ANCIENT HISTORY

The Many Faces of the Rabbit in Chinese History and Culture

Renowned for agility and cunning, this perky-eared zodiac animal was found in many sayings and legends in ancient China

ANCIENT HISTORY, CHINESE CHARACTERS

Speaking Ill: How Ancient Chinese Talked About Sickness

From denoting various levels of illness to the “Gods of Plague,” 疒 is a radical you need to know in sickness or health

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ANCIENT HISTORY

The Relic Hunter: One Man’s Race to Save China’s Old Cultural Landscapes

Amateur conservation Yang Fan has explored thousands of little-known historic sites in China, while trying to raise awareness for the need to protect these treasures before they disappear

ANCIENT HISTORY

The Surprisingly Ancient Origins of Christmas in China

From Christians in the Tang dynasty to all-night parties in early 1900s Shanghai, the Western holiday has a longer history in China than most people think

ANCIENT HISTORY

How China’s Imperial Treasures Became a Public Exhibit

Arson, thieving eunuchs, military invasion: the Forbidden City’s journey from imperial palace to public museum was anything but smooth

ANCIENT HISTORY

Orphans’ Ordeals in Ancient China

How were children without parents treated in ancient history?

ANCIENT HISTORY

Keep Books Safe With the Ancient Art of Chinese Book-Preservation

How ancient Chinese battled moths, mold, and moisture to keep their manuscripts safe

ANCIENT HISTORY

Mercurial Mystery: What’s Inside the Tomb of China’s First Emperor?

Rivers of mercury, pearl-studded ceilings—the contents of the unopened burial chamber of Qin Shi Huang continue to baffle archaeologists

ANCIENT HISTORY

Behind the Screen: A Brief History of Chinese “Pingfeng”

How the humble “pingfeng” screen came to adorn everything from cave dwellings to the emperor’s throne

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