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Today Fri 20th Oct

China's neighbors

China has the largest number of land borders together with Russia. There are 14 in all, starting in East and running anti-clockwise they are: Korea (North), Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. The length of border with Afghanistan is tiny - only 40 miles; Laos and Tajikistan have only slightly longer at 200 miles.
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On this day

1928 Li Peng born 1928 (89 years ago)
1962 Sino Indian War began 1962 (55 years ago)

Proverb

Lè jí shēng bēi [le ji sheng bei]
joy extreme produce sorrow
After extreme joy will come sorrow
All good things must come to an end

Current weather

fogBeijing weather
Fog
54 ° F / 12 ° C
Oct 19th 2017 at 6:30pm UCT
Wunderground data source

Festivals

23rd Oct Frost descends (Lichun calendar)
28th Oct 重阳节 Zhòngyángjié Chong Yang Festival
7th Nov Winter begins (Lichun calendar)
11th Nov 光棍节 Singles day
22nd Nov Light snow (Lichun calendar)
See full calendar


Thu 19th Oct

Last Emperor

The last Chinese Emperor Xuantong (better known as Puyi) ruled from 1908 (at the age of three years old) until he was forced out of the Forbidden City in 1924. During the period from 1912 until 1924 China had both a President and Emperor, although the Emperor had no power he was allowed to retain his title and privileges. He soon fled to the Japanese legation and then with Japanese help he was installed as 'puppet' Emperor/King of Manchuria 1932-45. After WW2 he was then put on trial in Japan and then imprisoned by the new Communist government. After rehabilitation he was released and served as a gardener and librarian in Beijing until his death in 1967.
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On this day

1936 Lu Xun died 1936 (81 years ago)

Proverb

Nǐ sǐ wǒ huó [ni si wo huo]
you die I live
Fight to the death
To fight to the bitter end
Wed 18th Oct

The ancient Shu kingdom

We often think of China as a single unified nation but through its long history different regions have expressed their own unique identity within China. One of these is the Shu Kingdom that now covers Sichuan and Chongqing provinces. As the area is protected on three sides by high mountains it has always seen itself as a somewhat separate entity. After the Han dynasty China broke up into several kingdoms, it was the Shu kingdom that held on to many Han traditions.
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On this day

1860 Second Opium War 1860 (157 years ago)

Proverb

Xié mén wāi daò [xie men wai dao]
evil people crooked way
Evil people in crooked ways
Dishonesty and deceit
Tue 17th Oct

Chinese Politburo

The top layer of government in China is the ‘Standing Committee of the Politburo of the Communist Party’ or SCP. The seven (previously nine) members are drawn from the Politburo of the Communist Party of 25 members. No woman has ever been a member of the SCP. All the key offices of state are held by members of the SCP (President, Premier etc.)
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On this day

1919 Zhao Ziyang born 1919 (98 years ago)

Proverb

ài wū jí wū [ai wu ji wu]
love house reach crow
Strong love that encompasses all, including the crow sitting on the roof
Totally in love
Love is blind
Mon 16th Oct

Old coins

Ancient civilizations can often be identified from a use of standard coinage over many centuries. China can claim to have used coins continuously for 3,000 years and a standard coin the wuzhi - round with a square hole - was in circulation for 2,000 years.
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On this day

690 Empress Wu Zetian became ruler 690 (1,327 years ago)
1934 Jiangxi Soviet Breakout 1934 (83 years ago)
1934 Start of Long March 1934 (83 years ago)
1964 First Chinese atomic bomb 1964 (53 years ago)

Proverb

识泰
Yǒu yǎn bù shí tài shān [you yan bu shi tai shan]
have eye not know great mountain
To fail to see the great Taishan mountain
To be too arrogant/ignorant to notice true talent
Sun 15th Oct

Xi'an incident

The leader of Free China and the Republican party Chiang Kaishek was kidnapped by his own generals at the Hot Springs, Xi'an on 12th December 1936. The event brought to a head the dispute between the Communists and Republicans about the reaction to the Japanese who had by then invaded most of northern China. Talks with Zhou Enlai and others forced Chiang to form the first United Front against Japan.
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Proverb

Wǎng kāi miàn [wang kai yi mian]
net open one side
To leave one side of net open. To allow a way out
To give someone a chance of escape
To let someone off the hook
Sat 14th Oct

World upside down

When the Chinese invented the compass they chose south rather than north as the primary direction. In China it is called 指南针 'point south needle'. Compasses pointed south and for this reason maps showed south at the top rather than north. South was more important than north as it is the direction of the sun and hence all warmth and light. This convention has the advantage that the compass direction can be confirmed by the position of the sun at midday.
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Proverb

Xiù sè kě cān [xiu se ke can]
beautiful appearance can eat
So lovely to see want to feast on
A beautiful woman
A feast for the eyes
Huangshan, Anhui, mountain
Huangshan mountain with Pinus hwangshanensis trees, Nov 2010
Image by Peter05031960 available under a Creative Commons license
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