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Zhuo Wenjun

REGARDLESS of a wide belief stating that mediocrity was a virtue for women in ancient China, there were quite a number of talented women who wowed the public with their poetry, music, painting and chess ...

August 6, 2017, Sunday


Ma bathed in royalty and military

IT is estimated there are 15 million people surnamed Ma in China, ranking it the 14th in terms of population. The number of Ma accounts to about 1.18 percent of the Chinese population. There are generally ...

August 6, 2017, Sunday


Yangliuqing New Year Woodblock Print

NEW Year painting, a popular decoration for the Chinese New Year holidays, is not only a unique genre of traditional paining, but also a jovial form of fine arts in China. And Yangliuqing, a small town ...

July 30, 2017, Sunday


Wei, a name of high-ranking integrity

IT is estimated that there are about 3.7 million people surnamed Wei in China, ranking it the 68th in terms of population. The number of Wei accounts to about 0.3 percent of the Chinese population. There ...

July 23, 2017, Sunday


Queen Lu was ruthless and cruel

LU Zhi, the empress of Emperor Liu Bang, who started the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), is the first queen and queen mother to be recorded in the Chinese history. It is not only that she was the spouse ...

July 23, 2017, Sunday


Su embroidery, a gem of silk product

CHINA boasts a five millennia history of mulberry cultivation, sericulture and silk industry. The earliest piece of silk fabric discovered in the country dates back to 3630 BC. Over the decades, China ...

July 16, 2017, Sunday


Modern scholars kinder to Cixi

THOUGH both held the greatest power of an empire in the 19th and 20th centuries, two world leaders share contrasting historical views on their rule. Queen Victoria (1819-1901) is widely seen as a woman ...

July 9, 2017, Sunday


Lu: a noble name from history’s past

IT is estimated that there are about 1.5 million people surnamed Lu in China, ranking it the 115th in terms of population. The number of Lu accounts to about 0.12 percent of Chinese society. There are ...

July 9, 2017, Sunday


Thangka, Legacy of the Silk Road

TIBETAN thangka, a kind of Buddhist scroll painting, is created mainly for religious and ritual purposes. But it is also a unique painting art in Tibetan culture. The earliest thangkas still in existence ...

July 2, 2017, Sunday


Mulan, a nation’s historic heroine

IN the world’s history, there were many women warriors, such as Joan of Arc of France, Caterina Segurana of Italy, Deborah Sampson Gannett of America, and Agustina of Aragón of Spain. Most of them went ...

June 18, 2017, Sunday


 

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