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Pieces of China’s oldest stone arch bridge retrieved, repaired

More than 30 relics from China’s oldest stone arch bridge have been repaired, the first time such work has been undertaken. The items are mostly sections of the bridge guardrail of the Zhaozhou Bridge (趙州橋). Also known as Anji Bridge (安濟橋), it stands over the Xiaohe River in Zhaoxian county, north China’s Hebei province. Built …

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Beijing’s Old Summer Palace restored with scattered relics

More than 80,000 pieces of stones and bricks have been restored to Beijing’s Yuanmingyuan (圓明園), known as the Old Summer Palace, Beijing Morning News reported recently. Used as a royal garden during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the palace park was also known for its exquisite architecture and many works of art. Unfortunately, it was destroyed, …

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88-year-old carves wood painting into history

Chen Yiwen (陳義文), who just celebrated his 88th birthday, is the lone surviving artist possessing a high artistic attainment in wood engraving painting in Hubei province. Chen is a national-level inheritor of Laohekou wood engraving New Year painting (老河口木版年畫雕刻), which originated in the middle of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and thrived during the Qianlong period …

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Gansu women rule

Inhabitants in this isolated pocket of northwest China may not have heard of the women’s liberation movement that took Western society by storm in the 1960s. But perhaps they do not need to. In a reversal of traditional Chinese roles between genders, women in Kangxian county, Gansu province have traditionally been dominant, with husbands assuming …

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Emperor’s inscriptions in stone in Old Summer Palace ruins

This imperial writing will last forever: it is carved in stone. Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) Emperor Jiaqing’s inscriptions were found on a large stone tablet at Ruyuan Garden, the best preserved garden site at the Yuanmingyuan (Old Summer Palace) ruins. Below the inscriptions were two seals, one featuring an imperial jade seal. Some of the inscriptions are buried …

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Chinese, Japanese, Koreans co-author new history textbook

A joint editorial committee of scholars from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea is writing a new history textbook to resist efforts to white-wash Japan’s militaristic past. The committee has published two books: The Contemporary and Modern History of Three East Asian Countries in 2005 and A Modern History of East Asia Beyond the …

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