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25 million Zhous come from 2 sources

the family of Zhou stars in Chinese history as a family adept with both the pen and the sword, thanks to two distinguished historic figures — Zhou Yafu and Zhou Dunyi....

October 19, 2014, Sunday

Ancient Shanxi houses strong yet elaborate

In northern China’s Shanxi Province, one of the world’s major coal-producing regions, residential dwellings are normally one of two types — cave houses or courtyard houses.In the mountainous areas,...

October 19, 2014, Sunday

Newlyweds do not live together

The Mulao people have a tradition, kept through the centuries, that few ethnic groups still maintain: Its newlywed couples do not live together. With a population listed at 216,257,...

October 12, 2014, Sunday

Most prolific surname stems from plum

A plum tree that saved a refugee woman and her son contributed to the most common Chinese family name today — Li. Li, which means plum in Chinese, is one of the biggest surnames in the world....

September 28, 2014, Sunday

Northern China’s yaodong last centuries

For several thousand years, yaodong, or cave house, has been a typical residential dwelling for Chinese people living on the Loess Plateau in northern China.The Loess Plateau,...

September 28, 2014, Sunday

Rainbow sleeves, long festival

BEAUTIFUL rainbows do not appear only during rain, but also dwell on the sleeves of girls of the Tu ethnic group in China. Sleeves made in seven colors — red, yellow, green, blue, violet, black and white ...

September 21, 2014, Sunday

Sun surname has multiple origins in ancient China

Sun, which literally means grandson or offspring, is actually a surname of the descendants of different families. There are an estimated 18 million people surnamed Sun in China,...

September 14, 2014, Sunday

City lanes fuse Chinese, Western styles

This term refers to a unique architectural style of residential buildings in Shanghai, which combines both Chinese and Western elements.Built of wood and red bricks, the two- or three-...

September 14, 2014, Sunday

Qiang among China’s ancients

RECORDS of strength and bravery carved onto bones and tortoise shells provide insights into an ancient nomadic people in western China called “Qiang,” who have inhabited the area for more than 3,000 years. While ...

September 7, 2014, Sunday

A family that traces its name to ancient treasurer

QIAN, which means money in Chinese, is a surname that originated from an official responsible for the country’s finances thousands of years ago. It ranked as the country’s second most common surname in ...

August 31, 2014, Sunday


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