CIIC:Today's featured article/September 2019

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September 1

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 1, 2019
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September 2

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September 3
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...)
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September 4

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 4, 2019
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September 5

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 5, 2019
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September 6
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 7

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 7, 2019
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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

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 9, 2019
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September 10

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 10, 2019
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September 11
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 12

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 12, 2019
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September 13
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 14

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 14, 2019
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September 15

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 15, 2019
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September 16
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 17

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 17, 2019
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September 18

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 18, 2019
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September 19

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 19, 2019
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September 20
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 21

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 21, 2019
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September 22

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 22, 2019
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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

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 24, 2019
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September 25

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 25, 2019
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September 26
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...)
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September 27

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 27, 2019
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September 28

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 28, 2019
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September 29

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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September 30

CIIC:Today's featured article/September 30, 2019
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