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Su Shi, the Ancient Poet Who Put the People First

One of the greatest literati of ancient China, the ancient poet Su Shi (蘇軾), also known by his alias Su Dongpo (蘇東坡), was not...

Li Hui Settled Disputes With Wisdom and Integrity

Li Hui, a local official in the Northern Wei Dynasty, paid great attention to the fairness and correctness of verdicts. Here are two short...

Interesting Facts About the Temple of Heaven

Located in Beijing, the Temple of Heaven was where the ancient emperors of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties came to hold heaven...

A Look Inside Studios of Ancient Chinese Scholars

In ancient China, scholars were held in high regard. They often maintained their own studios. The scholars stored several items that were considered necessary...

Ceramic Pillows: How People in the Song Era Used to Sleep

When we speak of pillows, we usually think of something soft on which we rest our heads. However, Chinese people in ancient times would...

Ancient Chinese Hairstyles Through the Years

Ancient Chinese had a very specific image of "classic beauty." Chinese traditional beauty was often defined as having delicate skin, small eyes and ears,...

Qingming: Pure Brightness to Honor the Deceased

During ancient China’s Spring and Autumn Period almost 2,700 years ago, there was an official who was so loyal that he let himself be...

9 Amazing Things Invented by the Chinese

China today is often mocked as the "copycat nation" due to its tendency to take Western products, re-engineer them, and sell the counterfeited items...

How the Pursuit of Extremes Doomed China’s Sui Dynasty

The Sui Dynasty (A.D. 581-618) was the seventh major dynasty in Chinese history. Though very powerful, it lasted less than 40 years across the...

The True Jade of He Bian

Jade has been valued since time immemorial in China for its beauty and purity. A well-known story recorded by the Legalist Chinese philosopher Han...

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