A Ming Dynasty General’s Art of War

There are 10 great books on the art of war in Chinese history: The Art of War (孙子兵法); Sun Bin’s Art of War (孙膑兵法); Wuzi (吴子); Six Secret Strategies (六韬); Wei Liaozi (尉缭子); The Strategies of the Sima (司马法); Plant Taibai’s (Venus) Secret Strategies (太白阴经); Tiger Seal’s Military Strategies (虎钤经)y; Jixiao’s New Book (纪效新书); Military Traning (练兵实纪).

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Daily Lives of Chinese People in the 11th Century

Along the River During the Qingming Festival (清明上河图) is one of the most acclaimed classic Chinese masterpieces created by Zhang Zeduan (张择端, 108-1145). It is a 5-metre long painting that illustrates a panoramic street scene of the Chinese capital Bianliang (汴梁) in the 11th century, located in today’s Kaifeng, Henan. This section of the painting shows restaurant staff loading cooked […]

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100,000-Year-Old Xuchang Men

On 17 December 2007 at Lingjin (灵井) of Xuchang (许昌) in central China’s Henan Provence (河南), Chinese archaeologists unearthed sixteen pieces of fossil bones that can be assembled into an almost complete human skull belonging to a man (or a Homo sapiens as so defined by the “modern” archeologists), who lived during the Paleolithic period about 80,000 to 100,000 years […]

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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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