fashion gown. Shanghai in 1956, mothers and their kids looking themselves in distorting mirrors at The Great World, the biggest indoor entertainment venue in China. Shanghai in 1958, a shop selling table lamp & hanging lantern […]

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A Hong Kong Funeral

A Hong Kong funeral in the early 20th century British Hong Kong police and onlookers The funeral band, with the loud and howling suona horns being the central musical instruments. In a typical traditional Chinese funeral, Buddhist monks and/or Taoists played a vital role in assisting the deceased to choose the best available new form of existence. Funeral floats with prominent figures […]

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Hong Kong Before 1997

Hong Kong, a Chinese port city initially part of Guangdong Province, was lent to Britain as its colony by a non-Chinese regime (Manchus’ Qing Dynasty) for 99 years. After more than a century, the city eventually returned to China in 1997. 1894, a Hong Kong street after a plague. Over 2,000 people died and one-third of residents fled Hong Kong. […]

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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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Modern Humans Lived in China 80,000 Years Ago

Chinese archaeologists have discovered from a cave in Hunan Province 47 human teeth fossils, almost identical to our own. The breakthrough archaeological discovery suggests modern humans lived in China more than 80,000, probably 120,000, years ago, according to a research paper by Liu Wu (刘武) and Wu Xiujie (吴秀杰) published on Nature. The new finding once again challenges the “Out […]

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