HISTORY

The British Spy Who Cracked the Secret to Chinese Tea

How a 19th-century act of “corporate espionage” changed world history

HISTORY

The Blast that Nearly Destroyed Beijing

The Wanggongchang Explosion continues to mystify historians almost 400 years later

HISTORY

Fortress Abandoned: The Ancient Tourist Town That Never Was

How Huangsiqiao, a historic town with China’s oldest city walls, came to molder in the jungle of western Hunan

HISTORY

30 Years of Backpacking in Revolution and Leisure

How DIY travel originated in the Cultural Revolution and evolved into a modern quest for self-discovery

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Three Famous Practical Jokes from Chinese History

China may not have invented April Fools’ Day, but Chinese history is littered with practical jokes

HISTORY

Romance and Rebellion in Republican China

How picture newspapers in the early 20th century reflected changing views on freedom and love

HISTORY

How China Adopted Western Punctuation

The story of how Chinese punctuation evolved from the Han dynasty to today

HISTORY

Four Olympic-Worthy Sports from Ancient China

Could China take the gold in pot-tossing and horn-clashing?

HISTORY

Unearthing China's Other Civilization

The 3,000-year-old Sanxingdui Culture is a mysterious complication in ancient Chinese history

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