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Centuries Before China’s ‘Great Wall,’ There Was Another by CHRISTOPHER JOYCE December 29, 2013 5:04 AM Photograph of the remnants of the Great Wall of Qi in the Da Feng Shan (Big Peak Mountain) in Shandong Province, China. The Great Wall of China, built more than 2,000 years ago, stands as one of the monumental… Read More


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Today, 1913 is inevitably viewed through the lens of 1914: as the last year before a war that would shatter the global economic order and tear Europe apart, undermining its global pre-eminence. Our perspectives narrowed by hindsight, the world of that year is reduced to its most frivolous features—last summers in grand aristocratic residences—or its… Read More


  Qin Shihuang, first emperor of ancient China. Qin Shihuang (259BC-210BC), born in Ying Zheng, was the first Emperor of a united China and the founder of Qin Dynasty. During the preceding Zhou Dynasty, Ying Zheng was the king of the Qin State. Following his defeat of the other six Warring States in 221 BC,… Read More


Pingyao in Shanxi Province, China is served by a small railway station of two platforms. Outside, the railway station you are greeted with what appears a scene typical of any small city in China: lots of traffic from cars, mopeds and bikes, barely enough pavements to walk safely, and – of course – large crowds of people busily eating… Read More