CIIC:Today's featured article/May 2018


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May 1
Beidaihe (北戴河) is a scenic spot located 15 kilometers southwest of Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province. It faces Bohai to the south and has the Lianfeng Hills, with their forests of pine and cypress, as a back drop. The beach is two kilometers wide and extends for 10 kilometers from Daihekou in the west to Eagle Rock in the east. With its beautiful winding coastline and its pleasant, moderate climate, Beidaihe Beach is a popular spot for summer vacations. (More...)


May 2
Mogao Caves (Gansu Province,1987, World Cultral Herritage)

Standing 25 km southeast of Dunhuang, the Mogao Grottoes(莫高窟) have experienced the Northern Wei, Western Wei, Northern Zhou, Sui, Tang, Song, Western Xia, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.

The rows of caves on Mingsha Hill spread across 1,600 m and divide into the south and north areas. Distributed across the cliff face like a honeycomb, the caves are 15 to 30 m above the ground. The caves in the south area are the more significant, as they contain a large amount of statues and frescos from several dynasties. The caves in the north area were predominantly places for meditation and living quarters for the monks. (More...)

May 3
With stone bridges, white walls, water lily ponds and hills, Hongcun Village has been described as a village out of a traditional Chinese ink painting.

Hongcun Village (宏村) is about 11 km from the county town of Yixian County. The whole village was originally laid out in the shape of an ox. The west end of the village, called Leigang Hill, resembles an ox head and that is where two huge trees stand like ox horns. (More...)

May 4
the May 4th Movement, 1919

The May 4th Movement which broke out in 1919 was a great anti-imperialist, anti-feudal revolutionary movement. It marked the beginning of the new-democratic revolution in China. (More...)

May 5
the beginning of the summer

Lixia (Chinese: 立夏) reflects the changing of seasons. After Lixia, with a noticeable increase in temperature, all lives become vigorous in a warm climate and summer begins. (More...)

May 6
Chinese calligraphy

Calligraphy (书法), 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...)

May 7
Jin Liqun

Jin Liqun (金立群), former vice finance minister of China is secretary general of the multilateral interim secretariat for establishing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) . He spent a few months shuttling between countries to convince them to join the bank. On July 6, 2015, Jin was nominated as China’s candidate for president of the AIIB. On August 24, 2015, Jin was named as the official candidate for the bank's president at the 6th Chief Negotiators' Meeting on establishing the AIIB.(More...)

May 8
Teresa Teng (邓丽君)

Teresa Teng (January 29, 1953-May 8, 1995) (Chinese: 邓丽君) is an unforgettable pop icon noted for her distinctive sweet voice and unparalleled singing skills. Originally from Taiwan, Teng was widely acclaimed throughout East Asia including Korea, Japan and Malaysia, in addition to the Chinese mainland.(More...)

May 9
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...)

May 10
Shen Congwen

Shen Congwen (沈从文) is the alias of Shen Yuehuan(沈岳焕), a famous Miao Chinese writer and historian in the 20th century. He is best known for his novels depicting the landscapes, folk and rural culture of his native Hunan Province. (More...)

May 11
Yunnan Shilin karst
The Stone Forest National Park is located in Shilin Yi Autonomous County of Yunnan Province, 80 kilometers southeast of Kunming City. It covers 350 square kilometers and consists of Major Stone Forest, Naigu Stone Forest, Changhu Lake, Grand Waterfall, etc. (More...)


May 12
Sichuan earthquake on May 12, 2012.

The Sichuan earthquake was a 8.0 Richter Scale earthquake occurred at 2:28 PM on May 12, 2008 in southwest China. It is also known as the Wenchuan earthquake after the location of the earthquake's epicenter, Wenchuan (population 111,800) , 90 km northwest of Sichuan's capital Chengdu. (More...)

May 13
Lahu ethnic group

The Lahus ethnic minority has a population of 453,705, mainly distributed in the Lancang Lahu Autonomous County in Simao Prefecture, Southern Lincang Prefecture and Menghai County in western Xishuangbanna in Yunnan Province. Others live in counties along the Lancang River. (More..)

May 14

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...)

May 15
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...)

May 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...)

May 17

Nanxun (南浔古镇) is located in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province. Situated in the plains surrounding Hangjia Lake, Nanxun is a historically and culturally well-known town in the province. Its history goes back some 750 years.(More...)

May 18

Shanhaiguan (山海关), or Shanhai Pass, is a small, sleepy town and port of the northern section of the Bohai gulf, holding the access between northeast China and north China. Shanhai Pass, 15 kilometers from the tourist city of Qinhuangdao, got its name from being situated between the Yanshan Mountains and the Bohai Sea. (More...)

May 19
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...)

May 20
Shenyang Steam Locomotive Museum, Liaoning

Shenyang Steam Locomotive Museum has been built by Shenyang Railway Branch Bureau and Shenyang Botanical Garden, based on original Shenyang Railway steam Museum hides 15historical locomotives and 3duplicated historical locomotives. It is the biggest steam locomotive museum in our country. (More...)

May 21

Xiaoman (小满) reflects a phenological phenomenon, referring to the fact that the grains of some summer-ripe crops like wheat get full before they are completely ripe. It's also the right season for rice transplanting. (More...)

May 22
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.(More...)

May 23
Erhai Lake

Located in Dali Autonomous Prefecture, Erhai Lake (洱海) gets the name as it is shaped like an ear. Stretching 42 km from north to south and 3.9 km from east to west, the lake covers an area of more than 250 sq km. It is one of the largest production bases of aquatic products in Yunnan Province. (More...)

May 24
Xidi Village

Xidi Village (Chinese:西递村) is located in the southeastern part of Yixian County, Anhui Province and has over 300 simple, yet graceful, Ming and Qing dynasty residences, of which 124 are well preserved. (More...)

May 25

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...)

May 26
Yuanmingyuan Park in downtown Beijing.

Yuanmingyuan Park (圆明园), which was extolled as the "Garden of Gardens," used to be a summer palace for the imperial family. The palace was continuously expanded under five emperors' supervision in Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), and its expansion continued for over 150 years. (More...)

May 27
Liu Wang

Liu Wang (刘旺) is a Chinese astronaut who was selected to be a member of the three-person crew on the Shenzhou 9 and Shenzhou 10 spacecrafts. (More...)

May 28
Shanghai Cooperation Organization

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an intergovernmental international organization founded in Shanghai on June 15, 2001. Its working languages are Chinese and Russian. (More...)

May 29
Lingyin Temple

Meaning "temple of soul's retreat", Lingyin is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in China.

Though situated in a mountain valley, it receives a throng of visitors in all seasons. Locals say that praying there will bring good luck. (More...)

May 30
big bronze bird-head

The site of Sanxingdui (三星堆), located in the city of Guanghan, 40 km from Chengdu, Sichuan Province, is recognized as one of the most important ancient remains in the world for its vast size, lengthy period and enriched cultural contents. (More...)

May 31
The Yan-Huang Art Gallery

The Yan-Huang Art Gallery, located at Yayuncun (the Asian Games Village), is Beijing's first large modern art gallery. It was sponsored by celebrated Chinese painter, Huang Zhou, and built with donations from art lovers from all walks of life, both at home and abroad. Its collection consists mainly of contemporary Chinese paintings, and also includes ancient Chinese paintings and calligraphy, cultural relics and other works of art.(More...)

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