Chengyu »

[2 Mar 2009 | 2 Comments | 2,693 views]
Mark the Boat for a Dropped Sword

Storyteller: You must remember this: in the end of infamous “TITANIC”(1998) movie, old Rose walks alone to the stern of the salvage ship and opens her hands to reveal the necklace, which she has kept all of her life. She lets the necklace fall from her hand and into the water.
When I was in the cinema, I definitely felt how disappointed and regretful the audiences were when they saw the diamond lost deep into the ocean — Oh no, it’s lost forever.
Have you ever dropped something into the water when …

Residential House »

[27 Feb 2009 | 3 Comments | 21,516 views]
Yaodong – Cave Dwellings on Loess Plateau

In the prehistoric era our ancestors live in natural caves, during the long history of civilization, we learned how to build beautiful houses and buildings for us to live in. The designs are really diversified around the world according to people’s need, culture difference, local environment, and availability of material.

In the loess plateau of Shaanxi province in northwestern China, people are still living in caves, not natural caves. People built these cave dwellings – Yaodong.

Scenic Splendor of China »

[25 Feb 2009 | Comments Off on Top 3 Yardangs in China with Google Earth links | 6,014 views]
Top 3 Yardangs in China with Google Earth links

These are not the Grand Canyon in Arizona. And these are not on Mars either. These are the most beautiful yardangs in Xinjiang Province, west region of China. Unfortunately, probably due to the difficulties to reach these dangerous desert region, only the first one has abundant information on internet. The other two are not even marked in google earth.
Top 3 Yardangs in China

Museum »

[23 Feb 2009 | Comments Off on Five Stars Rising East Benefit China – Prediction Made Two Millenniums ago? | 1,468 views]
Five Stars Rising East Benefit China – Prediction Made Two Millenniums ago?

Photo by LiuXiao. Copyright Authorized.
Name: Five Stars Rising East Benefit China | 中文名: 五星出东方利中国
Date to: Han Dynasty  (~200B.C – 200A.D.) | Unearthed: Ruins of Niya, Xinjiang, 1995
Current location: Xinjiang Archaeology Institute
Dimension: 16.5cm x 11.2cm
A prediction made two millenniums ago
What’s so special with this piece of clothing? Well, several points:

First, it’s a beautiful and complicated clothing. Its color, design, weaving, etc, all represents the wonderful textile technology in ancient China.

Second, it’s a product of Han Dynasty found in West China region. It shows the prosperity of ancient Silk Way …

Art »

[21 Feb 2009 | Comments Off on A Papercut Artwork by Chinese President Hu | 945 views]
A Papercut Artwork by Chinese President Hu

President’s Artwork
Can you imagine President Bush singing a Texas folk song or President Sarcozy carving a sculpture of Venus? mmm, it must be interesting to see that happen. Here, as the photo above shown, it is a traditional Chinese papercut artwork cut by Chinese President Hu Jintao in 2007. During the Chinese New Year time of 2007, he visited a village in Gansu Province and made this papercut to share the happiness of New Year with the host family.