ANCIENT HISTORY

Boozing With the Ancients

Ancient Chinese not only had a plethora of alcohol to choose from, but all sorts of games and rituals for drinking it

ANCIENT HISTORY

The Best (and Worst) Jokes of the Qing Dynasty

A joke book compiled by the "Master of Games" showcases Chinese humor from centuries ago

ANCIENT HISTORY

Ancient Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

Keeping cool with no electricity was no easy feat in ancient China

ANCIENT HISTORY

Bathing in Ancient Times

From soap made from ground jade to extravagant public bathhouses, learn the ingenious methods ancient Chinese used to stay clean

ANCIENT HISTORY

China's Long History of Eating Raw Fish

Records show Chinese were eating sliced raw fish over 2,000 years ago

ANCIENT HISTORY

Famous Cheating Scandals from Chinese History

China's imperial exams were a hotbed for fraud

ANCIENT HISTORY

Ancient China's Most Famous Detectives

Who were the ancient Chinese equivalents of Sherlock Holmes?

ANCIENT HISTORY

The Challenges of Adoption in Imperial China

The importance of male heirs made for complex negotiations of ritual, law, and lineage for those wishing to adopt

ANCIENT HISTORY

How Zhejiang's Most Beautiful Woman Brought Down an Ancient Kingdom

Xi Shi, one of ancient China's most beautfiul women, helped Gou Jian King of Yue defeat the State of Wu

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