UNUSUAL LANDFORM IN CHINA

Stone Bridges Made by Nature A naturally formed rock arch bridge in Mt. Taihang in Hebei Province. Karst landscapes are typically seen in China’s southernmost provinces Guizhou, Guangxi and Yunnan. It is rather unusual to find this special landform in a region as north as Hebei. Another naturally formed stone bridge in Mt. Taihang that situats in China’s northern inland […]

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LABA CONGEE FESTIVAL – A WARM UP TO CHINESE NEW YEAR

Lunar December (la) 8 (ba) in Chinese calendar is China’s traditional La Ba festival. However, traditionally in China there is only one way to observe this special day, that is to eat La Ba congee – a multi-material rice soup cooked in one-step process, either sweet or salt. Labazhou Festival was initially set to commemorate Shakyamuni Buddha’s regaining of physical […]

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7,000-YEAR-OLD HEMUDU CULTURE

The Hemudu culture flourished in China’s east seaboard around today’s Ningbo near Hangzhou in a period between 5,000 BC and 3,000 BC. The archaeological site was discovered in 1973. The excavation of the ancient farming tool suggests China entered an agricultural age as early as during the so-called Neolithic Period. The discovery of a large quantity of black ceramic artefacts […]

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THE CLASSIC OF MOUNTAINS AND OCEANS – CHINESE MYTHOLOGY

Celestial Dog and Sun Eclipse – In Chinese mythology, solar eclipse is caused by a vicious and hungry celestial dog who swallows the sun. Below is a description about celestial dog and its eating habit in The Classic of Mountains and Oceans (山海经), an encyclopedia of ancient Chinese mythology about natural landscape compiled during Warring States Era 2,500 years ago: […]

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CLASSIC CHINESE STATUES

Stone Relief Chinese music band 1,000 years ago – Stone relief unearthed in 1994 from a late Tang Dynasty tomb in Quyang County, Hebei Province. The musical instruments featured in the wall sculpture include harp, zither, pipa, clapper, block drum, various reed pipes and flutes. Clay Statues A group of coloured terracotta government officials was unearthed from the tomb of […]

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CHINA’S UNIQUE JADE CULTURE

A 400-Year-Old Jade Cup A exquisitely carved jade cup was produced in the late Ming Dynasty. An 800-Year-Old Banana Leaf-Shaped Plate The highly transparent jade plate measuring 18.7cm long with gilt edge is made out of a single piece of crystal quartz and was unearthed in 2008 from an underground storage at a North Sound Buddhist temple in Nanjing. COMMENTS […]

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HONGSHAN RED HILL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

The Hongshan Red Hill culture existed during the so-called Neolithic era in the period between 4700 BC to 2900 BC. A large number of jade artifacts, dating back to 5,000 years ago, were unearthed recently. The scope of the ancient Red Hill Cultural archaeological sites includes north of Hebei province, part of Inner Mongolia province and part of former Manchuria region, […]

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