陕 shǎn Shanzhou
Alternative traditional form
of character: 陝
Different tone山 shān (mountain)
彡 shān (bristle)
The loud bangs from strings of firecrackers
are often heard when the Chinese have something to celebrate. Traditionally gunpowder was packed into the hollow stem of bamboo
, but now paper and plastic are used for the casing. Liuyang in Hunan is a key center in the manufacture of firecrackers. Read More
The grand canal performed a vital function for supplying food to the vast imperial capital of Chang'an (Xi'an) particularly in the Tang dynasty. Huge barges labored slowly along the carefully maintained canal - still the longest in the world at 1,100 miles. About 100,000 tons of rice were transported from the agricultural south to the urban north each year. Read More
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