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China’s Forbidden City

China's Forbidden City The Forbidden City's outer gates, Beijing. Tom Bonaventure via Getty Images It can be easy to assume that the Forbidden City, that marvelous complex of palaces in the heart of Beijing, is an ancient wonder of China.  In...


There is evidence of human habitation in the Dunhuang area as early as 2,000 BC, possibly by people recorded as the Qiang in Chinese history. Located in the western end of the Hexi Corridor near the historic junction of the...


Zhangjiajie is a prefecture-level city in the northwestern part of Hunan province. The city itself was previously named Dayong (大庸), and has a recorded history dating back to 221 BC. The new name of Zhangjiajie City was adopted in 1994, after...

The terracotta army

The terracotta army was discovered by accident in 1974 at Xian, in China, when local farmers digging a well broke into a pit containing 6000 life-size terracotta figures. Excavation in 1976 revealed two further pits both filled with terracotta...

Huangshan Mountain

Huangshan  is a mountain range in southern Anhui province in eastern China. Vegetation on the range is thickest below 1,100 meters (3,600 ft), with trees growing up to the treeline at 1,800 meters (5,900 ft). The area is well known for its...


Xu Xiake: the great Chinese traveler

A noted traveler and geographer of the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Xu Xiake, also named Hongzu (1587-1641), was born in today's Jiangyin of East...


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