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[30 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Mongolian Yurt: “EASY” Portable House of Nomads | 6,386 views]
Mongolian Yurt: “EASY” Portable House of Nomads

On the vast plateau of Mongolian Highland, cold wind from Siberia blows across the Gobi desert and grasslands, while many big white tents are standing in the harsh winter. They are the Mongolian yurts.

Mongolian yurts are a type of portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structures in which the Mongolian nomads (and many other ethnic nomads) live. The advantage of yurt can be summed up as one word: “easy”.

Scenic Splendor of China »

[28 Mar 2009 | 2 Comments | 1,530 views]
Top 5 Lakes in China with Google Earth Links

There are numerous lakes in the territory of China. According to official data, there are about 2700+ lakes which are larger than 1 km2 in area. Their total area is larger than 90,000 km2, close to the size of Zhejiang Province. Not to mention that there are also lots of man-built reservoirs. They are vastly distributed all around China, while mid-and-down stream of Yangtze River and Tibet Plateau have lakes located more densely. Here I list the top 5 most beautiful lakes (scenic places) in China.

Travel »

[25 Mar 2009 | 4 Comments | 1,950 views]

What?! It’s not Beijing? Yes, and No.
Yes: Beijing is the current capital of P.R.China, and was capital of Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasty for over 700 years, which is the second longest time.
No:  in some sense, P.R.China is only the current dynasty along with over fifty previous ones recorded in the official historic books. Capital city has kept changing from one dynasty to another, due to political, economical or climate reasons. Among ~3,000 years of China history, over a dozen of cities had served as capital of China.
Which city had been …

Museum »

[24 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Pottery Eagle-shaped Zun Vessel – Guardian of the Tribe | 1,678 views]

Name: Pottery Eagle-shaped Zun Vessel | 中文名: 陶鹰尊
Date to: Neolithic period | Culture: Yangshao Culture (5000 – 3000 BC)
Unearthed: 1958@Taiping Village, Hua County, Shaanxi | Current location: National Museum of China
Dimension: height: 36cm
A Beijing Olympics good-will ambassador

Art »

[21 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Kite: When Human First Thought about Flying | 2,415 views]
Kite: When Human First Thought about Flying

The earliest flying craft were the Chinese kite and rocket
– National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Thanks to the Americans for giving us the credit. The real origin of kite is hard to investigate now. Most historians believe that it was invented in China.
The first kite was built with wood by philosopher and engineer Mozi (478 – 392 B.C.). He spent three years to build it, but only flied for a day before broken. Later people used bamboo or animal skin to make kites. In Han Dynasty, Cai Lun invented …