CIIC:Today's featured article/September 2018

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September 1
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...)
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September 2
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...)
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September 3

The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (中非合作论坛) is a platform established by China and friendly African countries for collective consultation and dialogue and a cooperation mechanism between the developing countries, which falls into the category of South-South cooperation. (More)
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September 4
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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September 5
Lijiang

At the foot of Yulong Snow Mountain in northwestern Yunnan Province is the ancient town of Lijiang (丽江古城). In the remote past, it was already inhabited with tribal people. In 1253, Kublai Khan, the Mongol chief, stationed his troops here on his southward march to conquer the State of Dali. For the next 500 years, to the early days of the Qing Dynasty, the place was ruled by a hereditary succession of chieftains from the Mu clan of the Naxi people, under the jurisdiction of the imperial court. (More...)
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September 6
The Maritime Silk Road

As early as 2,000 years ago, the Maritime Silk Road (海上丝绸之路) started from China's south-east coastal regions, traversing a vast expanse of oceans and seas to countries in Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe. (More...)
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September 7
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...)
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September 8
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...)
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September 9
The Beihai Park in Beijing

The Beihai Park (北海公园), locate in downtown Beijing, is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved ancient imperial gardens in China. With the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park to its east, Zhong Nan Hai (Central and South Seas) to its south, This ancient garden, with over 1,000 years' history, is not only a classic combination of the grandiosity of the northern gardens and the refinement of the southern gardens in China, but also a perfect integration of magnificent imperial palaces and solemn religious constructions. (More...)
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September 10
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...)
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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...)
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September 12
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. (More...)
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September 13
Daming Lake

Reputed as a pearl of Jinan, the city of springs, Daming Lake covers an area of 46 hectares. With some 800 weeping willows standing along the shores, over 40 mu of the lake is planted with lotuses. Emerald-green lotus leaves, lotus flowers with delicate fragrance, fish swimming in the lake and birds hovering in the sky—all this makes a superb fascinating picture of the lake.(More...)
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September 14
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...)
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September 15

Shangri-La (香格里拉) is an earthly paradise located in southwest China's Yunnan Province. (More...)
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September 16
Mount Huangshan

Located in southern Anhui Province, Mount Huangshan (黄山) covers an area of 250 kilometers, of which 154 square kilometers are scenic attractions. Its landscape features “four wonders” of imposing peaks, spectacular rocks, odd-shaped pines, and a sea of clouds. (More...)
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September 17
Manaschis performing Manas in a yurt in Aheqi County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Oct. 27, 2010.

Manas is a huge epic poem of the Kirgiz people, around 160,000 of whom live in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, in China's far west.(More..)
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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...)
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September 19
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...)
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September 20
Beidou

The Beidou Navigation Satellite System (北斗卫星导航系统) is a global navigation satellite system developed by China. (More...)
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September 21
The 28-square-km Shanghai free trade zone.

The China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) is officially launched on Sept. 29, 2013.

The Shanghai free trade zone (上海自由贸易区), a massive-scale project preliminary approved during an executive meeting of the State Council presided over by Premier Li Keqiang on July 3, 2013, will catapult the city to the forefront of global logistics centers. (More...)
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September 22
Cao Yu

Originally named Wan Jiabao, Cao Yu (Chinese: 曹禺) was born on September 24, 1910 in Tianjin. His ancestral home was Qianjiang, Hubei Province. In 1922 he entered Nankai High School where he joined the student-run Nankai Modern Troupe and three years later, began to perform in such productions as Ding Xilin's Oppression and Ibsen's A Doll's House. (More...)
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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 this day, the sun rays fall directly on the equator, and the lengths of day and night are equal again. (More...)
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September 24
The Mid-Autumn Festival and mooncakes

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

The festival has a long history. In ancient China, emperors followed the rite of offering sacrifices to the sun in spring and to the moon in autumn. Historical books of the Zhou Dynasty had had the word "Mid-Autumn". Later aristocrats and literary figures helped expand the ceremony to common people. They enjoyed the full, bright moon on that day, worshipped it and expressed their thoughts and feelings under it. By the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the Mid-Autumn Festival had been fixed, which became even grander in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). In the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, it grew to be a major festival of China. (More...)
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September 25
Moon cakes, traditoanl Chinese food.

Moon cake (月饼) is a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-autumn Festival which usually falls in mid or late September according to Gregorian calendar.

Moon cake comes from the Yuan Dynasty. During that time, people would not stand the cruel domination taking place, so many people staged uprisings to fight against the Yuan Dynasty rulers. Zhu Yuanzhang, the most prominent one, united all the people to start the uprisings. Unfortunately, government soldiers checked correspondences so strictly that it was hard for him to deliver messages to his fellow rebels. Soon the leader had a good idea: to hide messages in cake to inform his people. Finally the uprising succeeded, and Zhu Yuanzhang designated the "message cake" as the main food in the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival. From then on, moon cake has always played an important role in the festival's celebrations. (More...)
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September 26
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...)
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September 27

Lu Xun was born Zhou Shuren on September 25, 1881, in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province. Zhou adopted the pen name Lu Xun in 1918, when he began writing for New Youth magazine. (More...)
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September 28
Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion

Standing on Jingzhen Hill 14 km to the west of Menghai county seat, the Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion was built in 1701 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). (More...)
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September 29
Tarim Basin

Situated in the southern part of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and embraced by the Tianshan and Kunlunshan mountains, Tarim Basin is China's largest basin. (More...)
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September 30
Shenyang Imperial Palace

The Shenyang Imperial Palace, located at No. 171, Shenyang Road, Shenhe District in Shenyang City, is the only existing royal palace in China outside of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The main structure of the palace was built in 1625 when Nurhachi was in power. It was finished in 1636 by his son Abahai (Huangtaiji). Nurhachi and Abahai were both founding emperors of the Qing Dynasty. (More...)
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