TRADITIONAL CULTURE

The Bathing Cultures Dividing North and South China

Northern bathhouses are famous for their vigorous scrubbing, while gentle massages in the South lull bathers to sleep

ANCIENT HISTORY

Ancient Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

Keeping cool with no electricity was no easy feat in ancient China

ANCIENT HISTORY

Bathing in Ancient Times

From soap made from ground jade to extravagant public bathhouses, learn the ingenious methods ancient Chinese used to stay clean

ANCIENT HISTORY

Ancient China's Most Famous Detectives

Who were the ancient Chinese equivalents of Sherlock Holmes?

TRAVEL

The Story of a Song Dynasty Ship

Hainan is at the forefront of China's booming underwater archeology field

ANCIENT HISTORY

Death of Chivalry

What did “martial ethics (武德)” mean in ancient (and modern) China?

FOOD

Food Fit for a Poet

Dishes made famous by Su Dongpo, China’s greatest foodie poet

HISTORICAL FIGURES

The Best of Su Dongpo

Ten classic lines from the prolific Song poet, who was born 982 years ago today

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ANCIENT HISTORY

Wine, Women & Song

An 11th-century dynasty gave the world the modern restaurant—complete with menus, waiters, and the feudal version of Michelin Stars

HISTORICAL FIGURES

Brothers in Arms (Part Two)

Not all brothers are either harmonious or at each other like hammer and tongs—take these ancient tales, for example

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