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Westward Dissemination of Printing Technology
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Westward Dissemination of Printing Technology

Printing technology, one of China’s “four great inventions” in ancient times, appeared during the Tang Dynasty. The extant world’s early woodblock printed book was the Diamond Sutra found in the Dunhuang Cave for Storing Buddhist Seriptures. The specified printing date on the sutra was “April 15, 9th year of Xiantong Period (868)”. During the Northern Song Dynasty, craftsman Bi Sheng in...

Post Time: 17-06-15 Views: 110

Westward Dissemination of Paper-making Technology
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Westward Dissemination of Paper-making Technology

Paper-making technology in China first appeared during the Western Han Dynasty. Cai Lun, an Eastern Han eunuch improved the technology which facilitated its further extension. Westward dissemination of Chinese paper was very early. Primitive hemp paper produced during the Han Dynasty has been discovered in Dunhuang and western Gansu. It is generally believed that paper-making technology was introdu...

Post Time: 17-06-14 Views: 128

Westward Dissemination of Tea
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Westward Dissemination of Tea

As a specialty of the Chinese inland areas, tea was only produced in the Yangzi River and the Huai River areas, as well as areas south of the Yangzi River. Tea entered the Western Regions around the time of the Tang Dynasty. In the 8th year of the Wude Period of Gaozu’s reign(625), ethnic minorities in the northwestern reign such as the Turks and the Tuyuhuns requested to carry out mutual trade ...

Post Time: 17-06-13 Views: 164

Westward Dissemination of Central Plains Technology and Cult
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Westward Dissemination of Central Plains Technology and Cult

Some people held the view that the flow of cultural exchanges between the East and the West in ancient times were mainly from the East to the West. The reason was because the Chinese civilization had been for a long time before modern times a world leader. For instance many important material culture of ancient China, such as silk, porcelain, tea, and many major technologies and innovations, such a...

Post Time: 17-06-12 Views: 95

Wuwei——A Strategic Juncture of Central West
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Wuwei——A Strategic Juncture of Central West

Wuwei is located in Central Gansu, at the eastern end of the Hexi Corridor, bordering Lanzhou on the east and Jinchang on the west. The city lies between the Qilian Mountain on the south and the Tengger Desert on the north. Human activities started in Wuwei area as early as some five thousand years ago....

Post Time: 17-06-10 Views: 116

The Ancient Kingdoms in Western Regions——Kashi
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The Ancient Kingdoms in Western Regions——Kashi

Kashi is located in the southwestern edge of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. As the westernmost city of China the name Kashi had its origin in the Uygur word Kashgar which has multiple meanings including”colored brick houses” or “jade converging land”....

Post Time: 17-06-09 Views: 208

Zhangye—An Important City On The Silk Road
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Zhangye—An Important City On The Silk Road

Located in northwestern Gansu and in the middle section of the Hexi Corridor, Zhangye was called Ganzhou in ancient times. Lying on the Qilian Mountain to the south, the Heli and Longshou Mountain in the north and the Black River flowing through, all these geographical features contribute to Zhangye’s unique landscape of desert oasis. Zhangye is endowed with flat terrain, fertile soil, luxuriant ...

Post Time: 17-06-08 Views: 257

Dunhuang——Famous Posthouse Town on the Silk Road
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Dunhuang——Famous Posthouse Town on the Silk Road

Dunhuang is also well-known for its Buddhism Grottoes. There are three major grotto sites in Dunhuang, i.e. Mogao Grottoes(Thousand Buddha Caves), Yulin Grottoes(Ten Thousand Buddha Valley) and West Thousand Buddha Caves. Located twenty-five kilometers southeast of the city, the Mogao Grottoes site is the largest of the three. ...

Post Time: 17-06-07 Views: 226

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