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Ancient Pots

Thu, 29 May 2014 19:51:29 +00002014-05-29T19:51:29Z

I'm always impressed by the things archaeologists dig up, because I'm pretty sure I couldn't even make a pointy stick if you dropped me in the middle of ancient times. But the Yangshao culture, one of China's earliest, made something I couldn't even make now: amazing pottery.

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China's Ivy League

Thu, 29 May 2014 19:51:11 +00002014-05-29T19:51:11Z

When you talk about the elite colleges in China, Tsinghua's name is going to come up almost inevitably. But while most people know the school is among China's best, fewer know of the troubles it has endured throughout its century of history.

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Confucius Says: Read the Book

Mon, 26 May 2014 20:47:41 +00002014-05-26T20:47:41Z

Long before all those stupid "Confucius says" jokes, someone actually did write a book full of things Confucius said. It's called The Analects and it forms the basis for our modern understanding of Confucius and his philosophy.

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Let's Go to College

Mon, 26 May 2014 20:44:28 +00002014-05-26T20:44:28Z

I had a great time at college, and I learned a lot (including how to speak Chinese). But although I love my alma mater, there's another college that's also dear to my heart, and that's the Chinese Imperial College in Beijing.

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His Toe is Taller Than You

Mon, 26 May 2014 20:39:07 +00002014-05-26T20:39:07Z

When the Taliban destroyed the Bamiyan Buddhas at the turn of the century, it was bad news for everyone except for one guy. One really, really tall guy. The Leshan Giant Buddha, an ancient stone sitting Buddha carved into the rock of riverside Leshan, became the largest stone Buddha in the world the minute those explosives detonated.

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Spice Up Your Life

Mon, 26 May 2014 20:34:59 +00002014-05-26T20:34:59Z

When people who've been to all the usual, you-must-see-this places in China ask me where to go, I always say one thing: Sichuan.

And indeed, why say anything else? The province ...

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Ancient China's Brooks Brothers for the Dead

Mon, 26 May 2014 20:32:36 +00002014-05-26T20:32:36Z

So, imagine you're an ancient, dead Chinese guy and you need a suit. What should you wear? A normal cloak? How gauche. A Western-style getup? That's not going to keep ...

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What's Your Favorite Dynasty?

Mon, 26 May 2014 20:29:37 +00002014-05-26T20:29:37Z

Silly question time: what's your favorite Chinese dynasty? Was it the conquering Qin? The heroic Han? Perhaps the marauding Mongols (Yuan)? Or the so-called pinnacle of Chinese civilization, the Tang Dynasty?

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Whence Dragons?

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:24:52 +00002014-04-29T19:24:52Z

If there's one thing that the rise of Game of Thrones has reminded us of, it's that dragons are awesome. Of course, that's something they've known in China for thousands of years. Virtually as far back in the archaeological record as we can go, there are dragons appearing in Chinese art and pottery. Why?

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The Queen of Fashion

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:21:42 +00002014-04-29T19:21:42Z

I'm not generally one for fashion, but I'll admit that I enjoy the sight of a pretty woman in a nice-looking dress as much as anyone else, especially if the dress is unique. And if you're looking for unique, Chinese-culture-inspired dresses, one of your best options would be to check out the closest red carpet and hope for a sighting of Chinese film star Fan Bingbing.

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