Apr
30
2012
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What are the key facts about China?

china-lanternsChina is the most populous country in the world, and a rapidly developing one. It is the fourth largest country by land area, after Russia, Canada, and the United States. Geography China has a land area of 9,596,960 square kilometers, including enclosed water of 270,550 square kilometers. Its land bounday totals 22,117 kilometers, and it [more...]

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Mar
20
2010
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What are trade dollars and pieces of eight?

trade-dollarsTrade dollar is a general term for many similar sized coins once used in China and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Originally, the trade dollar was the Spanish or Mexican silver eight reales coin (also called a peso), familiar in Pacific trade through the Spanish colonies since the 17th century. The term dollar comes from the [more...]

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Mar
19
2010
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If I dug a hole through the center of the earth, where would I come out?

digging-a-hole-through-the-earthMany parents have convinced their youngster that the earth is not flat, but rather a sphere, only to be asked “So what’s on the other side of the earth?” American parents are likely to answer “China”. Maybe British parents reply “Australia” or “New Zealand”, and parents “down under” reply “England” or “Europe”. Then the youngster [more...]

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Feb
23
2010
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What is a hong bowl?

Two views of a hong bowl (photo by myoarin - CC-BY)A hong bowl is a punch bowl made in China for the export trade, originally in the 18th century, when European countries established trading posts in China. Back then, such a trading post was called a factory, in Chinese, hong. The factories didn’t produce anything but were rather the base of the factor: the agent, [more...]

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Jun
10
2009
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What is chinoiserie in interior design?

Wall covering painted with Chinese pagoda and European fruitChinoiserie was a new fashion in the 18th century when China and the Far East seemed incredibly exotic to people in Europe. Imported arts and crafts had an excitingly different beauty from those made at home, and some were clearly superior to anything European – especially Chinese porcelain. Designers and craftsmen wanted to recreate the [more...]

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May
25
2009
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Is famille rose porcelain always Chinese?

Famille rose detail from vase, southern China, late 1700s (Photo by dalbera - CC-BY)Famille rose decoration for porcelain developed in China around 1720. A new wave of Chinese ceramics using rose and ruby shades in multi-colour designs was greatly admired in Europe. Introduced just before the western craze for oriental style interior decoration peaked in the mid-18th century, plenty was manufactured for export, along with many other Asian [more...]

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May
23
2009
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What is the Shanghai World Financial Center?

Shanghai World Financial Center - courtesy Micah Sittig - CC-BYThe Shanghai World Financial Center skyscraper in Shanghai, China. It is the second tallest building in the world and the tallest in mainland China, including Hong Kong. It is currently the world’s tallest completed building by roof. It tops out at 1,614.2 ft. The most distinctive feature in the design of the building is an [more...]

May
06
2009
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What is Hong Kong city profile?

Hong Kong Skyline - courtesy Mike Johnston - CC-BYHong Kong is a territory of the People’s Republic of China located on the Pearl River Delta in East Asia. Hong Kong became a dependent territory of the British in 1842, and remained so till the transfer of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China in 1997. Hong Kong has a high degree of [more...]

Feb
06
2009
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Which company has the largest number of mobile phone subscribers?

Mobile phones bring agricultural advice to the Chinese farmer (photo by Praziquantel  CC-BY)China Mobile Limited, also known as China Mobile or CMCC, has the world’s largest mobile network and largest mobile subscriber base. For the last three years subscriber numbers have steadily increased: 301,232,000 in December 2006, 369,339,000 in December 2007 and 457,250,000 in December 2008. That’s an additional 87,911,000 subscribers for 2008. China is the world’s [more...]

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Jan
10
2009
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Why vacation or take a holiday in Hong Kong?

Victoria peak in Hong Kong - courtesy alexkost - CC-BYThe fact that Hong Kong is one of the most exciting cities in the world should be enough.  But… Add a spectacular beauty and exotic night life, endless shopping, a nightly city wide sound and light show, a skyline any other city would die for, a base for magnificent day trips, and, well, you might [more...]

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