Year of the Horse - According to Chinese tradition, the year of the horse, which starts on 31 January, stands for strength, loyalty, boldness and vigorousness
1) Horses gallop through a river in Xilingol, Inner Mongolia. Photograph: Pei Guoqing/Xinhua Press/Corbis
2) A woman rides behind horses on a prairie in Mongolia. Photograph: Pei Guoqing/Xinhua Press/Corbis
3) A worker tests the lights in a horse-shaped lantern at a factory in Beijing. Photograph: Kim Kyung-hoon/Reuters
Source: The Guardian
The Rainbow Mountains -
China’s Danxia Landform Geological Park
The formations were shaped into the flowing valleys after thousands of years of rain and wind, and the region has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2010.
The mountains are part of the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in China. Layers of different colored sandstone and minerals were pressed together over 24 million years and then buckled up by tectonic plates
Source: Huffington Post
Pollution Leads to Drop in Life Span in Northern China, Research Finds
Source: The New York Times
Don Hong-Oai. Photography in the style of a traditional Chinese painting of late Song and Yuan dynasties.
Legend of Wan Hu
According to legend, Wan Hu was a minor Chinese official — supposedly of the middle Ming dynasty (16th century) — who decided to take advantage of China’s advanced rocket and fireworks technology to launch himself into outer space. He supposedly had a chair built with forty-seven rockets attached. On the day of lift-off, Wan, wonderfully attired, climbed into his rocket chair while forty seven servants lit the fuses and then hastily ran for cover. There was a colossal explosion. When the smoke cleared, Wan and the chair were gone, never to be seen again.
Navigating the Yangtze River
Dubbed “the wildest, wickedest river,” this 4,000-mile-long waterway has played a major role in Chinese civilization
Bend In The Yangtze River, China
Meet the old boss … a Mosuo minority matriarch, Si Geng Ma, 69, heads a household of 11. Photo: Dave Tacon