Shimao, a 4,300-year-old Chinese City Built with Stones

One of the big differences between ancient Chinese cities and buildings and the architecture from most other ancient civilizations is the materials they employed. Chinese mainly used timbers and bricks, which makes the physical footprints of ancient Chinese civilization easier to fate in time comparing to the ones formed with stones. However, a finding in the autumn of 1976 shows […]

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The Memory of June 4, 1989, by a Student on Tiananmen Square

The following is a Chinese post titled “Why None of the Student Leaders Died? (很多学生死了, 为何柴玲, 吾尔开希, 李录等发起人却还活着?) “, written in 2004. The author took a hunger strike on Tiananmen Square until the last minute. Translation and photos added by Fish.  The so-called “pro-democracy student leaders” claimed there was a “massacre” taken place on June 4th in Beijing. The question is, if this […]

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A Scholar’s Recount Of The Tiananmen Incident 1989

The following is an eye-twinness account penned in 2009 by 彩云舒, a Beijing scholar. English translation by Fish, photos and captions also added by Fish.  In 1989, I briefly returned to Beijing for a research project that was jointly carried out by China’s Science Academy and an overseas company and had an opportunity to observe the whole process of the […]

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An Eye-Witness Account Of The Tiananmen Incident 1989

The following are a Chinese language post penned by 老气横秋 who participated and witnessed the Tiananmen Incident 1989 and its English translation. Photos and captions are added by Fish.  May 18, 1989, Beijing factory workers joined the anti-corruption movement taking place in the Tiananmen Square initiated by university students. The corrupted officials were mainly referring to Deng Pufang, Deng Xiaoping’s […]

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Trams In Shanghai

A tram in Shanghai during the 1920s. Early Days Of Shanghai Tram Once upon a time, there was a popular nursery song in Shanghai: There is an old uncle aged eighty plus eight, who took Tram Route 8 to Eight Immortals Bridge, bought eight bowls of Eight Treasures rice, which cost him eight yuans plus eighty-eight fens. 有个老伯伯年纪八十八,乘了八路电车到八仙桥,买了八碗八宝饭,一共用脱八块八角八。 Old uncle […]

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