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A journey into 5,000 years of Chinese history starts here with a single click.
  1. 2008 Beijing Olympics (16)
  2. 2008 Milk Scandal (4)
  3. Tiananmen Square Protests (7)

Zhuge Liang
Zhuge Liang is one of China's most famous strategists, a man renowned for his ability to win battles with brain rather than brawn.

The Wenzhou Train Crash
A deadly train crash in 2011 rocked the Chinese populace and introduced the government to social media's true power for the first time ever.

China's Space Program
China may only just have landed a rover on the moon, but its space ambitions date all the way back to the 1950s!

Wu Zetian
Wu Zetian was China's first and only female emperor. She ruled with an iron fist, but she was also a highly effective governor.

Tiananmen Square Incident 1976
The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 weren't the first mass incident to happen in the Square during the modern era.

The Great Sichuan Earthquake
In 2008, China's Sichuan province suffered one of the most devastating earthquakes in modern history.

The Gaokao
China's college entrance exam is a grueling 2-3 days long, but it's vitally important for any kid who wants to go to college.

The Tangshan Earthquake
China's most deadly earthquake happened in fairly recent history, and leveled an entire metropolis.

2012 Year in Review: Top China Stories 2012
A look back at China’s top stories in 2012

The Conflict over the Diaoyu Islands
Learn about the on-going conflict over the Diaoyu Islands

Profile of Yan Fu
A profile of 19th Century Chinese intellectual Yan Fu.

The Creation of Race in China
The Creation of a Race

London 2012 Games: China's Gymnastics Team 2012
Learn who is on China's gymnastics team, including female gymnasts Deng Linlin, Yao Jinnan, He Kexin,

The Impact of the Qin Dynasty
The impact of China's First Dynasty

What Is It Like to Have Gua Sha?
Learn what it is like to have gua sha. Your Guide to Chinese Culture and readers share what it is like to have gua sha.

Chinese History from the People's Republic of China

Taiwan
Learn all about Taiwan, the Republic of China. From the flag, currency and national anthem to history, holidays, sightseeing, and study abroad opportunities.

A Brief History of China

Chinese Politicians - Zhu Rongji
Who is Zhu Rongji? Learn about China's former premier and economic reformer.

Taiwan History - A Brief History of Taiwan
From its early days to the present day, learn about Taiwan's history.

Sun Yat-sen
Learn about Sun Yat-sen, the father of modern China.

What Is the Xinhai Revolution?
Learn about the Xinhai Revolution, which is commemorated October 10 each year.

Chinese History for Beginners

Chinese History for Kids

Chinese History from People's Daily

National Anthem of the Republic of China
Learn the words to Taiwan’s national anthem. The lyrics to the National Anthem of the Republic of China are from a speech given in 1924 by Sun Yat-sen at the opening of the Whampoa Military Academy in Guangzhou, China.

Chinese Inventions
Many of the tools used today, from compasses to kites were invented in China. Learn about Chinese inventions and their origins, how they work, and where to purchase them.

Chinese Athletes
Some 1,454 Chinese athletes are competing in 42 sports ranging from soccer and gymnastics to chess and wushu at the Guangzhou Asian Games 2010. Learn more about these top Chinese athletes.

Chinese Spa Treatment
Learn about various Chinese spa treatments, including traditional Chinese foot massage, knife massage, and hair wash.

How to Get Tickets to the Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
The Guangzhou Asian Games 2010 is taking place in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province. The Asian Games are held every four years. Over 9,000 athletes from 45 countries are competing in 42 sports ranging from soccer and gymnastics to chess and wushu. The Asian Games continue through Nov. 27. Learn how to get tickets.

Chinese Knife Massage
Learn what a Chinese Knife Massage is and where to get one.

Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
The Guangzhou Asian Games 2010 is taking place in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province. The Asian Games are held every four years. Over 9,000 athletes from 45 countries are competing in 42 sports ranging from soccer and gymnastics to chess and wushu. The Asian Games continue through Nov. 27.

Chinese Hair Wash
Learn what a Chinese Hair Wash is and where to get one.

Watch the Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
The Guangzhou Asian Games 2010 is taking place in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province. The Asian Games are held every four years. Over 9,000 athletes from 45 countries are competing in 42 sports ranging from soccer and gymnastics to chess and wushu. The Asian Games continue through Nov. 27.

Chinese Foot Massage
Learn what a Chinese Foot Massage is and where to get one.

Guangzhou Asian Games 2010 iPhone Apps
The Guangzhou Asian Games 2010 is taking place in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province. The Asian Games are held every four years. Over 9,000 athletes from 45 countries are competing in 42 sports ranging from soccer and gymnastics to chess and wushu. The Asian Games continue through Nov. 27.

May Fourth Movement
The demonstrations of the May Fourth Movement marked a turning point in China’s intellectual development which can still be felt today.

What's It Like to Get Cupping?
Readers share their experiences with cupping, a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

What's It Like to Get Acupuncture?
Readers share their experiences with acupuncture, a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Guangzhou Asian Games 2010
Find everything you need to know about the Guangzhou Asian Games 2010.

Share Your Experience with Tuī Ná Massage
Rate and review your tui na massage experience.

Asian Games
The Guangzhou Asian Games 2010 is taking place in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province. The Asian Games are held every four years. Over 9,000 athletes from 45 countries are competing in 42 sports ranging from soccer and gymnastics to chess and wushu. The Asian Games continue through Nov. 27.

Share Your Experience with Shamanism
Rate and review your shamanism experience.

China: 2010 Year in Review
2010 was a busy year in China. Take a look at the top 10 China news stories that had people talking worldwide.

Share Your Experience with Moxibustion
Rate and review your moxibustion experience.

Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (中医, zhōng yī ), or TCM , has been practiced in China since ancient times. TCM focuses on restoring the balance of yin and yang in the body and integrates the five elements into its practices. TCM is influenced by Daoism . Diagnosis is based on the Four Diagnoses: observation, olfaction, interrogation, and...

Share Your Experience with Guā Shā
Rate and review your gua sha experience.

228 Day
228 Day

Share Your Experience with Cupping
Rate and review your cupping experience.

Chinese Clothes
Chinese Clothes

London 2012 Olympic Games - China Brings Home the Gold
See how China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan did at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Share Your Experience with Acupuncture
Rate and review your acupuncture experience.

Chinese Protest
A Chinese protest, while illegal, has been part of modern Chinese history. Learn about some topics that have led to protests in China.

Chinese Clothing: Mao Suit
Chinese Clothing: Mao Suit

Chinese Clothing: Dudou
Chinese Clothing: Dudou

Chinese Clothing: Kaidangku
Chinese Clothing: Kaidangku

Chinese Culture Forum
Chinese Culture Forum

Chinese History: Eleventh Five-Year Plan (2006-2010)
Chinese History: Eleventh Five-Year Plan (2006-2010)

Chinese History: Tenth Five Year Plan (2001-2005)
Chinese History: Tenth Five Year Plan (2001-2005)

Chinese History: Ninth Five-Year Plan (1996-2000)
Chinese History: Ninth Five-Year Plan (1996-2000)

Chinese History: Eighth Five-Year Plan (1991-1995)
Chinese History: Eighth Five-Year Plan (1991-1995)

Chinese History: Seventh Five-Year Plan (1986-1990)
Chinese History: Seventh Five-Year Plan (1986-1990)

Chinese History: Five Year Plan
Chinese History: Five Year Plan

Chinese History: Sixth Five-Year Plan (1980-1985)
Chinese History: Sixth Five-Year Plan (1980-1985)

Chinese History: First Five-Year Plan (1953-57)
Chinese History: First Five-Year Plan (1953-57)

Chinese History: Fifth Five-Year Plan (1976-1980)
Chinese History: Fifth Five-Year Plan (1976-1980)

Chinese History: Second Five-Year Plan (1958-1962)
Chinese History: Second Five-Year Plan (1958-1962)

Chinese History: Fourth Five-Year Plan (1971-1975)
Chinese History: Fourth Five-Year Plan (1971-1975)

Chinese History: Great Sparrow Campaign
Chinese History: Great Sparrow Campaign

Chinese History: Third Five-Year Plan (1966-1970)
Chinese History: Third Five-Year Plan (1966-1970)

Chinese History: Third Front
Chinese History: Third Front

Chinese History from the People's Republic of China

A Brief History of China

Chinese History for Beginners

Chinese History for Kids

Chinese History from People's Daily

The Tang Dynasty
The Tang dynasty (618-907 C.E.)was the height of Chinese civilization, a peak of culture and cosmopolitanism.

Journey to the West
Journey to the West is one of China's four great classical novels, and it has inspired a huge number of other Chinese and foreign works of art in the centuries since its writing.

Xuanzang
The fantastical novel Journey to the West has a real historical background in the travels of Xuanzang, the man who brought Indian Buddhism to China again.

Sent-Down Youth
Sent-down youths is a term that refers to the phenomenon of educated youths being sent to the countryside for re-education during the Cultural Revolution.

Chinese Civil War part 1: 1920-1940
China's Civil War raged on and off for more than two decades. Herein, we examine the first part of the conflict.

Chinese Civil War part 2: 1940-1950
The Chinese Civil war raged for several decades, but the last ten years were among the most brutal, and sealed China's future.

Chiang Kai-shek
Chiang Kai-shek was the a Chinese Nationalist party political and military leader during the Chinese Civil War and World War II. After losing the Civil War and fleeing China, he continued to lead the Republic of China from Taiwan, where he served as president.

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