Shaanxi

Shaanxi (陕西, “Shǎnxī”) is a landlocked province with 37 million people. Its capital is Xi’an, the largest city in Northwest China and place of the former Chinese capitals: Fenghao and Chang’an. In fact, Xi’an is also one of the oldest cities in China. It is important not to confuse it Read more…

Jiangsu

Jiangsu (江苏) is one of the smallest provinces of China but also one of the most populated. It has the highest GDP per capita and is important in finance, education, technology and tourism. The name comes from the union of the capital city’s original name “Jiāng Níng” and its largest Read more…

Shandong (山东)

Shandong (山东) is a coastal province of China and it has played an important role in Chinese history since the beginning of Chinese civilization. The province is the cultural and religious centre for Taoism, Chinese Buddhism and Confucianism. The Buddhist temples in Jinan were once among the foremost Buddhist sites Read more…

Tianjin

Tianjin(天津,  one of the four municipalities directly under the Central Government of China, is the only city in Chinese history that has an exact record of the time it was built. Even if Tianjin is adjacent to Beijing, the styles of the two cities are completely different. While Beijing is Read more…

Beijing

Beijing (Běi jīng 北京) is one of the four ancient cities in China, together with Xi’an, Luoyang, and Nanjing. Thanks to being surrounded by mountains on the North, it is separated from the northern desert steppes and was chosen by Chinese emperors as the “Northern Capital”, a name adopted in Read more…

Hebei

Hebei Province, referred to as its one-character abbreviation “冀” (Jì), is located in Northern China. Geographically speaking, it is situated in a very strategic position that gives her the role of  “gateway to the outside of the Capital”: in fact, Hebei province is part of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei agglomerate, one of Read more…

Inner Mongolia

Inner Mongolia ( 内蒙古; Nèi Měnggǔ) is one of the 5 autonomous regions of the People’s Republic of China, together with Guangxi, Ningxia, Tibet (Xizang) and Xinjiang. It is located in the North of China and most of its international border is with Mongolia, which, in Chinese, is sometimes called, Read more…

Get to know Dōngběi (part 2)

Cuisine Dōngběi (东北) is well-known for its distinctive culinary style. While many dishes are originated from the Manchu cuisine, it also incorporates the cookery of different nations’ cuisine: from Beijing’s imperial kitchen’s roast duck, to beef and dairy from Inner Mongolia, flatbreads and roasts from the Muslim northwest, and Korean Read more…

Chinese Martial Arts

Origin & introduction to the Chinese Martial Arts The art of swordplay, attributed to the training of soldiers, was developed in the Pre-Qin period. In the Han Dynasty, a competitive game resembling boxing was prevalent in society. Meanwhile, iron weapons were invented and used under the guidelines of fixed rules. Read more…