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Chinese Footbinding "In Her Own Words"

Young Chinese girl recounts her memories of footbinding; pictures of Chinese girls and women with bound feet; pictures of gold lotus shoes.

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Charlie Wittke's curator insight, February 14, 2014 2:31 PM

The Chinese believed that tiny feet made women beautiful, so they would wrap their feet in bandages until they broke and bent.

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Ming dynasty exhibition coming to Edinburgh

Ming dynasty exhibition coming to Edinburgh | Ancient China | Scoop.it

Edinburgh Evening News: The extraordinary story of the Ming dynasty is to be told in a major exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh next summer.


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Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan

Takezaki Suenaga, a Japanese warrieor who fought against the Mongols during the invasions of 1274 adn 1281, commissioned scrolls recounting his actions.  This unique record of the invasions, an important eyewitness account, was heavily damaged in the ensuing centuring...the scenes and text of the scrolls were scattered into separate sheets.  Ultimately they were restored and fitted into scrolls.  See them here!


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Discovering China - The Song Dynasty

After the collapse of the Tang Dynasty, over 50 years of Chaos followed, until a military general named Zhao Kuangyin founded the Song Dynasty, reigning as e...

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Aaronee's curator insight, February 10, 2014 4:27 PM

The song started in 960 AD and lasted over 300 years but the song was spit in two by the North and the South. They used the song to invade other people.

Patrick Kwong's curator insight, February 13, 2014 6:31 PM

China's territory was much larger than its modern day country. This probably explained  why the North Song Dynasty was at constant war with the Jin. But apparently, over time, China lost its mass and its territory.

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The Pythagorean theorem in "Zhou Bi Suan Jing" (周髀 ... - hbar = c = 1

The Pythagorean theorem in "Zhou Bi Suan Jing" (周髀 ... - hbar = c = 1 | Ancient China | Scoop.it
The Pythagorean theorem in "Zhou Bi Suan Jing" (周髀算经). The celebrated Phythagorean theorem gives the relation between the sides of a right triangle: \[ a^2 + b^2 = c^2 \] where $a,b,c$ are the lengths of the sides with ...

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Aaronee's curator insight, February 10, 2014 4:32 PM

In China the Pythagorean Theorem we use in America  has a different name and its called Gou Gu Theorem or Gou Gu Xian Theorem. Bi means arm according to the book. The author of the book is unknown , but according to the text it is a collection of the astronomical and mathematical methods of the Shang and Zhou dynasty ( 1100 - 1000 BC).

Patrick Kwong's curator insight, February 13, 2014 6:36 PM

Interestingly, the Chinese were advanced in their mathematical and astronomical practices, judging from the time periods this theorem came out in China and was realized by the Pythagoras.

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Tang Dynasty Vintage Make Up

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China unearths ancient palace ruins: state media

China unearths ancient palace ruins: state media | Ancient China | Scoop.it

China has unearthed the ruins of an ancient palace near the tomb of the country's first emperor that was already famed for its terracotta soldiers, state media said on Saturday.

The discovery is the latest at the mausoleum, which dates back more than two millennia and became one of the greatest modern archaeological finds after a peasant digging a well stumbled upon the life-size warriors in 1974.

The palace "is the largest complex ever found at the cemetery", the Xinhua news agency said, citing Sun Weigang, a researcher at the archaeology institute of northern Shaanxi province where the site is located.


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joseph mora's curator insight, October 29, 2013 1:10 PM

emperor Qin Shihuang's tomb with guard /statues....

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Hauling New Treasure Along the Silk Road  |  The Latest News  |  Global Studies

Hauling New Treasure Along the Silk Road  |  The Latest News  |  Global Studies | Ancient China | Scoop.it

AZAMAT KULYENOV, a 26-year-old train driver, slid the black-knobbed throttle forward, and the 1,800-ton express freight train, nearly a half-mile long, began rolling west across the vast, deserted grasslands of eastern Kazakhstan, leaving the Chinese border behind.

 

Dispatchers in the Kazakh border town of Dostyk gave this train priority over all other traffic, including passenger trains. Specially trained guards rode on board. Later in the trip, as the train traveled across desolate Eurasian steppes, guards toting AK-47 military assault rifles boarded the locomotive to keep watch for bandits who might try to drive alongside and rob the train. Sometimes, the guards would even sit on top of the steel shipping containers.

 

The train roughly follows the fabled Silk Road, the ancient route linking China and Europe that was used to transport spices, gems and, of course, silks before falling into disuse six centuries ago. Now the overland route is being resurrected for a new precious cargo: several million laptop computers and accessories made each year in China and bound for customers in European cities like London, Paris, Berlin and Rome.

 

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Voyage Into Ancient China’s Bronzes - The Epoch Times

Voyage Into Ancient China’s Bronzes - The Epoch Times | Ancient China | Scoop.it
An extraordinary voyage through mythical China is offered to visitors of Paris’s Guimet Museum in a rare collection of ancient China bronzes.

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Adeleke Kayode's curator insight, February 10, 2014 2:21 PM

A variety of ancient bronzes that have lasted so long. They are priceless objects.

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The Blue Cliff Record, Chan Buddhist Koans

The Blue Cliff Record, Chan Buddhist Koans | Ancient China | Scoop.it

The Blue Cliff Record is a collection of Chán Buddhist koans originally compiled in China during the Song dynasty in 1125 and ...


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Archaeologists find Ming Dynasty mummy in China - Telegraph

Archaeologists find Ming Dynasty mummy in China - Telegraph | Ancient China | Scoop.it
Archaeologists find 700-year-old mummified Ming Dynasty woman in China.

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Aaronee's curator insight, February 10, 2014 4:23 PM

They say they found a mummy of a women in china which she happens to be 700 years old.

Casandra Pricyla Alarcon's curator insight, February 28, 2014 12:45 AM

"I found this really interesting because the mummy looks so well put together. They did a really good job on preserving the mummy, and the ring was just beautiful. They must of made their jewelry from really good material because it didn't seem to have any rust marks on it. Even though the mummy was a bit flooded in water due to where it was buried they still managed to get it out in one piece." 

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The Secret History of Genghis Khan : Documentary³

Documentary looking at the Secret History of the Mongols, said to have been written by Genghis Khan's adopted son, which reveals a very different man to the ...

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Patrick Kwong's curator insight, February 21, 2014 2:13 PM

The tradition of foot binding was very painful in my opinion. Just to beautify a woman, they had to suffer through immense pain on their feet throughout their lives. And the worst part to me, is that the emperors of China made them mandatory for all women.

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Genghis Khan : Rider of the Apocalypse

"Jin dynasty" dynasty Yuan Song Tibetan Kingdom Tchingis Khagan " Xia Dynasty"

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Tang Dynasty (618–906) | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tang Dynasty (618–906) | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Ancient China | Scoop.it

This is the Metropolitan Mueseum of Art site for the Tang Dynasty


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Emperor Wen: Western Han Rule With Ethics and Courtesy - The Epoch Times

Emperor Wen: Western Han Rule With Ethics and Courtesy - The Epoch Times | Ancient China | Scoop.it
Emperor Wen: Western Han Rule With Ethics and Courtesy
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China's political system, legal system, institutions, and philosophy were all founded during the great Han Dynasty. The dynasty included two ...

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Saberes Sin Fronteras OVS's curator insight, May 10, 2014 12:07 PM

El Imperio chino alcanzó cumbres de esplendor cuando sus gobenantes seguían principios éticos - en la dinastía Han

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Ancient merchant town to get new lease on life

Ancient merchant town to get new lease on life | Ancient China | Scoop.it

A huge project to protect and develop an ancient merchant town in Central China is expected to start in October, a senior local official said.


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UNUSUAL FOUR LARGE CHINESE PORCELAIN PANELS

UNUSUAL FOUR LARGE CHINESE PORCELAIN PANELS | Ancient China | Scoop.it
UNUSUAL FOUR LARGE CHINESE PORCELAIN PANELS in Pottery, Porcelain & Glass, Porcelain/ China, Other Porcelain/ China | eBay (CHINA http://t.co/Rm0fPl9cRF … #ebay #auctions #investment #rare...
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Who built these ancient metal pipes deep inside a mountain cave?

Who built these ancient metal pipes deep inside a mountain cave? | Ancient China | Scoop.it
It's one of the great mysteries of the ancient world. Mt. Baigong in the Qinghai Province of China is crowned by a strange pyramid-like structure, full of caves that contain perfectly symmetrical, time-eaten metal pipes.

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