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The Changing Face of Chinese Beauty

They say ``beauty is only skin deep.`` but maybe they are wrong. A glance at the surface can tell a person a lot about the suffering soul of women in Chinese society. Early 20th century-Tell-tale Fringes A woman of a rich family in Qing Dyn...

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Top Ten Archaeological Discoveries of 2004

Top Ten Archaeological Discoveries of 2004 China`s Top-Ten archaeological discoveries of 2004 were announced in Beijing on April 17. 2005: 1. Prehistoric Site at Beifudi. Yixian County. Hebei Province. The Neolithic site (dating back about...

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The origin of chinese surnames

The Chinese have had surnames long before the period of the Three Emperors and Five Kings. that is. during the time when recognition was given only to one`s mother and not one`s father. Hence. the Chinese character for surname is made up of...

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Secrets of An Imperial Mausoleum

At the southern foot of Nanjing`s Purple Mountains lies a hill called Dulongfu. Ancient Chinese considered this is a sacred place. Over 600 years ago. the Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang. the first emperor of the Ming dynasty. chose to build his mau...

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Chinese Sails

The earliest sail appeared in Egypt 3000 years ago. not China. Yet. the Chinese did invent the unique lugsail. Lugsails had bamboo crossbeams at certain intervals for support. The Chinese used cloth. silk and a kind of mat made from bamboo...

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Origins of Tombs

Early primitive societies had no ideas of tombs. When someone died. the body was simply buried or thrown away. As human society developed. superstition came to be practiced and burial gradually became an important matter. Thus. the tomb ca...

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Traditional crosstalk makes comeback

Beijing. Feb. 5 -- The traditional performance art of crosstalk is making a comeback with the help of crosstalk specialist. Guo Degang. He performed at the PLA Opera House on January 11 and 12. 2006. Although the performance wasn`t formally...

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World cultural and natural heritage in China

In August 2004. the 28th Session of UNESCO`s World Heritage Committee (WHC) was held in the famous historical and cultural city of Suzhou. The convention decided to add to the World Heritage List the capital cities and tombs of the ancient...

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Preservation of cultural relics

China has nearly 400.000 known unmovable cultural relics above- and underground. Since 1996. the State Council has listed 770 key historical and cultural sites under state protection. more than the total number of the past 40-odd years. Th...

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Deng Xiaoping

In August 1904. Deng Xiaoping was born in Paifang Village in Xiexing Township. Guang`an County. Sichuan Province. 1909-1918. Deng Xiaoping attended an old-fashioned private pre-school. at age seven. a modern primary school and in due cours...

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