The Art of War by Sun Wu – 1

Chapter 1 Laying Plans Sunzi said: The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a...

Summary of the Rules of Propriety Part 3

Summary of the Rules of Propriety Part 3 When his father or mother is ill, (a young man) who has been capped should not use...

Evolution of “Gaokao” essay topics mirrors changes of China

After this year's national college entrance exams, Gan Fubao will have collected all 40 exam papers since the exams resumed in 1977. Gan, 70, from...

THE ART OF WAR BY SUN WU – 2

Chapter 4 Tactical Dispositions Sunzi said: The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of...

The Flourishing of Poetry in the Tang (618-906) and Song (960-1279) Dynasties

The Tang (618-906) and Song (960-1279) dynasties were the golden ages of Chinese classical literature in general, and poetry in particular. Poets of these periods,...

THE ART OF WAR BY SUN WU – 4

Chapter 10 Terrain Sunzi said: We may distinguish six kinds of terrain, to wit: (1) Accessible ground; (2) entangling ground; (3) temporizing ground; (4) narrow passes;...

Why writer Mo Yan thinks his Nobel Prize was a blessing and a curse

The Chinese novelist’s profile was massively raised by winning the literature prize, but he has struggled to write since, he says. Chinese Nobel Prize for...
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Lin Daiyu (林黛玉; Pinyin: Lín Dàiyù) is one of the principal characters of Cao Xueqin's classic Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber. She...

Classical Chinese poetry admired beyond borders

Many Chinese people rekindled their interest in classical Chinese poetry recently thanks to a popular show that aims to "appreciate classical Chinese poetry, explore...

Learn about the “biggest” book in China

The Siku Quanshu, variously translated as the Complete Library in Four Sections, Imperial Collection of Four, Emperor's Four Treasuries, Complete Library in Four Branches...

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