CIIC:Today's featured article/January 2018


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January 1
Qi Baishi

On September 16, 1957, Qi Baishi (齐白石), president of the Association of Chinese Artists, was one of China's most famous 20th century painters. He was awarded the "International Peace Award" in 1955. (More...)

January 2
Twelve Chinese zodiac signs.

The Shēngxiào (Chinese: 生肖), better known in English as the Chinese Zodiac, is a scheme that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes, according to a 12-year mathematical cycle. It has wide currency in several East Asian countries such as China and Korea and Japan. (More...)

January 3
Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival (哈尔滨国际冰雪节) is held annually from January 5 and lasts for more than one month. Starting in 1985, it has become one of the world's four major ice and snow festivals. (More...)

January 4
Three Pagodas of Dali

The world-renowned Three Pagodas of Dali (大理三塔) stand on Cangshan Mountain overlooking Erhai Lake, and right in front of the former Congsheng Temple. They have been collectively listed as a key cultural relic preservation site by the State Council. (More...)

January 5

Xiaohan (小寒) is one of 24 traditional Chinese solar terms, reflecting the changing of four seasons. (More...)

January 6
Li Hongzhang

Li Hongzhang (Chinese: 李鸿章), a leading statesman of the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), was born in Hefei, Anhui Province. A prominent but controversial figure in the late Qing Dynasty, Li was an entrepreneur and diplomat who played an instrumental role in the Westernization Movement and joined in numerous negotiations with foreign countries. His reputation was tainted when his non-resistance policies humiliated China in the unfair treaties. (More...)

January 7
Zhou Enlai

Zhou Enlai (周恩来 1898-1976), former Chinese premier and Chairman of the Second, Third and Fourth National Committees of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). (More...)

January 8
Hou Yunde

Hou Yunde (侯云德) is a Chinese virologist. He won China's top science award for his contribution in antiviral research on Jan. 8, 2018. (More...)

January 9
Wang Zeshan

Wang Zeshan (王泽山) is a Chinese explosives expert and winner of China's top science award, also known as China's Alfred Nobel for his contributions to the study of gunpowder, one of ancient China's four era-defining inventions. (More...)

January 10
Shenzhou 1 spaceship

"Shenzhou" (神舟), China's first manned experimental spacecraft, launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 6:30 a.m. Beijing time on Nov. 20, 1999. After the scheduled in-space tests were finished, the spacecraft successfully landed in the central Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region at 3:41 a.m. the next day. The success of the Shenzhou spacecraft constituted a crucial step in reaching the next level in space technology. (More...)

January 11
Tsangyang Gyatso

Tsangyang Gyatso (March 1, 1683 – Nov. 15, 1706) was the sixth Dalai Lama. He was a rebellious Buddhist icon who wrote romantic poems about Buddhism and love that are still popular today. They have been quoted in novels, other poems and movies. Two of his love poems became particularly popular after the release of the comedy If You Are the One 2 in December 2010, whose theme song borrows lines from his poem Better Not to Meet. (More...)

January 12
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. (More...)

January 13

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January 14
Antarctic Zhongshan Station

Equipped with a power and water supply house, a meteorology house and several special observation huts for different scientific programs, the Antarctic Zhongshan Station can accommodate 60 scientists in the summer and 25 in the winter. (More...)

January 15
Shennongjia Nature Reserve

The Shennongjia Scenic Area, considered as a wildlife treasure with high plant diversity, was put on the prestigious World Heritage List as a natural site at the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee in Istanbul on July 17, 2016. (More...)

January 16
Representatives of prospective founders of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) prepare to attend the signing ceremony of the articles of agreement of AIIB in Beijing, capital of China, June 29, 2015.

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB 亚洲基础设施投资银行) is an international financial institution proposed by China. Aiming to support infrastructure projects in Asia, the AIIB is open to all economies. The bank had 57 prospective founding members in total, with the rest of the seven countries waiting for domestic approval. The March 31, 2015 is the deadline for countries to apply to become AIIB founding members. After that, countries and regions will still be able to join, but only as common members. (More...)

January 17

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January 19

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January 20

Dahan (大寒) is one of 24 traditional Chinese solar terms, reflecting the changing of four seasons. It falls between Jan. 20-22 and most parts of China have entered the depth of winter. (More...)

January 21

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January 22

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January 23

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January 24
Traditional Laba porrige in the festival.

The Laba Festival (腊八节) is a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the eighth day of the twelfth month of the lunar Chinese calendar. Laba porridge is the most popular meal in the festival. (More...)

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January 26

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January 27

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January 28

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January 29

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January 30

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January 31

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