September Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for September
1. Kowloon town within the city of Hong Kong means what in English?
High pagoda
Crane Hill
Nine dragons
Hong Kong, park, modern housing
A pavilion located at Nan Liang Garden in Hong Kong

2. What does a carp symbolize a wish for in artwork?
Good luck
children
long life
fish, lotus

3. What is the ideal depth of water for a paddy field?
6 inches
1 foot
1 inch
rice, paddy fields
Planting rice in paddy fields. Yangshuo, Guangxi, China Photo by Corto Maltese 1999 available under a Creative Commons license .

4. Mukden is an old name for which Chinese city
Xi'an
Hohhot
Shenyang
machuria raliway, share certificate
Stock Certificate of South Manchuria Railway (1926-45) Image by South Manchuria Railway available under a Creative Commons License

5. Nu Mengjiang is associated with which event in Chinese history?
building the Great Wall
Han dynasty Empress
fall of the Tang dynasty
Hong Kong
Hong Kong skyline from Victoria Peak. January 2008
Image by Gernot Kurze available under a Creative Commons license

6. Liu Jin in 1510CE accumulated four million pounds of gold in just four years. What was his profession?
Provincial governor
Imperial eunuch
Porcelain manufacturer
palace, eunuch, Beijing
Entrance through the Gate of Peace at the Lama Temple Beijing (Yonghegong), or Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple or Yonghegong Lamsery, a renowned lama temple of the Yellow Hat Sect of Lamaism. Building work on the YongHeGong Temple started in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty. It originally served as an official residence for court eunuchs. It was then converted into the court of Prince Yong Zheng (Yin Zhen), a son of emperor KangXi. After YongZheng's ascension to the throne in 1722, half of the building was converted into a lamasery, a monastery for monks of Tibetan Buddhism, while the other half remained an imperial palace. November 2006. Image by Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada available under a Creative Commons license

7. Reginald Johnston was famous in China in what position?
Tutor to the last Emperor
Governor of Hong Kong
Head of customs service
opium war, sea battle, junk, boat, ship
The East India Company iron steam ship Nemesis, commanded by Lieutenant W. H. Hall, with boats from the Sulphur, Calliope, Larne and Starling, destroying the Chinese war junks in Anson's Bay, on 7 January 1841. Image by Edward Duncan available under a Creative Commons License

8. A Jewish community has lived for many centuries in which Chinese city?
Kaifeng
Tianjin
Beijing
Kaifeng, jews

9. The 'Five Avenues' (Wudadao) is an area of colonial buildings in which city?
Xiamen
Fuzhou
Tianjin
Hong Kong, modern housing, view
Densely populated Hong Kong

10. Why is Ginseng mainly considered a potent medicine?
root shape
grows in graveyards
flower shape
Shandong, Taishan, mountains, moon gate
View of Mount Taishan, Shandong

11. What are foxes associated with in China?
evil spirits
prosperity
good luck
fox

12. There is a festival on the ninth day of the ninth month (double ninth) which is also known by what name?
Mid Autumn festival
Chinese Valentine's Day
Zhong yang
Buddhism , Dali, Yunnan, temple
Chongsheng Temple, Dali, Yunnan

13. The founder of the Han dynasty Liu Bei had his powerbase in which modern province?
Sichuan
Henan
Guangdong
Han dynasty, dance, dancer
China, rustic dancers, eastern han dynasty (25-220). Image by sailko available under a Creative Commons License

14. If a character in traditional Chinese opera wears black make-up what does it denote?
Army general
Invisibility
Hero
opera, Beijing opera, costume
China National Peking Opera Company performing the Red Haired Galloping Horse opera at Meilanfang theatre in Beijing, China Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

15. The second Yi Jing hexagram is called what?
Li - brightness
Kun - earth
Kui - diversity
yi jing
Three gold coins used for Yi Jing fortune telling
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