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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


Naxis developed great culture

Most people would agree that shepherds good at moving their flocks around the countryside are probably not so talented at urban construction....

August 24, 2014, Sunday


Traditional dwellings designed with care

SIHEYUAN, or the courtyard house, is a typical dwelling for the ethnic Han people in China that dates back more than 3,000 years. It reflects many of the basic concepts of ancient Chinese architecture. ...

August 17, 2014, Sunday


Zhao a top surname with rich, 3,000-year history

“zhao” ranks at the top of Chinese family names, not because it has the most users, but because of one very prominent family who used the name — the emperor family in Song Dynasty (AD 960-1279) when “the ...

August 17, 2014, Sunday


Drum a divine tool for dancing

LIVING high in the mountains of Yunnan Province dwells an ethnic group that regards the wooden drum as a divine tool, a symbol of life and prosperity. It is the Wa people, whose magnificent and grand ...

August 10, 2014, Sunday


Huge Taoist temple in Shanxi known for murals, Yuan styling

永乐宫(YǑNGLè Gōng) The Palace of Eternal Joy Yongle Gong, or the Palace of Eternal Joy, is the largest Taoist temple existing in China today that features a distinctive architectural style of the Yuan Dynasty ...

August 3, 2014, Sunday


Pictorial dictionary — Ornamental Column

华表 (huábiǎo) Huabiao is an ornamental column in ancient Chinese architecture, which dates back to the years of Emperor Yao (2356-2255 BC), a legendary ruler in the country. It is said that Emperor Yao ...

August 3, 2014, Sunday




 

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