Chinasage Diary

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Mon 26th Feb

Atomic threat

After the foundation of Peoples republic in 1949 Russia helped its Communist neighbor in rebuilding the country. This included help on developing nuclear missiles. Such a measure was necessary because the U.S. had threatened to use the atomic bomb on China despite the country having nothing so drastic to retaliate with. When China broke with Russia acrimoniously, Mao managed to keep the nuclear program going. So on 6 October 1964, China detonated its first nuclear bomb and entered the select group of nations with weapons of mass destruction. It was seen as a major step forward in Chinese independence and technology. At the present time (2019) China has about 290 nuclear missiles.
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Sun 25th Feb

Atomic threat

After the foundation of Peoples republic in 1949 Russia helped its Communist neighbor in rebuilding the country. This included help on developing nuclear missiles. Such a measure was necessary because the U.S. had threatened to use the atomic bomb on China despite the country having nothing so drastic to retaliate with. When China broke with Russia acrimoniously, Mao managed to keep the nuclear program going. So on 6 October 1964, China detonated its first nuclear bomb and entered the select group of nations with weapons of mass destruction. It was seen as a major step forward in Chinese independence and technology. At the present time (2019) China has about 290 nuclear missiles.
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1875 Emperor Guangxu became ruler 1875 (149 years ago)
Sat 24th Feb

Atomic threat

After the foundation of Peoples republic in 1949 Russia helped its Communist neighbor in rebuilding the country. This included help on developing nuclear missiles. Such a measure was necessary because the U.S. had threatened to use the atomic bomb on China despite the country having nothing so drastic to retaliate with. When China broke with Russia acrimoniously, Mao managed to keep the nuclear program going. So on 6 October 1964, China detonated its first nuclear bomb and entered the select group of nations with weapons of mass destruction. It was seen as a major step forward in Chinese independence and technology. At the present time (2019) China has about 290 nuclear missiles.
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Fri 23rd Feb

Atomic threat

After the foundation of Peoples republic in 1949 Russia helped its Communist neighbor in rebuilding the country. This included help on developing nuclear missiles. Such a measure was necessary because the U.S. had threatened to use the atomic bomb on China despite the country having nothing so drastic to retaliate with. When China broke with Russia acrimoniously, Mao managed to keep the nuclear program going. So on 6 October 1964, China detonated its first nuclear bomb and entered the select group of nations with weapons of mass destruction. It was seen as a major step forward in Chinese independence and technology. At the present time (2019) China has about 290 nuclear missiles.
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Thu 22nd Feb

Atomic threat

After the foundation of Peoples republic in 1949 Russia helped its Communist neighbor in rebuilding the country. This included help on developing nuclear missiles. Such a measure was necessary because the U.S. had threatened to use the atomic bomb on China despite the country having nothing so drastic to retaliate with. When China broke with Russia acrimoniously, Mao managed to keep the nuclear program going. So on 6 October 1964, China detonated its first nuclear bomb and entered the select group of nations with weapons of mass destruction. It was seen as a major step forward in Chinese independence and technology. At the present time (2019) China has about 290 nuclear missiles.
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705 Empress Wu Zetian no longer ruler 705 (1,319 years ago)
Wed 21st Feb

Atomic threat

After the foundation of Peoples republic in 1949 Russia helped its Communist neighbor in rebuilding the country. This included help on developing nuclear missiles. Such a measure was necessary because the U.S. had threatened to use the atomic bomb on China despite the country having nothing so drastic to retaliate with. When China broke with Russia acrimoniously, Mao managed to keep the nuclear program going. So on 6 October 1964, China detonated its first nuclear bomb and entered the select group of nations with weapons of mass destruction. It was seen as a major step forward in Chinese independence and technology. At the present time (2019) China has about 290 nuclear missiles.
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1876 Murder of Captain Margery 1876 (148 years ago)
1972 Nixon visit to China began 1972 (52 years ago)
Tue 20th Feb

Atomic threat

After the foundation of Peoples republic in 1949 Russia helped its Communist neighbor in rebuilding the country. This included help on developing nuclear missiles. Such a measure was necessary because the U.S. had threatened to use the atomic bomb on China despite the country having nothing so drastic to retaliate with. When China broke with Russia acrimoniously, Mao managed to keep the nuclear program going. So on 6 October 1964, China detonated its first nuclear bomb and entered the select group of nations with weapons of mass destruction. It was seen as a major step forward in Chinese independence and technology. At the present time (2019) China has about 290 nuclear missiles.
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Mon 19th Feb

Looking to the stars

The Chinese have the longest continuous records of star gazing. As early as the year 1093 the Chinese had given names to 1,565 individual stars. They recorded the passing of comets and the orbits of all the planets. Early calculations allowed them to predict the occurrence of eclipses. The stars were grouped into a much larger number of constellations (asterisms) 283 than in the west and they represent a scene of life at the Imperial court.
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1997 Deng Xiaoping died 1997 (27 years ago)
Sun 18th Feb

Looking to the stars

The Chinese have the longest continuous records of star gazing. As early as the year 1093 the Chinese had given names to 1,565 individual stars. They recorded the passing of comets and the orbits of all the planets. Early calculations allowed them to predict the occurrence of eclipses. The stars were grouped into a much larger number of constellations (asterisms) 283 than in the west and they represent a scene of life at the Imperial court.
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1294 Kublai Khan no longer ruler 1294 (730 years ago)
Sat 17th Feb

Looking to the stars

The Chinese have the longest continuous records of star gazing. As early as the year 1093 the Chinese had given names to 1,565 individual stars. They recorded the passing of comets and the orbits of all the planets. Early calculations allowed them to predict the occurrence of eclipses. The stars were grouped into a much larger number of constellations (asterisms) 283 than in the west and they represent a scene of life at the Imperial court.
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763 An Lushan Rebellion ended 763 (1,261 years ago)
Fri 16th Feb

Looking to the stars

The Chinese have the longest continuous records of star gazing. As early as the year 1093 the Chinese had given names to 1,565 individual stars. They recorded the passing of comets and the orbits of all the planets. Early calculations allowed them to predict the occurrence of eclipses. The stars were grouped into a much larger number of constellations (asterisms) 283 than in the west and they represent a scene of life at the Imperial court.
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1921 Hua Guofeng born at Jiaocheng Shanxi 1921 (103 years ago)
Thu 15th Feb

Birth of a revolutionary movement

The momentum that was to build to the foundation of the Peoples' Republic in 1949 began before the foundation of the Chinese Communist party in 1921. It was the May 4th movement that gave this impetus; it began on 4th May 1919 with mainly student demonstrations over the treatment of China at the Treaty of Versailles. It was Zhou Enlai who emerged as a leader of the movement in Tianjin and went on to be a leading figure in the early days of the P.R.C.. May 4th is commemorated each year as 'Youth day' in China.
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1823 Li Hongzhang born 1823 (201 years ago)
Wed 14th Feb

Birth of a revolutionary movement

The momentum that was to build to the foundation of the Peoples' Republic in 1949 began before the foundation of the Chinese Communist party in 1921. It was the May 4th movement that gave this impetus; it began on 4th May 1919 with mainly student demonstrations over the treatment of China at the Treaty of Versailles. It was Zhou Enlai who emerged as a leader of the movement in Tianjin and went on to be a leading figure in the early days of the P.R.C.. May 4th is commemorated each year as 'Youth day' in China.
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1871 Emperor Guangxu born 1871 (153 years ago)
Tue 13th Feb

Marriage Dash

In dynastic China if the Emperor became ill there was a surge of people rushing to get married. This was because if the Emperor should die there would be a ban on any marriages during the period of mourning. This period of mourning was usually a whole year for those serving at Imperial court, but still as long as three months for ordinary folk. It was also forbidden to marry in the three years of mourning following the death of a parent.
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Mon 12th Feb

Marriage Dash

In dynastic China if the Emperor became ill there was a surge of people rushing to get married. This was because if the Emperor should die there would be a ban on any marriages during the period of mourning. This period of mourning was usually a whole year for those serving at Imperial court, but still as long as three months for ordinary folk. It was also forbidden to marry in the three years of mourning following the death of a parent.
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1912 Puyi no longer ruler 1912 (112 years ago)
Sun 11th Feb

Earliest Chinese writing

The proof of the ancient status of Chinese characters only came in the 19th century. Before them some European historians considered Chinese writing to have split off from Mesopotamian culture at an early date. The evidence came from oracle bones which were inscribed with early progenitors of modern characters at Anyang, Henan. They date from the Shang dynasty (1711-1066BCE) and were used to seek guidance from the gods.
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2014 Taiwan China face to face talks 2014 (10 years ago)
Sat 10th Feb

Earliest Chinese writing

The proof of the ancient status of Chinese characters only came in the 19th century. Before them some European historians considered Chinese writing to have split off from Mesopotamian culture at an early date. The evidence came from oracle bones which were inscribed with early progenitors of modern characters at Anyang, Henan. They date from the Shang dynasty (1711-1066BCE) and were used to seek guidance from the gods.
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Fri 9th Feb

Qufu

The town of Qufu, Shandong was the home of Confucius ( Kǒngfūzǐ ) and descendents now in the 83rd generation still live there. The size and grandeur of the buildings rival that of the Forbidden City in Beijing.
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1796 Emperor Qianlong no longer ruler 1796 (228 years ago)
Thu 8th Feb

Colony of Singapore

There is only one country in the world outside that has a majority of ethnic Chinese and that is the island state of Singapore. The massive city of 2.7 million live on just 280 square miles (the second most densely populated country). It was founded by the British in 1819 and attracted many Chinese workers to work the spice and rubber plantations.
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Wed 7th Feb

Colony of Singapore

There is only one country in the world outside that has a majority of ethnic Chinese and that is the island state of Singapore. The massive city of 2.7 million live on just 280 square miles (the second most densely populated country). It was founded by the British in 1819 and attracted many Chinese workers to work the spice and rubber plantations.
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1906 Puyi born 1906 (118 years ago)
Tue 6th Feb

China's neighbors

China has the largest number of land borders together with Russia. There are 14 in all, starting in East and running anti-clockwise they are: Korea (North), Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. The length of border with Afghanistan is tiny - only 40 miles; Laos and Tajikistan have only slightly longer at 200 miles.
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Mon 5th Feb

China's neighbors

China has the largest number of land borders together with Russia. There are 14 in all, starting in East and running anti-clockwise they are: Korea (North), Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. The length of border with Afghanistan is tiny - only 40 miles; Laos and Tajikistan have only slightly longer at 200 miles.
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On this day

756 An Lushan born 756 (1,268 years ago)
1661 Emperor Kangxi became ruler 1661 (363 years ago)
Sun 4th Feb

China's neighbors

China has the largest number of land borders together with Russia. There are 14 in all, starting in East and running anti-clockwise they are: Korea (North), Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. The length of border with Afghanistan is tiny - only 40 miles; Laos and Tajikistan have only slightly longer at 200 miles.
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On this day

960 Song dynasty began 960 (1,064 years ago)
960 Emperor Taizu became ruler 960 (1,064 years ago)
1976 Hua Guofeng became Premier PRC 1976 (48 years ago)
Sat 3rd Feb

China's neighbors

China has the largest number of land borders together with Russia. There are 14 in all, starting in East and running anti-clockwise they are: Korea (North), Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. The length of border with Afghanistan is tiny - only 40 miles; Laos and Tajikistan have only slightly longer at 200 miles.
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Fri 2nd Feb

Hong Kong

The Chinese name for Hong Kong is Xiāng Gǎng meaning fragrant harbor. Hong Kong island was a British possession from 1842 until 1999 and runs on a semi-autonomous basis until 2049.
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1421 Opening of Imperial Palace 1421 (603 years ago)
Thu 1st Feb

Hong Kong

The Chinese name for Hong Kong is Xiāng Gǎng meaning fragrant harbor. Hong Kong island was a British possession from 1842 until 1999 and runs on a semi-autonomous basis until 2049.
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Wed 31st Jan

Hong Kong

The Chinese name for Hong Kong is Xiāng Gǎng meaning fragrant harbor. Hong Kong island was a British possession from 1842 until 1999 and runs on a semi-autonomous basis until 2049.
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Tue 30th Jan

Hong Kong

The Chinese name for Hong Kong is Xiāng Gǎng meaning fragrant harbor. Hong Kong island was a British possession from 1842 until 1999 and runs on a semi-autonomous basis until 2049.
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Mon 29th Jan

Porcelain stone

It's widely known that china is made from china clay; what is less well-known is that the second, equally important ingredient of porcelain is 'petuntse'/porcelain stone. While china clay provides the plastic part, porcelain stone gives it solidity (bone). Both ingredients, by-products of the weathering of granite, are found in large quantities near Jingdezhen, the Chinese center of porcelain manufacture.
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On this day

757 An Lushan died 757 (1,267 years ago)
Buddhism , Dali, Yunnan, temple
Chongsheng Temple, Dali, Yunnan