Culture and history

The many capitals of China

With roots in history that can be traced as far as 3,000 years, I have to admit that even the rich Catalan history languishes compared with what is today’s China.

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China’s (lack of) flags, explained

Contrasting with a rich mythology populated with dragons, three-legged crows and bixies, anywhere in China where there it should be a flag, there is always the same one: the Five-Star Red Flag.

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Coat of Arms of Sinaloa – Escudo de Armas de Sinaloa

This mosaic below represents the Coat of Arms of the Free and Sovereign State of Sinaloa, designed by the painter and heraldry scholar Rolando Arjona Amabilis.

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Suanpan – 算盘

Suanpan (算盘; suànpán) is the Chinese ‘brother’ of the western abacus.

The extent of which one influenced the other remains unclear: if the trade between China and the Roman Empire motivated the exchange of ideas, or if their parallelisms are mere coincidences from counting with five fingers.

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The Chinese Way of Tea – 中国茶

When it comes to tea, each country in Asia has his own “recipe” not only for the brewing, but for everything revolving around it.

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