China’s First World War — Part Two: The Battle of Tsingtao

For most expats in China, the name “Tsingtao” conjures up images of beer, but for fans of military history it’s a name associated with the most important episode of China’s First World War: the siege and battle for the German port settlement on the Shandong Peninsula’s southern coast. The Japanese attack, made with British assistance, …Read More

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China’s First World War — Part One: The Chinese Labour Corps

Neutral up until August 1917 and far from the carnage of Europe, China had a relatively quiet First World War. Its limited involvement in the conflict consisted chiefly of two episodes: the sending of Chinese labourers to France and Russia; and the 1914 battle at the German enclave of Tsingtao (Qingdao) on the Shandong Peninsula …Read More

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Marco Polo coming to Netflix complete with sex, Mongols and naked kungfu

The original lost laowai, Marco Polo is getting the premium TV treatment with a new 10-episode Netflix original series debuting December 12th. Lorenzo Richelmy is playing the Venetian explorer, and the show will centre on his adventures in the court of Kublai Khan, during the Yuan Dynasty of 13th century China.Read More

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From Peking to Beijing: A Long and Bumpy Trip

Not long ago I went out to dinner with some friends who had just recently arrived in China.  Since this was their first time in Beijing, we naturally went for the city’s signature dish at Quanjude.  Just as any religious pilgrimage is accompanied by certain obligatory rituals and prayers, so too does the Beijing visitor’s …Read More

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Where to watch the PRC’s 60th Anniversary Celebration?

eChinaCities has a good rundown of what we can expect from tomorrow’s massive 60th anniversary celebration marking the founding of the People’s Republic of China. It can be watched online in English via CCTV9 starting first thing in the morning. Like most China-centric sites, you may have troubles loading the players in anything other than …Read More

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