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December 1
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...)

December 2
Nie Shubin

Nie Shubin聂树斌)is a farmer in Hebei Provinc. He was executed 21 years ago for the rape and murder of a rural woman in 1995. Ten years later, however, his conviction now comes under scrutiny due to the arrival of a new suspect called Wang Shujin (王书金). On Dec. 2, 2016, the Supreme People's Court revoked the conviction given to Nie. (More...)

December 3

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...)

December 4

China's Zhusuan (珠算) is the knowledge and practice of arithmetic calculation using an abacus, with a history of over 1800 years. The Chinese invention is considered as the world's most ancient computer. (More...)

December 5
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...)

December 6
Mount Lushan

Mount Lushan, located by the Poyang Lake, 36 kilometers south of Jiujiang City, Jiangxi Province, covers an area of 350 square kilometers. The Hanyang Peak, the highest, rises 1,474 meters above sea level. At Lushan, towering peaks and dangerously steep cliffs on all sides surround a relatively gentle center. The landscape here is spectacular with some 100 peaks being veiled in mist for some 191 days annually on average. It is particular cool in summer and is therefore a world-renowned summer resort. (More...)

December 7
Daxue (大雪) is a weather phenomenon, indicating that it is already in deep winter when the temperature is much lower. (More...)


December 8
Hung Sin-nui

Hung Sin-nui (红线女1924-2013), born Kuang Jianlian, was a renowned contemporary Cantonese opera singer and movie actress. She created a unique crisp, smooth and flirtatious Hung-tone style of singing by incorporating Peking Opera and Kunqu Opera techniques, and Western opera singing methods. (More...)

December 9
Chinese calligraphy

Calligraphy, shufa, occupies one of the highest positions in the rich and colorful treasury of Chinese art. Through the use of a brush to write Chinese characters, a calligrapher can express his or her aesthetic idea, education, thoughts and feelings, personality and temperament in a point or a line. Calligraphy has developed in China over more than 3,000 years. It is an important part of the best traditional Chinese culture. (More...)

December 10
Tian Han

Born on March 12, 1898 in Changsha, Hunan Province, Tian Han (Chinese: 田汉), also known as Tian Shouchang, was a famous Chinese dramatist. He adopted many pennames throughout his literary career, such as Bo Hong, Chen Yu, Shu Ren, and Han Xian. (Tian Han|More...]])

December 11
Huang Yang

Huang Yang (黄洋), 28, a third-year medical postgraduate student from Shanghai Fudan University, died of poisoning on April 16, 2013. Local prosecutors approved the arrest of the medical postgraduate student, identified as Lin Senhao (Huang's roomate), on a murder charge on April 25. Lin had admitted poisoning his roommate. He allegedly stole chemicals from the university lab and injected them into the dispenser around noon on March 31. He did not tell the police the reasons for his action, but suggested it was an April Fool's Day joke - something that has been discounted by the investigators. (More...)

December 12

The Nanjing Massacre(南京大屠杀) was a notorious tragedy carried out by the Imperial Japanese Army in the 1930s. It has been called the "blackest page in the history of modern civilization." (More...)

December 13

The National Memorial Day (国家公祭日), which falls on December 13, was ratified by China's top legislature on Feb. 27, 2014 to mourn the Nanjing Massacre victims. (More...)

December 14

The Chang'e 3 (嫦娥三号) is a lunar probe in the second phase of the Chang'e 3 Program under the China National Space Administration. (More...)

December 15
Mao Dun

Mao Dun (茅盾), a native of Tongxiang, Zhejiang Province, whose real name was Shen Dehong 沈德鸿, was a noted writer, art theoretician and translator. (More...)

December 16

At the foot of Yulong Snow Mountain in northwestern Yunnan Province is the ancient town of Lijiang (丽江古城). In the remote past, it was already inhabited with tribal people. In 1253, Kublai Khan, the Mongol chief, stationed his troops here on his southward march to conquer the State of Dali. For the next 500 years, to the early days of the Qing Dynasty, the place was ruled by a hereditary succession of chieftains from the Mu clan of the Naxi people, under the jurisdiction of the imperial court. (More...)

December 17

Born in 1973 in the city of Qingdao in Shandong Province, Wang Hai (Chinese: 王海) has carried on a 15-year personal war against fake goods and for consumer rights. He is famous for setting up the "Wang Hai Consumer Protection Hotline". (More...)

December 18
Tang hu lu

Tang hu lu (Chinese: 糖葫芦; pinyin: táng húlú; literally "sugar gourd"), also called bīng táng húlú (冰糖葫芦; bīng meaning "ice"), is a popular traditional winter snack in northern China, especially in Beijing, and particularly for children. It consists of candied fruits on bamboo skewers that are approximately 20cm long. This snack can be found widely along the snack street of Wangfujing but there are street vendors who travel from place to place selling it. (More...)

December 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. More than 100 examples of traditional architecture are to be found in the park, including pavilions, terraces, temples, pagodas, waterside gazebos, covered corridors, stone bridges and the famous marble boat. (More...)

December 20
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...)

December 21
Xiangsheng (相声) is one of the most popular and influential types of Chinese performing art. It can be said that nobody in China does not know or like it. It is humorous and highly satirical by nature. (More...)


December 22

Dongzhi (冬至) reflects the changing of seasons. As early as 2,500 years ago during the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC), the Chinese scientists had determined the point of Winter Solstice by observing the movement of the sun with a sundial. It was the earliest of the 24 seasonal division points. The day falls between 21 and 23 according to the Gregorian calendar. (More...)

December 23
Diaoshuilou waterfall

Mudanjiang (or Mutankiang ), in Heilongjiang province, is a railroad junction and a lumbering center in a rich timber region. Rubber products, especially tires, are a major manufacture, in addition to aluminum and various construction materials. (More...)

December 24
Zhoukoudian (周口店), located in 50 kilometers to the southwest of Beijing proper, is the former residence of Peking man, who lived here approximately 200,000 to 500,000 years ago. Since the discovery of a complete skull on December 2, 1929, Zhoukoudian, which had more recently been noted for its production of lime, became world-famous as the "home of the Chinese ape-man". After the establishment of the People's Republic of China, the number of sightseers and scientists increased rapidly, and Zhoukoudian has become a great tourist attraction. (More...)


December 25
Yongle Encyclopedia

Yongle Encyclopedia (Chinese:永乐大典), China’s largest encyclopedia, covers a variety of subjects, including literature, art, medicine and agriculture. (More...)

December 26
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...)

December 27

The South-to-North Water Diversion Project (南水北调) is designed to divert water from the water-rich south of the country, mainly the Yangtze, the country's longest river, to arid northern parts. (More...)

December 28
Changbai Mountain

Located in the south part of Jilin Province, Changbai Mountain is noted for large tracts of forests and the Heavenly Pond (“Tianchi” in Chinese). (More...)

December 29
Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge

On December 29, 1968, the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge was completed and opened to traffic. The project was completed ahead of schedule; original plans stated that the construction would not be finished until July 1, 1969. (More...)

December 30
Former residence of Zhang Zuolin

Marshal Zhang Zuolin (1875-1928) (张作霖) was the leader of the Fengtian Clique of the Northern Warlords. (More...)

December 31

China's Zhusuan (珠算) is the knowledge and practice of arithmetic calculation using an abacus, with a history of over 1800 years. The Chinese invention is considered as the world's most ancient computer. (More..)

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