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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
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...)

October 4
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 5
Prince Gong's Mansion
Prince Gong's Mansion (恭王府) is located near Shichahai Lake, to the northwest of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The private residence of He Shen, a favorite minister of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it was built in 1777. In 1851, the mansion was bestowed upon Prince Gong by Emperor Xianfeng (1851-1862), hence the name. Sole prince's mansion open to the public, it is the most well preserved mansion in Beijing. (More...)


October 6
Mount Wutai

As one of the Four Great Buddhist Mountains in China, Mount Wutai (五台山) is located in Wutai County, where people began to build temples in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), lasting for some 1900 years. Now in Mount Wutai, 76 temples remain, ranking first in China. (More...)

October 7

Xiangsheng (相声) is one of the most popular and influential types of Chinese performing art. It can be said that nobody in China does not know or like it. It is humorous and highly satirical by nature. (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
It is also a time to show filial piety to the aged according to Chinese custom.

The Chongyang Festival (重阳节) is a traditional Chinese festival which falls on the ninth day of the ninth month of the lunar calendar. It is a time to show filial piety to the aged according to Chinese custom. (More...)

October 10
Two-child policy

Two-child policy (二孩政策), a new population policy of China, allows all couples to have two children, ending the one-child policy that has been in place for more than three decades.

The two-child policy was ratified at the annual session of China's top legislature in March, 2016. (More...)

October 11
Mogao Caves (Gansu Province,1987, World Cultral Herritage)

The Mogao Grottoes(莫高窟), also known as the Thousand-Buddha Caves, about 25 km southeast of Dunhuang City, are one of the largest and best-preserved sites of Buddhist art in the world. (More...)

October 12
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 13
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 14
Thick smog engulfs Beijing.

Particulate matters or PM , is the term for particles found in the air, including dust, dirt, soot, smoke, and liquid droplets. PM2.5 (细颗粒物) particles are air pollutants with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less, small enough to invade even the smallest airways. (More...)

October 15
Yuan Longping, Chinese agricultural scientist.

Yuan Longping (袁隆平) is a Chinese agricultural scientist and educator, known for developing the first hybrid rice varieties in the 1970s.

Yuan was born in 1930 in Beijing, but his hometown is De'an County, Jiangxi Province. He was an expert in hybrid rice and academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering. (More...)

October 16
Jing Haipeng, China's first three-time astronaut

Jing Haipeng (景海鹏), a colonel pilot in the air force of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), is China’s first three-time astronaut in the country’s manned spaceflight mission. (More...)

October 17
Chinese astronaut Chen Dong

Chen Dong (陈冬) is a Chinese astronaut who carried out the Shenzhou 11 mission with veteran astronaut Jing Haipeng on Oct. 17, 2016.

The Shenzhou 11 spacecraft will dock with orbiting space lab Tiangong 2 within two days and the astronauts will stay in the space lab for 30 days before returning to Earth. (More...)

October 18
Chinese pianist Lang Lang

Famed Chinese pianist Lang Lang (郎朗) raised over 2 million U.S. dollars for music education during a gala concert dinner in New York on Monday. (More...)

October 19
Twelve Chinese zodiac signs.

The Shēngxiào (Chinese: 生肖), better known in English as the Chinese Zodiac, is a scheme that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes, according to a 12-year mathematical cycle. It has wide currency in several East Asian countries such as China and Korea and Japan. (More...)

October 20
Peking Opera 京剧

While they may differ only slightly in costume and makeup, all traditional opera forms, including Peking opera (京剧), are, strictly speaking, "regional," in that each is based on the music and dialect of a specific area. Since, however, Peking opera assumed its present form about two hundred years ago in Beijing, then the capital of the Qing Dynasty, it is usually regarded as a national art form. (More...)

October 21

In the summer of 1934, under the passive defense principle of former leader Wang Ming, the Red Army of the Central Soviet Area lost the fifth Counter-Campaign against the Kuomintang's "encirclement and suppression." High demands on military strength, manpower and resources made it difficult for the Red Army to fight the enemy inside the shrinking base area, so the Chinese Workers' and Peasants' Red Army was forced to leave the base area and started the Long March (长征). (More...)

October 22
Xilin Gol Grassland of Inner Mongolia, the largest in China

Located in Dong Ujimqin Banner, the 1,078,600-ha Xilin Gol Nature Reserve (锡林郭勒草原自然保护区) offers a typical natural prairie landscape. Established in 1985, it was China's first national nature reserve to protect the prairie ecosystem. (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
Shadow Play

China is the hometown of the shadow play (皮影戏). The Chinese leather shadow play is said to date back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD), but it was not until the Song Dynasty (960-1279) that the art form had its earliest appearance in the records of historians. Over the past thousand years, folk artists have been casting leather puppets'shadows on a small white curtain while singing and dancing behind it, depicting the ups and downs of the life of the Chinese people. (More...)

October 25
Yi Jianlian

Yi Jianlian (Chinese:易建联) is one of China's most outstanding basketball players. He joined the American National Basketball Association (NBA) after Yao Ming. He has been picked to become the national flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games. (More...)

October 26
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...)

October 27

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. The streets of Wuzhen run alongside rivers with bridges for intersections. Houses are built along the rivers, and they are typically imposing dwellings with spacious courtyards, overlapping roofs and high eaves. Other structures apart from houses run along the rivers, like docks, walkways, workshops, commercial buildings, and pavilions, some on the water. The town presents a picture of primitive simplicity, brightness, orderliness, peace and seclusion. (More...)

October 28

Nanxun (南浔古镇) is located in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province. Situated in the plains surrounding Hangjia Lake, Nanxun is a historically and culturally well-known town in the province. Its history goes back some 750 years. (More...)

October 29
Private lending in China. [File photo] ]

Private lending (民间借贷) is lending between citizens, citizens and a legal entity, and citizens and corporations. Private individual lending activities should observe national laws and relevant administrative regulations on the principles of voluntary, honesty and mutual aid. The interest rate of private lending should not be four times higher than that of banks in China. Excessive interest is not protected by law. (More...)

October 30

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...)

October 31
Qi Baishi

On September 16, 1957, Qi Baishi (齐白石), president of the Association of Chinese Artists, died at the age of 97. Qi was awarded the "International Peace Award" in 1955. (More...)

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