Tag Archives: Chinese History

uighurs
History and Culture
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Who are the Uighurs?

An area under much scrutiny Historically known as East Turkestan, officially called the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, yet called by the Chinese simply as Xinjiang. In China’s far west, Xinjiang is a sparsely populated province that accounts for more than one-sixth of China’s total territory and a quarter of its boundary length.  The current territorial […]

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Why do so many Chinese do tai chi?

In the early mornings, many older Chinese people practice tai chi in parks or natural settings. It is quite a thing to watch. It looks like a peaceful slow-motion karate movie. The term ‘tai chi chuan’ means ‘grand ultimate,’ which also makes no sense at all, right? One book on it says it means “the […]

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Chinese celebrities: the story of Cao Cao

The creation of celebrity in China In a civilization as old as China’s, thousands of men and women have caught the public imagination. As power and military exploits have always figured as the dominant force in the creation of a celebrity in China, most Chinese historical celebrities are encompassed within war and the conquest of […]

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Ping Pong
Foreigners in China
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Ping Pong Diplomacy: cross-cultural understanding as an American in China

To find the origins of ‘Ping-Pong Diplomacy’ one must look back to a  tense period in modern history; the Cold War era between the West and the East, the Capitalist U.S. and Communist China. Zero communication between these two geographical heavyweights for almost two decades since the Communist leader Mao Zedong took over in 1949. […]

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Beijing sites
Travel
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5 top Beijing sites you should try to visit

Confining any of Beijing’s attractions to a top five must-see list does the city disservice. But, sometimes it’s easier to narrow some of Beijing down, because if anyone were to mention all of the historical and cultural places, as well as the lovely wild spots, it would be a book. I’m sure you know that […]

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Chinese rice
History and Culture
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Chinese Rice Rice Baby!

The popularity of Chinese rice in China If you’re addicted to rice then China is the place to go. Chinese rice is the most abundant food in the country. Rice, you’ll probably find, will be on every menu you come across. Nevertheless, there will be a million and one other foods that will entice you. […]

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Chinese art
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Chinese Art 101: a brief history on jade

To begin discussing Chinese art, we have to go back to the beginning of the Chinese dynasties. Starting with the Han dynasty (206 BCE – 220 BC) when jade was discovered through the Silk Road. In this first Chinese art article, I’ll give you a crash course on jade, its mystery and significance in Chinese […]

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the mongols
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The Mongols, from Genghis to Kublai Khan

The Mongols When one refers to the Mongols and the history of Mongolia, many think immediately of barbarians riding horses from burning village to burning village. However, there are parts of the Mongolian empire that were more tolerant, open and prosperous than what the stereotypes might suggest. The Mongols were mainly nomads (a tribe of […]

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Mid Autumn Festival
Events
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Mid Autumn Festival

China is a country of tradition. The Mid-Autumn Festival has been a yearly event in China since the Shang Dynasty (16th – 10th century BC) and is held on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox. In China, the day is commemorated […]

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free things to do in Shanghai
Life in China
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10 Best Free Things to Do in Shanghai

China is in a frantic race to get up to speed with the Western world and compete in a financially thriving and cutting edge lifestyle that the West offers despite the fact that it is still a communist country. It’s nationals have grasped capitalism with rage. All over Chinese are hectically raising skyscrapers, manufacturing plants, […]

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