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Today Wed 18th Jan

Three Rivers National Park

Sanjiangyuan 三江源 is a national park in Qinghai province which contains the source of three great rivers: the Yangzi, Yellow and Mekong rivers. It is vast area covering 140,155 sq miles [363,000 sq kms] of low rainfall and sparse vegetation.
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On this day

1955 Battle of Yijiangshan Islands 1955 (62 years ago)

Proverb

Xīn huā nù fàng [xin hua nu fang]
heart flower in full bloom
The flower of the heart in full bloom
Full flowering of joy

Current weather

clearBeijing weather
Clear
25 ° F / -4 ° C
Jan 17th 2017 at 7:30pm UCT
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Festivals

20th Jan Severe cold (Lichun calendar)
28th Jan 春节 Chūnjié Chinese New Year - Spring Festival year 4714
3rd Feb Spring begins (Lichun calendar)
11th Feb 元宵节 Yuánxiāojié Lantern Festival
18th Feb Spring showers (Lichun calendar)
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Tue 17th Jan

Inner Mongolia

The huge province of Inner Mongolia acts as a buffer zone between the main part of China and the vast, arid expanse of Mongolia and Russia. In the western part the Gobi desert makes habitation difficiult. Most of the people live near to the bend of the Yellow River. The mountains that form China's geographical border run along its inner edge. Historically it has been raids by Mongolian people that have regularly harassed the city dwellers of northern China.
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On this day

2005 Zhao Ziyang died 2005 (12 years ago)

Proverb

Láng xīn gǒu fèi [lang xin gou fei]
wolf feeling dog lungs
Wolf aggression, dog bark. Ungrateful; cruel and unscrupulous
Ungrateful and unscrupulous
Mon 16th Jan

Passing the Dragon Gate

The importance of the Imperial examinations in dynastic China was such that many metaphors arose about them. Passing the Dragon gate was one such term. The idea was based on a folk tale of how a lowly carp became a dragon when it succeeded in braving the rapids of the Yellow River at Dragon Gate. The rigors of study were likened to the struggles of migrating fish jumping up waterfalls. Success in examination was associated with carp, and successful candidates would buy their ticket home in Carp Street near the Examination Hall in Beijing.
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On this day

1987 Zhao Ziyang became General Secretary Communist Party 1987 (30 years ago)

Proverb

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Yě yaò mǎ ér haǒ, yě yaò mǎ ér bù chī caǒ [ye yao ma er hao, ye yao ma er bu chi cao]
also want horse good, also want horse not eat grass
Want the horse to prosper, but not want the horse to eat grass
To prosper you must make compromises, you can not have it all your own way
You can't have your cake and eat it
Sun 15th Jan

Equality of women

The role of women in China was through most of the Imperial Era one of subjugation to men. Women had to defer to men in all things; it was only as a widow that she would have the power to control a household. The position eased on the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1911 but it was not until the Communist party victory in 1949 that equality began to be introduced across the country.
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On this day

1987 Hu Yaobang no longer General Secretary Communist Party 1987 (30 years ago)

Proverb

宴席
Tiān xià méi yǒu bù sàn de yàn xí [tian xia mei you bu san de yan xi]
world does not have no break up of banquet
No banquet in the world goes on forever
Good fortune can not last for ever
All good things must come to an end
Sat 14th Jan

Asian tigers

The rise of the Asian Tigers (South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore) in the period 1960-90 was an important development that spurred subsequent Chinese growth. They showed that rapid modernization was possible in Asia and went on to produce significant investment capital for Chinese development.
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Proverb

隔肚皮
Rén xīn gé dù pí [ren xin ge du pi]
person heart separate belly
A person's heart is not discernible from looking just at the body
People are inscrutable. Do not judge by appearance
Do not judge a book by its cover
Fri 13th Jan

Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven served a particularly important purpose in Imperial China. The Emperor as Son of Heaven had to perform rituals at New Year and start of Spring to ensure the good fortune of the year ahead. He would plough a ritual furrow to indicate the start of the agricultural year. The Temple of Heaven is round - symbolizing the circular vault of heaven set in a square park - symbolizing the square, flat earth. The Imperial number nine was extensively used in its construction.
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Proverb

雄辩
Shì shí shèng yú xióng biàn [shi shi sheng yu xiong bian]
affair real victory goto mighty debate
A real victory is better than a great debate
Better to act than just talk about it
Actions speak louder than words
Thu 12th Jan

K2

China has not only the highest mountain in the world on its borders: Mount Everest (Qomolangma) but also the second highest K2 on the border with Pakistan.
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Proverb

Fān yún fù [fan yun fu yu]
turn over cloud overturn rain
Conjuring clouds with one hand and rain with the other
Impressing by conjuring tricks
Chengdu, Sichuan, bridge
Anshun bridge at Chengdu, Sichuan
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