February monthly Quiz

A monthly tough quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for July
1. Lady Hao was a military leader from which dynasty
Sui
Qing
Shang
Shang dynasty, tomb, Lady Hao, Henan
Tomb of Lady Fu Hao, Yinxu, Henan, China. Available under a Creative Commons License

2. During the Ming dynasty most paper was made from the leaves of which plant?
oak tree
bamboo
banana
paper making, paper
Stacks of handmade paper

3. Which three cities are considered the three furnaces of China?
Chongqing, Shanghai and Wuhan
Nanjing, Chongqing and Wuhan
Nanjing, Guangzhou and Shanghai
Ningxia, mosque, muslim
Mosque for Hui people, Ningxia

4. The Dawn Redwood is a living fossil which was 'rediscovered' in which province?
Hubei
Jiangxi
Heilongjiang
chinese wildlife,  dawn redwood,  Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Metasequoia glyptostroboides. May 2005. Image by Georges Jansoone available under a Creative Commons License

5. Which chemical element traditionally provided the red color for seals and inks?
beryllium
antimony
mercury
Dao de jing, seal, Daoism, Gian Jinlin
A seal by Gian Jinlun (1888-1950) which uses text from the Dao de Jing (Tao Te Ching). Image by Cangjie6 available under a Creative Commons License

6. The tulou houses of the Hakka people are mostly found in which province?
Hubei
Fujian
Jiangxi
Fujian, Tulou, lantern

7. The grand canal link used to originally link which city to Hangzhou?
Zhengzhou
Luoyang
Xi'an
grand canal, Zhejiang, bridge
Bridge over the Grand Canal, Hangzhou

8. Early compasses were often made in the form of what?
needle
knife
ladle
feng shui, compass
Division of a traditional Feng Shui compass

9. Suzhou in Jiangsu province is famous for what?
tea
porcelain
gardens
bridge, Suzhou, Macartney, Alexander
A bridge near Suzhou. The Emperor commanded all bridges to give the embassy a military salute. The horseshoe shape was quite common around Suzhou. Painted by the official artist to the Macartney British Embassy to China 1793-94. Image by William Alexander available under a Creative Commons License

10. Who is mostly attributed for taming the Yellow River?
Yu the Great
Guanyin
Yellow Emperor
Yellow river, waterfall, river
Hukou Waterfall on the Yellow River

11. Dandong is on the major crossing point to which neighbouring country?
Laos
Mongolia
North Korea
Jilin, autumn
Autumn in Jilin

12. What was the 'Mukden incident' of 1931?
outbreak of plague
railway sabotage
assassination of diplomat
Heilongjiang, Harbin, modern housing, view
Skyline of Harbin, Heilongjiang

13. Which of these items is not claimed as a Chinese invention?
gunpowder
porcelain
toothbrush
Macau, cityscape, view, modern housing
Macau skyline, 2013

14. Pudong is a district of which major city?
Tianjin
Shanghai
Wuhan
Shanghai, Pudong, skyscraper

15. Emperor Yao is credited with which important innovation?
making silk
dams to control river flow
appointment on merit
emperor shun, legend, emperor
Emperor Shun performs divination in the palace. Made by Jiang Tingxi c.1725. Available under a Creative Commons License
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