Han Dynasty

Experts agree, teenager Guan set for greatness

Guan Tianlang is destined for greatness. His parents know it, mainland golf knows it and now the world knows it.

Saturday, 21 April, 2012, 12:00am

Popular blogger accused of fraud takes foe to court

When does a fraud-buster cross the line? And is questioning a popular blogger's bona fides tantamount to libel?

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Young iconoclast's dim view on revolution strikes chord in Beijing

There may be many mysteries in Chinese politics, but whether the state propaganda machine is surrounded by many competing voices is not one of them.

A leader among those voices is Han Han, a 29-year-old professional rally driver and self-described amateur writer, whose blog has received 520 million visits since he started it in 2006.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Rail investment to be far below previous targets

Beijing's spending on railway construction next year will be far below its previous target, but the debt-ridden sector will still enjoy access to bank finance because it is guaranteed by the central government.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Children among 6 dead in axe attack

A farmer with a history of mental illness killed two children and four adults with an axe yesterday in Gongyi, Henan.

One child and three of the adults died at the scene. The others died later in hospital. The children were girls aged one and four, according to an online statement from the city government.

15 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Policeman's attacker faces HK$5m lawsuit

The government is seeking almost HK$5 million in damages from the man who attacked police constable Jacky Chu Chun-kwok, left brain damaged after being stabbed in the neck in 2005.

21 May 2011 - 12:00am

Company blames railways minister

The downfall of former railways minister Liu Zhijun is being blamed for some of the financial troubles of a small Hong Kong-listed company, underscoring the widening economic impact of the scandal.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am

Unchanging face of Beijing opera

Leaning towards the mirror, Yang Chi outlines an elongated red 'W' in the centre of his broad forehead. The Beijing opera master puts down his paintbrush, sings a few raspy notes and gradually loses himself behind the white-powdered face of North Han Commander Zhang Ding-bian, with black-winged eyes and hooked brows.

12 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Blown opportunity to bring the wall to life

The Great Wall: A Cultural History by Carlos Rojas Harvard University Press HK$220

Great myths deserve great books, and few more so than the Great Wall of China. The wall is a common trope in modern propaganda, often snaking behind photoshopped PLA soldiers allegorically guarding the frontier.

6 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Mixed messages for Year of the Rabbit

Stability and unity lie ahead in the Year of the Rabbit - that's if you believe the interpretation of a fortune stick drawn by Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat yesterday. Independent fung shui masters, though, have different interpretations.

5 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Rush for blogger's magazine a cry for freedom

The debut of a long-awaited magazine by China's top blogger, Han Han sold out its first print run of 500,000 copies in two days.

25 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Exhibition shows golden age in history

As in life, so in death. That's the message of a fascinating exhibition on show at the Hong Kong Museum of History, affording a time traveler's view into the rarefied world of Han nobility.

3 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

There's 'nothing more important than food'

The culinary arts flourished during the Han dynasty. Among the burial provisions for noblewoman Xin Zhui, at Mawangdui, some 30 food containers were found. The meats alone included beef, lamb, pork, venison, rabbit, crane, chicken, duck and fish.

3 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Legends of Luxury

Museum of History Until May 3

An exhibition of artefacts from the famous Han tombs at Mawangdui that toured the United States last year is finally here, courtesy of the Hunan Provincial Museum.

11 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Juggling the maths of livelihood and family

This winter recess, Cao Jinghua is having his first break in more than 10 years teaching at Beijing schools for migrant children.

But unlike teachers from public schools, who are on winter holidays, Cao has been searching for a job and an affordable home because the Chaoyang district school where he has worked since 2004 has been designated for demolition.

3 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

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