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Issue 04, 2017

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This issue is proofread by Cheng Long and Terry Boyd-Zhang.
Introduction to Our Cover

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Discover all the Way!

From the Editor

Discover all the Way!

By Liu Jing, Editor in Chief
Photograph by Li Sheng

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Chinese Dragon: Powerful and Potent

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Digital Revival the Yuanming Yuan

Sepcial Report

Digital Revival the Yuanming Yuan

By Ni Ruifeng Illustrationsby Beijing Tsinghua Heritage Institute for Digitization(THID) Translation by Paul Stephen

Yuanming Yuan, the Old Summer Palace, is said to be a paragon of gardening as an art form; yet it is also a place of sorrow for the Chinese people—having languished, and overgrown, for more than 150 years. Through rigorous scientific research and advancements in digital restoration modeling techniques, this miracle of world civilization, this “Garden of Gardens”, can reappear before our eyes!More>>

Dental Hygiene of Ancient Chinese

Culture

Dental Hygiene of Ancient Chinese

By Douzi Translation by Nick Angiers

The people of the modern world emphasize the health and aesthetic beauty of one’s teeth. But how did the people of ancient times view dental hygiene, and how did they go about cleaning their teeth? This article offers a history of teeth cleaning in China.More>>

Xifengkou: the Underwater Great Wall

Explore

Xifengkou: the Underwater Great Wall

ByZuo Lingren Photographs byWu Lixinand as credited Translation by Paul Stephen

In 1975, a dam went up spanning the Luanhe River, a major tributary feeding into a watershed primarily covering the Bashang Plateau, the Yanshan Mountains, and Hebei Plains, and forming a natural boundary dividing Hebei Province’s Kuancheng and Qianxi counties. Built in Panjiakou Village, the dam created the Panjiakou Reservoir which submerged the Xifengkou section of the Great Wall, running alongMore>>

Soul-laden Vessels: Pujiang’s Warring States Period Boat-Coffins

Archaeology

Soul-laden Vessels: Pujiang’s Warring States Period Boat-Coffins

ByXiao Yi Photographs byLiu Qiankun and as credited Translation by Bruce Humes

During the Warring States Period (475–221 BC), the “boat-coffin” burial custom was very popular in the Sichuan Basin. The deceased was placed inside a wooden coffin shaped like a small craft, in the hope that his or her soul would be transported by the river waters to shores of the afterworld. In September 2016, a very large-scale site containing clusters of such coffins was discovered in Pujiang More>>

The Ring-Shaped Danxia Landscape in China

Geology

The Ring-Shaped Danxia Landscape in China

By Li Zhongdong
Photographs byLi Zhongyi, and as credited
Translation by Trevor Padgett

In 2010, the southern Chinese Danxia region was inscribed as a UN World Heritage Site. Known as the “China Danxia”, this is a group of six separate red sandstone landforms. Geologically related are the Danxia cliffs, a renegade landform that at the same time seems peculiar and impossible. At the area where Sichuan, Chongqing, and Guizhou intersect, geologist Li Zhongdong found a vast land with DanMore>>

Great Purple Emperor Hidden in Northeast China

Wildlife

Great Purple Emperor Hidden in Northeast China

By Cheng Bin
Photographs by Cheng Bin, and as credited
Translation by Trevor Padgett

The great purple emperor is a species of Nymphalidae butterfly, widely distributed throughout East Asia. Metallic purple but humble, it is a beloved and beautiful species, particularly so in Japan where it was selected as a national butterfly. In an almost unknown remote town, Nanzamu, in northeastern China, people found, surprisingly, thousands of great purple emperor butterflies come together, cMore>>

The Ashkule Volcanoes

Nature

The Ashkule Volcanoes

By Peng Xiangrong & Li Zhongdong
Photographs by Wang Tienan, and as credited<
Translation by Pavel Toropov

There are many volcanoes in China, but very few are classified as active and even fewer have erupted in recent history. Some Chinese volcanologists are firm in their belief that there have been no eruptions in China for the past 100 years. The only challenge to this is a report of an eruption in 1951 in Ash Volcano in Xinjiang’s Kunlun Volcanic Group (also known as the Ashkule Volcanic Group). In More>>

Delicacies of Changbai Forests

Taste

Delicacies of Changbai Forests

By Ruan Renyi
Photographs by Zhou Yao, and as credited
Traslation by Pavel Toropov

In Chinese, there is a term for “delicacy” which consists of two characters—shanzhen (山 shan, “mountain”, and 珍 zhen, “treasure”. What was meant by this term has differed throughout history, but now shanzhen refers to wild herbs, mushrooms and other foodstuffs that can be gathered in the forests. The vast forests of Changbai Mountains in China’s northeast, with their geographic and climatic varietMore>>

Dragon Patterns

Chinese Patterns

Dragon Patterns

By Zhou Qinyu Translation by Nick Angiers

Different from the fearsomely mighty dragon of the West, the dragon of traditional Chinese lore is a mythical creature embodying auspiciousness and divinity, which eventually went on to become the symbol of the indomitable royal authority of a sovereign, the “Son of Heaven”. As for how the image of the Chinese dragon came to be the way we see it now, we must first set our gaze to the distant prehiMore>>