Chinasage : All about China



About Chinasage

We're building an exciting information source all about China. We found other sites were poorly structured, too detailed (such as Wikipedia) or just too old-fashioned. What we thought was needed was a carefully constructed set of pages with strict editorial control so that links and pages are consistent, up-to-date and easy to navigate without clutter.

The name “Chinasage” came about because this can be read as either “china sage” ( zhōng guó yīng míng) or “china's age” ( zhōng guó shí dài) , which promotes our new knowledge resource at a time when China has come of age in the World.

China Sage News

We keep track of news reports from China but steer clear of the headlines that are well reported elsewhere. Here are the latest news stories, for more visit our news page.

Fri 14th May

A CNN report describes how a local area in Jiangsu (south-eastern China) has become famous for its double yolk duck eggs. A double yolk is quite rare normally but this particular county has ducks laying double yolk eggs one in twenty times. Over many generations ducks have been selected that are more likely to produce the double form. The double yolk commands a much higher price and many are preserved in salt water and eaten as a delicacy. The famous county is Gāo yóu near Yangzhou. Local salt has been produced for many centuries making a wealthy area.

double yolk,eggs
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Fri 7th May

The first commercial driver-less taxi service has been launched in China by Baidu. Although no-one sits in the driver's seat currently there is a ‘safety monitor’ in the front passenger seat. It is running within Shouqing Park, Beijing which will be a venue for the winter Olympics next year and is not part of the main road network.

A robotaxi can be summoned by an app called ‘Apollo Go’ and costs around $5 a trip. Many people are fascinated by the novelty of the robotaxi service and so it is having to frequently stop as people get a little bit too close to take a a good look at the driver-less vehicles.

robot taxi,robotaxi
Image copyright Baidu Apollo.
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Sat 1st May

An unusual Guinness world record has been set. In the south of Hainan Island, the southernmost inhabited land in China, a group of 110 divers have dressed as merpeople to set the record. Swimming with only a tail rather than two legs requires new skills to be mastered. You can see a video here. It was held at the Atlantis Sanya resort. Diving has recently become a very popular sport.

mermaid swimmers
Image copyright CGTN.
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Fri 23rd Apr

The latest data show that the move of Chinese people to the cities continues. There are now 93 cities with populations over 1,000,000. This represents about 60% urbanization, not so long ago it was the other way with around 60% in rural villages and small towns. Of China's 30 provinces two have more than ten cities with over 1 million people. There are now ten cities with over 10 million inhabitants, that's a lot of people!

The big growth area is a long way from Beijing, in the mega-cities of Guangdong in the far south and also Jiangsu in the south-east.

Tiananmen Square, crowd
2004 PRC National Day at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. What a crowd! Image by pfctdayelise available under a Creative Commons License

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Chinasage Site updates

We continue to improve the web site as you can see from these updates and upgrades, for older entries please visit our site news page.

Tue 9th Mar
A survey of Chinese literature

As books were first printed in China it is not surprising that China has a long history of literature. There are a handful of classic literature that everyone has read - or seen as they have all had several TV versions prodcued. Our new, short survey looks at the development of the Classics and the novels that make up Chinese literature.

novel, Romance of the three Kingdoms
Painting on the Summer Palace Promenade: Romance of the three Kingdoms. Image by Shizhao available under a Creative Commons License
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Mon 15th Feb
Jiang Ziya and more updates

With continuing restrictions due to Covid19 (third lockdown) the ambitious plans for development have been put on hold again. However the lockdowns have not prevented me from working in the information on this web site. Having covered the basics of information about China (history, geography, traditions) the scope for brand new areas is becoming increasingly limited. Although every now nad again a new topic does present itself. In the latest case that is about a semi-legendary figure from the foundation of the Zhou dynasty over 2,000 years ago. In this case it was Laszlo Montgomery 's video series that was the initial stimulus and then I discovered a recent film about Jiang Ziya has been produced and widely watched.

Together with this short topic the main emphasis has been on improving one hundred of the most popular pages of the web site. As ever countless errors and omissions have crept in over the years and they were due for another careful review.

Jiang Ziya animated film

A scene from the animated film (2020) 'Jiang Ziya',
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Emei Shan, Sichuan
Mount Emei, Sichuan. June 2007.
Image by pookieevans available under a Creative Commons license

Conventions

We use a consistent style for links within Chinasage. An internal link taking you to another page within our site is shown like this while a link to a page on any other web site is shown like this .

We use Chinese characters wherever appropriate. Most browsers should display both the characters and the pinyin correctly. We highlight any use of the older Wade Giles system. Except where stated all characters are the modern simplified form used in the People's Republic rather than the traditional ones (pre-1970s). To help you learn Chinese characters many of the very common characters are highlighted thus: hovering the mouse over the character pops up a box showing further information about the character.

Dates are given using the BCE/CE (Before Common Era and in Common Era) year convention rather than BC/AD. If a date is not followed by BCE or CE it should be taken as CE.

Authorship

All the text on the Chinasage web site is our own, we do not copy and paste from other web sites. We research each topic from a number of sources. The only exception to this are quotations and image credits. All text is our copyright and can not be used/copied without our permission. We are independent of any other company or government, the opinions expressed are our own. We do not receive funding from any external agency or organization.

Teacup Media (China History Podcast)

We are delighted to be able to promote links to Laszlo Montgomery's excellent Teacup Media series created over the last ten years. Laszlo Montgomery has in depth knowledge of building commercial contacts with China over 30 years. The set of 250 podcasts totals 130 hours of audio commentary which covers every conceivable topic in Chinese history. Highly recommended.

Acknowledgments

We are extremely grateful to the many people who have put their photographs online for anyone to adapt and use. Without them our site would be very drab. If we are not using the image license correctly please let us know. We are grateful to Kim Dramer for permission to use her short videos all about Chinese culture and traditions. Some pages use Javascript to create special effects such as our airport table and calendar. We are grateful to the original authors for providing their code to be used and adapted by anyone else. The online Chinese dictionary uses the definition from the CC-CEDICT project for which we are grateful for a generous free license. Sound files kindly provided by shtooka.net under a Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike License.

Feel free to contact Chinasage to point out any errors, omissions or suggestions on how to improve this web site.