Shadow Games: The Cunning Art of Espionage in Ancient China
From turning the tides of battle to preventing conflict altogether, spies were an integral part of warfare in ancient China—sometimes unwittingly
Badass Ladies of Chinese History: Mathematician and Astronomer Wang Zhenyi
This master astronomer and mathematician solved the mystery of lunar eclipses, simplified proofs, and advocated learning for all—male and female
Four Ancient Chinese Female Scientists History Didn’t Forget
From weaving to medicine to math, these badass scientists left their mark on history, despite the patriarchal obstacles in their path
Who’s Afraid of the Chinese Ghostbuster?
Scare away spooks with Zhong Kui, a Chinese folk deity renowned for his frightening looks
Celebrating Confucius’s 2,725th Birthday
A ceremony at Beijing’s 14th century Confucius temple celebrates a sage's birth based on 2,000-year-old traditions
Things Confucius Never Said
Mistaken and misrepresented quotes from China’s most famous philosopher
Who Were the Greatest Philanthropists in Chinese History?
These charitable figures from ancient China didn’t forget to give back when they got rich
Qianlong Emperor: The Worst Poet in Chinese History?
The longest-lived ruler of the Qing dynasty wrote 43,000 poems in his lifetime, most of them bad
Rediscovering Zhang Qian
How a low-ranking Han dynasty courtier came to be known as the founder of the Silk Road