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Who Were the Greatest Philanthropists in Chinese History?

These charitable figures from ancient China didn’t forget to give back when they got rich

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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

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Rediscovering Zhang Qian

How a low-ranking Han dynasty courtier came to be known as the founder of the Silk Road

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Royal Rejects: Chinese Who Said No to the Crown

Seven Chinese historical figures who gave up their royal status

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The Great Educator

The chancellor who inspired a generation of Chinese students with his commitment to academic freedom

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For Emperor and Country

Famous patriotic martyrs from Chinese history

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Death of Dorgon

The most powerful man never to be emperor of the Qing dynasty

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Historical Claims

Chinese towns fight to claim historical figures as their own—and bank the tourism money

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The Pen and Sword

Four multi-talented poet-generals from Chinese history

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