FOOD

Ancient China’s Love of Crab-Eating

China’s love of crab-eating stretches back centuries, with literati writing poems and even appointing “crab servants” to cook the delicacy

HISTORY

How China Adopted Western Punctuation

The story of how Chinese punctuation evolved from the Han dynasty to today

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CHINESE CHARACTERS

On the Character: 野

The history and development of a Chinese character that is far-seeing and untamed

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CHINESE CHARACTERS

On the Character: 亲

From kin to kindred, a character that connects people and brings them together

ANCIENT HISTORY

Ancient China's Most Famous Detectives

Who were the ancient Chinese equivalents of Sherlock Holmes?

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CHINESE CHARACTERS

On the Character: 探

A character that probes the unfamiliar and questions the unknown

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CHINESE CHARACTERS

On the Character: 助

A character that is always willing to lend a hand

TRAVEL

China's Most Famous Poetic Water Town

Shaoxing has long been a magnet for China's most famous poets, writers, and now tourists

HISTORICAL FIGURES

Historical Claims

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

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