Now and Then


Dragon Boat Festival

THE Dragon Boat Festival, called duanwujie or duanyangjie in Chinese, is an important date on the lunar Chinese calendar. With a history of more than 2,000 years, it falls on the fifth day of the fifth ...

April 22, 2018, Sunday


The Ni and their famous mysophobe

THE Ni surname is the 111th most common, owned by an estimated number of 1.96 million people, or about 0.14 percent of China’s population. Ni originated from two main sources. One was from the family ...

April 15, 2018, Sunday


Revolutionary heroine

GUO Longzhen was a female revolutionary, a pioneer of the women’s rights movement in northern China and a prominent leader of the labor movement in the early years of the Communist Party of China. Her ...

April 15, 2018, Sunday


Guqin, the symbol of Chinese high culture

IN ancient China, all scholars and gentlemen were expected to be well versed in four arts, namely, qin, qi, shu, hua, or the string music instrument, chess (go), calligraphy and painting. Here, qin refers ...

April 8, 2018, Sunday


The double-gun female general

THE first female member of the Tongmenghui, the Chinese United League founded by Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), a revolutionary, a pioneer feminist and an educator — all the honors belonged to Tang Qunying, ...

April 1, 2018, Sunday


Minority name changed by Chinesization

IT is estimated that there are about 2.7 million people surnamed He in China, ranking it the 85th in terms of population. The number of He accounts for about 0.17 percent of the population.  Compared ...

April 1, 2018, Sunday


Acupuncture and moxibustion

BIAN Que was originally the name of a fabled doctor during the period of the Yellow Emperor, who reigned ancient China from 2697-2597 BC. But later, people used the name to call Qin Yueren (407-310 BC), ...

March 25, 2018, Sunday


The woman knight of Mirror Lake

QIU Jin, known as the woman knight of Mirror Lake, was a pioneer in overthrowing feudal monarchy, a feminist, a poet and a revolutionist. Born on November 8, 1875, Qiu grew up in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province. ...

March 18, 2018, Sunday


Long and proud history of the Leis

IT is estimated that there are about 3.69 million people surnamed Lei in China, ranking it the 78th most common name. Leis account for about 0.23 percent of the population.  There are generally two types ...

March 18, 2018, Sunday


Woodblock printing and movable type printing

PRINTING has long been hailed as one of the Four Great Inventions of ancient China, the other three being compass, gunpowder and papermaking. And the most notable parts of this invention are the woodblock ...

March 11, 2018, Sunday




 

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