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Eye-opening second-hand store

SWAPPING your unwanted items for someone else’s second-hand stuff isn’t a new idea. In fact, the thrill of looking for hidden treasure in other people’s gently-used cast-offs has a long history in modern ...

December 4, 2016, Sunday


Two pronunciations to same noble name

EDITOR’S note: Every Chinese family name has its own cultural origin that can be traced back thousands of years. In this col­umn, Shanghai Daily introduces the biggest Chinese family names and their histories. IT ...

December 4, 2016, Sunday


Chinese Chess

It’s an ever-present scene in China. As you stroll down a quiet alley, wander in a public park or pass a private courtyard with the door open, you’ll likely spot people playing a board game on a table,...

November 27, 2016, Sunday


Yu bloodline dates back over 1,800 years

YU, literally meaning to understand or to use a simile, is a relatively rare Chinese surname, which ranks 247th in terms of prevalence....

November 20, 2016, Sunday


Opulent age lives on at lux hotel

Astor House Hotel, or Richard's Hotel as it was previously known, was the very first Western hotel in China....

November 20, 2016, Sunday


Misty Bamboo on a Distant Mountain

IN Chinese art, particularly in traditional Chinese painting, four plants, namely the plum blossom, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum, are referred to among as the “Four Gentlemen,” symbolizing esteemed ...

November 13, 2016, Sunday


Untrodden isles, unspoilt nature

OFF the northern shore of Hangzhou Bay, 6.6 kilometers from the Jinshanzui coast, three islets known as the Jinshan Islands were the first natural conservation area designated by the city of Shanghai ...

November 6, 2016, Sunday


Getting to the roots of Zou ancestory

There are an estimated 4.4 million people in China surnamed Zou, making it the 67th most popular surname in the country....

November 6, 2016, Sunday


Bakers feel heat in tough market

It’s not unusual to find lines of senior citizens outside the Zhen Laodafang Store on East Nanjing Road waiting to purchase pork mooncakes, a traditional Shanghai snack featuring a crispy, layered pastry...

November 6, 2016, Sunday


Galloping Horse

The horse, one of the most beloved animals in the country, has been a favorite subject in traditional Chinese painting for hundreds of years....

October 30, 2016, Sunday


 

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