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[Ancient Chinese Philosophy] People First, Sovereign Last- Mencius


The Warring States Period in Chinese history covers the period from 403 BC to the unification of China by the Qin Dynasty in 221 BC There were then seven major states collectively called the Seven Hegemonials of the Warring States, two of which were the states of Qi and Zhao. Advertisements

Chinese Idiom and Story: Wild Goose Carry Messages From Afar


Wild geese are migratory birds that travel great distances along well-defined routes every year between their breeding grounds in the north and wintering grounds in the south. Taking advantage of their natural instinct to follow the change of seasons in their annual north-south journey, the ancient Chinese used these faithful birds to carry messages by … Continue reading

The Far Reaching Melody of the Chinese Zither


The ancient Chinese zither (guqin or simply qin (Wade-Giles ch’in)) is more than a musical instrument for performance. It has a long history, and rich and profound cultural connotations. Ancient scholars and leaders regarded it as an expression of the ideals of individual cultivation, family harmonization, statesmanship, and social stability. It was symbol of intellectual … Continue reading

Mulan, the Most Inspiring Woman in China’s History


No other woman in Chinese history has inspired more admiration than Mulan, who is considered an embodiment of loyalty and filial piety. The ancient story of Mulan enlisting in the military on her aging father’s behalf is one of China’s most treasured legends and included in every Chinese school textbook. The story has also become … Continue reading

Ancient Chinese Zither (GuQin) Struggles to Survive- Less Than 2,000 People Play in China


Today in modern China, the zither, also known as the guqin, has lost its popularity crown to Western instruments such as the piano and violin. It is estimated that fewer than two thousand people play the instrument today. The zither, which dates back 3,000 years in Chinese history, was considered a symbol of Chinese high … Continue reading

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