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Forbidden City Built With Ice Paths
2013-11-06 09:19:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Throughout the history of civilization, societies have constructed massive feats of engineering using only the most basic technology and a lot of ingenuity. Now, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed new details about one such feat of engineering – Beijing’s Forbidden City palace. Constructed starting in the 15th century, the Forbidden Palace was built with massive stones weighing over 300...

Ancient Chinese Coin Discovery Indicates Early Trade With East Africa
2013-03-14 06:30:58

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A joint expedition of researchers from The Field Museum and the University of Illinois at Chicago has discovered a 600-year-old Chinese coin on the Kenyan island of Manda. While the discovery of the coin may be fascinating, the more significant discovery is that the coin´s presence indicates the presence of trade between China and east Africa decades before the arrival of European explorers. The small coin was disk-like and...

2010-01-13 09:42:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the Library of Congress the James Ford Bell Trust unveiled Matteo Ricci's 1602 "Impossible Black Tulip," a massive map showing the world with China at its center. It is the first map in Chinese to show the Americas, and the first printed map incorporating Eastern and Western cartography. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/jamesfordbell/41720/ (Photo:...

2009-09-29 07:35:00

BEIJING, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- "RMB30,000 per square metre" -- such prices for luxury properties in the Chinese capital, Beijing, are now a bygone era. By the advent of the traditional sales peaks, "the golden September and the silver October," the Chinese property market -- the property market on luxury houses -- will have undergone intensive and strong sales against all business reverses since early this year. As analysed by industry experts, the strong sales of luxury...

2009-09-26 10:43:04

Chinese officials say they will begin an effort to raise a sunken ship that dates from the Ming Dynasty as soon as weather permits. The wreck, which was discovered in 2007 off Guangdong Province, is laden with more than 10,000 pieces of porcelain and sank during the Wanli period of the Ming Dynasty, which lasted from 1573 to 1620. Chen Jianwu, a spokesman for Nan'ao County, told the Xinhua news agency that the remains of the ship will probably be brought to the surface from its resting place...

2009-04-20 20:13:51

China's historic Great Wall is about 1,550 miles longer than previously thought, a government survey reveals. The wall had been thought to be around 3,975 miles long, but all its parts added together total 5,533 miles, the Mainichi Daily News reported Monday. The surveyors followed the wall's remnants through 10 provinces, special autonomous regions and municipalities from the easternmost Ming section of the wall in Liaoning province to its westernmost extension in Gansu province, the...

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2009-04-20 12:20:00

According to a new survey of China's Great Wall, the nation's most famous monument of antiquity is significantly longer than experts had previously estimated. The two-year project, carried out by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, employed state-of-the-art technology such as global positioning systems and infra-red light in their survey of the wall.  The new measurements put the wall's length at 8,851.8 kilometers (5,488.1 miles), almost 4,000 kilometers longer than...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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