China

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Guangzhou, then called Canton by Westerners, was the only Chinese port open to foreign trading until the Opium Wars of the 19th century, and it became a rare hub of direct interactions between the two cultures. One of these resulted in a surprisingly moving series of paintings portraying bodies disfigured by tumors.

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Shopping for the Afterlife in China

by Allison Meier on August 29, 2016

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Chanel shoes, McDonald’s french fries, iPhones, cognac, lacy lingerie, and machine guns are just a few of the consumer goods you can purchase for the dead in China.

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Post image for Charting Chinese History with 17th-Century Jesuit World Maps

Mounted on remnants of the old Ming Dynasty city wall, which once surrounded Beijing, are Western clocks and astronomical instruments for observing celestial bodies.

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Post image for Photos Capture the Rise of a Carefully Crafted Chinese Celebrity

The name of Chinese actress and pop singer Fan Bingbing has been cropping up more and more frequently in the headlines of Western news publications.

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Post image for Conservators Work to Open the Forbidden City’s Secret Garden to the Public

When China’s last emperor departed Beijing’s Forbidden City in 1924, the imperial palace was shuttered, and along with it, an 18th-century garden.

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Post image for Chinese Government Has Had It with “Oversized, Weird” Architecture

Architects in China apparently need to tone down the quirkiness of their designs and quit erecting buildings that pass as giant pants, penises, and ancient coins.

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Nangdrol, an 18-year-old Tibetan living in Sichuan Province, China, penned a farewell letter on February 19, 2012.

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Post image for A Chinese Performance Artist Who Balances Politics and Poetics

CHENGDU, China — In a series of eight-hour-long actions titled Puzzling Tracks, Zhou Bin placed an ant on a piece of rice paper.

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Post image for Do Not Pass “Bo”: Archaeologists Unearth 2,300-Year-Old Board Game in China

It includes a 14-face die carved from an animal tooth, 21 rectangular game pieces featuring painted numbers, and a broken tile that once made up part of the game board.

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Post image for Ai Weiwei Splits a 400-Year-Old Temple Between Two Beijing Galleries

BEIJING — Between two Beijing galleries, Ai Weiwei has divided a 400-year-old temple’s 1,500 worn, wooden pieces.

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