Old fortresses, curious abodes of an iconic culture; Lu Feiran; Shine

Ancient fortresses called tulou preserve communal life in a curious piece of cultural heritage that…

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Video games and ‘cutie emperors’: Palace Museum director retires and not everyone is sad to see him go; Mandy Zuo; SCMP

Shan Jixiang, who admits he is no expert on art, brought commercial success to World Heritage Site that fired the public’s interest in history but drew scorn from his colleagues.

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FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER A SECTION OF THE FORBIDDEN CITY IS OPENING TO THE PUBLIC; Daniel Avery; Newsweek

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Clouds roll across Mount Huang; Li Yan; ECNS

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China’s Amazing Stone Pillars Inspired the ‘Avatar’ Scenery; Katie Vernon; Vintage News

Deep within China’s Hunan province is an other-worldly scene of unique quartzite-sandstone pinnacles, seemingly frozen in time. Rising steadfastly from…

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Ancient town wows visitors with digitized public restrooms; Mo Hong’e; Xinhua

In a matter of seconds, Qian Yafen can easily locate the nearest vacant toilet on her cellphone.

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A Photo Visit to Mount Fanjing; Alan Taylor; The Atlantic

On a tall spire atop the highest peak in the Wuling Mountains sit a pair of Buddhist temples, separated by a narrow gorge.

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This Exceptional $300 Wine is Produced in the Foothills of the Himalayas; Kirk Miller; Real Clear Life

We spoke to Maxence Dulou, a winemaker who hails from Bordeaux and has previously plied his trade in Burgundy, Chile and South Africa.

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Why are the Terracotta Army’s swords so pristine? Scientists solve a mystery; Qin Chen; InkStoneNews

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What Are the Holy Sites of Confucianism?; Ferdinand Bada; World Atlas

Just like any religion in the world, Confucianism has its own holy places for worshipping or practicing.

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