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1. Chinese Dynasties | Xia Dynasty
Chinese Dynasties | Xia Dynasty
There's still debate if this dynasty actually existed. In 1959, however, archaeologists uncovered ruins at Erlitou in Yanshi, Henan Province, dating back to the time of the Xia. Until this evidence can be matched to what little written historical evidence remains, there will be controversy about ...
Culture & Society - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:13:29
2. Who is Qu Yuan? Poet, Statesman and Ideologist
Who is Qu Yuan? Poet, Statesman and Ideologist
Situated on the banks of the mighty Yangtze River, at Xiangjiaping, 1.5km from Guizhou Town, Zigui County in Hubei Province, stands this impressive memorial and shrine to the famous poet, statesman and Ideologist of Chinese history, Qu Yuan. The recent flooding of the river for the 3 Gorges Dam p...
Culture & Society - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:23:13
3. History | The Battle of Long Tan
History | The Battle of Long Tan
For 3-1/2 hours on 18th August, 1966, the 108 men of D Company, 6th Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) faced over 2,500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops in a rubber plantation at Long Tan. During this action, they first endured sweltering conditions and then tropical monsoonal rainfall. At the...
Culture & Society - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:11:21
4. Chinese History | Sanxingdui Museum
Chinese History | Sanxingdui Museum
There are many weird looking bronze figures and other artefacts in this museum, situated 40 km North of Chengdu. Some of them are over 4,000 years old, and stir the imagination while giving an insight into the ancient Shu Kingdom, which existed during the period of the Shang Dynasty. Image: drs2b...
Culture & Society - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:11:21
5. Chinese History | National Treasures
Chinese History | National Treasures
Between 1st April and 2nd June, 2009 the National Museum of China loaned to Hainan Provincial Museum of Haikou, 66 artefacts designated as "National Treasures". This museum was completed in 2008 and has only recently been opened to the public. As a means of attracting visitors to this new facili...
Culture & Society - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:20:24
6. TESOL | How to Find a Job in China
TESOL | How to Find a Job in China
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) positions are available in many Asian countries, but China offers the most variety, cultural richness and demand for teachers. Follow the steps here to find a job in China. You will need a goo...
Education - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:12:24
7. Carroll Quigley? Great American Historian, Philosopher and Educator!
Carroll Quigley? Great American Historian, Philosopher and Educator!
Professor Carroll Quigley taught for more than forty years at Princeton, Harvard and Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service. His lectures on the "Development of Civilisation" and the "World Since 1914" were inspirational. He used a polymath scientific method in historiography, wrote abo...
Culture & Society - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:12:27
8. China Vacations | Wenchang
China Vacations | Wenchang
Situated in North-East Hainan Province, China, Wenchang is 73km South-East of the Capital, Haikou. It is a coastal city, and faces the sea on the East, South and North with a coastline of 270 kilometres and a total land area of 2,403 square kilometres. Wenchang was promoted from a county to a ci...
Travel & Places - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:10:37
9. Who Was Chiang Kai-shek? Sun Yat-sen's Successor!
Who Was Chiang Kai-shek? Sun Yat-sen's Successor!
Chiang Kai-shek was leader of the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) for fifty years, after Dr Sun Yat-sen died in 1925. Chiang was a Chinese military and political leader, and head of China's Nationalist government, between 1928 and 1949, until defeated by Mao Zedong's communists. Chiang th...
Culture & Society - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:12:24
10. Chinese Festivals | Ghost Festival
Chinese Festivals | Ghost Festival
Chinese Ghost Festival, or Zhong Yuan Jie, is held to placate the spirits of dead ancestors. The whole of the seventh lunar month is said to be a ghostly one, culminating in the festival held on the fifteenth day of the month. Many Chinese people prefer to stay indoors on this evening, as the res...
Holidays & Celebrations - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:11:21
11. Buddhism | Nanshan Guanyin Statue
Buddhism | Nanshan Guanyin Statue
Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park is situated at Nanshan District, 50 km west of Sanya in Hainan Province. It is adjacent to the ocean and boasts the highest Buddha statue in the world; the 108 m NanHai Guanyin statue. Construction began in 1995, and was completed on April 12th, 1998, the 2000th ann...
Culture & Society - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:10:37
12. Chinese Festivals | Valentines Day
Chinese Festivals | Valentines Day
Why carve melons? Well, it was traditionally a way to demonstrate the domestic skills of a young woman to any potential suitors! As well as melon carving, they would display samples of fried cookies, embroidery, quilting and other handicraft. More recently, this practice has waned because of the ...
Holidays & Celebrations - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:23:13
13. Chinese Dynasties | Warring States Period
Chinese Dynasties | Warring States Period
This was a period of time when people were very disturbed about what was going on in the world around them. The Warring States Period was in the second half of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty, when the stronger states were waging war on the weaker, and consolidating their power. Even though there were b...
Culture & Society - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:20:30
14. China Vacations | Haikou City
China Vacations | Haikou City
Haikou, at the North of Hainan island, is the capital of Hainan Province in China, has an estimated population of 1.8 million and is the largest city on the island. Named "Haikoupu" in ancient times, Haikou is the centre of Hainan in politics, economics, culture and communications. It is located ...
Travel & Places - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:13:30
15. Buddhism | Leshan Giant Buddha
Buddhism | Leshan Giant Buddha
The Grand Buddha at Leshan (Sichuan Province, China) is the largest ancient stone carved image of Buddha in the world, standing 71 metres. It is located at the foot of Mt. Lingyun, where the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi Rivers meet. The first Buddhist temple in China was built opposite, in the 1st c...
Culture & Society - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:23:13
16. Chinese History | Hainan Ethnic Minorities
Chinese History | Hainan Ethnic Minorities
"The minorities of Hainan mainly inhabit the Central and Southern areas of Hainan Island. With a population of over 1.4 million, the Li, Miao and Hui nationalities have been living on Hainan Island for generations. They have worked hard overcoming many difficulties and, together with the Han nati...
Culture & Society - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:12:24
17. China Vacations | Hainan Province
China Vacations | Hainan Province
Hainan Province (Hainan Sheng) was created in 1988, after previously being administered from Guangdong Province. The major industries are tourism and agriculture, as the island is the only part of China in the tropical zone. The province was declared to be an International Tourism Island in 2011,...
Travel & Places - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:11:21
18. Who is Kong Qiu? Master Philosopher, Confucius
Who is Kong Qiu? Master Philosopher, Confucius
Confucius was born in the State of Lu in the last years of the Spring and Autumn Period of the Zhou Dynasty. He was a member of the "Shi" elite, professional administrative class, and spent many years travelling from kingdom to kingdom, offering his services to the many rulers who had broken away...
Culture & Society - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:14:25
19. I love Leon The Professional
I love Leon The Professional
Luc Besson's movie reprise to "La Femme Nikita" is a classic! Natalie Portman's future as a movie actress was ensured after her stunning debut as "Mathilda", the 12 year old girl who seeks revenge for the murder of her family by "Stansfield" (Gary Oldman) a psychotic, corrupt drug enforcement age...
Entertainment & Media - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:21:24
20. Who was Hai Rui, and why should we care?
Who was Hai Rui, and why should we care?
Hai Rui was raised by his mother, a Hui nationality woman living in Haikou, in the Moslem faith. He prepared for the Imperial examinations, to enter the state's bureaucracy, but initially failed in his endeavours. Only when he turned 35 years old did he commence his career as a lowly education cl...
Culture & Society - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:13:17
21. Golf Vacations | China's Hainan Island
Golf Vacations | China's Hainan Island
Hainan, in the People's Republic of China, is a golfer's paradise. The costs here are so affordable that one of life's sporting fantasies is attainable. The food is exotic and satisfying for even the most demanding gourmand, accommodation is excellent and, when your game is over, ther...
Sports & Recreation - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:13:17
22. Chinese History | Ming Dynasty Rare Porcelain
Chinese History | Ming Dynasty Rare Porcelain
The Ming Dynasty Imperial Exhibition of Porcelains was held at Hainan Provincial Museum during the period 30th August to 20th October, 2011. The items featured were artefacts from the Jingdezhen Kilns in Jiangxi Province. Take a look at some of the exquisite works from this ancient dynasty. They ...
Culture & Society - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:14:25
23. Chinese Festivals | Double 9th Festival
Chinese Festivals | Double 9th Festival
The Double Ninth Festival falls on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month, hence its name. This time is characterised by people enjoying hill climbing, wearing a spray of Dogwood, appreciating the beauty of Chrysanthemum flowers (and wine made from them) as well as eating multi-layered cakes. Old...
Holidays & Celebrations - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:54:30
24. China Vacations | Changsha
China Vacations | Changsha
Changsha is the capital of Hunan Province, located on a branch of the Yangtze River, known as the "Xiang Jiang". It has a long and interesting historical background, with many sites to explore when you visit. Chairman Mao Zedong was born in a Shaoshan, about 130 km South-West of Changsha. He comp...
Travel & Places - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:24:23
25. Golf Vacations | Hainan Taidah
Golf Vacations | Hainan Taidah
The front nine holes of this golf course have a flat terrain, whereas there is an undulating terrain on the back nine. There is a club house, driving range, swimming pool, basketball court, pro shop, coffee shop, fishing pond, villas and hotel. The course area is around 110 hectares (more than 16...
Sports & Recreation - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:20:35
26. Who is Sun Zi? Military Strategist a.k.a. Sun Tzu!
The ancient military genius, Sun Tzu, wrote "The Art of War" - the first and most definitive treatise on warfare in the history of man. His military strategies are famous in China and Japan for lessons applicable to modern culture and politics, as well as for military strategy. It is disputed whe...
culture-and-society - Thu, 16 Aug 2012 01:18:40
27. Chinese Festivals | Lantern Festival
Chinese Festivals | Lantern Festival
With all the Chinese Festivals on the yearly calendar, it's a wonder there's any work done here. Lantern Festival marks the end of New Year festivities and is colourful and noisy, with bright red lanterns, fireworks, garlands and great food. The Lantern Festival is known in China as Shang Yuan Fe...
Holidays & Celebrations - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:10:37
28. Li Brocade of Hainan Province China
The artistic craft works of the Li ethnic minority group, in Hainan Province of China, have an instant impact on people who view them for the first time. The unique colours and symbols on their carefully crafted items are expressive of the Li culture. Through a process of spinning, dyeing, weavin...
arts-and-design - Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:29:48
29. Chinese History | Hainan Museum
Hainan Provincial Museum was established in 1984 and relocated to Hainan Cultural Park at Guoxing Avenue, Haikou in 2008. It is adjacent to the Provincial Library and Provincial Arts and Culture Centre, all housed in magnificent new buildings. The construction of the museum commenced at the end o...
culture-and-society - Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:30:00
30. Chinese History | The People's Republic of China
The civil war in China, between Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Kuomintang and Mao's Communists, lasted from 1946 until Communist victory in 1949. Since then, China has struggled internally and externally politically, militarily and economically until today it has emerged as a giant superpower. Le...
culture-and-society - Mon, 04 Jun 2012 14:19:39
31. China Vacations | Tropical Sanya
China Vacations | Tropical Sanya
Sanya is the "jewel in the crown" of Hainan Island. Most Hainan locals ask if you have been here to visit, and they refer to Sanya as "China's Hawaii". They are very proud of this city. There are five major bays in Sanya, namely: Yalong Bay, Dadonghai Bay, Sanya Bay, Haitang Bay, and Yazhou Bay....
Travel & Places - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:23:13
32. All Time Top 10 Best Selling Books!
Love them or hate them... these books are on the top seller lists of all time. How many of them have you read? If you think there's been more copies of the Bible and the Qur'an printed, or even Chairman Mao's "Little Red Book", or Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf", then you're correct but these books a...
books-poetry-writing - Mon, 04 Jun 2012 07:25:04
33. Chinese History | Republic of China
For more than 6,000 years, the Chinese people were ruled by a series of dynastic feudal emperors until Dr Sun Yat-sen's revolutionary Kuomintang forces overthrew the Qing dynasty and established the Republic of China in 1912. The KMT, Japanese forces and Communists battled for supremacy until Com...
culture-and-society - Mon, 04 Jun 2012 00:35:30
34. Chinese History | Taiping Rebellion
This was probably the most destructive civil war, in terms of loss of human life, in global history. Although it is impossible to obtain accurate figures for the fatalities that occurred, it is estimated that at least 20 million people (some sources say 10 times this amount) had their lives cut s...
culture-and-society - Sun, 03 Jun 2012 11:10:24
35. Golf Vacations | Hainan Dongshan Lake
Hainan Dongshan Lake Golf Country Club is located 27Km South of Haikou city, in the Shuo Eng District. It takes about 30 minutes by car on the Haiyue central highway, and on the East line express it will take 25 minutes.This course was designed by the famous international golf course designer Mr....
sports-and-recreation - Sun, 03 Jun 2012 03:22:27
36. Chinese Dynasties | Qin Dynasty
The beginning of the Qin Dynasty marked the end of the Warring States Period, and was the first truly unified empire in the history of China, sweeping away the prior feudal systems. It was brought about by the powerful Qin Shi Huangdi, but only lasted 14 years from 221 to 207 BCE. In this period ...
culture-and-society - Sat, 02 Jun 2012 15:50:22
37. Chinese Festivals | National Day
On October 1st, 1949, the Chinese Communist Party, under Chairman Mao's leadership declared victory in the war against Chiang Kai Shek's Nationalists. Mao raised the flag of the newly declared People's Republic of China in front of around 300,000 soldiers and citizens in a ceremony in Tiananmen S...
holidays-and-celebrations - Tue, 29 May 2012 00:02:27
38. Chinese Dynasties | Tang Dynasty
The Tang Dynasty was a watershed in China's development, lasting from 618 to 907 CE, interrupted by Empress Wu Zetian in 690 to 705 CE. At that time in Chinese history, it was the most powerful ruling government on earth and is now known as one of the most interesting of the Chinese Dynasties. Th...
culture-and-society - Sun, 27 May 2012 02:02:37
39. Chinese History | Qing Dynasty Imperial Palace Exhibition
The Qing Dynasty lasted from 1644 to 1911 CE, and was established by foreign Manchurian horsemen organised under various banners. The first 150 years of this dynasty was prosperous but, in the 19th century, Britain introduced opium into China resulting in moral decay, warfare and eventual disinte...
culture-and-society - Sun, 27 May 2012 01:36:34
40. Chinese Festivals | Tomb Sweeping Day
Qingming Festival is also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, Pure Brightness Festival, Clear Bright Festival, All Souls Day, Festival for Tending Graves or Grave Sweeping Day. It falls on April 4th, 5th or 6th, 2 weeks after the vernal equinox, is one of the 24 Chinese Solar Terms, and is a crucial time...
holidays-and-celebrations - Sun, 27 May 2012 01:10:21
41. Book Review | Art Of War
This book is the first, and still the most definitive text on military strategy aver published. It has been used by such luminaries as Napoleon, Mao Zedong, Henry Kissinger and General Norman Schwarzkopf. Modern business gurus pore over Sun Tzu's writings in order to obtain a commercial advantag...
books-poetry-writing - Sat, 26 May 2012 08:52:54
42. Chinese Dynasties | Western Zhou Dynasty
The early years of the Zhou Dynasty brought population growth, stability and peaceful domestic order. The emperors legitimised their rule by introducing the "Mandate of Heaven", by which the emperor was granted the right to rule. They generally fulfilled the terms of this concept, bringing peace ...
culture-and-society - Sat, 26 May 2012 08:07:08
43. Chinese History | Qing Dynasty Trade Exhibition
Since the Han dynasty, Guangzhou has become an important port for China's foreign maritime trade. From 1757 to 1842, the Qing government implemented a trade policy, closing Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Fujian provincial customs points, leaving Guangdong as the only foreign trade port. Guangzhou has bec...
culture-and-society - Sat, 26 May 2012 02:33:33
44. China Vacations | Tianya Haijiao
China Vacations | Tianya Haijiao
In Chinese folklore, it was thought there was a remote part of the known world where the sky meets the sea. As this area is the most southern part of China, it has been named "Tianya Haijiao" (the furthermost part of the sky and the sea). Tianya Haijiao is at the foot of Xiamaling Mountain in Ti...
Travel & Places - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:11:22
45. China Vacations | Liuzhou, City of Dragons
Liuzhou is a fine example of how to integrate history, folklore and community living. This small to medium sized community (by Chinese standards) has excellent shopping facilities, great parks and many scenic attractions. It is famous for its dragon mythology and was named Longcheng (Dragon City)...
travel-and-places - Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:42:00
46. Xian Fu Ren ~ Who in the World Was She?
Mme Xian (512-602 CE) lived during the tumultuous years of the Period of Disunity and Partition and the early years of the Sui Dynasty. She was a Li Minority Group figure from Gaoliang village, Guangzhou in Guangdong Province. When she was a little girl, Xian was very clever, brave and learnt th...
culture-and-society - Thu, 01 Mar 2012 11:22:01
47. The Terracotta Warriors in Xi'An
In the early Spring of 1974, local farmers Junpeng Yang, Zhifa Yang and Quanyi Yang of Xiyang village, Lintong County in Xi'An, were drilling a series of wells in search of water. To their surprise, they discovered some pottery fragments and ancient bronze weapons. By 1976, Pits 1, 2 and 3 were ...
travel-and-places - Sun, 11 Dec 2011 02:51:06
48. Soong Ching-ling? The Mother of China!
Soong Ching-ling was a classic Chinese beauty with a mind like a steel trap! She was educated in the USA, at Wesleyan College, and went on to marry Dr Sun Yat Sen (the revolutionary who led the fight to bring down the Qing dynasty) in Japan on 25 October 1915. Mme Soong continued to champion Dr ...
culture-and-society - Tue, 15 Feb 2011 07:58:14
49. Chinese Dynasties | The Zhou Dynasty
The Zhou Dynasty was the longest in Chinese history, lasting from 1045 to 256 BCE. The Zhou believed in the moralisation of political events. In other words, they were not rulers just because they were from a certain family, but they had a moral quality that enabled them to reign. One of the sub...
culture-and-society - Sun, 06 Feb 2011 22:00:39
50. Golf Vacations | Mission Hills Haikou
The Qionghai Volcanic Cluster, near Haikou in Hainan Province, erupted around 10,000 years ago spewing lava across the landscape. Today, this region is covered in black rock and natural ruins as a backdrop to some of the world's greatest Volcanic Golf Courses at Mission Hills Haikou. Mission Hill...
sports-and-recreation - Sun, 18 Aug 2013 09:28:29
51. Who Was Admiral Zheng He?
The "Ming Voyages" ("Voyages of Zheng He") went all over what for the Chinese was the known world. There are records of these ships proceeding all over South-East Asia and the Indian Ocean. Monuments that were erected by the Chinese when they travelled and made these port calls are still in place...
culture-and-society - Mon, 20 Aug 2012 23:21:21
52. Tragedy & Hope: A History Of The World In Our Time
This book, published in 1966, is more than 1,000 pages long. It outlines the significant events of the last two centuries, and the reasons for them, highlighting the influence of secret societies on the governments of the world and predicting the eventual result of global government. It is a scho...
books-poetry-writing - Sat, 19 May 2012 05:37:50

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