ANCIENT HISTORY

Orphans’ Ordeals in Ancient China

How were children without parents treated in ancient history?

Culture

How the Xinhua Dictionary Defined the Way China Thinks and Talks

From encyclopedia to political pamphlet to standard classroom reading: 70 years in the history of China’s bestselling dictionary

HISTORY

The British Spy Who Cracked the Secret to Chinese Tea

How a 19th-century act of “corporate espionage” changed world history

PHOTO STORY

70 Years of Frozen Fun on Beijing’s Icy Lakes

Winter fun on Beijing’s natural ice rinks throughout history

IDIOMS

Book-lovers in Ancient Times

Stories and idioms about seven people who overcame challenging obstacles to read

HISTORICAL FIGURES

Rediscovering Zhang Qian

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

BOOKS

Empire of Silver

Jin Xu's new book puts silver at the center of dynastic fortunes throughout Chinese history

IDIOMS

Choice Chengyu: Speaking of the Hair and Now

Ancient idioms about hair

HISTORICAL FIGURES

Royal Rejects: Chinese Who Said No to the Crown

Seven Chinese historical figures who gave up their royal status

HISTORICAL FIGURES

The Great Educator

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

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