Building Bridges to the Past (China Daily HK)
The ancient walled city of Nantou (南头) in Shenzhen’s (深圳) Nanshan District (南山区) will be given a multi-billion yuan facelift in order to boost social and cultural ties with nearby Hong Kong (香港).
Bell Tolls for Beijing’s Drum Tower Houses (ChannelNewsAsia)
Hundreds of centuries-old siheyuan (四合院) courtyard houses around Beijing’s Drum and Bell Towers (鼓楼 and 钟楼) are to be demolished in what the local government claims is “an effort to preserve Beijing’s historical legacy”.
Ethnic Shui Horsetail Embroidery (Xinhua)
A collection of photos of ethnic Shui (水族) craftswomen in Guizhou Province (贵州省) demonstrating their skills in traditional horse-tail embroidery (马尾绣).
Surveys and excavations conducted in the Three Gorges (三峡) region of China suggest that hominins may have inhabited the region as early as the Early Pleistocene.
The Hidden Grave of History’s Greatest Warrior (Newsweek Pakistan)
A team of American and Mongolian researchers believe they are a step closer to finding Genghis Khan’s lost tomb and the necropolis of the Mongol imperial family.
Buddha Statue Woven From Bamboo in Yunnan (Xinhua/People’s Daily)
Dai (傣族) villagers working at a Dai folk custom park in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture (西双版纳傣族自治州) have created a Buddha statue from woven bamboo.
Fossilized remains of ancient terrestrial and aquatic plants were discovered in a quarry near Baiyin (白银), Gansu Province (甘肃省), last week and are thought to date back almost 200 million years.
New “Ancient Town” Rises Along the Grand Canal (Shanghai Daily/People’s Daily)
A number of towns along China’s Grand Canal (大运河), such as Tai’erzhuang (台儿庄) in Shandong Province (山东省), are taking advantage of the Canal’s UNESCO World Heritage bid and setting up “ancient towns” along the banks of the Canal in order to boost local tourism.
New Excavation to Kick Off in Lingjiatan (Anhuinews.com)
The China Lingjiatan Cultural Forum (中国凌家滩文化论坛) has announced that a new excavation will be conducted at the Lingjiatan (凌家滩) archaeological site next year.
From the Blogosphere:
The Miao Guzang Festival: A Marathon of Feasting, Firecrackers and Pigs (Life on Nanchang Lu)
Fiona writes about the customs and traditions associated with the Guzang Festival (鼓藏节), a Miao (苗) festival which is held once every thirteen years in honour of their ancestors.
Three Hole Spades (Primal Trek)
Gary writes about the type of ancient Chinese coin known as a “three hole spade” (三孔布).