Black buckwheat is a type of buckwheat grain that has several nutrients, including protein, oleic and linoleic acids (unsaturated omega-9 and omega-6 fatty acids), a wide range of B vitamins, in addition to dietary minerals such as magnesium, iron, and calcium. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

Five Black Foods That Are Good for You

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory, according to the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) doctrine, the natural flavors (sour, bitter, sweet, acrid, salty), five colors of food (green, red, yellow, white, black) are linked with many properties of…

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After he bloody and violent incident that took place at the Kunming Train Station, an anti-terrorism squad was assembled in a renowned Chinese Buddhist temple with nearly 1,700 years of…

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An accident in which 35-year-old IBM manager Liang Ya fell and died by a subway entrance generated heated discussions about whether to help when someone falls, and if people will…

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Five Black Foods That Are Good for You

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory, according to the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) doctrine, the natural flavors (sour, bitter, sweet, acrid, salty), five colors of food (green,…

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The Buddha’s bead chain was enshrined in a temple on a high cliff face. There was only one dangerous trail down the shear cliff face for the temple’s monks to…

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The Pest-Free Baoguo Temple

As Southern China is known for being a region with humidity, typhoons, and termites, its natural conditions are not suitable for wooden structures. However, the wooden Grand Hall of the…

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The Origin of White Peony Tea

White peony tea (白牡丹茶; bái mǔ dān chá) is classified as white tea. The shape of the tea is like a flower of green leaves, with a white center of…