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Today Mon 27th Mar
The border province of Yunnan in the south west has a different feel to most of China. Culturally and historically it shares much with neighboring Laos, Thailand and Burma. It has many deep valleys that run north to south trapping moist tropical air allowing the province to have unique wildlife to China. The famous nature reserve at Xishuangbanna has many tropical delights including elephants. The province is home to a diverse range of minority peoples with their own traditions and customs.
On this day1993
Yang Shangkun no longer President PRC 1993 (24 years ago) 1993
Qiao Shi became Chairman NPC 1993 (24 years ago) 1993
Wan Li no longer Chairman NPC 1993 (24 years ago)
flower flower lifespan limit
Life full of experience. Dazzling world of excitement
World seething with life
Beijing weatherClear 45
° F / 7
Mar 26th 2017 at 7:30pm UCT
Mar 上巳节 Shàngsìjié Shangsi Festival
Apr Bright and Clear Festival (Lichun calendar)
Apr 赵公明 Zhào gōngmíng Birthday of the God of Wealth
Apr Corn Rain (Lichun calendar)
Sun 26th Mar
(Yangtse in old spelling) 长江
is the third longest river in the world (3,915 miles [3,915 miles]
) after the Nile 4,132 miles [4,132 miles]
and Amazon 3,977 miles [3,977 miles]
. Unlike these other mighty rivers the whole of its length is entirely contained within China. Its source is in southern Qinghai and then it bends south and then north before heading east through the Yangzi gorges and then on out to the sea near Shanghai
tree cease make boat
The tree has been made into a boat
Too late to change anything
What's done is done
Sat 25th Mar
The Eight Immortals Ba xian are some of the best known and best loved folk deities in China. The disparate band of individuals are usually shown in a boat each holding an emblematic object: bottle gourd, fan, basket, bamboo tube, peach, sword, flute and castanets. They joined together to defeat the Dragon King.
On this day1988
Li Peng became Premier PRC 1988 (29 years ago)
strike grass startled snake
Striking the grass alerts the snake
Unwisely alerting an enemy
Fri 24th Mar
When the Khitan people drove the Song dynasty out of northern China they established their capital at Zhongdu (Beijing) and in many ways turned to Chinese traditions. They bore the brunt of the assault of the Mongols and ruled for just over a hundred years.
snow up add frost
Add frost to snow
To add to misfortunes unnecessarily
Add insult to injury
Thu 23rd Mar
The popularity of Chinese silk in Rome became such a drain on Roman Imperial finances that Emperor Tiberius ➚
issued an edict to ban men wearing silk. In one year over 22,000 pounds of gold was spent on its import.
beaten head burnt brow
Head bruised and brow burned
In terrible trouble
Beaten black and blue
Wed 22nd Mar
The town of Qufu, Shandong was the home of Confucius
) and descendents now in the 83rd generation still live there. The size and grandeur of the buildings rival that of the Forbidden City
Dong Shi imitate knit eyebrows
The story is of Dong Shi, an ugly person imitating the posture of famous beautiful woman Xi Shi ➚
by knitting his eyebrows
Tue 21st Mar
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.
On this day927
Emperor Taizu born 927 (1,090 years ago)
self ashamed not like
Ashamed at own inferiority
Ashamed of oneself
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