Blog Tag - History

Portrait of a Beijinger: extraordinary stories from ordinary Beijingers
Stories are all around us, waiting to be told. The next time you are crossing a busy street or taking a stuffy subway, imagine the concentration of...
Beijing Summer History Reads That Won't Leave You Napping
Riddle me this: after three proud years in Beijing, your beloved mommy and daddy come to visit. You are marching down the streets with your chin up,...
R Old China Hand: Joerg Wuttke, President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China
As Joerg Wuttke recently prepared to end his term as President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, and head back to his hometown in...
R History on a String: How Chinese Kite Flying, and Kite Watching, is so Much More than a Hobby
Beijing may have a reputation for filthy, dreary grey skies, but by spring things are different. At least’s that’s the case on clear blue, mild,...
Slow Boats and Caravans: Great Explorers in Chinese History
China was never closed to the world. The myth of Chinese civilization huddled behind the Great Wall, isolated and insular, is as much a product of...
Beijing Officials Admit Artifacts Stolen from Famous Ming Tomb... One Year Later
Artifacts from the city's famous Ming tombs have been missing for up to a year's time without being acknowledged by local authorities, causing...
In Search of Buried Treasure at the Ming Tombs
Following our recent visit to the Summer Palaces, my family and I decided to round out our tour of Beijing’s imperial heritage, with a trip to the...
Jane Su: Wisconsin Native Discusses What Moving to China in 1957 Was Like
Jane Su, a Wisconsin-native, made the move to China long before it was cool. Su first came to Beijing in 1957, after marrying a Chinese heart surgeon...
Why Do We Call it Spring Festival?: The Origins Behind the Name
Has there ever been a blander name for a holiday than “Spring Festival”? What the hell does it even mean? It’s held in the middle of winter. In North...
Temple Fairs: The History Behind Spring Festival's Most Crowded Tradition
Lunar New Year in Beijing: Dumplings, bad TV, a heady mix of alcohol and cheap explosives, and, of course, temple fairs. Depending on the last temple...
Don't Be a Fool, Eat Your Gruel: The Story Behind Eating Porridge for Laba Festival
Some people will do anything for a free meal, even if that means waiting in line outside in Beijing in the middle of January for nothing more than a...
2016 Visitors to Beijing Palace Museum Topped 16 Million, An Average of 40,000 Every Day
The Forbidden City is known for its overwhelming crowds during peak periods. Last year, visitors to Beijing’s famous Palace Museum topped 16 million...
Capital Histories: How Beijing Came to Be China's Capital
While Beijingers claim a history dating back to 1045 BC, it would be more accurate to say that the past 3,000 years have seen a number of cities rise...
Over 75 Percent of Historic Residences in Beijing Fail Preservation Standards
Over 75 percent of historic residences in Beijing fail to meet preservation standards, the Global Times reported this week. Global Times cited a...
Over 1,000 Ancient Tombs Discovered at Construction Site in Tongzhou
Construction workers building Beijing’s future have instead stumbled onto a bit of the city’s past. Over 1,000 ancient tombs have been unearthed by...