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Chinese Qin Dynasty

Qin Dynasty, lasting from 221 to 206 BC, was the first imperial dynasty in the Chinese history. The dynasty survived for 15 years with only two emperors, namely Yingzheng, the first emperor in the Chinese history, and his son Hu Hai.


The Qin Dynasty achieved great improvement in trade, agriculture, and military security. It also introduced several reforms, including the standardization of currency, weights, measures and the establishment of a better system of writing. Read more »

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Chengde Summer Resort

Chengde Summer Resort, also called Chengde Out Palace or Rehe Xanadu, was served as the summer resort during the Qing dynasty (1644 – 1912). It is a large complex of imperial palaces and gardens which is located in the north of Hebei Province, 230 kilometers away from Beijing, the capital of Qing dynasty.

The resort took about 90 years to complete, from 1703 to 1792. Covering an area of 564 sq meters, it is the largest imperial garden in China.

Chengde Summer Resort is divided into two sections, namely the palace area and the scenic area. Read more »

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Tai Ji Quan

Tai Ji Quan, Tai Ji or known as Tai Chi Chuan in English, is a type of Chinese Kungfu. In China, it is practiced for defense training and its health benefits.

There are different versions about the origin of Tai Chi Chuan. The most widely accepted one is that it was created by Zhang Sanfeng, a legendary Chinese Taoist priest who is believed to have achieved immortality. However, according to research, Tai Chi Quan was first practiced during the Ming dynasty (1368-1662) by the Chen family Read more »

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Dragon Dance

Dragon dance, also known as dragon lantern dance, is a traditional performance of the Chinese Han people. It has a long history which can date back to the Han Dynasty (180-230 AD). Like lion dance, it is usually performed in festive celebrations.

In Chinese culture, dragons are associated with wisdom, great power, good luck and long life. It is believed that dragon dances can scare away evil spirits and bring good fortune to people. During the dance, the performers bring the dragon to life via holding poles to raise and lower the dragon. Read more »

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Zhou Dynasty

Lasting from the 11th century BC to 221BC, the Zhou Dynasty existed more than 800 years. It is the longest-ruling dynasty not just throughout Chinese history, but of the whole world. The dynasty includes two periods, namely Western (11th century BC to 771 BC) and Eastern Zhou (770 BC to 221 BC).

Western Zhou was established by King Wu and its capital was set in Haojing, near today’s Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province. About 771 BC, the Zhou leaders were forced to move their capital to Luoyi (present Luoyang in Henan Province).That was the beginning of Eastern Zhou period. Read more »

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