CIIC:Today's featured article/July 2018


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July 1
Flag of The Communist Party of China.

The Communist Party of China (中国共产党) was founded on July 1, 1921. It is the ruling party in China, representing the interests of the entire Chinese nation and serving as the core leading China's socialist modernization drive. By the end of 2005, the CPC had 70.8 million members. Its grassroots organizations numbered 3.52 million, including 170,000 committees, 210,000 organization departments and 3.14 million subcommittees. (More...)

July 2
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...)

July 3
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...)

July 4
Hukou Waterfall

The Hukou Waterfall, the second largest in China, is located 165 km to the west of Fenxi City, Shanxi Province, and 50 km to the east of Yichuan, Shaanxi Province. The width of the waterfall changes with the season, usually 30 m wide but increasing to 50 m during flood season. It has a drop of over 20 m. When the Yellow River is blocked by mountains on both sides, its width is abruptly narrowed down to 20-30 m. It rushes down from the narrowed mountain mouth, forming a grand waterfall, as if water is pouring down from a huge pot. Hence its name Hukou (literally "Kettle Spout") Waterfall. (More...)

July 5

Kunqu (Kunshan opera) (昆曲) originated in the Kunshan area of Jiangsu around the end of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and the early Ming. (More...)

July 6
Marco Polo Bridge

The Marco Polo Bridge Incident, which marked the beginning of China’s Anti-Japanese Aggression War (1937-1945), was a battle between the Kuomintang’s 29th Route Army and Imperial Japanese Army. (More...)

July 7
the lotus pond in the Xiaoshu

Xiaoshu (小暑) reflects the changing of temperature. Shu means heat in Chinese, and Xiaoshu means slight heat. (More...)

July 8
Shaolin Temple

Shaolin Temple (少林寺), covering an area of 43,000 sq. m, is located at the south foot of Mount Songshan, 13 km northwest of Dengfeng County. It is the ancestral temple of Zen Buddhism and the birthplace of Shaolin kungfu. In the Yuan and Ming dynasties, the temple had over 2,000 monks. (More...)

July 9
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...)

July 10
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...)

July 11
Chinese people above 60 years old will surpass 200 million by the end of 2013.

The World Population Day (世界人口日) is an annual event celebrated on July 11. According to an UN report, the world population will reach 7.2 billion by July 2013. (More)

July 12
Taoism 道教

Taoism (道教), native to China, has a history of more than 1,700 years. China now has over 1,500 Taoist temples and more than 25,000 Taoist priests and nuns. (More...)

July 13
Mount Emei

Mount Emei (峨眉山), located in Sichuan Province, is one of the four holy mountains of Chinese Buddhism. It is regarded as the domain of Samantabhadra, or Bodhisattva of Universal Benevolence, depicted as riding upon an elephant. (More...)

July 14
Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon

The Yarlung Zangbo River cleaves a straight niche from west to east before reaching the juncture of Mainling and Medog counties, where it swerves around towering Namjagbarwa (7,782 meters), the highest peak in the eastern section of the Himalayas, creating the largest, U-shaped canyon in the world. (More...)

July 15
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...)

July 16
A man shoots an arrow during the annual Nadam Fair of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in Hohhot, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, July 23, 2016.

Nadam means “entertainment” or “game” in the Mongolian language. It is a traditional sport of the Mongolian people in China. The five-day annual Nadam Sports Fair (那达慕大会) which begins on the fourth day of the sixth month on the lunar calendar is a grand gathering of the Mongolian people.(More...)

July 17

The Chinese Academy of Sciences, as well as a dozen famous universities and colleges, including Peking University and Tsinghua University, are located in the Zhongguancun area in Beijing's Haidian District. Boasting a dynamic economy based on knowledge and information industries, Zhongguancun employs hundreds of thousands professionals averaging about 30 in age. It is thus popularly known as the "Silicon Valley of China." (More...)

July 18

The Ancient town of Xitang (西塘古镇) is situated in Jiashan County, under the jurisdiction of Jiaxing City, Zhejiang Province. Some 90 km away from Shanghai and 110 km from Hangzhou, Xitang sits where China's three economic giants meet – Shanghai Municipality, and Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. One of the town's geologic advantages is its comprehensive network of land and water communications. (More...)

July 19

Cao Wenxuan (曹文轩) is a Chinese children's fiction writer. He won the Hans Christian Andersen Prize 2016 at the Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy, the first Chinese writer to ever win and be shortlisted in the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children's books. (More...)

July 20
Shi Jing

Shi (Book of Songs), or Shi Jing (Chinese:诗经), China's first collection of poems made its debut in the 7th century BC. (More...)

July 21
Lihu Lake, part of Taihu Lake Scenic Zone, Wuxi, Jiangsu

Located in Wuxi, the most attractive spot of the Taihu Lake Scenic Zone is the Yuantouzhu (Turtle Head Islet) Park. Embraced by water on three sides, the islet is shaped of huge turtle's head diving into the blue water. The main part of the park is natural scenery, supplemented with man-made gardens in addition to such beautiful structures built among the trees ass Changchun Bridge (Evergreen Bridge), Feiyun Pavilion (Scud Pavilion), Jinsong Pavilion (Sturdy Pine Pavilion), Wanfang Pavilion (All-places Pavilion), and Guangfu Temple (Bright Fortune Temple). (More...)

July 22
World Horti-Expo Garden

In 1999, 68 countries took part in the World Horticultural Exposition in Kunming (Expo'99). The World Horti-Expo Garden runs 2.5 km from east to west, and 1.1 km from north to south, covering an area of 218 ha. Today, the national flags of these 68 countries still flutter at the entrance. (More...)

July 23

Dashu (大暑) reflects the changing of temperature. It is the hottest period in a year, and the temperature could be over 40℃ (104oF) in most areas of China. During this period, thundershowers often visit in the afternoon, as described in an old saying: "Lightning in the east will not bring rains, while lightning in the west will bring rains in no time." (More...)

July 24
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...)

July 25
A portrait of Xu Beihong
Xu Beihong (Chinese: 徐悲鸿) is a Chinese painter whose unique skills garnered him fame worldwide.(More...)


July 26
Jiaolong, the manned submersible.

The Jiaolong (蛟龙), named after a mythical sea dragon, is China's first manned submersible designed to reach a depth of 7,000 meters below sea level. The Ministry of Science and Technology began researching and developing the project in 2002, with the intention of promoting China's deep sea exploration and operation technology. (More...)

July 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. (More...)

July 28
Bird's view of Thousand-Island Lake

Located in Chun'an County, the Qiandao Lake ( is among the first 44 state-level scenic spots proclaimed by the State Council, and also the largest national forest park so far. It is a man-made reservoir formed during the construction of Xin'anjiang Hydropower Station in 1959. (More...)

July 29
China Sports Museum

It is China's first specialized museum centering on the collection, exhibition and research of sports materials. The museum has a central hall and four exhibition halls. China's ancient sports are a bright pearl in the cultural treasury of China. (More...)

July 30
Heyuan Garden

Heyuan Garden is located at Huayuan Lane in Xuningmen Street of Yangzhou City. An official surnamed He of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) from Hubei Province spent 13 years building it as his residence, hence the garden’s name. It is the best preserved private garden in Yangzhou. (More...)

July 31
Location within China

The Dongting Lake is the second biggest fresh water lake in China, which is usually praised as "the picturesque Dongting Lake with 400 kilometre span". (More...

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