CIIC:Today's featured article/April 2017

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April 1
The microblog, or weibo

The microblog, or weibo (微博), is a close equivalent to Twitter in China. Weibo sounds like scarf (围脖) in Chinese and to write a microblog is usually dubbed as knitting a scarf. (More...)
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April 2
The green dumpling (青团)

The green dumpling is a traditional food cooked for the Qingming Festival, which is also known as the Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb Sweeping Day, in the southeastern China. It is made by glutinous rice, mugwort juice and stuffed with sweetened bean paste or sesame. (More...)
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April 3
The Cold Food Festival (寒食节)

The Cold Food Festival (寒食节) is a traditional Chinese festival celebrated for three consecutive days starting the day before Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day). Although the tradition is not popular today, it has a long history that can be traced back to the Spring and Autumn Period (770–476 BC). (More...
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April 4
An ancient poem about Qingming Festival

The Qingming (Pure Brightness) Festival (清明节) is one of the 24 seasonal division points in China, falling on April 4-6 each year. After the festival, the temperature will rise up and rainfall increases. It is the high time for spring plowing and sowing. But the Qingming Festival is not only a seasonal point to guide farm work, it is more a festival of commemoration. (More...)
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April 5
Dazu Rock Carvings

In Dazu County, some 165 kilometers away from Chongqing, are more than 40 sites of stone carvings with over 50,000 statues of Buddha completed from the later Tang Dynasty to the Song Dynasty. The grottoes on the Beishan Hill and Baoding Hill are the largest in scale, richest in content and most refined in artistic skill.
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April 6
Qiao Family Mansions

The Qiao Family Mansions (乔家大院) in Qixian County are a showpiece of merchant residences in central Shanxi. In fact, the Qiao family had built four courtyards, the layouts of which resembled the Chinese characters for fu (good luck), lu (officialdom), shou (longevity) and xi (happiness). Now, only the last one—happiness—remains. It covers an area of 8,724 sq. m, the extant Qiao Family Mansions, which had been built in more 100 years, include 20 minor courtyards and 313 rooms. (More...)
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April 7
Liu Cixin (刘慈欣) is a prolific and popular Chinese science-fiction writer. He is the first Asian writer to win the Hugo Awards, an eight-time winner of the Galaxy Award (the Chinese Hugo) and a winner of the Nebula Award. Liu was nominated again in 2017 for Death's End, a third novel in his trilogy Remembrance of Earth's Past. (More...)

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April 8
Peking Opera 京剧

While they may differ only slightly in costume and makeup, all traditional opera forms, including Peking opera (京剧), are, strictly speaking, "regional," in that each is based on the music and dialect of a specific area. Since, however, Peking opera assumed its present form about two hundred years ago in Beijing, then the capital of the Qing Dynasty, it is usually regarded as a national art form. (More...)
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April 9
Jiaolong, the manned submersible.

The Jiaolong (蛟龙), named after a mythical sea dragon, is China's first manned submersible designed to reach a depth of 7,000 meters below sea level. The Ministry of Science and Technology began researching and developing the project in 2002, with the intention of promoting China's deep sea exploration and operation technology. (More...)
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April 10
Left-behind children in a rural area.

Left-behind children (留守儿童) refer to those children who are cared for by a single parent or grandparents, usually residing in rural areas with their parents seeking employment in the cities. (More...)
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April 11
Derung clothes

The Derungs live mainly in Dulong River valley of the Gongshan Drung and Nu Autonomous County in northwestern Yunnan Province. Their language belongs to the Tibetan-Myanmese group of the Chinese-Tibetan language family. Similar to the language of the Nu people, their neighbors, it does not have a written form and, traditionally, records were made and messages transmitted by engraving notches in wood and tying knots. (More...)
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April 12
Icebreaker Snow Dragon

Xiangyanghong 10 was China's first Antarctic exploration vessel. Built by China primarily for general oceanic investigation, it was used for only one expedition -- to build the Great Wall Station -- because it was not constructed to sail in Antarctic conditions. It is now called Yuanwang 4 and is used to receive satellite signals. (More...)
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April 13
Confucius, philosopher in Chinese history.

Confucius (孔子 551-479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn Period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. (More...)
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April 14
A still of TV series "The Journey to the West."

"The Journey to the West" (西游记) is a popular 16th-century Chinese fantasy dubbed as one of Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. In English-speaking countries, the work is widely known as "Monkey," the title of Arthur Waley's popular abridged translation. (More...)
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April 15
Dai ethnic group

The Dai ethnic group (云南傣族) lives in the southern part of Yunnan Province, mainly in the Xishuangbanna region. The area is subtropical, with plentiful rainfall and fertile land. (More...)
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April 16
Ding Ling

Ding Ling (丁玲) (the penname of Jiang Bingzhi) was a writer and revolutionary who joined the Communist Party of China after the Nationalists executed her husband, the poet Hu Yepin, in 1932. She was jailed by the Nationalists in the 1930s and again during the Cultural Revolution. Her most famous work was Miss Sophie’s Diary which chronicles a young woman’s battle against the constraints of the old society. (More...)
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April 17
Sun Yang, 1,500m freestyle world record holder.

Sun Yang (孙杨) is the 1,500-meter freestyle swimming world record holder, and he is the first male swimmer to win an Olympic gold for China. (More...)
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April 18
hen Zhongshi (陈忠实)

Chen Zhongshi (陈忠实), contemporary Chinese writer and vice chairman of the Chinese Writers Association, is known for his controversial novel, "White Deer Plain." (More...)
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April 19
Qinghai-Tibet Railway

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway (青藏铁路) is a symbolic project in China's West Development Strategy and will play a significant role in accelerating the social and economic development of Qinghai Province and Tibet Autonomous Region. It’s envisaged that the rail link will help build up ethnic solidarity and benefit people of many ethnic groups. The construction of the line was a strategic decision taken by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council at the outset of the 21st century. (More...)
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April 20
Guyu is one of the 24 traditional Chinese solar terms. It usually falls from April 19-21.

Guyu (谷雨), literally translated as grain rain, is one of the 24 traditional Chinese solar terms. It falls on April 20 this year, when the sun reaches the celestial longitude of 30. It indicates that there will be plentiful rainfall and it is the best time for sowing in agriculture. (More...)
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April 21
Panjiayuan Antiques Market

Situated west of Panjiayuan Bridge and south of the East Third Ring Road, the Panjiayuan Antiques Market (潘家园旧货市场) is very accessible. The market deals mainly in antiques and arts and crafts. It also has the reputation of being the most inexpensive antiques market in Beijing, attracting foreign and domestic tourists. (More...)
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April 22
The Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative (一带一路) is used to refer to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road.

The Silk Road Economic Belt concept was introduced by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Kazakhstan in September 2013. It is slated to boost cooperation along the ancient Silk Road trade route that stretches northwest from China's coastal area through Central Asia, the Middle East and on to Europe. (More...)
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April 23
White Pagoda

Located in the west suburb of Yangzhou City, Slender West Lake (瘦西湖) was originally a natural river course leading to the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal during the Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907) periods. It's been famous for its scenic splendor since those times. (More...)
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April 24
Dong ethnic group

Nestling among the tree-clad hills dotting an extensive stretch of territory on the Hunan-Guizhou-Guangxi borders are innumerable villages in which dwell the Dong people.

The population of this ethnic group in China is 2,960,293. Situated no more than 300 km north of the Tropic of Cancer, the area peopled by the Dongs has a mild climate and an annual rainfall of 1,200 mm. The Dong people grow enormous numbers of timber trees which are logged and sent to markets. Tong-oil and lacquer and oil-tea camellia trees are also grown for their edible oil and varnish. (More...)
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April 25
Beidou

The Beidou Navigation Satellite System (北斗卫星导航系统) is a global navigation satellite system developed by China.

The system is composed of three parts: The space section, the ground section and the users’ section. In the system, a total of five geostationary orbit satellites and 30-non geostationary orbit satellites operate in space. Meanwhile, a certain number of stations, including the main control stations and the monitoring stations, operate from the ground. In addition, the terminators of the system are installed in the devices sold to users. (More...)
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April 26
The number of WeChat users grows quickly.

WeChat (微信) is a mobile phone chat software introduced by Tencent Inc., one of China's largest Internet service providers, on Jan. 21, 2011. It supports mobile phone users to get involved in group communication by sending and sharing audio, video and photo messages through the Internet. It is a comparatively new chat style similar to, but much colorful than, previous short messaging and multimedia messaging. (More...)
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April 27
Jiaolong, the manned submersible.

The Jiaolong (蛟龙), named after a mythical sea dragon, is China's first manned submersible designed to reach a depth of 7,000 meters below sea level. The Ministry of Science and Technology began researching and developing the project in 2002, with the intention of promoting China's deep sea exploration and operation technology. (More...)
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April 28

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April 29

CIIC:Today's featured article/April 29, 2017
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April 30

CIIC:Today's featured article/April 30, 2017
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