CIIC:Today's featured article/March 2018

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March 1

The Lion Dance (舞狮) is one of the most popular dances in China. Known as the king of animals, the lion is a traditional symbol of good luck in China. The dance has a long history stretching back 2000 years. Records show that during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the Lion Dance was already performed for the royal family. (More...)
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March 2
Lanterns are lighted during the festival.

The Lantern Festival falls on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, usually in February or March in the Gregorian calendar. As early as the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 25), it had become a festival with great significance. (More...)
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March 3

The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (中国人民政治协商会议) is an organization of the patriotic united front of the Chinese people. It plays a significant role in the Chinese society. (More...)
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March 4

The National People's Congress (NPC) is the supreme organ of state power in China. It is composed of NPC deputies who are elected according to law from 35 electoral units from the people's congresses of provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government, the People's Liberation Army, the deputy election council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region,the deputy election council of the Macao Special Administrative Region and the Taiwan compatriots' consultation election council. (More...)
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March 5

Jingzhe (惊蛰) reflects the phenological phenomenon. The temperature rises continuously after Jingzhe. The ice on the land has melted, and thunders may be heard for the first time in the year. Hibernating animals and insects are awakened, as the term so named, and start to come up out of cave or earth for activities. (More...)
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March 6

The Annual Government Work Report (政府工作报告) is delivered by the incumbent government leader at the annual sessions of the NPC and CPPCC.

The report is usually drafted by the General Office of the State Council and the provincial (municipal, autonomous regional, special administrative), city and district governments. (More...)
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March 7
Deputies to the 12th National People's Congress.

Deputies to the NPC (人大代表 rén dà dài biǎo) refer to component members of the National People's Congress and collectively exercise the power of the highest state organ. According to the Constitution and the Organization Law of the National People's Congress, each deputy serves a term of five years beginning with the opening of the 1st session of each NPC and ends with the 1st session of the following NPC. Deputies emerged from by-elections shall serve from the date of election to the end of the present term of office of the NPC. (More...)
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March 8
Emblem of the All-China Women's Federation

Established in March 1949, the All-China Women's Federation (中华全国妇女联合会) is an organization of women who are a major force in building socialism with Chinese characteristics. It works hard to unite and educate women, implement the basic lines of the CPC and play an active role in the building of socialist material and spiritual civilizations. The basic functions of the federation are to represent and safeguard the rights and interests of women and promote the equality between men and women. (More...)
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March 9
Eight non-Communist parties (八大民主党派) refer to the eight political parties other than the Communist Party of China. These parties are those established before the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, which were then dedicated to the realization of a bourgeois republic in China and supported the CPC in the latter's effort of overthrowing the rule of the Kuomintang. They are independent in organization and enjoy political freedom, organizational independence and legal equality under the Constitution. (More...)

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March 10
a cartoon of post-90s

Post-90s (90后): This term refers to the generation that was born between 1990 and 1999 in urban areas on the Chinese mainland. Unlike the post-80s, who were born in an era when the old conflicts with the new, the post-90s live in a comfortable environment in which China’s economy grew by double-digit percentages every year. (More...)
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March 11

The Cherry Blossom Festival (樱花节) at Yuyuantan Park in Beijing is usually held from March to April. People can enjoy nearly 2,000 cherry trees in full blossom as well as fine bonsais and rare stones. (More...)

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March 12
Sun Yat-sen after cutting off his pigtail, a symbol of the Qing Dynasty, in 1896

Sun Yat-sen (孙中山) is a Chinese democratic revolution forerunner and first president of the Republic of China. (More...)
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March 13

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...)
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March 14

From April 11 to 17, 1971, the US table tennis team, after attending the 31st World Table Tennis Championship in Nagoya, Japan, visited China at the invitation of the Chinese team, thus opening the door to Sino-US exchanges which had been shut close for 22 years. The move was praised as "Ping-Pong diplomacy" by the international media. (More...)
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March 15

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...)
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March 16
Wolong Nature Reserve

Covering 700,000 hectares in Wenchuan County, Wolong Nature Reserve has 101 mountains taller than 5,000 meters and is home to nearly 4,000 plants, including the rare Sichuan redwood and tinctoria money maple. There are more than 50 species of beasts and 300 species of birds. (More...)
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March 17
Wu Renbao (1928-2013)

Wu Renbao (吴仁宝) was secretary of the Party committee of China's richest village - Huaxi Village of Jiangyin City in Jiangsu Province. He died of cancer on Mar. 18, 2013, at age of 85. Famed as China's most eminent farmer, Wu worked hard over the past five decades to lead his villagers in striving for common wealth. (More...)
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March 18

Situated south of Jiaozi Alley outside Xuanwumen, Fayuan Temple (Temple of the Source of Dharma) is the oldest ancient Buddhist temple in Beijing. It also houses the China Buddhist Association, the China Buddhism Institution and the China Buddhism Library and Relic Center, thus serving as an important venue for nurturing young monks and Buddhist research. Fayuan Temple spreads over an area of 6700 sq.m, consisting of 13 halls carefully spread out over a huge compound. The present temple buildings were constructed in the Qing Dynasty in 1734. (Fayuan Temple|More...]])
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March 19
Naxi ethnic group
The Naxi ethnic minority has a population of 308,839, most of whom live in concentrated communities in the Lijiang Naxi Autonomous County in Yunnan Province, the rest being scattered in Weixi, Zhongdian, Ninglang, Deqin, Yongsheng, Heqing, Jianchuan and Lanping counties in Yunnan, as well as Yanyuan, Yanbian and Muli counties in Sichuan Province. A small number live in Mangkang County of Tibet Autonomous Region. (More...)

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March 20
Portrait of Du Fu

Du Fu enjoyed the same reputation as Li Bai, and was famed as the “sage poet.” Compared with Li Bai’s romantic style, Du Fu’s poems were realist, truthfully recording the social and political life of the Tang Dynasty, from prosperity to decline, and expressing his deep sympathy for the people’s sufferings.(More...)
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March 21
Chunfen is one of the 24 solar terms.

Chunfen (春分) reflects the changing of seasons. The day of Chunfen falls exactly in mid-spring around March 20-22. On this day, so as on Qiufen in autumn, the sun shines directly on the equator, making the days and nights equal in length everywhere in the world. After Chunfen, the days are longer and the nights shorter. (More...)
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March 22
The semi-enclosed South China Sea (南海)

What and where is the South China Sea?

The semi-enclosed South China Sea (南海), one of the three Asian marginal seas, lies between the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. It encompasses an area of 3.6 million square kilometers from the Singapore and Malacca Straits to the Strait of Taiwan, stretching more than 1,800 kilometers from north and south and 900 kilometers from west to east.(More...)
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March 23
Liu Cixin (刘慈欣) is a prolific and popular Chinese science-fiction writer. He is the first Asian writer to win the Hugo Awards, an eight-time winner of the Galaxy Award (the Chinese Hugo) and a winner of the Nebula Award. Liu was nominated again in 2017 for Death's End, a third novel in his trilogy Remembrance of Earth's Past. (More...)

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March 24
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...)
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March 25
Lin Yutang

Lin Yutang (林语堂) was a 20th-century Chinese author who wrote several notable English novels.

Born in 1895 to a Christian minister in Fujian Province, he received a rudimentary education from a private teacher with solid traditional knowledge. But he was heavily influenced by Western culture during his education at St. John’s University in Shanghai in 1912. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the famous religious school in the city, whose past is replete with the concessions, Lin went on to study at Harvard University in 1919, where he obtained his master’s in literature. Then he moved to Germany and obtained a Ph.D. in philology at Leipzig University. (More...)
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March 26
Fenghuang Ancient Town in Hunan Province

Fenghuang Ancient Town (凤凰古城), also known as Phoenix Ancient Town, located on the western edge of Hunan Province next to Guizhou, is one of the most beautiful towns in China. (More...)
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March 27
Ancient Tea-Horse Road

Ancient Tea-Horse Road (茶马古道)

For thousands of years, there was an ancient road treaded by human feet and horse hoofs in the mountains of Southwest China, bridging the Chinese hinterland and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Along the unpaved and often rugged road, tea, salt and sugar flowed into Tibet, while horses, cows, furs, musk and other local products came out. The ancient commercial passage, dubbed the "Ancient Tea-Horse Road", first appeared during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), and lasted until the 1960s when Tibetan highways were constructed. Meanwhile, the road also promoted exchanges in culture, religion and ethnic migration, resembling the refulgence of the Silk Road. (More...)
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March 28
Traditional Chinese opera (中国戏曲), called xi () in Chinese, combines music, singing, dialogue, dancing, acrobatics and martial arts with artistically mature scripts and performance techniques. (More...)

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March 29

Li Na (李娜) is a Chinese professional tennis player. She won the 2011 French Open singles title, becoming the first player from an Asian country to win a Grand Slam in singles. She announced her retirement from professional tennis on Sept. 19, 2014 via her weibo, Chinese version of Twitter. (More...)
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March 30
Beidou

The Beidou Navigation Satellite System (北斗卫星导航系统) is a global navigation satellite system developed by China.

The system is composed of three parts: The space section, the ground section and the users’ section. In the system, a total of five geostationary orbit satellites and 30-non geostationary orbit satellites operate in space. Meanwhile, a certain number of stations, including the main control stations and the monitoring stations, operate from the ground. In addition, the terminators of the system are installed in the devices sold to users.(More...)
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March 31
Wuzhen

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...)
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