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What were the first mirrors, and how did they change over time?

The oldest mirror in the world, obsidian, dated back to 4000BC, considered the most senior, but how did they change…

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Why China’s famous glass bridges are closed: history of transparent architecture

A person, in his/her striving for beauty, often tries to combine the incongruous. Transparent structures floating in the sky

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Art of Suiseki: How the East taught the world to admire stones

If for the Western mindset, this attraction to stones is more like a childish appeal and echo of childhood, for…

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How 1,000-year-old giant headless Buddha ended up in an apartment

This strange story happened on New Year’s Eve. It is not at all about spiritual enlightenment and exaltation. In China,…

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Archaeological discoveries that changed the scientific world

One of the most exciting nuances in archaeology is that it is an ever-changing science, forcing people to revise their…

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Cruelest tyrant or gentle “orchid of China”: Who was Empress Cixi

Empress Dowager Cixi was one of the most powerful women in Chinese history. She ruled from 1861 until her death…

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Kowloon: how the city with the highest population density went down in history

The city of Kowloon in Hong Kong is well-known for having the highest population density of any place on the…

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Zhang Guolao: How necromancer, hooligan became immortal and saint

the best embodiment of the principle of holy trickery is Zhang Guolao, whose name is Zhang Guo, one of the…

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Jack Ma 996: what is 996 work culture and why was it illegal in China?

What is the “996 work culture” worth: a horrific style of operation that ultimately results in passing out, tiredness, and…

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Ginkgo trees are unique, almost immortal plants

In contrast to oak trees, which may live for hundreds of years and display the effects of time on their…

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A brief history of the Mandala

The Tibetan mandala literally means ‘circle’ or ‘disk’ and resembles cubist paintings to those ignorant of ancient practices.

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Datong: Hanging Temple in China defies gravity

The Hanging Temple is a temple built into a cliff near Mount Heng in Hunyuan County, Datong City, Shanxi Province,…

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