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The Magnificient Temple of Heaven

In the center of Beijing near the famous palaces of Forbidden city lies a complex of marvelous architecture, deep history and cultural impact. This complex is proof enough of the great civilization that ruled the far-east. 569 more words

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January 23rd in History

1368 – The portrait you see above is that of Zhu Yuanzhang. During the 14th century, as famine and plague spread throughout China, Zhu Yuanzhang rose to commanded an army which conquered China and furthermore defeated the Yuan Dynasty, that of Kublai Khan, after which he took to the throne on January 23rd. 359 more words

Blaze of destruction in Weishan, Yunnan | An update

This is a relatively old piece of news by now, but it will definitely leave a scare in Weishan 巍山, an ancient town on the… 427 more words


Visiting the tomb of the Wanli Emperor. Wait, what did he say? [video]

This video is ages-old but has always been one of my favorites. It starts out as a pretty straightforward guided tour of a historical site–the tomb of the Wanli Emperor, a venerated 16th century ruler of Ming Dynasty China–but eventually devolves into the dry humor extremely typical of historians. 65 more words


The Great Wall

I have been thinking about the Great Wall today. I guess in part it is because I had a few e-mails from China last night and today. 396 more words


REVIEW: 'Ming: 50 Years that changed China'

Being an avid art buff, I regularly visit new exhibitions on in London. This is the first time I’ve decided to review one of them. Recently, I visited the British Museum to see ‘Ming: 50 Years that changed China’, and I have to say, it was a spectacular show. 855 more words

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Yunnan ethnic clothes at Shandong Provincial Museum.