TRAVEL

The Family Mansion at the Heart of Yunnan’s Modern History

How the Zhu clan became one of the richest and most powerful families in all Yunnan from their business base in Jianshui

HISTORY

How China Adopted Western Punctuation

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

ANCIENT HISTORY

The Best (and Worst) Jokes of the Qing Dynasty

A joke book compiled by the "Master of Games" showcases Chinese humor from centuries ago

FEMINISM

China’s ‘Self-Comb Women’ Never Smashed the Patriarchy. So What?

Some anti-marriage activists are trying to lay claim to the self-comb legacy. They’re missing these women’s real significance.

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

TRADITIONAL CULTURE

The History of China's Female-dominated Yue Opera

Zhejiang's Yue opera has entertained high society and the masses since the late Qing dynasty

HISTORICAL FIGURES

Death of Dorgon

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

ANCIENT HISTORY

The Road to Succession

Usurper, emperor, hard worker: The short and paranoid reign of the Yongzheng Emperor of the Qing

ANCIENT HISTORY

The Eunuch and the Yogurt

Who poisoned China’s second-to-last emperor?

ANCIENT HISTORY

Lootings of Legend

Five audacious tomb robberies from ancient history to today

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