CIIC:Today's featured article/October 2018


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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
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 4

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 5
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...)

October 6
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...)

October 7

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 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
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 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
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...)

October 12
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 13
Yueju, also known as Shaoxing opera. [Photo:]

Yueju (越剧), also known as Shaoxing opera, is a form of Chinese opera first taking shape at the end of the Qing Dynasty on the basis of folk songs from Shengxian in Zhejiang Province, incorporating singing and acting techniques of local operas. It was later influenced by modern drama and kunqu and became highly popular in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Fujian. (More...)

October 14
The terracotta warriors discovered in Xi'an.

The Terracotta Warriors (兵马俑) are a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC.(More...)

October 15
Qinghai-Tibet Railway

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway (青藏铁路) is a symbolic project in China's West Development Strategy and will play a significant role in accelerating the social and economic development of Qinghai Province and Tibet Autonomous Region. It’s envisaged that the rail link will help build up ethnic solidarity and benefit people of many ethnic groups. The construction of the line was a strategic decision taken by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council at the outset of the 21st century. (More...)

October 16

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October 17
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 18
The Fragrant Hills Park in downtown Beijing.

The Fragrant Hills Park (香山公园) is located on the eastern sides of the Western Hills in northwest Beijing. The best time to visit the park is late autumn, when maple leaves turn red. (More...)

October 19
Naxi ancient music performance at Lijiang

Ancient Naxi music (纳西古乐) is also known as the Music of Daoist Classics, a precious piece of cultural heritage. (More...)

October 20
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 21

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October 22
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...)

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

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October 25
Shanghai Grand Theater

Located to the west of the City Hall in the People's Square, Shanghai Grand Theater was designed by the world-famous French architect who designed Paris' Bastille Opera House. (More...)

October 26

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October 27
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...)


October 28

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October 29
The Fragrant Hills Park in downtown Beijing.

The Fragrant Hills Park (香山公园) is located on the eastern sides of the Western Hills in northwest Beijing. The best time to visit the park is late autumn, when maple leaves turn red. (More...)

October 30

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October 31

Located in the center of Beijing, the Palace Museum (故宫博物院), historically and artistically one of the most comprehensive museum in China, was established on the basis of the Forbidden City, a palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1840), and their collection of treasures. (More...)

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