CIIC:Today's featured article/September 2017


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September 1
The apartments near key schools.

"Apartments Near Key Schools" (学区房) is a term that usually refers to those flats located near schools of the highest educational quality.

Nowadays, many families in China are striving to rent or purchase this type of apartment when their children reach school-age, thus causing the prices of those flats to rise sharply. (More...)

September 2
Maonan ethnic group
Population: 107,166

Major area of distribution: Guangxi

Language: Maonan

Religion: Taoism, Polytheism

The Maonan ethnic group has a population of 107,166, living in the northern part of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. (More...)

September 3
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...)

September 4
Mulian Opera (目连戏), recognized as the "living spirit of Chinese theater," is one of the earliest theatric genres in China. Without scripts and scores, the opera was passed down orally by the elderly. It was named from a tale originated from Buddhist scriptures, in which the hero Mulian rescued his mother from hell. Many performers in the opera wear ghost-like make-up, so the opera is also called "Gui Xi" (鬼戏), literally translated as "Ghost Opera." Although the opera is themed with filial piety, it has been integrated with other folk stories, sideshows and acrobatics. For hundreds of years, it had enjoyed great popularity and could be staged all night for nine consecutive days. However, the opera became less popular in 1920s and was on the brink of extinction by the 1980s. Fortunately, it was listed as part of China’s intangible cultural heritage in 2006. From then on, the ancient art has been revitalized and popularized. (More...)


September 5
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.

Lijiang of Yunnan, boasts a Naxi music orchestra, most of its members being in their senior years. When performing, the players dress in gorgeous traditional robes, and play various kinds of stringed instruments in a relaxed manner. Standing out from the older musicians is a young Naxi girl playing the zheng, the Chinese zither. The most intriguing item on the stage is a red-lacquer stand from which hang ten small gongs. These are played by an elderly gentleman with a long silver beard, who, at 86, is the oldest member of the team. (More...)

September 6

Shangri-La (香格里拉) is an earthly paradise located in southwest China's Yunnan Province. (More...)

September 7
Bailu, one of 24 Chinese solar terms.

Bailu (白露) is one of 24 traditional Chinese solar terms, reflecting the changing of four seasons. Around the day of Bailu, the temperature in the northern hemisphere declines gradually. It is still warm in daytime but cold at night, causing the formation of dew. When the dew accumulates, it becomes white in color – white dews. (More...)

September 8
An Imperial Doucai Stem Cup

Pottery making began to develop in China during the New Stone Age some 10,000 years ago and porcelain making in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) revealed dazzling exuberance. (More...)

September 9
Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao

The memorial hall is shaped like a square with coverage of 20,000 square meters and a height of 33.6 meters. Currently there are 10 halls open to the public.

The north hall to the main gate can accommodate over 700 people. It is the place where the memorial activities are held. In the center of the hall erects Chairman Mao's three-meter-high sitting statue made of white marbles. Chairman Mao wears smiles with grand manner. Behind the statue is a large-scale floss embroidery entitled Throughout China. Revolutionary achievements of Mao Zedong, Liu Shaoqi, Zhou Enlai and Zhu De are on display in the west and the east halls. Inside the halls, visitors can found many cultural relics, historical documents, letters and pictures. (More...)

September 10
Students visit Pan Jiezhe, the principal of the Xinbeijiang Primary School, on Sept. 9, 2007.

The Teachers' Day (教师节) in China falls on Sept. 10. The tradition starts in 1985. Students usually present greeting cards and flowers to their teachers to show their respects on this day. (More...)

September 11
Xu Guozhang (1915-1994)

Xu Guozhang (许国璋 Nov. 25, 1915-Sep. 11, 1994) is a celebrated linguist in China, who is very well-known among young English students since the 1960s for his "Xu Guozhang English" series. (More...)

September 12
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...)

September 13
The gold iPhone 5S -"Local tyrant gold".

"Local tyrant gold" (土豪金 Tu Hao Jin), is derived from the term “local tyrant”, and has become a popular phrase in China. It is used to describe the gold iPhone 5S. (More...)

September 14
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...)

September 15
Lao She Teahouse (老舍茶馆)

Lao She Teahouse (老舍茶馆), built in 1988, is a unique place in Beijing showing the entertainments of old Beijing people in old times. It was named after the famous writer - Lao She. (More...)

September 16
Tiangong-1, the unmanned space module

Tiangong 1 (Chinese: 天宫一号) is an unmanned space module complex launched on September 29, 2011 by China as it builds the country's first space station. It was docked with Shenzhou 10 spacecraft on June 13, 2013. (More...)

September 17

The National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is held every five years in line with the CPC Constitution. And the National Congress and the Central Committee elected at the congress are the supreme leading organ of the Party. (More...)

September 18
Japanese armored vehicle invades Shenyang.

The September 18th Incident (九一八事变) refers to seizure of Shenyang on Sept. 18, 1931 by the Japanese aggression, as a step towards their occupation of the entire northeastern china. (More...)

September 19
ukou 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...)

September 20
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...)

September 21
Kazak ethnic group
Population: 1,250,458

Major areas of distribution: Xinjiang, Gansu and Qinghai

Language: Kazak

Religion: Islam

The Kazak ethnic group, with a population of 1.25 million, mainly lives in the Ili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture, Mori Kazak Autonomous County and Barkol Kazak Autonomous County in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Some are also located in the Haixi Mongolian, Tibetan and Kazak Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai Province and the Aksay Kazak Autonomous County in Gansu Province. (More...)

September 22
Wu Zuoren

Wu Zuoren (吴作人) was a prominent Chinese ink painter, oil painter and art educator. He was once praised by Xu Beihong as "one of the premier representatives of Chinese artists." His painting Portrait of Qi Baishi was regarded as an immortal work. (More...)

September 23
Qiufen is one of the 24 solar terms.

Qiufen (秋分) reflects the changing of seasons, indicating that autumn is halfway over. On the day of Qiufen, the sun rays fall directly on the equator, and the lengths of day and night are equal again, the same as on the day of Chunfen. After this day, the sun is moving from the equator to the southern hemisphere, when day becomes shorter and night longer. (More...)

September 24
On September 16, 1989, completion of a major refurbishment restored the charm of Dunhuang Crescent Lake (敦煌月牙泉) after two decades of depredations. (More...)


September 25
Elderly migrant
Elderly migrant (漂族老人:Piāo Zú Lǎo Rén) refer to senior citizens who leave their hometowns for big cities to reunite with their children. The population of the elderly migrants has increased dramatically in recent years because of the continuous flow of the workforce migrating from small villages and towns to big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. (More...)


September 26

On September 28, 1992, Zhang Leping, a prominent 82-year-old comic artist in China, died in Shanghai. He is widely known for his comic figure San Mao, which literally means, “three hairs.”

Zhang was born on November 10, 1910, in Zhejiang Province. When he was younger, he worked as an apprentice in shops that sold calendars. Later, he focused on designing advertisements. In 1937, his cartoons were used in the promotion campaign held for China’s War of Resistance against Japan (1937-1945). (More...)

September 27
White Pagoda

Located in the west suburb of Yangzhou City, Slender West Lake (瘦西湖) was originally a natural river course leading to the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal during the Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907) periods. It's been famous for its scenic splendor since those times. (More...)

September 28
Yuanmingyuan Park in downtown Beijing.

Yuanmingyuan Park (圆明园) used to be a summer palace for the Chinese imperial family. It were destroyed by the British and French armies during the Second Opium War in 1860. (More...)

September 29
Representatives of prospective founders of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) prepare to attend the signing ceremony of the articles of agreement of AIIB in Beijing, capital of China, June 29, 2015.

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB 亚洲基础设施投资银行) is an international financial institution proposed by China. Aiming to support infrastructure projects in Asia, the AIIB is open to all economies. The bank had 57 prospective founding members in total, with the rest of the seven countries waiting for domestic approval. The March 31, 2015 is the deadline for countries to apply to become AIIB founding members. After that, countries and regions will still be able to join, but only as common members. (More...)

September 30

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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