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Shi Kuang: The Deity of Music

Shi Kuang, 師曠, (572–532 B.C.) was a blind music master in the Jin Kingdom during the Spring and Autumn Period (770–476 B.C.). He was exceptional at playing the zheng (also known as gu zheng), a seven-string, […]

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How About a Nice Game of Go?

You wouldn’t think that a strategy game would be created to improve moral character, but according to Chinese legends, that is how Weiqi, more commonly known to the West by its Japanese name Go, came […]

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Lao Zi: Saint and Founder of Daoism

Lao Zi, heralded by a purple aura, appeared on a water buffalo. To enable people to return to their true nature, Lao Zi disseminated the Dao during a chaotic period in the Zhou Dynasty. (Zona […]

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King Wu: Zhou Dynasty’s First Emperor Respects Heaven

King Wu faithfully followed his ancestors’ teachings. The ancients advised rulers to be diligent and upright, to revere Heaven, love the people, and to reject idleness and extravagance. They warned that the affairs of a […]

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Cuju: 2,000 Years of Ancient Chinese Soccer

According to FIFA, the earliest form of soccer was a Chinese invention. Dating back some 2,400 years, the ancient Chinese game of Cuju shares key similarities with the modern sport—no hands or arms are allowed […]

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Jiang Ziya: Adviser Who Helped Establish the Zhou Dynasty

Jiang Ziya, the Zhou Kingdom’s military adviser, helped to establish China’s longest-lasting dynasty. (Zona Yeh/The Epoch Times) Jiang Ziya (姜子牙) (1152 B.C.) was the good adviser of King Wen of the Zhou Kingdom (周文王). At […]

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King Wen: Virtuous Ruler of the Zhou Kingdom

The kings of two neighbouring kingdoms who sought King Wen’s judgment for a boundary conflict were so moved by the courtesy, mutual consideration, and gentlemanly conduct of the Zhou people that they both decided to […]

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Lu Yu: The Sage of Tea

Lu Yu, the Sage of Tea. (Catherine Chang/The Epoch Times) When speaking of tea, Lu Yu is an important person to give thanks to. For his achievements, he has for centuries been recognized in Chinese […]

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Compassionate Tang Founded the Shang Dynasty

China’s first dynasty, the Xia Dynasty, ruled for about 400 years, until 1675 B.C. The Shang became China’s second dynasty (1675 B.C. to 1035 B.C.). Xia Jie, the last emperor of the Xia dynasty, was […]

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Emperor Shun Inspired by Example

China’s moral and ethical code of conduct has a very ancient history that dates back to Emperor Shun in 2255 B.C. Many centuries preceding the teachings of Confucius in the 5th century B.C., Emperor Shun […]

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The Emperor Yao

Emperor Yao (B.C. 2356 – B.C. 2255), was one of the later descendants of the Yellow Emperor. The most well-known story about Emperor Yao is as follows: Once, Emperor Yao was traveling the land with […]

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Great Yu Controlled the Flood (B.C. 2205)

After Emperor Shun, Yu became the next Emperor (B.C. 2205). Yu was one of descendants of the Yellow Emperor. Being known for his kindness and talent, Yu was recommended by many ministers as the most […]

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Fu Xi and the Origin of Chinese Civilization

According to Chinese history, gods from heaven imparted culture directly to the Chinese people who Nu Wa had created. The best-known of these gods are Fu Xi and Shen Nong. They were sent down to […]

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Ancient Chinese Secrets for a Long Life

China is a nation known for its longevity. The ancient Chinese believed that there are five things that need to be done to enjoy longevity. These practices may seem cumbersome, but they are beneficial to […]