It is interesting that the only time the word 明 is used in the Imperial Tomb Tablet of the Great Ming (大明皇陵之碑) is in… 687 more words
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Of all the civilisations of premodern times, none appeared more advanced, none felt more superior, than that of China.
Its considerable population, 100-130 million compared with Europe’s 50-55 million in the fifteenth century; it’s remarkable culture; it’s exceedingly fertile and irrigated plains, linked by a splendid canal system since the eleventh century and its unified hierarchic administration run by a well-educated Confucian bureaucracy had given a coherence and sophistication to Chinese society which was the envy of foreign visitors. 443 more words
We had a two hour train trip to Guangzhou and after hearing many stories about trains in China full of ducks, hens and bikes…we were not entirely sure how great the train might be or what food and services might be like in China. 1,281 more words