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The Six Ages of China. 1) The rise of the Middle Land A Qin strongman unites China’s warring states (c3000–221 BC) The Chinese call their country Zhongguo, the Middle Land. Originally that meant the Yellow river plain, and our journey – filming my forthcoming series on Chinese history – began there at a Henan temple fair with a million people celebrating Nu Wa, the prehistoric mother goddess who made the Chinese people out of the yellow mud.

“We are all brothers and sisters,” one pilgrim told us, echoing DNA discoveries that claim that over a third of all Han Chinese males share just three ancestors only 5,000 years ago (if so, they really are the world’s biggest tribe!) We also visited the great archaeological discoveries at Erlitou and Anyang, capital of the first great dynasty, the Shang (c1575–1046 BC) with whom many of the great themes of Chinese culture emerge – along with the script still used today. An owl-shaped wine vessel from the late Shang period, c1200 BC. © AKG 2) The Tang 3) The Song Renaissance. China: 131 ancient hanging coffins up to 1,200 years old discovered on mountain side. More than 131 hanging wooden coffins, balanced on the side of a 100-metre mountain side, have been discovered in China. The mysterious find, believed to be about 1,200 years old, were located in China's Hubei province.

They were placed in rectangular-shaped holes that were carved into the side of the mountain or wedged between rocks, while sitting above a river in Zigui County, in the village of Yanglinqiao, close to the site of the Three Gorges Dam. The man-made caves are sometimes known as "Caves of the Fairies" to some people and the practice is stooped in superstition. Similar discoveries have been made all over southeast Asia, from Chinese provinces Yunnan, Sichuan, Jiangxi and Fujian to the Philippines. Archaeologists believe the coffins were made during the Tang dynasty (618-907), and may have belonged to the ancient ethnic minority Bo people, who lived in southern China. It is not yet known who discovered the coffins, or when they were found on the mountain. Pompeii of the East: 4,000 year-old victims of Chinese earthquake captured in...

The victims of an earthquake that struck the Chinese community of Lajia in Qinghai Province on the Upper Yellow River have been put on display by the Lajia Ruins Museum. It’s a scene that the China People Daily says brings tears to the eyes of visitors as victims are seen huddling together in terror, while women are embracing young children in an attempt to protect them. Like the victims of Pompeii, the Roman city overcome by the explosion of Vesuvius in 79 AD, the residents of the building in Lajia are preserved in sudden brutal death. While the humanity of the Pompeiians is preserved by the casing of volcanic ash and mud, in Lajia the full horror is brutally apparent in their skeletal remains.

Plaster cast of a Pompeii victim, still with a grimace on his face. Source: BigStockPhoto The disaster was caused by a mudslide triggered by an earthquake which crushed a Bronze Age building including all those inside. Pompeii was struck suddenly by what is known as a Pyroclastic Flow. Pompeii of the East: 4,000 year-old victims of Chinese earthquake captured in their final moments | Ancient Origins. Zhou period chariot and horse pit found in Northern Shaanxi plateau. Chongpingyuan cemetery is located in Yichuan County, near Yan’an, in Shaanxi Province. The cemetery is spread overa long and narrow raised loess plateau between two gullies.

The topography of the site slowly declines from the northwest to the southeast, over a surface area of 140,000 square metres. In May 2014, as the site had been damaged by tomb raiders, Shaanxi Province Archaeology Research Institute (on approval from the State Administration of Cultural Heritage) began an archaeological investigation and rescue excavation at the cemetery.

By the beginning of November, the fieldwork was complete. The graves are all rectangular earthen shaft pit tombs. There is a fairly large difference in the quantity and type of burial objects in the tombs. M17 is the largest tomb excavated during this dig. The most important discovery in this excavation was the K1 chariot & horse pit. The eastern chariot is Chariot Number One. Chariot Number Two is behind Chariot Number 1. These Are the 7 Common Steps for Makeup in Ancient China. Some of you may have seen stories about ancient Chinese civilization, perhaps dramas or movies, where women appear in their court ornaments, all of which had their special reason for being. In ancient times, you needed to fulfill these 7 steps to finish your makeup routine: 7 steps of the Tang Dynasty makeup routine. (Screenshot/YouTube) The eyebrows enhance the beauty of the face, and were very important to ancient Chinese women.

Did you knew that the character for eyebrow was originally shaped like the profile of a standing person, with the eyebrows and eyes standing out? If you wonder why in the drama Empress of China the women had flower tattoos on their foreheads, this originates from the legend of Princess Shouyang, who fell asleep under a plum tree and had a plum blossom land on her forehead. The court ladies all admired the plum blossom look so much that they started imitating it with makeup. Gilding the forehead.

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. Ancient Chinese script may prove Asians discovered America 3,300 years ago. Author and researcher John Ruskamp claims to have found pictograms from the ancient Chinese Shang Dynasty etched into rocks in AmericaThe symbols are carved into rocks in New Mexico, California and ArizonaHe says the Chinese were exploring North America long before EuropeansHe claims the symbols give details of journeys and honour the Shang king By Richard Gray for MailOnline Published: 09:13 GMT, 9 July 2015 | Updated: 16:53 GMT, 10 July 2015 The discovery of the Americas has for centuries been credited to the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, but ancient markings carved into rocks around the US could require history to be rewritten.

Researchers have discovered ancient scripts that suggest Chinese explorers may have discovered America long before Europeans arrived there. They have found pictograms etched into the rocks around the country that appear to belong of an ancient Chinese script. Scroll down for video 'The pattern of the finds suggests more of an expedition than settlement.' Tea cultivation in China began earlier than thought. New archaeological discoveries in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, suggest that China may have been cultivating tea plants more than 3,000 years earlier than previously thought.

The Zhejiang Cultural Relics and Archaeological Research Center released its new findings about the Tianluo Mountain site on Tuesday that showed Chinese ancestors started cultivating tea plants about 6,000 years ago. Sun Guoping, a researcher with the center who is captain of the exploration project on Tianluo Mountain, said that after years of testing, the roots discovered in the area proved to belong to the earliest tea plants cultivated by humans in China. "Before this discovery, historical and archaeological records indicated that Chinese people started growing tea plants about 3,000 years ago.

The discovery proved the activity started 3,000 years earlier," he said. "The exploration team also discovered a pottery utensil similar to a teapot. Spp230_hellenes_romans_in_china. Remains of ancient Chinese tribal sites added to World Heritage List. On July 3, the World Heritage Committee unanimously approved the addition of China's Tusi sites to their list Having been deemed to have 'universal value,' the sites boast the remains of an ancient political systemEmperors adopted the system, which facilitated ethnic diversity and promoted coexistence, in the 13th centuryThe three sites that have been added are: Laosicheng in the Hunan Province, Tangya in the Hubei Province and the Hailongtun Fortress in the Guizhou Province By Katie Amey for MailOnline Published: 14:28 GMT, 4 July 2015 | Updated: 00:22 GMT, 5 July 2015 On July 3, the World Heritage Committee unanimously approved the addition of China's stunning Tusi sites during its annual meeting in Bonn, Germany.

The sites boast the remains of an ancient political system adopted by Chinese emperors to govern ethnic minority regions in south-central and southwest China, with Tusi literally referring to the hereditary tribal headmen appointed to oversee the often unruly areas. U.S. compares China's South China Sea moves to Russia's in Ukraine. Form. How China Practices the Invasion of Taiwan. Recent Chinese military maneuvers in the Bashi Channel had only one purpose. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has recently been practicing the invasion of Taiwan with a number of joint air-sea military exercises in and around the Bashi Channel, in close proximity to Taiwanese territory. As I reported last week (see: “China Holds Naval Drills Near Taiwan and Philippines”), the most recent exercise involved the simulation of real combat conditions in the waters east of the Bashi Channel, including long-range precision strikes and aerial combat.

According to IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly, the Chinese naval task force consisted of a Type 052B destroyer, a Type 054A frigate — side note: two ships of this class also recently participated in a joint Sino-Russian maritime exercise – and a Type 904 general stores issue ship. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) deployed a number of H-6G/K strategic bombers and J-11B air superiority fighter jets.

China says U.S. calls for Tiananmen accounting are 'unprovoked accusations' A look at some of hacking accusations against China. BEIJING (AP) — Accusations of hacking by China and Beijing's counterclaims of such activity by the U.S. government have strained U.S. -Chinese relations. China has consistently denied cyberspying activities and says it too has been victimized by cyberattacks. A look at some of the American accusations against China-based hackers: American officials said Thursday that China-based hackers are suspected of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. government personnel office and stealing identifying information of at least 4 million federal workers.

A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington called such accusations "not responsible and counterproductive. " "Cyberattacks conducted across countries are hard to track and therefore the source of attacks is difficult to identify," said Zhu Haiquan. The Office of Personnel Management was also targeted a year ago in a cyber-attack that was suspected of originating in China. America got hacked by Captain America and the Avengers - Jun. 5, 2015. Considering what was stolen from the Office of Personnel Management -- details about who has access to the nation's secrets -- experts say the Chinese may be trying to improve how they spy on our government.

The U.S. Navy's former top cybersecurity commander, retired Captain Mike Walls, expects Chinese spies will use the information to better target specific American employees. "This is an intelligence play which will inform the Chinese as they conduct future cyberattacks," he said. Jason Polancich, an ex-intelligence analyst for the U.S. government, said hackers are likely "collecting intelligence on employees, their roles, projects they work on, access levels" and more to exploit them.

China could try to turn them into spies with bribes or blackmail. Personnel records aren't the typical stolen goods hackers go after. Credit cards can be sold on the black market. China has been accused of hacking in the past. "It is too early to tell what the motivation would be for an attack like this. China's "Internet police" open a window on Web censorship. BEIJING (Reuters) - The branch of China's police in charge of censoring "illegal and harmful" online information will make its efforts more visible to the public from Monday with the launch of their own social media accounts, the Ministry of Public Security said.

The Chinese government aggressively censors the Internet, blocking many sites it deems could challenge the rule of the Communist Party or threaten stability, including popular Western sites like YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, as well as Google Inc's main search engine and Gmail service. Police in some 50 areas, from metropolises like Beijing and Shanghai to more obscure cities like Xuzhou in Jiangsu province, will open accounts on sites including Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, the ministry said late on Sunday.

The cyber police are working to root out "illegal and harmful information on the Internet, deter and prevent cyber crimes and improper words and deeds online, publish case reports and handle public tip-offs", it said. Ash Carter calls on China to end South China Sea expansion - On Saturday, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called for "an immediate and lasting halt" to the practice. "The United States is deeply concerned about the pace and scope of land reclamation in the South China Sea," Carter said in a speech before diplomats in Singapore. "The prospect of further militarization as well as the potential for these activities to increase the risk of miscalculation or conflict among claimant states.

" Carter's Australian and Japanese counterparts weighed in with similar statements as well on Saturday, but a Chinese defense official fired back, dismissing concerns over militarization as "incomplete and (lacking) jurisprudential evidence. " "Freedom of navigation should be for the benefits of economic development, rather than sending military aircraft and vessels everywhere," Rear Adm. Militarization Last week, a U.S. surveillance plane carrying a CNN crew swooped over such artificial islands, triggering eight warnings from the Chinese navy to back off.

Chinese army declares internet war - Business Insider. Glogin?URI= Who Discovered America? Ancient Chinese – 2000 Years Before Columbus! AnonHQ. World China was the world’s greatest maritime power in the early 15th century. Trade between Eastern parts of Asia and America is believed to have taken place much before Christopher Columbus set sail. Could it be then possible that what we have been taught for centuries – that Columbus discovered America – was a lie or misinformation? “The traditional story of Columbus discovering the New World is absolute fantasy, it’s fairy tales,” Gavin Menzies, a former sailor with Britain’s Royal Navy and author of Who Discovered America, told The Daily Mail.

These are some of his claims: “Columbus had a map of America, de Gama had a map showing India and Captain Cook had a map showing Australia, and it’s not my saying; it’s the explorers saying it. Did Chinese actually beat out Columbus? There is also evidence that plate armour, using ivory and bones, began appearing in Alaska around 1,000 years ago. A new Cold War is warming up in the South China Sea. President Barack Obama has shown little skill at drawing red lines to warn off international troublemakers, or at managing the threat of retaliation. Washington’s interventions in the ongoing upheavals in Syria, Egypt, Libya, Iraq and Yemen have been ham-handed, to say the least.

But now, in an apparent attempt to reassure Asian allies of the United States’ dependability in a crisis, the Obama administration is pushing back against Beijing’s imperial adventures in the South China Sea. But the time when China would shrink and retreat at the first sight of a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group looming on the horizon is long gone. Washington’s confrontation with Beijing over China’s construction of islands housing military bases on disputed shoals in the South China Sea is now more likely to draw an assertive response from President Xi Jinping.

The events of the last few days don’t suggest the Obama administration has a strategically coherent plan for pushing back against China’s ambitions. China’s military has declared war on Western thought on the internet. Chinese Army newspaper calls for military role in Internet culture war. Ecological civilization.