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
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.
Chinese Zodiac, Part 3
With the monkey, the power of Yin takes over. They are creative and successful in a wide range of endeavors. However, the monkey can be vain, irritable, and lack an ability to pursue their goals with enthusiasm.
Poet Du Fu
Du Fu (712-770) was born in Gongxian, Henan. The son of an official, Du was interested in learning ever since he was young. "I read ten thousand volumes until they were worn out," he said. At 20 he started his 10-year-long travels from north to south. At 35 he went to Chang'an, where he stayed for ten years without getting any position in the government.
Revised June 20, 2011