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The Strange Experience of Lu Chong

“Soushenji” (搜神記) is a book of stories about ghosts and spirits, collected by Gan Bao in the fourth century. The meeting between Lu Chong and Cui Wenxiu is one of the bizarre stories. This story took place in the Eastern Han Dynasty. In Fanyang (范陽) where was in modern-days Hebei (河北) Province, there was a […]

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Mulan in the History

The Song of Mulan is a famous ballad about a heroine. In this ballad, this heroine is called Mulan. But nowadays people always call her Hua Mulan. This girl is so famous that Walt Disney produced an animated cartoon in 1998 and a live-action movie in 2020 about her story. Mulan has been an important […]

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The Early Relations between China and Japan

China and Japan, the two old countries in the East Asia, sometimes were hand-in-hand friends and sometimes were absolutely irreconcilable enemies. In the friendly years, the people from the two nations often agreeably talked about the long history of the two nations’ friendship. In the hostile years, the people from the two nations were often […]

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The Theory of Yin and Yang

Yin (陰) and Yang (陽) are two of the basic terms of the traditional Chinese philosophy. The two terms are also used in the theory of the traditional Chinese medicine. Ancient Chinese often explained many things and phenomena in the world by the concepts of Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang can show abstract attributes, […]

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The Myth of Silkworms

Ancient China was famed for fine silk. The silk was from the threads which were spun by silkworms. Silkworms were originally the special native animals of China. For the most profit, ancient Chinese government prohibited exporting silkworms. In the Silk Road, the Persian monopolized the silk selling to the Western world, so silk was very […]

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Hello world!

The site was originally created in Feb. 6, 2006. I wrote about one hundred essays in the first three years. Now, it is necessary to revise them with my new understanding and thinking. They will be republished one by one.