CIIC:Today's featured article/April 2018


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April 1
Water Cube, the National Aquatics Center

The National Aquatics Center, a major venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, also called the Water Cube (水立方), was completed on the morning of January 28, 2009. (More...)

April 2
Tiangong-1, the unmanned space module

Tiangong 1 (Chinese: 天宫一号) is an unmanned space module complex launched on September 29, 2011 by China as it builds the country's first space station. (More...)

April 3
Inscription on Zhang Qian's Stele in lishu style

Lishu germinated in pre-Qin times. By the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), it came to be used by low-ranking officials. It simplified the more complicated strokes of seal character script and used a bend instead of making a roundabout turn. (More...

April 4
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...

April 5
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...)

April 6
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...)

April 7

Lu Xun was born Zhou Shuren on September 25, 1881, in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province. Zhou adopted the pen name Lu Xun in 1918, when he began writing for New Youth magazine. (More...)

April 8
Boao Forum For Asia

Boao Forum for Asia (博鳌亚洲论坛) is a non-government, non-profit international organization. It is the most prestigious and premier forum for leaders in government, business and academia in Asia and other continents to share visions on the most pressing issues in this dynamic region and the world at large. The Forum is committed to promoting regional economic integration and bringing Asian countries even closer to their development goals. (More...)

April 9
Wu Zuoren

Wu Zuoren (吴作人) was a prominent Chinese ink painter, oil painter and art educator. He was once praised by Xu Beihong as "one of the premier representatives of Chinese artists." His painting Portrait of Qi Baishi was regarded as an immortal work. (More...)

April 10
The terracotta warriors discovered in Xi'an.

The Terracotta Warriors (兵马俑) are a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC. (More...)

April 11
National College Entrance Examination

The National College Entrance Examination, commonly known as Gaokao (高考) in Chinese, is an academic testing event held on June 7-8 in Chinese mainland and joined by millions of participants, a majority of whom are high-school students. The Gaokao is an important exam for those who have accomplished high-school education and are applying for universities, colleges and other higher educational institutions. (More...)

April 12
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...)

April 13
Li Ning (李宁)

Li Ning (Chinese: 李宁) is a well-known and well-respected Chinese gymnast and entrepreneur. His Olympic fame helped him build a sporting-goods empire after retirement.(More...)

April 14
Liang Qichao

Liang Qichao, who called himself, among other names, Yinbingshi Zhuren (Master of the Ice-drinking Room), was born on February 23, 1873 in Xinhui, Guangdong Province. By the time he was six years old, he had already read the Four Books and Five Classics. In the autumn of 1890, Liang Qichao became a pupil of Kang Youwei (1858-1927), under whose influence Liang experienced a change in his thinking. Subsequently Liang and Kang made their petition to the emperor for the introduction of political reform in China. In 1895, Liang launched the Society for the Study of National Strengthening, which sponsored the periodical The Chinese and Foreign News Record. (More...)

April 15
Actors perform Cantonese Opera during a project funded by China National Arts Fund at the Nanjing Zijin Grand Theater in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Aug. 21, 2017.

Cantonese opera (粤剧) first appeared in the Qing Dynasty, originally under the influence of kunqu and yiyangqiang (another old opera type) and later absorbing elements from Anhui opera, Hubei opera and Guangdong folk tunes. Thanks to the rich assortment of musical instruments employed, its varied tunes and its readiness to innovate, the opera has grown rapidly to become a major operatic form in Guangdong and Guangxi and also among overseas Chinese communities in Southeast Asia and America. (More...)

April 16
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...)

April 17
Temple of Earth, Beijing

Temple of Earth was also known as "Fangze Altar". It is the second largest of five ancient altars in Beijing. Built in 1530, it was the place where emperors in Ming and Qing times offered sacrifices to the "God of Land". Covering a total area of 37.4 hectares, the altar is square in shape, a manifestation of the traditional belief that "the Heaven is round and the earth is square." (More...)

April 18
He Xiangning

He Xiangning (何香凝) was a renowned artist-turned-social activist and national leader.(More...)

April 19

The Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, situated in Kelan County of north China's Shanxi Province, was founded in March 1966 and came into full operation in 1968.

Surrounded by mountains, Taiyuan stands at an elevation of 1,500 meters. Its dry weather makes it ideal for launching solar-synchronous satellites. It has launched a variety of satellites, including weather, resource and communication satellites into geostationary and other orbits.(More...)

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 usually falls from April 19 to 21 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...)

April 21

Mulian Opera (目连戏), recognized as the "living spirit of Chinese theater," is one of the earliest theatric genres in China. Without scripts and scores, the opera was passed down orally by the elderly. It was named from a tale originated from Buddhist scriptures, in which the hero Mulian rescued his mother from hell.(More...)

April 22
Momument to the People's Heroes

The Monument to the People's Heroes, constructed from August 1952 to May 1958. Towering 10 stories high, its northern façade is dominated by the inscription, "Eternal Glory to the People's Heroes", in Mao Zedong's hand.(More...)

April 23
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...)

April 24
Shangbao Terrace at the Qiyunshan Mountain Natural Reserve in Chongyi, east China's Jiangxi province. [Photo/]

The Chongyi Hakka Terrace (崇义客家梯田), located in Chongyi county, Jiangxi province, was inscribed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System on April 19. The Hakka Terrace won the title as part of a broader agricultural system - the Southern China's Mountain Rice Terrace System. (More...)

April 25
Large Han Dynasty Jade Bi with traces of Cinnabar.

Jade (Yu in Chinese pinyin) was defined as beautiful stones by Xu Zhen (about 58-147) in Shuo Wen Jie Zi, the first Chinese dictionary. Jade is generally classified into soft jade (nephrite) and hard jade (jadeite). Since China only had the soft jade until jadeite was imported from Burma during the Qing dynasty (1271-1368), jade traditionally refers to the soft jade so it is also called traditional jade. Jadeite is called Feicui in Chinese. Feicui is now more popular and valuable than the soft jade in China. (More...)

April 26

The largest in China and the third longest in the world, the Yangtze (长江) rises from Geladaindong, the highest peak of the Tanggulashan Mountains. It flows 6,300 km eastward traversing 11 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities before emptying into the East China Sea. (More...)

April 27
Taichi ball game 太极柔力球

Taichi ball game, or taichi rouliqiu (太极柔力球), is a modern sports with Chinese flavor. It combines the principles of taichi with elements of modern ball games. (More...)

April 28
Making pilgrimages to Wudang Mountain remains popular.

Wudang Mountain, located in Shiyan in western Hubei Province, is both a famous scenic spot and a holy site of Taoism, China's indigenous religion. (More...)

April 29
Zhangjaijie National Forest Park, Hunan

Zhangjiajie (张家界) is the first national forest park to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. (More...)

April 30

798 (北京798艺术区) stands for much more than a three digit number: in Beijing these numbers symbolize the country's cutting edge Art movement led by the Chinese vanguard, unchained artistic personalities with alternative life goals. Wild and unconquered attitudes waft inside 798's free and rambling atmosphere. This area feels a kinship to what can be discovered and sensed along the Left Bank in Paris or around Greenwich Village in NYC. (More...)

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