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China Travel Guide - Travel in Yunnan

Tengchong County

Tengchong County (Téngchōng Xiàn 腾冲县) is situated in Baoshan City, western Yunnan Province, China. It is well known for its volcanic activity. It borders with Burma in the northwest with a boundary line of 151 kilometres long. It is 750 kilometres away from the provincial capital Kunming and 160 kilometers westward from Baoshan city.

The Grape Valley
China Travel Guide - Travel in Xinjiang

The Grape Valley
The Grape Valley in Turpan
(tǔ lǔ fān 吐鲁番), Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (xīn jiāng wéi wú ěr zì zhì qū 新疆维吾尔自治区) has already won a great fame in the world, as it is a place with both beautiful landscapes and unique cultural features. The valley is a world of green with brooks, canals and sparkling springs. Scattered everywhere in the valley are trees, mulberry, peach, apricot, apple, pomegranate, pear, fig, walnut, elm, poplar and willow; also watermelons and muskmelons, making the valley into a "garden of one hundred flowers" in spring and an "orchard of one hundred kinds of fruits" in summer.

Chinese Traditional Kite Craft
Learn Chinese - History and Culture
Kites were invented by the Chinese people over 2000 years ago. About in the 12th century, Chinese kite spread to the West and oriental and Western kite culture was formed after years of development. In this process, the traditional culture integrated with the kite craft, and finally formed the kite culture with unique characteristics.
Uses of kite have been changed several times in history. According to historical record, kite was first used in military. In the mid Tang Dynasty (618-907), in which the society was stable and peaceful, the use of kites was gradually changed from military to entertainment. With the innovation of papermaking, the raw material of kite changed from silk to paper. Kite became popular among civilians with a richer variety of forms and reached the peak point in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Participated by the literary, the making and the decoration of kites underwent great development. Kite making became a profession due to the large demand.
Western Horoscope vs Chinese Zodiac
China Living Tips - Communication & Others

Western Horoscope refers to the twelve zones of celestial longitude during one cycle of the earth's orbiting the sun. It is actually a way of dividing months in a year. 

The twelve zones are addressed by twelve constellation names: 

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.
The so called "Chinese Zodiac" is actually a different concept from the Zodiac in western horoscope. Maybe because both of them have twelve items and many of the items are named after animals, the original interpreter connected them together.
束之高阁 (shù zhī gāo gé)
Learn Chinese - Chinese Idiom

altDuring the Eastern Tsin Dynasty (dōng jìn 东晋,317—420AD),there were two tremendously talented young men named Yin Hao (yīn hào 殷浩) and Du Yi (dù yì杜义) ,both gained their big fame through metaphysics (xuán xúe 玄学) study.

At that time,Yu Yi (yǘ yì 庾翼),a famous general who attempted to reclaim the North area found himself in a urgent situation of talents shortage. One day,some officials strongly recommended that the two meta-physicists serve as his think tank. However,after serious consideration,he responded: "Though the two have household names across the kingdom concerning the metaphysics,they are rather high-hearted and pretty impractical.

An Interview With China Photojournalist Tom Carter
Foreigners in China - Foreigners in China
American photojournalist Tom Carter has spent the past four years in the People's Republic of China, traversing all 33 provinces and autonomous regions not just once but twice. The San Francisco native's hardback book, a definitive 800-image volume aptly entitled CHINA: Portrait of a People, is due out this winter from Hong Kong publisher Blacksmith Books. Tom took a day off from travelling to discuss the challenges of taking pictures in China, how he evaded censorship in the tightly-controlled republic, and to share a few insider tips on visiting what is to become the world's largest tourism market.
Northwest University
Study in China - Colleges and Universities

Northwest University has its origin in Shaanx iCollege founded in 1902, and assumed its present name in 1912. It was renamed National Northwest University in 1923, and called National Xi’an Provisional University after the merger with National Beiping University, Beiping Normal University, Beiyang College of Engineering and other institutions, which moved inland to Shaanxi when the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression broke out in 1937. The Provisional University was subsequently named National Northwest Associated University in 1938, and NationalNorthwestUniversity in 1939. 


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