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Dynastic connections make Yang a regal surname

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. ...

March 29, 2015, Sunday


Shuyuan designs show beauty of simplicity

SHUYUAN, or the academy of classic learning, represents a special genre in ancient Chinese architecture. It has long been cherished by Chinese scholars and architects as a rare gem for its distinctive ...

March 29, 2015, Sunday


Fierce hunters from the north

EWENKIS people are often hunters who have traditionally lived in the mountains. ...

March 22, 2015, Sunday


Providing a connection through history

ANCIENT Chinese began building suspension bridges more than 2,500 years ago. At first they used wicker, bamboo or yak skins to build such structures to sling across chasms in mountainous areas. Few historical ...

March 15, 2015, Sunday


Origins in legendary emperor and 3 kingdoms

THREE Han kingdoms that once thrived in China provide the foundation of this Han family name, while some minority groups have also adopted the name. There are an estimated 7.6 million people surnamed ...

March 15, 2015, Sunday


Pumi keep old traditions alive

THE Pumi ethnic group are known mostly as farmers who live in the southwest of China. ...

March 8, 2015, Sunday


Arch bridges combine function and beauty

Ancient Chinese people began building arch bridges in the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25-220), several hundred years later than Greeks and Romans. But Chinese artisans soon created a number of distinct structural styles and features. ...

March 1, 2015, Sunday


Shen surname can be traced to ancient royalty

Naming a family after a kingdom or region has been very common throughout Chinese history. The rise and fall of several Kingdoms named Shen in ancient China contributed to the influential Shen family today. ...

March 1, 2015, Sunday


Achang knives are a cut above

The Achang ethnic group in southwest China is known for its people’s beautiful, sharp and flexible Achang knives and delicious rice-related cuisines....

February 15, 2015, Sunday


Bridge building in China spans 6,000 years

Archaeological discoveries indicate that ancient Chinese began to build bridges as early as 6,000-plus years ago. By the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD), China had already developed technologies for erecting four types of bridges — beam, arch, hanging and flying. ...

February 8, 2015, Sunday


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