Another year is drawing to a close and in this time of reflection, I’ve taken the chance to look back on the past few months since I started this blog and have picked out the top twelve blog posts of 2012. Here they are, in no particular order:
- Mountains of People, Seas of People - A brief examination of the travel chaos that gripped China during the country’s “Golden Week” holiday in early October and the threats this posed to China’s heritage sites.
- Thinking Chinese - A review of the Thinking Chinese website, which is a great resource for anyone who wants to improve their Chinese reading skills and knowledge of contemporary Chinese culture.
- China’s Kilometre Zero Marker - A post about the kilometre zero marker near the Zhengyangmen gatehouse in Beijing and a short introduction to China’s mythical Four Symbols.
- Little Girl, Master Performer - Meet “Little Stone” (Xiao Shitou), the 3-year-old girl who is on her way to becoming a master performer of bian lian (“face changing”), a sub-genre of traditional Sichuan opera.
- Badaling Section of the Great Wall - A view of the Badaling section of the Great Wall as seen from the No.8 North Tower.
- GHF Forum 2012: Pingyao Ancient City: Protecting a Living Historic City - A video presentation in which the manager of the Global Heritage Fund’s China Heritage Program talks about the GHF’s work in the ancient walled city of Pingyao.
- University College London: MA in Archaeology & Heritage of Asia - A brief description of UCL’s Master of Arts degree in Archaeology and Heritage of Asia, which will be launched in September 2013.
- Zhouzhuang - Discover the ancient water town of Zhouzhuang in Jiangsu Province.
- Sino-Platonic Papers - Free academic papers on Chinese linguistics, folk culture, and archaeology.
- CCTV-9′s “Chinese Civilization”- A brief look at the CCTV-9 documentary “Chinese Civilization” and a link to the first episode of this series, which looks at the Neolithic cultures of the Central Plain and North-East China.
- Teaching the Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology - A short review of the National Gallery of Art’s teaching materials on Chinese archaeology and early imperial history.
- Snow Leopard Trust - A post about the Snow Leopard Trust, a charity I personally support, and its conservation work in China and Central Asia.
That’s all from me for this year. Have a happy and healthy New Year, everyone! I wish you all the very best for the coming year and hope to bring you more archaeology and cultural heritage news in 2013.