The taking of the Luding bridge on May 25th 1935 was portrayed as the most heroic event of the Communist Long March under Mao Zedong through Western China. The propaganda of the 1950s and 60s showed dozens of fearless troops grasping the chains above the surging Li river uner machine gun fire. The Communist Army was trapped on one bank of the river and faced annihilation if they stayed put. However the event was probably not as dramatic as it was portrayed, the resistance on the other bank of the river seems to have been fairly minimal. Read More
It is often thought that the Chinese language is the same all other China. There are however many distinct Chinese languages that are written the same but pronounced differently. The main language groups: Wu (Zhejiang) 77 million; Yue (Guangdong/ Guangxi/ Overseas) also known as Cantonese; Min (Fujian/ Guangdong/ Taiwan) 60 million; Jin (Shaanxi/ Shanxi/ Inner Mongolia) 45 million; Xiang (Hunan) 36 million; Hakka (Guangdong/ Overseas) 31 million; Gan (Jiangxi) 30 million; Hui (Zhejiang/Anhui) 3 million; and Ping (Guangxi) 2 million. The large emigration of people from Fujian and Guangdong has given Yue (Cantonese); Min (Hokkien) and Hakka a worldwide distribution. Read More
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