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October 1
Mao Zedong announces the founding of the People's Republic of China on Oct. 1, 1949.

The National Day (国庆节) falls on October 1 in China. This year marks the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Chinese people participate in a variety of activities to celebrate the significant holiday. (More...)

October 2
Tian'anmen Gate Tower in Beijing

Tian'anmen (天安门) was the front gate of the Imperial City (Forbidden City). It was built in 1417, the 15th year of the reign period of Ming Emperor Yongle. It was formerly called Chengtianmen (the Gate for Receiving Heavenly Orders), and the name was changed to Tian'anmen in the early years of the Qing Dynasty. (More...)

October 3
Moon cakes, traditoanl Chinese food.

Moon cake (月饼) is a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-autumn Festival which falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar year - usuallty in late September according to Gregorian calendar. (More...)

October 4
Mid-Autumn Festival and mooncakes

The Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节) falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, usually in late September according to Gregorian calendar. It is a traditonal Chinese festival during which the most popular food is moon cakes. (More...)

October 5
Moon cake gambling is popular in Xiamen.

Moon cake gambling (搏饼) is a game which people participate in with family members and friends during the Mid-autumn Festival. The game originated in Xiamen, Fujian Province, more than 300 years ago. (More)

October 6
Scenery of Tianchi, Jilin

Tianchi (Heavenly Pool, Chinese:天池) is the highest volcanic lake in China, and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records. The lake is known for its sublime and mysterious natural beauty. (More...)

October 7

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...)

October 8
Hanlu reflects seasonal changes.

Hanlu (寒露), literally cold dews, is one of 24 traditional Chinese solar terms, reflecting the changing of four seasons. It falls around October 8 and it's getting quite cold. (More...)

October 9

Chang'an, the capital of the pie city (618-907), was world-famous for its huge scale and careful city planning. From the 7th to the 9th century Changan was an important world trade and cultural centre which contributed much to the exchange and develop­ment of ancient civilizations. (More...)

October 10
Leaders of the CPC and Kuomintang (From the right: Mao Zedong, Wang Shijie, Zhang Qun, Chiang Kai-shek, Chiang Ching-kuo, and Patrick Jay Hurley, US ambassador to China)

On October 10, 1945, the "Double Ten Agreement 双十协定," formally known as the "Summary of Conversations" between Kuomintang representatives Wang Shijie, Zhang Zhizhong and Shao Lizi and Communist Party representatives Zhou Enlai and Wang Ruofei, was signed in Chongqing. (More...)

October 11
The rice paddy

Chinese culture, boasting a lengthy history, is composed of numerous sub-cultures. The agricultural way of life, centered around rice, has played an important part in the country’s history.(More...)

October 12
The Ethnic Museum

Located in the Central University for Nationalities, Ethnic Museum houses over 20,000 cultural relics relating to China's 56 ethnic groups. The majority of these are traditional costumes and ornaments that exemplify expertise on the part of ethnic minorities in weaving, dying, embroidery and tannage. Some are decades, and others centuries old. Exhibits such as the gifts to Chairman Mao Zedong and the central government in the early days of the People's Republic from the Panchen Lama, Dalai Lama, and ethnic minorities across China are of great political and historical significance. (More...)

October 13
Confucius, philosopher in Chinese history.

Confucius (孔子 551-479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn Period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. (More...)

October 14
Greater Wild Goose Pagoda

The Greater Wild Goose Pagoda (大雁塔) was originally called Daci'en Temple Tower. It is now found in the temple in the southern suburbs of Xi'an. (More...)

October 15
Old Town of Pingyao

Pingyao (平遥古城) is a small town in central Shanxi Province whose history goes back 2,700 years, when it was first built during the reign of King Xuan (827-782 BC) of the Western Zhou Dynasty. Until this very day, the town looks much the same as when it was the county seat of the Ming and Qing dynasties. (More...)

October 16

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

October 17
Ba Jin (Chinese: 巴金) was a famous writer in China. Originally named Li Yaotang, also known as Li Fugan, and pennames such as Yu Yi, Wang Wenhui, Ouyang Jingrong, etc., he was born on November 25, 1904 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, into an official's family from Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province. (More...)


October 18

According to the Constitution of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the highest leading body of the Party is the National Congress and the Central Committee it elects, and all the constituent organizations and members of the Party are subordinate to the CPC National Congress and the Central Committee. (More...)

October 19

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. The world's largest water transfer project consists of eastern, central and western routes. (More...)

October 20

The former Residence of Mei Lanfang (renowned Peking Opera star), located on No. 9 Huguosi Street in the West City District, was originally part of Prince Qing's Mansion. In 1965 Mr. Mei's wife donated her husband's collection of art works and materials to the country. In 1984, the Society for the Study of Mei Lanfang was established and his former residence turned into a museum, one of the historical and cultural sites under the state protection. (More...)

October 21

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. (More...)

October 22
The Fragrant Hills Park in downtown Beijing.

The Fragrant Hills Park (香山公园) is an imperial garden at the foot of the Western Hills, approximately 10 km to the northwest of downtown Beijing. (More...)

October 23
Frost forms on leaves when water vapor meets cold air.

Shuangjiang (霜降) reflects a weather phenomenon. In fact, frost forms on the ground when water vapor meets cold air. So, Shuangjiang does not refer to the fall of frost, but the phenomenon of cold weather when hoar-frost appears. (More...)

October 24
Maijishan Grottoes, Gansu

Mount Maiji (麦积山), 35 km southeast of Tianshui City, has 194 extant caves and niches containing over 7,000 stone, clay, and clay-on-stone statues, plus 1,000 sq. m of murals. It is reputed as "the largest museum of clay sculptures in the East." (More...)

October 25
The logo of Huawei

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd (华为技术有限公司) is one of the world's biggest telecommunication equipment and service providers with company headquarters located in Shenzhen, China. (More...)

October 26

Chinese acrobatics has a very long history and is an excellent and precious cultural legacy of the Chinese nation. There are a lot of acrobatics village in China, e.g. Liaocheng of Shandong Province, Yancheng of Jiangsu Province, Puyang of Henan Province, Tianmen of Hubei Province, Guangde of Anhui Province, Wuqing of Tianjin, and Wuqiao, Suning and Bazhou of Hebei Province. However, as to the history and the influence at home and abroad, Wuqiao is the most famous. (More...)

October 27
Yan Fu
Yan Fu (严复) is considered a famous Chinese idealistic torchbearer. By 1840, China had become a semi-feudal and semi-colonial society and was repeatedly invaded by bigger powers. Yan Fu was a Chinese scholar and translator at that time, translating and introducing incoming western ideas that often enlightened the Chinese people. (More...)


October 28
The Double Ninth Festival is also a time when chrysanthemum blooms.

The traditional Chongyang Festival (重阳节), or Double Ninth Festival, falls on the 9th day of the 9th lunar month, usually in October according to the Gregorian calendar. In an ancient and mysterious book Yi Jing, or The Book of Changes, number "6" was thought to be of Yin character, meaning feminine or negative, while number "9" was thought to be Yang, meaning masculine or positive. So the number nine in both month and day create the Double Ninth Festival, or Chongyang Festival. Chong in Chinese means "double." Also, as double ninth was pronounced the same as the word to signify "forever", both are "Jiu Jiu," the Chinese ancestors considered it an auspicious day worth celebration. That's why ancient Chinese began to celebrate this festival long time ago. (More...)

October 29
Two-child policy

Two-child policy (二孩政策), a new population policy of China, allows all couples to have two children, ending the one-child policy that has been in place for more than three decades. (More...)

October 30
Su Mingjuan, a beneficiary of the Project Hope.

On October 30, 1989, the China Youth Development Foundation initiated "Project Hope"(希望工程), a fund for the relief of underprivileged children, in order to help poverty-stricken students continue and maintain their education. (More...)

October 31
This ancient architectural complex is considered a model of Tibetan architecture. Located on the Red Hill in Lhasa, Tibet, Potala Palace (布达拉宫) is 3,700 meters above sea level and covers an area of over 360,000 square meters, measuring 360 meters from east to west and 270 meters from south to north. The palace has 13 stories, and is 117 meters high. (More...)


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