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Su Shi 2017-05-11
Su Shi, also known as Su Dongpo, is a great gifted scholar of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), who had made great achievements in multiple areas, such as poem composing, writing, calligraphy, painting and politics etc. Since he started his official career at the age of 26, he had undergone a lot of hardship in his political life and been demoted for many times to a dozen of places. Nevertheless, he was still being positive and endeavored to offer the best to his people everywhere he went, in the meantime, left behind numerous literature works still being admired by many even today.

He had been the official of Hangzhou for two times. In his first term, from 1071 to 1074, he served as the assistant officer of Zhizhou (知州: the governor of a state) at 36 and in the second term from 1089 to 1091, as the governor of Hangzhou. During his terms, he had made great contributions to Hangzhou and the most well-known one is the dredging of West Lake and the building of Su Causeway, which was named after him later, from the silt from West Lake. He had enjoyed his time among the mountains and waters of Hangzhou and had become an indispensable part of Hangzhou’s culture which is now shining brightly.

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The Art of the Guqin2017-11-21
Guqin, is a traditional Chinese musical instrument with a history that spans at least three thousand years. Ranked first in the following top four traditional Chinese arts – Guqin, Chess, Calligraphy and Painting, Guqin has long been considered as the symbol of elegance and has been the long-chosen musical accompaniment for singing ancient scholars. To know or to master the art of the Guqin, then the following influential places in Hangzhou are a good place to start.
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Hangzhou, Soaked in Traditional Chinese Medicine2017-11-21
Traditional Chinese medicine has a time-honored history. As early as ancient times, through the process of struggling with nature, traditional Chinese medicine was created. When searching for food, it was discovered that plants could relieve symptoms, which is the origins of traditional Chinese medicine; hot rocks or sand and earth wrapped up with furs or tree barks eased pain when warming oneself by a fire, which is how moxibustion came into being. It is also during the process of producing tools, that the ancient Chinese discovered the stabbing of some parts of the body can ease the pain of some other parts of the body, and that is how acupuncture come into being.
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