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Ten Predictions for China’s Economy in 2014

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China has recently made major decisions about its economic future. The Boston Consulting Group believe that the current dip in China’s growth will not endure and that, under Xi’s leadership, China’s economy is destined to continue growing at a rapid clip. In fact, we are confident last week’s reforms will contribute mightily to China’s growth between now and 2020.


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Archaeologists baffled by eight-ton, 2,000-year-old animal statue discovered at excavation site in heart of panda territory

Archaeologists baffled by eight-ton, 2,000-year-old animal statue discovered at excavation site in heart of panda territory | Ancient city | Scoop.it

A giant stone animal has been found at an excavation site in Chengdu, southwestern China, baffling archaeologists as to what it may be.

The mysterious rock beast was unearthed in the capital of Sichuan province today and is thought to be 2,000 years old.


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Tour Beijing Lhasa Kathmandu, Beijing Tour, Lhasa Tour, Kathmandu

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Beijing, Lhasa and KTM Tour - 18 days

Beijing, Lhasa and Kathmandu tour these three major cities of China, Tibet and Nepal offers a delightful blend of high adventure and exotic culture.

An exploration of the ancient palaces, monasteries and temples, a ride on the world's highest train, a journey to (almost) the top of the world, the Everest Base camp, this tour offers you an experience of a lifetime. This trip takes you on a whirlwind tour to three oriental cities: Beijing, Lhasa and Kathmandu. Exploring these three cities will give you an insight into three ancient cultures, Chinese, Tibetan and Nepalese. 

 Daily Itinerary

1st  Day: Arrival in Beijing 
You'll be met upon arrival at the Beijing Capital Airport with comfortable private transfer and check into your hotel. The left hours of the day are for free individual activities. No scheduled program is arranged.
   
2nd Day: Beijing 
You will be thrilled the whole day when you visit the Tiananmen Square - one of the largest and grandest city squares in the world; the Forbidden City - the imperial palace of Ming and Qing Dynasties and the Temple of Heaven - which was the royal temple during Ming & Qing Dynasties. The Beijing Duck Dinner is served as Welcome Dinner at the renowned original Quan Ju De Restaurant, which boasts a history of over 100 years. The cheering Peking Opera (the National Opera) is scheduled as evening delight after dinner.

3rd Day: Beijing  
You will be accompanied by our local professional guide to one of the greatest world heritage sites - the Great Wall, Badaling section. Drive to escape the shopping site tourist restaurants near the Great Wall to have a decent meal -Sichuan food, for lunch. The visits continue to the Ming Tomb and the Sacred Way in the afternoon. You will sample Cantonese cuisine for dinner at a top restaurant in the Wangfujing Street, a la carte style.

4th Day: Beijing - Xian  
This morning, you will be marvel at the treasures of  the Summer Palace and go to see the lovely pandas in Beijing Zoo. Head for Xian by flight, upon arrvial, you'll be met by your local professional tour guide andt transferred to check in at the hotel, where you will enjoy your buffet dinner is served there.

5thDay: Xian  
Morning arrival and be met at the railway station. After breakfast at the hotel, you will have a visit to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum which is said to be the Eighth Wonder of the world. In the afternoon, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the City Wall. In the evening, we specially arrange the Dumpling Banquet which is unique in Xian, while the marvelous Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show is scheduled afterwards. 

6th Day: Xian  
Continue your Xian visits to the Provincial History Museum in the morning. After enjoying the a la carte lunch at a local famous restaurant, visit the Great Mosque and a local family.

7th Day: Xian - Lhasa 
On the way to the airport, visit the Hanyangling Museum, the Mausoleum of Western Han Emperor Liu Qi if time permits. Heading for Lhasa by flight where the altitude is 3,650 meters above sea level. Be met by our local expert travel buddy upon arrival at the Gongga Airport. Check into the best hotel in Lhasa. Take time to adapt yourself to the high altitude, no sightseeing arranged in the afternoon. Welcome dinner will be served at a top end local Sichuan cuisine restaurant, a la carte style. 
 
8th Day: Lhasa  
Make the most of the day by the in-depth religious adventure to the magnificent Potala Palace, the Sera Monastery, the Norbulingka Park and a local Tibetan family. Dinner is served at your hotel so the extra drive and energy will be saved for tomorrow.

9th Day: Lhasa  
The escorted tours today will cover some other highlights of Lhasa - the Jokhang Temple, the perfect mixture of Han and Tibetan style both in the architectures and in the rituals of the Religion; the bustling bazaar along the Barkhor Street, the Tibet Museum, the Tibetan Traditional Medicine Hospital and the Carpet Factory. Enjoy your dinner at your hotel.

10th Day: Lhasa - Gyangtse  
Travel to Gyangtse overland. For those who are always in search of an in-depth touch of a genuine Tibeten culture and its unique landscape, you will enjoy the adventure to the heart of the Tibet to Gyangtze, Shigatse and all the way up close to the Everest Base Camp. Stop off at the Yamdrok Yumtso Lake - the holy lake. Upon arrival in Gyangtze, have a visit to the Palkhor Monastery and the Gyangtse Old Street. Check in at your hotel and where also the dinner will be served. 

11th Day: Gyangtse - Shigatse
Travel by private vehicle to Shigatse and check in at your hotel. Visit the Tashilunpo Monastery which has a history of over 500 years and the largest monastery in Shigatse area. The following important visit is to the New Palace of Panchen Lama, also known as the Summer Palace of Panchen Lama. Dinner is served at your hotel.   

12th Day: Shigatse - Dingri 
Continue the adventure to the bordering town - Dingri and check in at the local best hotel. Visit the Sakya Monastery, which was the capital of Sakya Reign and Lhatse city on the way. Dinner is served at your hotel.    

13th Day: Dingri - Everest Base Camp - Dingri
Continue the visit to the Everest Base Camp and visit Rongbuk Monastery, which was founded by Nyingmapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism and the highest located monastery in the world. Drive back to Dingri. Dinner is served at your hotel. 

14th Day: Dingri - Zhangmu  
Continue to drive to Zhangmu and check in at your hotel. Dinner is served at the hotel. 

15th Day: Zhangmu - Katmandu
Drive to the Kodari (Friendship Bridge) of the border. Our guide will pick you up at the Kodari of the Nepal side. Transfer to the hotel.     

16th Day: Katmandu
Visit Katmandu Durbar Square, the Swayambhunath Pagoda, the Buddhanikantha Temple and the Bouddhanath Stupa.     

17th Day: Katmandu 
Visit Pashupatinath Temple, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar Square and the Golden Temple, one of the most famous Vihar in Katmandu valley.    

18th Day: Departure from Katmandu
Board your homebound flight. Comfortable hotel-airport transfer is arranged according to your flight schedule.


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Picture of the Day: The Great(ly) Overgrown Wall of China

Picture of the Day: The Great(ly) Overgrown Wall of China | Ancient city | Scoop.it
 
THE GREAT(LY) OVERGROWN WALL OF CHINA
 
Photograph by TREY RATCLIFF
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Seen here is a section of the Great Wall of China tourists don’t typically see.

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World's Largest Buddha Statue Carved into a Cliff

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The Leshan Giant Buddha is the world's largest stone Buddha statue located in the Sichuan province of China, near the city of Leshan. The monumental structure…

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Vancouver Art Gallery to host massive Forbidden City exhibition in 2014

Vancouver Art Gallery to host massive Forbidden City exhibition in 2014 | Ancient city | Scoop.it
The Vancouver Art Gallery will be transformed into the Court of China’s Emperors for the landmark exhibition The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors.
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Interview with Rebecca Karl: China's Qing Dynasty anarcho-feminists

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Interview with Rebecca Karl: China's Qing Dynasty anarcho-feminists. anarcho-fem-qing.png. feminismbook.JPG Rebecca Karl is an associate professor of history at NYU who primarily studies 20th century Chinese history.


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Ancient Egypt (Kemet) and Homosexuality

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 2400 B.C.  In the ancient Egyptian city of Saqqara, two royal court male manicurists are buried together in a joint tomb much like any…

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Eastern Qing Tombs, China - The Qing Dynasty

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The Eastern Qing Tombs make up an imperial mausoleum complex from the last feudal empire in China, the Qing Dynasty.

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Adventurer Zhang Qian | The China History Podcast

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In this episode we look at the life of one of the bravest and greatest adventurers of ancient times.  Zhang Qian was selected by the Han Dynasty Emperor Wu to...

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Eastern Han Dynasty relics found in Anhui tombs

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More than 50 ancient and rare relics have been uncovered in a tomb excavation in Guxian County, of Anhui Province. The 53-tomb complex is thought to have been constructed over many periods as far back as the Eastern Han Dynasty, nearly 2,000 years ago.

The huge tomb complex was discovered accidentally on a construction site.


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China discovers primitive, 5,000-year-old writing that may be among oldest in the world

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Archaeologists say they have discovered a new form of primitive writing in markings on stoneware excavated from a relic site in eastern China dating about 5,000 years back. The inscriptions are about 1,400 years older than the oldest known written Chinese language and around the same age as the oldest writing in the world. Chinese scholars are divided on whether the etchings amount to actual writing or a precursor to words that should be described as symbols, but they say the finding will help shed light on the origins of Chinese language and culture. The oldest current known Chinese writing has been found on animal bones — known as oracle bones — dating to 3,600 years ago during the Shang dynasty. The inscriptions have not been reviewed by experts outside of the country, but a group of Chinese scholars on archaeology and ancient writing met last weekend in Zhejiang province to discuss the finding. They agreed that the incisions — found on more than 200 pieces dug out from the Neolithic-era Liangzhu relic site south of Shanghai — are not enough to indicate any developed writing system. But lead archaeologist Xu Xinmin said they include evidence of words on two broken stone-ax pieces. One of the pieces has six word-like shapes strung together to resemble a short sentence. The pieces are among thousands of fragments of ceramic, stone, jade, wood, ivory and bone excavated from the Liangzhu relic site between 2003 and 2006, Xu said. "They are different from the symbols we have seen in the past on artifacts," Xu said of the markings. "The shapes and the fact that they are in a sentence-like pattern indicate they are expressions of some meaning."


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Mark Townsend's curator insight, February 17, 2014 8:38 PM

This article gives the reader details on a new finding of what seems to be a 5,000 writing piece that was found in China. This finding can be one of the oldest, not just in China, but in the whole world. However, they couldn't conclude to this to be a legit writing system.

Joshua Lefkowitz's curator insight, February 21, 2014 7:23 PM

Archaeologists seem to have very difficult jobs. I do not understand how you could find that somewhere and think to keep it. It practically looks like someone just threw other rocks at it. 

 

however this is looking like, at least, this is a promising find and at best a significant find for the worlds of archaeology and anthropology.

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The Tarim Mummies: Europeans in ancient China?

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A century ago, European explorers reported finding mummies with European features in Central Asia’s Tarim Basin. The mummies dated back up to 4000 years. During the classical period, several references to Europeans living in the region appear. In all likelihood, Europeans migrated eastward and formed settlements in the region.


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China tests first stealth combat drone - GMA News

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China tests first stealth combat drone GMA News BEIJING – China has tested its first stealth combat drone, state media said Friday, citing online photos of an aircraft resembling a shrunken US B2 bomber and hailing the advance toward Western-level...

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Local history: Career on bench ends in disgrace - Scranton Times-Tribune

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Local history: Career on bench ends in disgrace. Published: November 24, 2013. Article Tools ...

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82 iconic world landmarks to visit

82 iconic world landmarks to visit | Ancient city | Scoop.it
Some buildings and features are so well known they have become icons of place.

 

This is a great collection of important world landmarks including the pictured Potala Palace in the Tibetan city of Lhasa.  Who wouldn't like to see some of these places?   

 

Tags: geo-inspiration, tourism, images.


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Sophia Schroeder's comment, September 1, 2013 8:02 PM
All of these landmarks are beautiful. It's very interesting to see how much culture, especially religion, has shaped these "must see places." Also, I felt like I was traveling through time and got to examine the feats of new architectural eras, though some would debate that architectural works from the past are more outstanding strictly by the means in which they built these masterpieces. It needs to be said (to add to the wonderment of these places) that most of these monuments are built in places where the overall economic status is low; to see things like temples and churches of such great magnitude and beauty built with such craftsmanship, dedication, and money (even though it is scarce) shows how much they rely on their faith. I was also disappointed to see that the two monuments displayed for America, the Lincoln Memorial and the St. Louis Arch, were, in my opinion, not the best picks. Compared to the other landmarks ours feel so mundane, so void of history and culture (maybe, that's because I have grown up seeing them all my life and their meaning and awe has deteriorated to me.) I guess this can be attributed, in part, to the fact that our country is newer and has not yet grown enough to have the rich history including the trials and tribulations in which other countries have had which makes their culture more fascinating and intriguing to me.
Mary Rack's comment, September 2, 2013 12:49 AM
Sophia, Thanks for your very fine comment! I agree with you entirely, and especially about the Lincoln Memorial and St Louis Arch. Better choices might be the Grand Canyon, the Giant Sequoia trees in California, the National Cathedral in DC, or even Mt Rushmore? And some of the ancient cliff dwellings in the Southwest are amazing. Too bad they did not consult us.
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PS ... or the Hoover Dam?
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Chief Leatherlips Monument, Dublin, Ohio

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If you ever visit Dublin, Ohio, make sure to check out the Chief Leatherlips Monument, a 12-foot-high portrait of a great Indian chief that seems to be busting out of a wall.

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#Cina #Beijing’s #big #4 #sites #Che #Bella

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There’s a reason every traveler who sets foot in Beijing visits the city’s most famous tourist draws: the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Summer Palace. Visit the “big four&#...

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Migration of ancient houses - People's Daily Online

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Wrapped in a modern house with its façade decorated with huge glass windows, a typical ancient house with 220 years of history has found a new lease of life in downtown Beijing, more than 1,000 kilometers away from its origins in Jiangxi Province, adjacent to Anhui Province.

Mixing a modern flavor with traditional Huizhou architecture dating back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the building has become a very popular restaurant called Le Quai.


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History of Mongolia - Wikipedia

History of Mongolia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The area of modern Mongolia was inhabited by Mongolic people since ancient times, the ancient population had a nomadic and hunter lifestyle and lived a fairly closed life.

The area of what is now Mongolia has been ruled by various nomadic empires, including the Xiongnu, the Rouran, the Xianbei, the Gökturks, and others. The Mongol Empire was founded by Genghis Khan in 1206. After the collapse of the Yuan Dynasty in 1368, the Mongols returned to their earlier patterns of internal strife. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Mongolia came under the influence of Tibetan Buddhism. At the end of the 17th century, most of Mongolia had been incorporated into the area ruled by the Qing Dynasty.


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3,000 Ancient Buddhas Unearthed in China

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Found at the site of an ancient Chinese city, the 1,500-year-old statues—some life-size—may have been buried by temple officials.


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Han Dynasty Tombs Discovered in China - Archaeology Magazine

Han Dynasty Tombs Discovered in China - Archaeology Magazine | Ancient city | Scoop.it
Reports indicate that 430 artifacts, ranging from ceramics to objects made of iron and bronze, were recovered from the tombs by archaeologists from the Chongqing Municipal Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology.
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2,000 years old Xi’an tomb unearthed to study Western Han Dynasty

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Chinese archaeologists have excavated a tomb built more than 2,000 years ago in the ancient capital of Xi’an to study the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 24).


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

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

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the Earliest Chinese Writing | Ancient Chinese Culture

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The earliest Chinese writing appeared during the Shang Dynasty (1766 B.C - 1050 B.C.) and the earliest form is called the oracle bone script.

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Cindy Garcia's curator insight, November 9, 2013 2:18 AM

In this article,  says the shang dynasty was appeared to be the first writing in the Ancient China.

Keith Mielke's curator insight, February 14, 2014 2:09 PM

As discussed in class bone script was the most common form of writing due to the availability of bones and most of all how common the reading of broken bones to tell the future was. 

Carlee Allen's curator insight, May 17, 2015 10:58 AM

This article talks about the ancient origin of the Chinese language. It was invented by a man who was related to the Yellow Emperor. It also talked about how there was sometimes the same signs for different words, and how the same words even had different sign sometimes. The first Chinese handwriting appeared during the Shang Dynasty.

 

I thought that it was interesting to see the origins of the Chinese language, especially since I have always been fascinated with China and their culture.