CIIC:Today's featured article/November 2018


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November 1

Jiaozi (boiled dumplings stuffed with meat and vegetable filling) are also known as gengnian jiaozi (seeing in the new year dumplings). Although boiled dumplings have been a favorite food of the Chinese people for thousands of years, they have only been essential element of the lunar New Year's festivities since the Ming Dynasty. Jiaozi are the exact size and shape of the small gold ingots that were used for money in ancient China, so eating jiaozi satisfies the desire for wealth. Of course, jiaozi are also incomparably delicious, so on New Year's Eve, virtually everyone in China can be found eating this holiday dish. When vendors boil jiaozi to sell, they will often deliberately break one or two in the pot. But they do not remark upon this with taboo words, such as "break," "shatter," or "disintegrate." Rather, they say that the dumpling's filling has "burst," which in Chinese is a homonym for the auspicious phrase "to get rich." (More...)

November 2

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November 3

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November 4

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November 5

Completed on October 12, 1996, Shanghai Museum boasts 11 monographic galleries, one special gallery for donated relics, and three exhibition halls totaling 120,000 sq. m in floor space. (More...)

November 6

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November 7
Lidong (立冬) reflects the changing of seasons, indicating that winter begins. It often falls on November 7 or 8 of a year. (More...)


November 8

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November 9
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...)

November 10

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November 11

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November 12
The Twenty-four Solar Terms 二十四节气

In the ancient times, there was a general name for a group of seasons, i.e. the Twenty-four Solar Terms (二十四节气) from the Beginning of Spring to Great Cold. It shows the relationship between universe, season, climate and agriculture, which is unique creation by Chinese ancestors. To date, it has functioned as a complete set of weather calendar to guide the agricultural production in China. (More...)

November 13

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November 14
The Tianhe-2 supercomputer developed by China.

The Tianhe-2 (天河二号), developed by China's National University of Defense Technology, is now the world's fastest supercomputer, international supercomputer organization Top 500 announced in Germany on June 17, 2013. (More...)

November 15

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November 16
Old Town of Pingyao

The local customs and cultural heritage of the ancient town of Pingyao (平遥古城) in Shanxi Province is under threat due to the rapid development of tourism. (More)

November 17

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November 18

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November 19

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

November 20

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November 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...)

November 22
Xiaoxue (小雪) is a weather phenomenon, indicating that the snowy season begins.

Different from the ordinary meaning of "light snow" in the weather forecast, Xiaoxue refers more to the weather characteristics during a period of time. (More...)

November 23

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November 24

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November 25

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November 26
The name Badachu means Eight Great Sites, and refers to the eight Buddhist temples and monasteries scattered across Cuiwei, Pingpo and Lushi hills at the foot of Beijing's Western Hills Scenic Area.

Located on the outskirts of Beijing, the sites were restored during the 1980's and have since become a popular destination, both for pilgrims and tourists.

The park is famous for its eight ancient Buddhist temples and monasterie: Changan Temple (Temple of Eternal Peace), Lingguang Temple (Temple of Divine Light), Sanshan Nunnery (Three-hill Nunnery), Dabei Temple (Temple of Great Mercy), Dragon Spring Nunnery (Dragon Spring Nunnery), Xiangjie Temple (The Temple of the Fragrant World), Pearl Cave (The Cave of Precious Pearl), and Zhengguo Temple. (More...)

November 27

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November 28
Icebreaker Snow Dragon

Xuelong, or Snow Dragon (Chinese: 雪龙) is China's first icebreaker and was built in Ukraine in 1993. China spent 31 million yuan (US$3.7 million) to convert it into a transport ship for Antarctic expeditions. It replaced Jidi in 1994 and has remained in service ever since. (More...)

November 29

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November 30
Tang hu lu

Tang hu lu (Chinese: 糖葫芦; pinyin: táng húlú; literally "sugar gourd"), also called bīng táng húlú (冰糖葫芦; bīng meaning "ice"), is a popular traditional winter snack in northern China, especially in Beijing, and particularly for children. It consists of candied fruits on bamboo skewers that are approximately 20cm long. This snack can be found widely along the snack street of Wangfujing but there are street vendors who travel from place to place selling it. (More...)

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