Now and Then


A stone more precious than gems

MI Fu (1051-1107), one of the greatest calligraphers China has ever brought forth, was once summoned by Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty (AD 960-1297) to demonstrate his skill in his private study ...

January 21, 2018, Sunday


Fei: a noble and honored name

THERE are an estimated 480,000 people surnamed Fei, accounting for 0.034 percent of the population in China. It ranks the 199th Chinese family name in terms of population. There are generally six sources ...

January 14, 2018, Sunday


Tragic life of a Chinese beauty

IN China, there is a widely known idiom “hong yan bo ming” — the beauties often have tragic lives. Li Xiangjun, one of the “Eight Beauties of Qinhuai,” is one. Though Li might not be the prettiest or ...

January 14, 2018, Sunday


Xuan paper: An icon of Chinese culture

SOME people around the world may know that paper is one of the Four Great Inventions of ancient Chinese civilization, with other three being the compass, gunpowder and printing. But few would know that ...

January 7, 2018, Sunday


Tang: tale of breaking the hat tassel

TANG, a popular surname, ranks the 18th most common family name in China. There are an estimated 14 million people surnamed Tang, accounting for 1.05 percent of the Chinese population. There are also ...

December 31, 2017, Sunday


A beauty who changed history

CHEN Yuanyuan, deemed as one of the eight beauties in ancient China along the Qinhuai River in today’s Nanjing City, was many men’s fantasy. Her romance with the controversial general Wu Sangui (1612-78), ...

December 31, 2017, Sunday


Batik, an integral part of Miao culture

FOR many people, batik, wax-resist dyeing of cloth, is merely a craft. But, for the ethnic Miao people, living in southwest China’s Guizhou Province, batik is an integral part of their ancient culture ...

December 24, 2017, Sunday


Bao: a long history of righteousness

THERE are an estimated 670,000 people surnamed Bao, accounting for 0.054 percent of the total population in China. Bao ranks the 179th most common Chinese family name. The Bao families mainly dwelled ...

December 17, 2017, Sunday


Liu Rushi: beautiful and talented

LIU Rushi, one of the “Eight Beauties of Qinhuai,” was renowned in her time for her beauty and talents, but appreciated and cherished by later generations for her integrity and patriotism — surpassing ...

December 17, 2017, Sunday


Jingdezhen, the home of porcelain

WITH a history of more than 2,000 years, Jingdezhen is a small city in the northeast corner of east China’s Jiangxi Province. But this ancient Chinese town once gave the country not only centuries of ...

December 10, 2017, Sunday




 

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