100 Tang Poems
Master, I hail you from my heart,
And your fame arisen to the skies….
Renouncing in ruddy youth the importance of hat and chariot,
You chose pine-trees and clouds; and now, whitehaired,
Drunk with the moon, a sage of dreams,
Flower- bewitched, you are deaf to the Emperor….
High mountain, how I long to reach you,
Breathing your sweetness even here!
1999 Postage Stamps of the People’s Republic of China
Although postal service in China goes back some 2,500 years, modern postal services were not established until 1877 by the Qing government. The postal system of the People’s Republic of China was established as the General Postal Administration in Beijing in 1949, growing out of the posts that had been operating for several years in the liberated areas.
A Thousand Pieces of Gold
Lalu Nathoy’s father called his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his “thousand pieces of gold,” yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a saloonkeeper, and offered as a prize in a poker game. This biographical novel is the extraordinary story of one woman’s fight for independence and dignity in the American West.
As China Goes, so goes the world
In this revelatory examination of the most overlooked force that is changing the face of China, the Oxford historian and scholar of modern Asia Karl Gerth shows that as the Chinese consumer goes, so goes the world. While Americans and Europeans have become increasingly worried about China’s competition for manufacturing jobs and energy resources, they have overlooked an even bigger story: China’s rapid development of an American-style consumer culture, which is revolutionizing the lives of hundreds of millions of Chinese and has the potential to reshape the world.
Beijing in a Nutshell
Beijing is located at the northern end of the vast North China Plain. on the northwest surrounded by mountains and on the southeast by plains. Its geographical setting of mountains to the north and plains to the south has made it a place contested by the strategists of past dynasties and a modern communications hub of Northeast and North China. Three thousand years ago Beijing was called Ji. an important town in north China. During the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods. it became the capital of the State of Yan. In the early tenth century. the Liao Dynasty designated it its secondary capital.
Binu and The Great Wall
In Peach village, crying is forbidden. But as a child, Binu never learned to hide her tears. Shunned by the villagers, she faced a bleak future until she met Qiliang, an orphan who offered her his hand in marriage. Then, one day, Qiliang disappears. Binu learns that he has been transported hundreds of miles and forced to labor on a project of terrifying ambition and scale—the building of the Great Wall. Binu is determined to find and save her husband. What follows is an unforgettable story of passion, hardship, and magical adventure.
China today is visible everywhere — in the news, in the economic pressures battering the globe, in our workplaces, and in every trip to the store. Provocative, timely, and essential — and updated with new statistics and information — this dramatic account of China’s growing dominance as an industrial superpower by journalist Ted C. Fishman explains how the profound shift in the world economic order has occurred — and why it already affects us all.
CHINA Insight Guide
Insight Guide China includes a section detailing China’s history, 8 features covering aspects of the country’s life and culture, ranging from traditional medicine to ornate pagodas, a region by region visitor’s guide to the sights, and a comprehensive Travel Tips section packed with essential contact addresses and numbers. Plus 21 maps and many incredible photographs.
Route 312 is the Chinese Route 66. It flows three thousand miles from east to west, passing through the factory towns of the coastal areas, through the rural heart of China, then up into the Gobi Desert, where it merges with the Old Silk Road. The highway witnesses every part of the social and economic revolution that is turning China upside down.
China Shakes the World
“Let China sleep, for when she wakes, she will shake the world.” Napoleon’s words seem eerily prescient today, as the shock waves from China’s awakening reverberate across the globe. In China Shakes the World, the former China bureau chief of the Financial Times, James Kynge, traces these tremors from Beijing to Europe to the Midwest as China’s ravenous hunger for jobs, raw materials, energy, and food — and its export of goods, workers, and investments — drastically reshape world trade and politics.
China through the Sliding Door
John Gittings has been reporting on China for 30 years, writing about its remarkable transformation from Maoist communism to a market-led economy. In this journalstic anthology he conveys both the magnitude of this change and its incompleteness – as evidenced by the 1989 Beijing Massacre.
China, The Rough Guide
“The Rough Guide to China” covers of all of mainland China and Tibet, as well as the lesser known administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau. It is full practical information on where to drink, sleep, party and eat – from streetside snack stalls to luxurious Beijing Duck restaurants. Detailed maps and comprehensive practical information help you get under the skin of China, whilst the guide’s stunning photography and a full-colour introduction make this your ultimate travelling companion
China’s New Rulers
At the Chinese Communist Party’s 16th Congress in November 2002, a group of new leaders took over the world’s most populous country. Their accession as the “Fourth Generation” of rulers of the People’s Republic–following the generations of Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Jiang Zemin–signaled the end of a long, complex struggle for power. Yet little has been known outside high Party circles about either that struggle or the men who emerged victorious from it. China’s New Rulers, based on confidential Party files leaked to a Chinese writer abroad, offers an unprecedented glimpse into the most orderly succession in the turbulent history of the People’s Republic. At its center are detailed descriptions of the nine men who will rule China for the next five years–their backgrounds, their characters, and their visions for the future.
How China & India are Revolutionizing Global Business
The economic rise of China and India has changed the way the world does business-and today’s companies need to step up their game. This in-depth report, edited by a senior writer at BusinessWeek, goes behind the headlines of the new “megamarkets” to explore how your company can stay competitive.
Chinese Language Learning for Foreigners
This set of teaching material, apart from translating, annotating and explaining the texts, tries also to compare and contrast the Chinese language with the learners’ native language in terms of phonetic system, grammar structure, communicative conventions and national and cultural background. Learners are helped not only to correctly understand and accept the rules and conventions that contrast sharply with those in their native language; they are also helped to differentiate and master those more subtle points which do not contrast sharply but must never be neglected or confused.
Chuang Tzu, the Inner Chapters
David Hintons compelling new translation of Chuang Tzus Inner Chapters makes these ancient texts from the Golden Age of Chinese philosophy accessible to contemporary readers. Standing alongside the Tao Te Ching as a founding text in the Taoist tradition, Chuang Tzu is highly readablewith a wild menagerie of characters and passages full of witty and engaging anecdotes. Revered for millennia in the Chinese spiritual tradition, Chuang Tzu stands alongside the Tao Te Ching as a founding classic of Taoism. The Inner Chapters is the only sustained section of this text widely believed to be the work of Chuang Tzu himself, dating to the fourth century B.C. Witty and engaging, spiced with the lyricism of poetry, Chuang Tzus Taoist insights are timely and eternal, profoundly concerned with spiritual ecology. Indeed, the Tao of Chuang Tzu was a wholesale rejection of a human-centered approach. Zen traces its sources back to these Taoist roots–roots at least as deep as those provided by Buddhism.
Colours and characters of China
Artist Lorette Roberts spent much of 2004 traveling in China, capturing in her own inimitable style the sights, scenes, colors and characters of Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Xian, Huangshan, Hong Kong, and much more. Alongside the famous landmarks, Lorette has sketched daily life in towns and villages and recorded new engineering projects such as the Three Gorges Dam and Maglev.
Colours of the Mountain
A classic story of triumph over adversity, a memoir of a boyhood full of spunk, mischief, and love, and a welcome introduction to an amazing young writer.
Chen’s family belonged to the despised landlord class, and his father and grandfather were routinely beaten and sent to labor camps, the family of eight left without a breadwinner. Despite this background of poverty and danger, and Da Chen grows up to be resilient, tough, and funny, learning how to defend himself and how to work toward his future. By the final pages, when his says his last goodbyes to his father and boards the bus to Beijing to attend college, Da Chen has become a hopeful man astonishing in his resilience and cheerful strength.
Daughter of the River
Daughter of the River is a memoir of China unlike any other. Born during the Great Famine of the early 1960s and raised in the slums of Chongqing, Hong Ying was constantly aware of hunger and the sacrifices required to survive. As she neared her eighteenth birthday, she became determined to unravel the secrets that left her an outsider in her own family. At the same time, a history teacher at her school began to awaken her sense of justice and her emerging womanhood. Hong Ying’s wrenching coming-of-age would teach her the price of taking a stand and show her the toll of totalitarianism, poverty, and estrangement on her family. With raw intensity and fearless honesty, Daughter of the River follows China’s trajectory through one woman’s life, from the Great Famine through the Cultural Revolution to Tiananmen Square.
Deng Xiaoping and the Cultural Revolution
Deng Xiaoping and the Cultural Revolution provides fascinating insight into the life, career, and family struggles of Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping during the tumultuous decade of the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Written from an insider’s perspective, this highly detailed account sheds new light on one of the most chaotic periods in Chinese history. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in contemporary China.
From Emperor to Citizen – Aisin – Gioro Pu Yi
From Emperor to Citizen is the autobiography of Pu Yi, the man who was the last emperor of China. A unique memoir of the first half of the 20th century as seen through the eyes of one born to be an absolute monarch, the book begins with the author’s vivid account of the last, decadent days of the Ching Dynasty, and closes with an introspective self-portrait of the last Ching emperor transformed into a retiring scholar and citizen of the People’s Republic of China.F
Frontiers of Heaven
For the Chinese, the Great Wall of China has defined much more than a physical barrier. Over the centuries it has represented a psychological frontier-within it lay the Celestial Kingdom, the compass of all civilization. Beyond lay a barbarian world of chaos and exile. Chinese journeys to the west along the ancient Silk Road were passages into the unknown, often into legend. Following in their wake, Stanley Stewart recounts his wanderings halfway across Asia in Frontiers of Heaven, his Thomas Cook Travel Book of the Year Award-winning account.
No one knows what will happen now that Hong Kong has finally returned to Chinese rule this summer, but in this chiseled, menacing tale, Paul Theroux supposes the worst. In Kowloon Tong, Bunt, a mild-mannered Brit, lives with his nagging racist mother in Hong Kong, where he oversees the family textile factory and gets his furtive thrills in the red-light district. Enter a Chinese soldier-turned-businessman, Mr. Hung, who wants to take ownership of the factory and so wages a chilling campaign of blackmail against Bunt — designed, ultimately, to force him to abandon Hong Kong forever.
This book offers a fresh look at the unintentional but very funny creative misuses of the English language in Chinese street signs, products, and advertising. Enjoy 100 brand-new examples of this unique cultural heritage, which, due to efforts from the Chinese government to wipe out all forms of incorrect signage and advertising, is about to disappear.
My year of beds
My year of beds is – in a word – magical. her descriptions of countries – both known and off the beaten track – sets this book apart. she puts her knack for descriptive prose to great effect in describing everything from strange foods to the leaves of a rarely seen tree. It makes you want to stand up and set out on a journey of your own.
New Shanghai, Rocky Rebith of china’s Legendary City
A compelling account of the rebirth of China’s greatest city. Earmarked by China’s leaders to again become an international business hub, Shanghai, in less than a decade, has blossomed from a depressed industrial town, forgotten by the outside world, into a shimmering metropolis filled with glass skyscrapers, modern factories, and thumping discotheques. Foreign investors are once again flocking to Shanghai, which is commonly seen as an up-and-coming rival to New York, Tokyo, and Hong Kong as the world’s most important financial centers. But is it?
Weaving insightful anecdotes with astute analysis, respected journalist Pamela Yatsko addresses these questions and many others to provide a vivid portrait of Shanghai, past and present.
Red Road, 384 days on the train of the Long March
Two British scholars, Ed Jocelyn and Andrew McEwan, retraced the Red Army¿s Long Marchers and witnesses, and took a lot of photos along the way. This album contains photos that eulogize the Red Army¿s historic endeavors and recorded great changes that have taken place in people¿s lives in more than half a century. This book is published to commemorate the 70th anniversary of victorious Long March by the Red Army.
Riding the Iron Rooster
Paul Theroux invites you to join him on the journey of a lifetime, in the grand romanttic tradition, by train across Euope, through the vast underbelly of Asia and in the heart of Russia, and then up to China. Here is China by rail, as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of one of the most intrepid and insightful travel writers of our time.
River Town, two years on the Yangzte
In the heart of China’s Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the remote town of Fuling. Like many other small cities in this ever-evolving country, Fuling is heading down a new path of change and growth, which came into remarkably sharp focus when Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident. Hessler taught English and American literature at the local college, but it was his students who taught him about the complex processes of understanding that take place when one is immersed in a radically different society.Poignant, thoughtful, funny, and enormously compelling, River Town is an unforgettable portrait of a city that is seeking to understand both what it was and what it someday will be.
Secret War in Shanghai
Shanghai during World War II was a killing field of brutal competition, ideological struggle, and murderous political intrigue. China’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, the intelligence capital of the Far East, was a magnet for a corrupt and bizarrely colorful group of men and women drawn to the “Paris of the East” for its seductive promise of high living and easy money. Political and sexual loyalties were for sale to the highest bidder. Allied and Axis agents, criminal gangs, and paramilitary units under various flags waged secret, savage warfare. Espionage, lurid vice, subversion, and crime came together in a lethal concoction. Nowhere on earth was the twilight zone between politics and criminality better exemplified than in this glittering and dangerous place. Secret War in Shanghai is the first book-length account of the little-known story of Shanghai in the war years. The widely respected historian Bernard Wasserstein has researched it entirely from original sources and uncovered startling new evidence of collaboration and treason by American, British, and Australian nationals. This remarkable depiction of complicity and betrayal is history at its most exciting and surprising.
The gap that divides those of us born in the 1970s and the older generation has never been so wide.
Dark and edgy, deliciously naughty, an intoxicating cocktail of sex and the search for love, Shanghai Baby has already risen to cult status in mainland China. The risque contents of the breakthrough novel by hip new author Wei Hui have so alarmed Beijing authorities that thousands of copies have been confiscated and burned. As explicit as Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, as shocking as Trainspotting, this story of a beautiful writer and her erotically charged affairs jumps, howls, and hits the ground running as it depicts the new generation rising in the East.
Josseran Sarrazini is a man divided in his soul. A Christian Knight Templar haunted by a shameful past, he hopes to find redemption in a dangerous crusade: a journey from Palestine to Xanadu, to form a crucial allegiance against the Saracens at the legendary court of Kubilai Khan – the seat of the Mongol Empire. Instead he finds the solace he seeks in a warrior-princess from a heathen tribe. Winding through the plains of Palestine and over the high mountains of the Hindu Kush, from the empty wastes of the Taklimakan desert to the golden palaces of China, Silk Road weaves a spellbinding story of sin, desire, conflict and human frailty onto the vast tapestry of the medieval orient.
In 1983, Chinese playwright, critic, fiction writer, and painter Gao Xingjian was diagnosed with lung cancer and faced imminent death.But six weeks later, a second examination revealed there was no cancer—he had won “a second reprieve from death.” Faced with a repressive cultural environment and the threat of a spell in a prison farm, Gao fled Beijing and began a journey of 15,000 kilometers into the remote mountains and ancient forests of Sichuan in southwest China. The result of this epic voyage of discovery is Soul Mountain.
Sounds of the River, A memoir of China
Teenager Da Chen gathers soil from the riverbank near his village before he leaves to attend university in Beijing. Those grains bear witness to his past and contain the now silent sounds of the river. Later, spilled onto the dry earth of the North, they will merge two parts of Da’s life, as does the second volume of his lyrical trilogy of memoirs.
Beginning with his first train ride to Beijing from his farm, we rumble along with him in the overcrowded and disease-ridden car to the university. Here the author faces a host of ghastly challenges, including poor living conditions, lack of food, and suicidal roommates. Undaunted by these hurdles and armed with a dogged determination to learn English and “all things Western,” he must compete with every other student to win a chance to study in America — a chance that rests in the shrewd and corrupt hands of the almighty professors. In a richly textured tale — by turns poetic, ribald, hilarious, and heartbreaking — Da keeps his indomitable spirit, but will he be any closer to attaining his goal?
The coming collapse of China
China is hot. The world sees a glorious future for this sleeping giant, three times larger than the United States, predicting it will blossom into the world’s biggest economy by 2010. According to Chang, however, a Chinese-American lawyer and China specialist, the People’s Republic is a paper dragon. Peer beneath the veneer of modernization since Mao’s death, and the symptoms of decay are everywhere: Deflation grips the economy, state-owned enterprises are failing, banks are hopelessly insolvent, foreign investment continues to decline, and Communist party corruption eats away at the fabric of society.
The First Emperor of China
This true story of Ying Zheng: the man who unified China, built the Great Wall, and whose tomb is guarded by the famous Terracotta Army. Ying Zheng was born to rule the world. Yet there were rumours he was not the son of the king but the child of a secret affair between a royal concubine and an ambitious minister. Crowned king of Qin – China’s westernmost kingdom – six rival kings stood between him and victory. He invaded Qi, the land of the devout, looking for a mythical magical device that could bring down the power of the gods. Surviving an assassination attempt by a childhood friend, the Red Prince, he retaliated by destroying the Prince’s kingdom. This new book by Jonathan Clements is the first outside Asia to tell the full story of the life, legends and laws of the first emperor.
The Great Wall
Imagine a wall 30 feet high, a wall thousands of miles long, a wall that crossed deserts and climbed over impossibly jagged peaks, a wall that contained thousands of individual forts and towers, a wall that was guarded by over a million soldiers, a wall that took 200 years to build.
Now imagine the enemy that this wall was built to defend against.
The Mongols were nomadic warriors of legendary skill and savagery. Their empire encompassed most of the known world, from southern Asia to northern Europe, from the Middle East to the Sea of Japan. Now the fierce and unstoppable horsemen were bearing down on China. For the Chinese, there seemed only one solution: to turn their country into a vast fortress.
The Great Wall chronicles a people’s struggle for absolute security in a violent and dangerous world. It is a story of astonishing success and ultimate failure, of ingenuity, determination, the will to survive and, in the end, futility.
The Modern Chinese State
The first book to examine systematically the evolution of the Chinese state from the late Ming Dynasty of the 17th century, through the Nationalist and Communist party states of the 20th century, and into the 21st century. Leading scholars on modern China carefully assess the internal organization of the Chinese state over time, the ruling parties that have governed it, the foreign and indigenous systems that have served as models for state-building and political development, and the array of concepts that have guided Chinese thinking about the state.
The Private Life of Chairman Mao
From 1954 until Mao Zedong’s death 22 years later. Dr. Li Zhisui was the Chinese ruler’s personal physician. For most of these years, Mao was in excellent health; thus he and the doctor had time to discuss political and personal matters. Dr. Li recorded many of these conversations in his diaries, as well as in his memory. In this book, Dr. Li vividly reconstructs his extraordinary time with Chairman Mao.
The Qin Dynasty: Terra-Cotta Army of Dreams
In 1974, near In 1974, near Xi”an in China, Villagers discovered an astonishing archaelogical find – an 8000-man army in battle ready formation, each warrior a life-size figure in pottery made over 2000 years ago. This text seeks to tell the amazing story.
The Soong Dynasty
Descendants of a Chinese runaway who grew up in America under the protection of the Methodist church and who returned to his homeland to make a fortune selling Western bibles, the Soong family became the principal rulers of China during the first half of the 20th century and won the support of the American government and press for many decades. Sterling Seagrave describes for the first time the intricate and fascinating rise to power of Charlie Soong and his children.
1421 – The year China discovered the world
On 8 March 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. The ships, some nearly five hundred feet long, were under the command of Emperor Zhu Di’s loyal eunuch admirals. Their mission was ‘to proceed all the way to the end of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas’ and unite the world in Confucian harmony. Their journey would last for over two years and take them around the globe but by the time they returned home, China was beginning its long, self-imposed isolation from the world it had so recently embraced. And so the great ships were left to rot and the records of their journey were destroyed. And with them, the knowledge that the Chinese had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan, reached America seventy years before Columbus, and Australia three hundred and fifty years before Cook. Already hailed as a classic, this is the story of an extraordinary journey of discovery that not only radically alters our understanding of world exploration but also rewrites history itself.
Tracing Marco Polo’s China Route
Italian traveler Marco Polo is a symbol of cultural exchange between East and West. He arrived in Shangdu of the Yuan Dynasty in 275, and was received by Emperor Kublai. He served as an official for 7 years, and toured China extensively.
After returning to Italy he wrote his Travels of Marco Polo that caused a sensation in the West. Seven hundred years later, author Shi Baoxiu retraced Marco Polo’s footsteps in many areas of China, and conducted an overall investigation into folklore, history, culture and people’s lives in various localities.
Welcome to China
Photographs combine with lively illustrations and engaging, age-appropriate stories in DK Readers, a multilevel reading program guaranteed to capture children’s interest while developing their reading skills and general knowledge.
Welcome to China takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the world’s biggest country, taking a look at its people, its landscape, its culture, and how all of these are changing with the times.
Blending the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history, Wild Swans has become a bestselling classic in thirty languages, with more than ten million copies sold. The story of three generations in twentieth-century China, it is an engrossing record of Mao’s impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love.
Jung Chang describes the life of her grandmother, a warlord’s concubine; her mother’s struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents’ experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution.
Women in World History Soong Ching Ling (Mme Sun Yatsen)
Soong Ching Ling was born in Shanghai in 1893 to a missionary father – Charlie Soong (cannot find any reference to her mother). At age eighteen she began to speak out against the conditions of women in China – doing so in a non-violent way which expressed her ideals of Liberty and Equality. For the next seven decades she was active within both political and social arenas of Chinese culture and became known as the mother of China by both main political parties. To learn about her life is to learn about the times she lived through.
World Heritage Sites in China
UNESCO’s Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage seeks to protect those sites both cultural and natural that form part of the common heritage of humankind. This volume presents descriptions of and breath-taking photographs from twenty-nine Chinese sites, including The Great Wall, the Imperial Palace, the Mogao Caves, Mount Huangshan, Huanlong, Chengde, the Potala Palace at Lhasa, Lushan, Pingyao, Suzhou, Lijiang, etc.