The Grand Canal: China’s Ancient Lifeline

Veteran China journalist Ian Johnson, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his coverage of persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, recently spent two weeks aboard a barge on China’s Grand Canal. In a feature for National...

Yu Hua: Feudal Answers for Modern Problems

While the Communist Party has long-excluded religion from its vision for China, some Chinese officials and common people still hold on to rather feudal beliefs. The well-known author, Yu Hua, tells stories on the New York Times:...

Battle Continues Against Henan’s Tomb Razers

Global Times’ Liang Chen revisits the “seesaw battle” over grave demolitions in Henan, which began last year with a heavy-handed campaign of land reclamation. Locals suspected that this was to make way for...

Henan Officials Commit a Grave Error

China saw 41 self-immolation protests against forced evictions between 2009 and 2011. One might expect that death would at least be the end of the problem; but not in Zhukou city in Henan province, where local authorities are...

China Curbs Fancy Tombs That Irk Poor

In China, a movement towards more austere funerals so as to not alienate the poor. From the New York Times: Ever since Deng Xiaoping signaled in 1978 that it was fine to get rich, much of China has seemed hell-bent on that goal....

1,700-Year-Old Tombs Found in Northwest China – Xinhua

From Xinhua: Nine 1,700-year-old brick tombs have been discovered in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, which, experts say, provide valuable clues for the research of exchanges between the central Chinese government at that time and remote Western Regions. It is the first time ancient tombs with typical characteristics of China’s main Han nationality have […]

Tombs found at China Olympic site – AP

From AP via USA Today (link): Ancient imperial tombs were unearthed during construction at a competition site for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, prompting work to be suspended. The tombs, found in mid-April, are believed to date more than 500 years to the Ming dynasty and may be those of eunuchs serving at the imperial court, […]


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