CIIC:Today's featured article/August 2018

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August 1

The People's Liberation Army (PLA) (中国人民解放军) is the military arm of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the major armed forces of the People's Republic of China, consisting of ground, sea, air and strategic missile forces. The PLA is under the command of the Central Military Commission of the CPC. (More...)
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August 2
Nanchang Uprising

The Aug. 1 Nanchang Uprising (南昌起义), often referred to as the Nanchang Uprising, or Aug. 1 Uprising, was an armed resistance led by the Chinese Communist forces on Aug. 1, 1927 in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, in order to counter the anti-communist purges by the Kuomintang (KMT, or Nationalist Party of China). The military forces were under the leadership of Communist Party of China (CPC) members Zhou Enlai, Tan Pingshan, Ye Ting, Zhu De and Liu Bocheng, and He Long, who joined the Party after the event. The Soviet Army military adviser M. F. Kumanin from the 20th Army was also among the leaders. (More...)
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August 3
Poyang Lake in Jiangxi Province.

The Poyang Lake (鄱阳湖), located in north Jiangxi Province, is the largest freshwater lake in China. With an area of 3,585 square kilometers, the lake provides a habitat for thousands of migratory birds and is abundant in fish and other aquatic wildlife.(More...)
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August 4
Autumn scenery of Jiuzhaigou

Jiuzhaigou in Jiuzhaigou County is a 50-km-long deep valley in the Minshan Mountains. Literally translated as the Nine Village Valley, it is named after nine Tibetan villages that are located there. It was also known as Goats' Cave and Green Sea in ancient times. The valley is between 2,000 and 3,100 m above sea level and is composed of the three gullies, totaling 720 sq. km in length. (More...)
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August 5
Hutong

A hutong (胡同) is an old city alley or lane, and the hutongs of Beijing are one of its most distinctive features. The capital city is home to thousands of hutongs, many of which were built in the area surrounding the Forbidden City during the Yuan (1279 - 1368), Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) dynasties. (More...)
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August 6
big bronze bird-head

The site of Sanxingdui (三星堆), located in the city of Guanghan, 40 km from Chengdu, Sichuan Province, is recognized as one of the most important ancient remains in the world for its vast size, lengthy period and enriched cultural contents. (More...)
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August 7
Liqiu, one of 24 Chinese solar terms.

Liqiu (立秋) reflects the changing of seasons. Around Liqiu, temperatures drop gradually, and people can feel the start of autumn when the weather is often fine with clear skies and cool air. (More...)
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August 8
Ding Junhui

Ding Junhui (丁俊晖), born on April 1, 1987 in Yixing City of Jiangsu Province, is a Chinese professional snooker player with the nickname of "snooker prodigy" for taking the third place at an Asian invitational contest when he was 13 years old. (More...)
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August 9
Bai ethnic group

The Bai ethnic group (白族) are one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized in China. Of the 1,858,063 Bai people, 80 percent live in concentrated communities in the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan Province, southwest China. The rest are scattered in Xichang and Bijie in neighboring Sichuan and Guizhou provinces respectively. (More...)
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August 10
Huangguoshu Waterfall

The Huangguoshu Waterfall, the largest of its kind in China, is situated on the Baishui River, 15 km southwest of Zhenning Buyi-Miao Autonomous County in the southwest Anshun. The bed of the Baishui River is like a staircase descending step by step, with nine falls at each step, of which the Huangguoshu Waterfall is the largest. (More...)
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August 11
Qinghai Lake >>

Lying on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the oval-shaped Qinghai Lake (青海湖) is the largest inland saltwater lake in China, covering an area of 4,635 sq. km and is 3,196 m above sea level. (More...)
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August 12
Fenghuang Ancient Town in Hunan Province

Fenghuang Ancient Town (凤凰古城), also known as Phoenix Ancient Town, located on the western edge of Hunan Province next to Guizhou, is one of the most beautiful towns in China.

With a history of 1,300 years, the town features distinct residential buildings, elegant bridges plus several mysterious towers and pagodas. Upon entering the town, visitors will immediately get a sense of the area's mystery, elegance and primitive simplicity. When an early morning mist sets in around the bridges over the water and stilted houses, the area simply becomes a mirror of traditional Chinese paintings. (More...)
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August 13
Hao Jingfang, Chinese science-fiction writer.

Hao Jingfang (郝景芳) is a Chinese female science-fiction writer. She won the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novelette with a short novel, Folding Beijing, that took just three days to write.

First published in a new electronic magazine, the story follows the protagonist, Lao Dao, as he tries to navigate the complicated class barriers of a futuristic Beijing in order to send his daughter to school. (More...)
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August 14
West Lake

Lying in Hangzhou, the West Lake (西湖) is a world famous tourist spot. Embraced by green hills on three sides, the lake covers an area of 5.6 sq. km and has a perimeter of 15 km. (More...)
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August 15
Shadow Play

China is the hometown of the shadow play (皮影戏). The Chinese leather shadow play is said to date back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD), but it was not until the Song Dynasty (960-1279) that the art form had its earliest appearance in the records of historians. Over the past thousand years, folk artists have been casting leather puppets'shadows on a small white curtain while singing and dancing behind it, depicting the ups and downs of the life of the Chinese people.(More...)
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August 16

China's Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP) (中国探月工程), also known as the Chang'e Program, is a program of robotic and human missions to the Moon undertaken by the China National Space Administration (CNSA). (More...)
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August 17
The traditoonal Qixi Festival

The Qixi Festival (七夕节), or the Double Seventh Festival, on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, is a traditional festival full of romance. It falls on August 20 this year. (More...)
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August 18
Wuzhen

Wuzhen (乌镇) is a historic canal town south-west of Shanghai. Located in Tongxiang, Zhejiang Province, the traditional feel, style, features and structures of a typical town in this region of lakes and rivers have been well kept. The streets of Wuzhen run alongside rivers with bridges for intersections. Houses are built along the rivers, and they are typically imposing dwellings with spacious courtyards, overlapping roofs and high eaves. Other structures apart from houses run along the rivers, like docks, walkways, workshops, commercial buildings, and pavilions, some on the water. The town presents a picture of primitive simplicity, brightness, orderliness, peace and seclusion. (More...)
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August 19
The Summer Palace in Beijing.

The Summer Palace (颐和园), located in the northwest suburbs of Beijing, is one of the finest examples Garden Architecture in China. It was included on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1998. (More...)
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August 20
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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August 21
Qinghai Lake

Lying on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the oval-shaped Qinghai Lake is the largest inland saltwater lake in China, covering an area of 4,635 sq. km and is 3,196 m above sea level. (More...)
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August 22
Liu Xiang sets a new world record of 26.98 seconds in the women's 50m backstroke final at the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug. 21, 2018.

Liu Xiang (刘湘) is a Chinese swimmer and the Asian record holder in 50m freestyle. She set a new world record of 26.98 seconds in the women's 50m backstroke final at the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug. 21, 2018. (More...)
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August 23

Chushu (处暑) ) reflects the changing of temperature. Chu means stop and shu means summer, so Chushu indicates that the hot summer is ending. However, in fact, it is not cool yet at the moment and could be still very hot in some days, especially in the afternoon of sunny days. This is also a busy season of harvesting for farmers.(More...)
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August 24

The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation ('中非合作论坛) is a platform established by China and friendly African countries for collective consultation and dialogue and a cooperation mechanism between the developing countries, which falls into the category of South-South cooperation. (More...)
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August 25
Huanglong Nature Reserve

Located in Songpan County of the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, the Huanglong scenic area is bestowed with the three international laurels—World Natural Heritage Site, World Biosphere Reserve, and Green Globe 21. (More...)
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August 26
Lahu ethnic group

Population: 453,705

Major area of distribution: Yunnan

Language: Lahu

Religion: Buddhism

The Lahus ethnic minority has a population of 453,705, mainly distributed in the Lancang Lahu Autonomous County in Simao Prefecture, Southern Lincang Prefecture and Menghai County in western Xishuangbanna in Yunnan Province. Others live in counties along the Lancang River. (More...)
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August 27
Mount Huangshan

Located in southern Anhui Province, Mount Huangshan (黄山) covers an area of 250 kilometers, of which 154 square kilometers are scenic attractions. Its landscape features "four wonders" of imposing peaks, spectacular rocks, odd-shaped pines, and a sea of clouds. (More...)
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August 28
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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August 29
Waterfall on Diaoluo Mountain

Situated in Lingshui County, Diaoluo Mountain (吊罗山) is one of the three main virgin tropical rainforest nature reserves in Hainan. Its 40,000-hectare forest is home to over 3,500 plant species, including 250 orchid species and Alsophila spinulosa, a living fossil from the age of dinosaurs. It is also a nature reserve for black gibbons and many other rare animals, as well as more than 300 butterfly species, including beautiful swallowtails, white butterflies, duffers, fauns, and danaids. Also found in the nature reserve are the Fengguoshu Falls, the largest in Hainan. (More...)
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August 30
The Summer Palace in Beijing.

The Summer Palace (颐和园), located in the northwest suburbs of Beijing, is one of the finest examples Garden Architecture in China. It was included on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1998. (More...)
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August 31
Actress Tang Wei in Qipao

Qipao (旗袍) is a long body-hugging one-piece Chinese dress for women. It looked cold and upright. Influenced by the trend of times, Qipao underwent many changes in the length, waist measurement, collar and sleeves. (More...)
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