Stamp collecting is the gathering and procurement of postage stamps and is one of the most popular hobbies throughout the world. As of late, there has been a resurgence of stamp collecting within China. Under the reign of Mao Zedong, stamp collecting in China was banned. Zedong despised this hobby because he saw it as a bourgeois activity. However, China has since dropped this negative view on collecting stamps. In fact, stamp collecting is now seen as a status symbol.
Xu Beihong Xu Beihong (1895 – 1953) was born in Jiangsu Province at the end of the 19th Century – a time when revolutionary western social and political ideas were starting to take hold in China. It is perhaps not surprising that, having grown up in such an ever-changing political climate, that Xu Beihong’s artistic work was equally as revolutionary in both its scale and content, adopting western artistic practices while at the same time not abandoning his Chinese roots.
The Chinese zodiac is given much significance in China. It is said to have a strong influence on the character traits of those born in each of its twelve years. Dog years follow the year of the Rooster and are eleventh in the cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Characteristics of men and women born in the year of the Dog are believed to be very loyal and kind to others. They are also believed often to care more for others
Chen Yun (1905-1995) Chen Yun, born into an urban working-class family in 1905 in Qingpu, Shanghai, was a 20th Century Chinese politician who was instrumental in forming economic policy, in which he advocated the introduction of elements of the free market to boost China’s economy. He was also a highly influential leader of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) throughout the 1980s and 1990s. During his youth in the 1920s he organised union activities in Shanghai and joined the Communist
Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), a revolutionary and considered the founding father of the Republic of China (ROC) and the layer of the foundations for the revolution resulting in the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), was the first president of the ROC from 29th December 1911 to 10th March 1912 and the first leader of the Kuomintang (KMT) nationalist party from 1919 to 1925. As a revolutionary leader, Sun Yat-sen was critical to the success of the Xinhai Revolution
Situated just 10 miles to the south west of the city of Datong at the foot of the Wuzhou Shan mountain range in Shanxi province, the Yungang Grottoes play host to a series of 252 shallow caves containing in excess of 51,000 Buddhist statues dating from the 5th and 6th centuries AD. The caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and are highly valued as magnificent examples of Buddhist cave art – particularly rock-cut art, and are one of the