China is wonderous and awe-inspiring. It has a history of five thousand years. It is the only continuous ancient civilization. Other ancient civilizations have changed, discontinued, withered or perished. Why is it so enduring? Why is it so coherent, often sticking to itself, remaining undivided? Why is it so dynamic, always able to revive, regenerate and revitalise itself? Why is it an immortal phoenix able to rise again on its ashes? These are enduring questions. Nobody can give a complete answer, full stop. They will stimulate intellect, provoke interest, engage investigation. > read more
Silk Road - History
Named in the middle of the 19th century by the German scholar, Baron Ferdinand von Richthofen, the Silk Road - perhaps the greatest East-West trade route and vehicle for cross-cultural exchange - was first travelled by General Zhang Qian in the second century BC while on a mission from Emperor Wudi of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220).
Chinese Traditional Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine is an important part of the nation's cultural heritage. Developed over the course of more than five thousand years, this system is unique due to its complete dialectical theoretical framework, diagnostic methods, pharmacology, and special methods of treatment including acupuncture and moxibustion, deep breathing and medical massage.
Huo Yuanjia, a name not familiar to many people, suddenly became known to every household after a Hong Kong television series about his life and martial arts was shown a few years ago.
Revised June 20, 2011