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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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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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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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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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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