CIIC:Today's featured article/December 2019


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December 1

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 2

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 3
The Peony Pavilion

The great classical stage art of Kunqu is an ancestor of Peking Opera that first became popular in the 16th century. Kunqu was to remain China's dominant national theatrical form for some 300 years, and although it lost its place as the nation's preeminent form of theatre with the rise of Peking Opera, a number of Kunqu troupes still perform regularly. They not only stage the great classics and create new ones, but they also make imaginative adaptations of some of those time-honored pieces. The Shanghai Kunqu Troupe's production of The Peony Pavilion is one of these. (More)

December 4
Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival (哈尔滨国际冰雪节) is held in Harbin, capital city of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, annually in early January and lasts more than one month. Starting in 1985, it has become one of the world's four major ice and snow festivals. The other three festivals are Japan's Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada's Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway's Ski Festival. (More...)

December 5

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December 6
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 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

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December 9
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 10

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...)

December 11
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 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

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December 15

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December 16

The 1000-year-old township of Tongli (同里古镇) took its original shape during the time of the Song Dynasty (960-1279). It is located 10 km west of Zhouzhuang and 18 km from Suzhou City. The community is surrounded by five lakes – Tongli, Jiuli, Yeze, Nanxing and Pangshan. It is a genuine water town, where waterside buildings are found everywhere. The township is administrated by Wujiang City of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. (More...)

December 17

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December 18

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December 19

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December 20
Macao Museum of Art

Macao Museum of Art, located in the cultural center of New Port District, was opened to the public in March 19, 1999. It is the only art museum in Macao, housing an abundant collection of paintings, seals, western paintings, pottery and bronze.(More...)

December 21

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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...)

December 23

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December 24
Lu'an Guapian tea

Lu'an Guapian (六安瓜片), or Lu'an Melon Seed Tea, is a green tea from Lu'an, Anhui Province. It is named for its tightly rolled seed-like processed leaves, which are flat and resemble a melon seed. The brightly colored Lu'an Guapian has a particularly smooth taste and sweet aroma. Lu'an Guapian is unique, as it contains tea leaves without buds and stems. (More...)

December 25

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December 26

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December 27
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. It was developed and improved by masters of the performing arts for many generations before it reached maturity and perfection. It is considered a superb art form, famous for its great artistic skill in singing, dancing and martial arts. Peking opera is the most representative of all Chinese traditional dramatic art forms.(More...)

December 28

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December 29

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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
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.

Tang hu lu typically has a hardened sugar coating but versions can also be found with a second chocolate coating, or sprinkles. The fruits used are traditionally Chinese hawthorn (Crataegus pinnatifida, called shānzhā, 山楂 in Chinese) but in recent times vendors have also used strawberries, blueberries, pineapples, kiwifruit, or grapes, resembling a fruit kebab.

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