CIIC:Today's featured article/December 2017


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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
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 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...)

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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...)

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