HISTORY

The Blast that Nearly Destroyed Beijing

The Wanggongchang Explosion continues to mystify historians almost 400 years later

SPORTS

The Traditional Chinese Sports Enjoying Modern Revivals

Hovering bamboo discs, flying feathers, twisty harvest dance...Some of China’s traditional sports still enjoy a modern following, even internationally

ANCIENT HISTORY

How Did Ancient Chinese Mourn the Deceased?

On Qingming Festival, here’s a look at some ancient Chinese mourning rituals, from costume and diet, to mourning periods and wedding bans

ANCIENT HISTORY

Three Ancient Chinese Banquets that Changed History

Ancient feasts were venues of political intrigue, murder, and even cannibalism

ANCIENT HISTORY

Famous Cheating Scandals from Chinese History

China's imperial exams were a hotbed for fraud

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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

Making the Ming Great Again

A now-deleted Twitter account offered humorous historical lessons on the Ming dynasty’s last emperor

ANCIENT HISTORY

Rags to Ruler

Five Chinese emperors who rose from humble beginnings

SOCIETY

Brands Behaving Badly

It’s not just D&G: here are some other foreign brands that have failed to impress Chinese consumers

SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVE
BOOKS, ANCIENT HISTORY

Ming Matters

On the 650th year of this famous dynasty’s founding, a leading historian examines why its legacy endures

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