The Chinese language is rightly treasured as the country's greatest accomplishment. Our language section introduces the historical and linguistic background that greatly adds to the appreciation of China. The written script has fascinated Western scholars for centuries. In the language section we include some introductory lessons, a guide to how it is written and some of the oldest classical texts.
Many people can be forgiven for thinking that the Great Wall was constructed at one time (the Qin dynasty). The truth is much more complex and interesting. Parts existed long before first Qin Emperor, and much of its length is not built of impressive stone; through much of the Gobi desert it is made of tamped soil. The parts seen by most visitors were built or rebuilt in the Ming dynasty and then rebuilt again in the early days of the Peoples Republic. Read More
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