February monthly Quiz

A monthly tough quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for July
1. The grand canal link used to originally link which city to Hangzhou?
Luoyang
Wuhan
Jinan
grand canal, Zhejiang, bridge
Bridge over the Grand Canal, Hangzhou

2. The Dawn Redwood is a living fossil which was 'rediscovered' in which province?
Hubei
Tibet
Jiangxi
chinese wildlife,  dawn redwood,  Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Metasequoia glyptostroboides. May 2005. Image by Georges Jansoone available under a Creative Commons License

3. Which three cities are considered the three furnaces of China?
Beijing, Chongqing and Shanghai
Nanjing, Chongqing and Wuhan
Nanjing, Guangzhou and Tianjin

4. The tulou houses of the Hakka people are mostly found in which province?
Anhui
Jiangxi
Fujian
Fujian, Tulou, lantern

5. Which of these items is not claimed as a Chinese invention?
toothbrush
umbrella
pasta
Yellow River, Lanzhou, Gansu
Lanzhou with Yellow River seen from seen from Tianshui Road Bridge Photo by RThiele , available under a Creative Commons license .

6. Which chemical element traditionally provided the red color for seals and inks?
antimony
mercury
bismuth
Dao de jing, seal, Daoism, Gian Jinlin
A seal by Gian Jinlun (1888-1950) which uses text from the Dao de Jing (Tao Te Ching). Image by Cangjie6 available under a Creative Commons License

7. Lady Hao was a military leader from which dynasty
Shang
Qing
Ming
Shang dynasty, tomb, Lady Hao, Henan
Tomb of Lady Fu Hao, Yinxu, Henan, China. Available under a Creative Commons License

8. Emperor Yao is credited with which important innovation?
appointment on merit
adopting Confucian doctrine
making silk
emperor shun, legend, emperor
Emperor Shun performs divination in the palace. Made by Jiang Tingxi c.1725. Available under a Creative Commons License

9. During the Ming dynasty most paper was made from the leaves of which plant?
bamboo
grass
oak tree
paper making, paper
Stacks of handmade paper

10. Who is mostly attributed for taming the Yellow River?
Mao Zedong
Yellow Emperor
Yu the Great
Yellow river, waterfall, river
Hukou Waterfall on the Yellow River

11. Suzhou in Jiangsu province is famous for what?
porcelain
gardens
ancient tombs
bridge, Suzhou, Macartney, Alexander
A bridge near Suzhou. The Emperor commanded all bridges to give the embassy a military salute. The horseshoe shape was quite common around Suzhou. Painted by the official artist to the Macartney British Embassy to China 1793-94. Image by William Alexander available under a Creative Commons License

12. Dandong is on the major crossing point to which neighbouring country?
Mongolia
Afghanistan
North Korea
Jilin, autumn
Autumn in Jilin

13. Early compasses were often made in the form of what?
ladle
knife
needle
feng shui, compass
Division of a traditional Feng Shui compass

14. What was the 'Mukden incident' of 1931?
airplane crash
railway sabotage
attack on Chiang Kaishek
Heilongjiang, Harbin, modern housing, view
Skyline of Harbin, Heilongjiang

15. Pudong is a district of which major city?
Wuhan
Shanghai
Xi'an
Shanghai, Pudong, skyscraper
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