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Qingjiang River
China Travel Guide - Travel in Hubei

      Qingjiang River
With a total length of 425 kilometers, the Qingjiang River (qīngjiāng 清江) winds its way from west to east through Changyang (chángyáng 长阳) for 148 kilometers just like a bright pearl on the middle and lower reaches of Yangtze River. It originates Lichuan (lìchuān 利川), in Hubei Province and joins the Yangtze River in the city of Zhicheng (zhīchéng 枝城), Hubei. The water in the river is so clear that can be taken as a mirror, thus got the name of Qingjiang River. It is regarded as the "mother river of the Tujia ethnic group," the origin of the ancient Ba people (bārén 巴人). It is said that the Qingjiang River is as great as Three Gorges of the Yangtz River, as clear as the Li River (líjiāng 漓江) in Guilin (guìlín 桂林), and as graceful as the Xihu Lake (xīhú 西湖) in Hangzhou (hángzhōu 杭州). The mountains there are lofty and rugged. The water looks dark green, the rocks appear fantastic and the woods are lush and luxuriant. Qingjiang River is cool in summer and warm in winter. The enchanting scenery and rich Tujia ethnic culture have drawn many visitors from home and abroad to this southwest corner of Hubei Province.

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Hongjiang Ancient Commercial City
China Travel Guide - Travel in Hunan

    Hongjiang Ancient Commercial City
Hongjiang Ancient Commercial City (hóng jiāng gǔ shāng chéng 洪江古商城) lies in the south part of Huaihua City (huái huà shì 怀化市), which is in the west of Hunan Province (hú nán shěng 湖南省). Originated from the Spring and Autumn Period (chūn qiū shí qī 春秋时期) in China, took shape in the prosperous Tang Dynasty (táng cháo 唐朝), and flourished in Ming (míng 明) and Qing (míng 清) dynasties, Hongjiang was the economic, military, religious and cultural center of Southwest Hunan (xiāng xī 湘西). Hongjiang Ancient Commercial City is the oldest, biggest and the most integrated ancient commercial city in China.

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四面楚歌(sì miàn chǔ gē)
Learn Chinese - Chinese Idiom

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At the end of the Qin Dynasty (qín cháo 秦朝,221-206 BC), the State of Chu and the State of Han fought for control of the country. Xiang Yu, the king of Chu, was besieged at a place called Gaixia by the Han army led by Liu Bang. Xiang Yu was in a desperate situation, with little food and only a few soldiers. At night, the surrounding Han troops started to sing Chu folk songs. Xiang Yu was very surprised at this, and said, “Has Liu Bang occupied the whole of Chu? How can he have drafted so many Chu people into his army?” Then he fled together with the remainder of his forces.This idiom is used metaphorically to mean to be in a helpless and critical situation, surrounded by the enemy on all sides.

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Textile Technique
Learn Chinese - History and Culture

      Textile Technique
Textile technique
(fǎng zhī jì shù 纺织技术) has a long history in China. As early as in the primitive society,  people in ancient China have taken advantage of the natural resource to make simple textile facilities for weaving so as to adapt to the changeable weather.

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Xinjiang University
Study in China - Colleges and Universities

Xinjiang University was founded in 1924 and is located in the southern part of Urumqi City. It is a national key comprehensive university with students from various ethnic groups and the only university in Xinjiang entering the national “211 Project”. On December 30th, 2000 the former Xinjiang University and Xinjiang Engineering Institute merged into a new Xinjiang University. In the past 78 years, the university has seen 65,000 students graduate.

Xinjiang University is comprised of 14 schools, which has courses and branches of study ranging from science, engineering, law and economics to management, the arts and history

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