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  • Journey to the West (Ⅱ)...2017-7

    Journey to the West is a Chinese novel published in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty attributed to Wu Cheng'en. It is classic fantasy novel from Chinese ancient times and a world literature treasure.

    The novel has 100 chapters depicting the birth of Sun Wukong, Sun’s Havoc in Heaven, and the protection of Tang priest San Zang as he obtains Buddhist scriptures from the Western Heaven with disciples Zhu Bajie and Sha Wujing.

    Finally, they return to the Tang Empire, and in the aftermath each traveler receives a reward in the form of posts in the bureaucracy of the heavens. 

    The novel successfully portrays a series of artistic images with divine human and animal natures, which shows the extraordinary imagination of the author. 

  • Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter...2017-6

    People measured the day’s rotation with the apparent motion of the sun in ancient times, determined the length of the month using the moon’s cycles, and defined the four seasons in conjunction with the sun and star images, forming the characteristic Chinese seasons and their divisions.

    A year was explicitly divided into spring, summer, autumn and winter in the Proceedings of Government in the Different Months, a volume in the Book of Rites , a collection of descriptions of ritual matters written during the late Warring States (5th cent.-221 BCE) and Former Han (206 BCE-8 CE) periods.

    Every season is divided into three months, making the division more objective and scientific. The division of four seasons reflects ancient people’s thoughts on the unity of heaven, earth and man. 

  • Collaborative Development of Beijing, Ti...2017-5

    As a national strategy, the collaborative development of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province is a major decision made by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council for sustainable development in population, the economy, resources, society and the ecological environment. It will inevitably involve many aspects of social relationships from central and local governments.   The government will remove from the city of the Beijing all functions unrelated to its status as a national capital, restructure the economy and cityscape, and promote coordinated regional development.

    The strategy is of great practical significance in promoting the Four Comprehensives strategy, and achieving the Two Centenary Goals and the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. 

  • A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains...2017-3

    The traditional Chinese painting A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains by Wang Ximeng of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), ink and pigment on silk, 1191.5 cm in length and 51.5 cm in width, is in the collection of the Palace Museum.

    At 18 years old, Wang Ximeng (about 1096-1115), dedicated the painting to Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty and won recognition.

    The painting is Wang’s only work to have survived to this day. Rendered with mineral green and mineral blue, the work shows the magnificent picture of 1,000-li landscapes, depicting ridges, peaks and waterside pavilions to illustrate magnificent and changeable prospects.

    It is a masterpiece of ancient Chinese blue and green landscape painting. 

  • The Commercial Press2017-4

    Founded in Shanghai in 1897, the Commercial Press was the first modern publishing organization in China. It has published more than 50,000 books including The Origin of Words and Phrases, Xinhua Dictionary, Oxford Advanced English-Chinese and Chinese-English Dictionary and other books with far-reaching influence.

    Known as the “Kingdom of Reference Books”, the Commercial Press has become the benchmark brand for Chinese national publications.

    Taking responsibility for developing education and enlightening people over the past 120 years, the press leads and promotes the development of Chinese publishing and cultural education, and has made an important contribution in the process of Chinese modernization and construction of socialist spiritual civilization. 

  • New Year's Greetings2017-2

    The "Giving New Year's Greetings" issue shows a beautiful picture of national unity in 2017, highlighting the theme of spending a joyful Spring Festival, ethnic groups unite a family.

    A boy named Huanhuan and a girl named Xixi dressed in Mongolian traditional costumes with hadas in their hands give New Year’s greetings on the prairie to people of all ethnic groups.

    The hada is a piece of silk used as a greeting gift among the Mongol ethnic group. Blue symbolizes honor and white suggests a blessing. Its presence shows a Mongolian Folk New Year activity.

    Auspicious clouds signify good luck and Mongolian yurts are a symbol of happiness on the stamp.

    The whole picture is full of the festive atmosphere of the New Year celebration.

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