September Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for September
1. What does a carp symbolize a wish for in artwork?
promotion
Good luck
long life
fish, lotus

2. The founder of the Han dynasty Liu Bei had his powerbase in which modern province?
Guangdong
Henan
Sichuan
Han dynasty, dance, dancer
China, rustic dancers, eastern han dynasty (25-220). Image by sailko available under a Creative Commons License

3. A Jewish community has lived for many centuries in which Chinese city?
Beijing
Tianjin
Kaifeng
Kaifeng, jews

4. The second Yi Jing hexagram is called what?
Li - brightness
Yu - delight
Kun - earth
yi jing
Three gold coins used for Yi Jing fortune telling

5. What is the ideal depth of water for a paddy field?
6 inches
1 foot
2 feet
rice, paddy fields
Planting rice in paddy fields. Yangshuo, Guangxi, China Photo by Corto Maltese 1999 available under a Creative Commons license .

6. Kowloon town within the city of Hong Kong means what in English?
Harbor view
Nine dragons
High pagoda
Hong Kong, park, modern housing
A pavilion located at Nan Liang Garden in Hong Kong

7. Mukden is an old name for which Chinese city
Hohhot
Shenyang
Xi'an
machuria raliway, share certificate
Stock Certificate of South Manchuria Railway (1926-45) Image by South Manchuria Railway available under a Creative Commons License

8. The 'Five Avenues' (Wudadao) is an area of colonial buildings in which city?
Shanghai
Beijing
Tianjin
Dali, lake, Yunnan
Erhai, Dali Lake, Yunnan. November 2009
Image by Brücke-Osteuropa available under a Creative Commons license

9. If a character in traditional Chinese opera wears black make-up what does it denote?
Wisdom
Invisibility
Hero
opera, Beijing opera, costume
China National Peking Opera Company performing the Red Haired Galloping Horse opera at Meilanfang theatre in Beijing, China Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

10. Why is Ginseng mainly considered a potent medicine?
root shape
grows in graveyards
flower shape
Shandong, Taishan, mountains, moon gate
View of Mount Taishan, Shandong

11. Liu Jin in 1510CE accumulated four million pounds of gold in just four years. What was his profession?
Tax collector
Imperial eunuch
Porcelain manufacturer
palace, eunuch, Beijing
Entrance through the Gate of Peace at the Lama Temple Beijing (Yonghegong), or Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple or Yonghegong Lamsery, a renowned lama temple of the Yellow Hat Sect of Lamaism. Building work on the YongHeGong Temple started in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty. It originally served as an official residence for court eunuchs. It was then converted into the court of Prince Yong Zheng (Yin Zhen), a son of emperor KangXi. After YongZheng's ascension to the throne in 1722, half of the building was converted into a lamasery, a monastery for monks of Tibetan Buddhism, while the other half remained an imperial palace. November 2006. Image by Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada available under a Creative Commons license

12. Nu Mengjiang is associated with which event in Chinese history?
fall of the Tang dynasty
flood in 1459
building the Great Wall
Xian, muslim, shops, PKChina-07
Street scene in Muslim quarter of Xi'an. September 2019. Image by September 2019.

13. There is a festival on the ninth day of the ninth month (double ninth) which is also known by what name?
Chinese Valentine's Day
Dragon Boat festival
Zhong yang
Shanghai, Chinese new year, dragon dance
New Year dragon, Shanghai

14. Reginald Johnston was famous in China in what position?
Governor of Hong Kong
Army General
Tutor to the last Emperor
opium war, sea battle, junk, boat, ship
The East India Company iron steam ship Nemesis, commanded by Lieutenant W. H. Hall, with boats from the Sulphur, Calliope, Larne and Starling, destroying the Chinese war junks in Anson's Bay, on 7 January 1841. Image by Edward Duncan available under a Creative Commons License

15. What are foxes associated with in China?
good luck
evil spirits
prosperity
fox
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