Earliest animal footprints found in Yangtze Gorges of China

The earliest known footprints left by an animal on earth, dating back at least 541 million years, have been uncovered in China. It is unclear just what kind of tiny creature left the tracks, which...

Laozi, a legendary Daoist philosopher

Laozi (Lao-tzu, fl. 6th cn. B.C.E.) Laozi is the name of a legendary Daoist philosopher, the alternate title of the early Chinese text better known in the West as the Daodejing, and the moniker of a deity in...

The Complete Works Of Chuang Tzu Translated by Burton Watson Part 4

Section TWENTY-SIX - EXTERNAL THINGS EXTERNAL THINGS CANNOT be counted on. Hence Lung-feng was executed, Pi Kan was sentenced to death, Prince Chi feigned madness, E Lai was killed, and Chieh and Chou were overthrown....

The Complete Works Of Chuang Tzu Translated by Burton Watson Part 3

Section EIGHTEEN - PERFECT HAPPINESS IS THERE SUCH A THING as perfect happiness in the world or isn't there? Is there some way to keep yourself alive or isn't there? What to do, what to...

The Complete Works Of Chuang Tzu Translated by Burton Watson Part 2

Section NINE - HORSES' HOOFS HORSES' HOOFS ARE MADE for treading frost and snow, their coats for keeping out wind and cold. To munch grass, drink from the stream, lift up their feet and gallop...

禹貢 – Tribute of Yu

Yu divided the land. Following the course of the hills, he cut down the trees. He determined the highest hills and largest rivers (in the several regions). With respect to Ji Zhou, he did his...

殷本紀 – Annals of Yin

From Qi to Tang the Completer there were eight changes of the capital. Tang at first dwelt in Bo, choosing the residence of the first king, and the 'Emperor's Announcement' was written.

Massive Chinese Sun Altar Provides Clues About Country’s Mysterious Past

The remnants of a 3,000 year old sun altar have been discovered in north-west China, offering clues about the region’s ancient past. The circular ruins are 100 meters (109 yards) in diameter, and were discovered...

China’s Southwestern Silk Road in World History

As Robert Clark notes in The Global Imperative, "there is no doubt that trade networks like the Silk Road made possible the flourishing and spread of ancient civilizations to something approximating a global culture...

Tibet Timeline

A chronology of key events: 7th-9th century - Namri Songzen and descendants begin to unify Tibetan-inhabited areas and conquer neighbouring territories, in competition with China. 822 - Peace treaty with China delineates borders. 1244 - Mongols conquer...

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