Chinasage : All about China

We hope China sage's information will be of use to everyone with an interest in the World's most important nation. The areas covered include China's provinces, history, language and traditions. China sage is under active development, rather than wait until all is complete we have decided to publish pages as quickly as we can. Please check back regularly to look at the revised and expanded information.

Events for 7th Jul

1937 Marco Polo bridge Incident 1937 (78 years ago)

Fact of the day

China's flag
The four smaller stars on the flag of the People's Republic represent the four classes of people: working class; peasantry; petit bourgeoisie and patriotic capitalists. Read More

Time in China

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We're building an exciting information source all about China.

We found existing web sites about China were poorly structured, too detailed (like Wikipedia) or just too old-fashioned. What we think is needed is a carefully constructed set of pages with strict editorial control so that links and pages are consistent, up-to-date and easy to navigate without clutter.

Our first release included maps of the provinces that make up China, this was followed by the dynasties that follow China's history and we are now adding all sorts of special features on traditions and culture. We hope you find the site the best place to start your study of China. We plan to release sections on cities, current affairs, key figures, cultural background and anything else we hope you will find relevant to understanding this vast country.

If you think you know about China, check out your knowledge with our Quiz section, all the answers to the questions are somewhere on the web site.

China sage book January 2015. Chinasage is now available in convenient and updated eBook format. Click here for more details.

We chose the name “Chinasage” for the web site because this can be read as either “china sage” ( zhōng guó yīng míng) or “china's age” ( zhōng guó shí dài) , which reflects our aim of launching a new knowledge resource at a time when China has come of age in the World.

Chinese geography
Our Provinces section has a detailed map of each province showing roads; railways; mountains; rivers; airports and tourist sites. The description gives an overview of the history of the province and the sites to be seen. Also included are current weather conditions; airports; cities; universities; geography and a climate guide.
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The extensive and fascinating history of China is covered by pages on each major dynasty. Modern history is not neglected, there are pages on the leaders of the PRC and the structure of the current government of China.
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We believe it is important to know something of the Chinese Language to fully appreciate the country. We have included Chinese characters on many of our pages. Within the Language section of the site there is a Basic Chinese introduction; an introduction to characters; An extensive Chinese dictionary; Chinese numbers and how they are written as well as poetry.
The remaining section of our site is loosely categorized as ‘Traditions’ and covers all sorts of things: jade; pandas; traditional medicine; silk; porcelain; religion; festivals and many more.

taijiquan, Hong Kong
Tai chi show in Kowloon Park, Hong Kong
Image by Jakub Halun available under a Creative Commons license

Site updates

Here are the last few updates made to the web site. For older entries please visit our site updates page.

Wed 9th Apr 2014
With some trepidation we've added a page on the traditional attitudes to women over the centuries. This topic is a little sensitive because Confucian doctrine was so heavily weighted towards men. It is all a bit strange to those unfamiliar with this topic seen from modern enlightened eyes. We also cover traditional marriages and widowhood as well as the much misunderstood term 'concubine'. At the same time we have released quite a few of the less well-known traditional festivals including such things as the 'Clothes Drying Day'. They are now marked on our calendar page.
Mon 24th Mar 2014
Another pair of rather different pages have been added to the site. Throughout Chinese Imperial history the role of the court eunuchs has been significant. Such a possibility now seems very strange but the practise of deliberate castration was not restricted to China it was used in Arabia and of course to maintain the vocal talents of castrati. Contrasting to this is a brief page about the Cantonese language, spoken differently to Mandarin and yet amazingly written down in the same way.
Wed 12th Mar 2014
As a background activity we've been enhancing our pages on the early history of China, we have now got as far as the Tang dynasty. A new section on the 100 Schools of Thought has been added. Our main addition just released is a broad survey page of food in China, with reference to all the main regional cuisines including Chuan; Cantonese; Min; Su and Tianjin.
Thu 20th Feb 2014
We have added a page on money covering the 3,000 years of Chinese coinage and also the first paper money in the world. This somewhat dents the prestige of sterling as the world's oldest living currency as it has only been going 1,500 years. A few mini articles have been added on diverse topics: the kowtow; the ‘gang of four’ and the xixia kingdom all expanding our coverage of all things Chinese.
Thu 6th Feb 2014
Although substance ought to be more importance than looks, we have spent time fine tuning the appearance of the web site. Over the two years since the site was founded, pages were developed with their own individual style so it was time to review the whole site to enforce consistency. We have added page numbers to the reference material for the articles, we thought this would give confidence that specific pasages of books had been referred to when writing the article. Many of the history pages have been updated with information from new sources.
Tue 14th Jan 2014
If you would like daily information about China our new diary feature may be of interest to you. It provides a daily fact about China (historical or traditional not political), a list of upcoming Chinese festivals, a daily proverb and the current weather at Beijing.
Mon 23rd Dec 2013
We already offer a list of information about each Chinese province and all the major airports. We decided to add the information we have all on major Chinese cities. The map lets you click on the map or the table to select a city. This lets you quickly find where a Chinese city is located. Also we dynamically update the distance to all the other cities in miles when you select a city. This shows for example that Beijing is 666 miles from Shanghai - as the crow flies. The largest distance between cities is between Kashgar in far western Xinjiang and Jixi in Heilongjiang at 2,780 miles.
Wed 18th Dec 2013
A number of minor changes and fixes over the web site. Also preparing for next year already, with new Chinese calendar for 2014, the Chinese New Year on 31st Jan 2014 which summons in the year of the horse (wooden).
Mon 2nd Dec 2013
WIt is alarming how quickly errors creep into the pages. This release of the web site content fixes a number of the worst spelling and grammar errors. All the external links have been checked, and even though some were last checked six months ago a fair proportion have had to be updated. Quite a few extra links to external sources have been added there are now about 700 such links.
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We use a consistent style for links within the site. An internal link taking you to another page within our site is shown like this while a link to a page on any other web site is shown like this .

We use Chinese characters wherever we feel it appropriate. Most browsers should display both the characters and the pinyin correctly. Where the older Wade Giles system is still used we make sure this is highlighted. Except where stated all characters are the modern simplified form used in the People's Republic rather than the traditional ones (pre-1970s). To help you learn Chinese characters many of the very common characters are highlighted thus: hovering the mouse over the character pops up a box showing derivation and usage information for the character.

Dates are given using the BCE/CE (Before Common Era and in Common Era) year convention rather than BC/AD. If a date is not followed by BCE or CE it should be assumed that is CE.


All the text on this web site is our own, we do not just copy and paste from other sources. We research each topic from a number of separate sources. The only exception to this are quotations and image credits. All text is our copyright and can not be used/copied without our permission.

We are independent of any other company or government, the opinions expressed are our own. We do not receive funding from any external agency or organization.


We are extremely grateful to the many people who have put their photographs online for anyone to adapt and use. Without them our site would be very drab. If we are not using the image license correctly please let us know.

Some pages use Javascript to create special effects such as our airport table and calendar. We are grateful to the original authors for providing their code to be used and adapted by anyone else.

The online Chinese dictionary uses the definition from the CC-CEDICT project for which we are grateful for a generous free license.

Feel free to contact Chinasage to point out any errors, omissions or suggestions on how to improve this web site.

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