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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

TCM Treasures - Eggplant

SIMPLIFIED Chinese: 茄子 Pinyin: qié zi Fresh eggplant brings a wonderful color to the dinner table and can help with summer complaints and a wide range of illnesses. The yin (“cold”) characteristics of ...

August 3, 2014, Sunday

The many meanings of water

THE inscriptions of the Shui ethnic group often include a pattern of two fish surrounding a gourd. This graceful pattern is a symbol of the Shui people’s close relationship with water and one of many ...

July 27, 2014, Sunday

Worshippers, tourists revere this towering symbol of Islam

苏公塔礼拜寺 (sū gōng tǎ lǐ bài sì) Emin Minaret Mosque Emin Minaret Mosque is one of the largest Uygur mosques in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. About 2 kilometers east of Turpan, the mosque is best known ...

July 20, 2014, Sunday

Pictorial dictionary — Qubba

拱北 (gǒng běi) The Chinese word gongbei (拱北) comes from the Arabic qubba, meaning tomb, especially a Muslim domed mausoleum. The term is used mainly by Chinese-speaking Muslims for an Islamic shrine built ...

July 20, 2014, Sunday


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