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Daylight-robbery relic auction

If someone took away what belonged to you, the last thing you would want to do is buy it back.

This simple logic also applies to the Chinese government’s attitude towards the upcoming auction in Paris of its long-lost relics, two invaluable bronzes of a Rat and Hare from Yuanmingyuan Garden, or the Old Summer Palace. Read More

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Tibet moving on climate change threat

Tibet moving on climate change threat

By Sun Xiaohua (China Daily) For Tibetan yak herder Bugye, the grassland in Nagqu prefecture, Lhoma county is much greener this year. “The animals have more fresh grass, especially this summer,” Bugye, 68, said, watching over his herd of 70 yaks and 200 sheep grazing under blue sky and bright sunshine this early autumn. The rainy season...

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Putting aside space for an aging population

Putting aside space for an aging population

By Cao Li (China Daily) SHANGHAI: Four years ago when his wife died, Wang Zhende, 88, decided to rent out his apartment and moved into the Quyang Neighborhood Retirement Home in the north of Shanghai. Wang has been living with his 77-year-old roommate, Ren Zeru, in a 15-sq-m room on the third floor of the home. The ... ...

Culture

Unique Chinese culture beyond the Wall

Unique Chinese culture beyond the Wall

By Liu Jun (China Daily) The Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics revealed the Middle Kingdom on a fascinating scroll that displayed some of the most iconic Chinese elements: beautiful blue-white porcelain, the writing brush, xuan paper and ink slab. But perhaps most attractive of all were the Olympic medals inlaid with jade. As more people gro...

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Culture of eating well has blossomed in China

Culture of eating well has blossomed in China

They run the gamut from the simple — mom-and-pop dumpling place– to the showy — the starkly modern Green T. House, where dishes are decorated with curling tree branches, and the Whampoa Club, where roast spring onion ice-cream can be enjoyed in a dining room that sits beneath a massive glass goldfish pond — to ... ...

Culture

The Actual Journey to the West

The Actual Journey to the West

By staff reporter HUO JIANYING  Chinatoday The following story is supplementary reading for grade schools in China: A long time ago, there lived a boy monk in a temple on the mountain. His daily tasks were to clean the temple yard early each morning, fetch water and, after his morning scripture class, walk down the rocky ... ...

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The Classic Mirror of Wise Rule

The Classic Mirror of Wise Rule

By staff reporter HUO JIANYING Chinatoday The Tang Dynasty (618-907) is a glorious chapter in Chinese history. It was when Emperor Taizong (named Li Shimin) (597-649) led China into a period of unprecedented political and social harmony, as well as economic and cultural prosperity. Scholar and court official Fan Zuyu (1041-1098) of the succeeding N...

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The Chinese Banquet

By LIN ZILONG Chinatoday Traveling to Beijing for the first time? Don’t get caught in, out, or up by culture shocks. Know how things should – and shouldn’t – be done to ensure your trip is a memorable one for all the right reasons. Tourist George Johnson had skipped his breakfast, and the pangs of hunger were ... ...

Culture

Chinese Sword Culture

Chinese Sword Culture

By staff reporter HUO JIANYING Chinatoday The sword first appeared in China during the early age of cold weaponry, but its use in close-quarters combat was relatively short. By the early third century it had departed the battlefield and become a main artistic motif. Later still, it was an appurtenance denoting social standing. Star of Stage Swordpl...

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Tales from the Yin Ruins

Tales from the Yin Ruins

By staff reporter HUO JIANYING Chinatoday The Yin Ruins mark what was once the magnificent capital of the ancient Shang Dynasty (14th-11th centuries B.C.) that changed its name after moving to Yin. The city, along with the history of the entire dynasty, remained buried and obscured from actual human cognizance for more than 3,300 years. It ... ...