This book features 30 crisis situations, both indoors and outdoors, and shows you how to deal with them effectively. Also included are self-help tips such as preventing yourself from drowning when nobody is there to help, and averting mishaps such as terrorist attacks.
You will also learn how to make early detection of health hazards such as heatstroke and poisoning. You may not be trained professionally, but with these survival tips, you will be able to render help, as well as save yourself and someone's life. Your family and friends will be amazed at how equipped, alert and intelligent you are!
Times have changed dramatically in the past 700 years but the Three Character Classic remains relevant today. The book outlines in a mere 1,000 words all the academic knowledge that was considered important for students to learn in traditional China. It discusses morals, general knowledge, history, literature, philosophy and education.
This edition, vividly illustrated by Chan Kok Sing, contains the original text in both Chinese characters and hanyu pinyin for children to read aloud. It has a modern English translation as well as cartoon illustrations and notes depicting the meaning of each verse. Young readers will get to learn much about China's history and even more importantly, various morals and good study habits that the Three Character Classic emphasises.
But have you ever wondered how these musical instruments in China came about? Well, in this book, the evolution of Chinese music over the centuries is examined, from prehistoric times, through the Qin, Han, Sui and Tang dynasties, all the way to our modern times.
In addition, the origins and characteristics of specific musical instruments are explored, giving insight in one's understanding of these instruments. Legendary accounts related to historical personalities are also featured, including:
* How two phoenixes helped Fuxi, the earliest ancestor of the Chinese, add music to the lives of the people.
* How the musical talents of some individuals were so high they could sense evil elements in a piece of music.
* How Wangzi Qiao became an immortal from playing the sheng.
Indeed, this book holds a treasury of fascinating information and stories pertaining to Chinese musical instruments. This is definitely something any music lover should have in his collection.
Sun Yat-sen was an important figure who had a major role in shaping China's modern history. There were also many other players in the fight for political power in China. Yuan Shikai, the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) were just some of them.
This engaging book provides readers with descriptive articles and information on key figures and events that occurred in China from 1840 to 1949. Understanding the impact they had on China's modern history will give readers a better grasp of China's politics today.
And interestingly, the predecessors who fled from the despotic King Zhou of the Shang Dynasty named themselves after the things that saved them: Li, which stood for the wild fruit muzi, and Lin, the forest which was a hide-out from the king!
Find out more fascinating details about 100 Chinese family names:
* Difference between surnames and clan names.
* Stories related to the most common surnames: Li, Wang, Zhang, Liu, Chen, Yang, Huang, and more.
* Naming traditions; names and fortune; manner of addressing.
As the book covers the entire span of recorded Chinese history from the past to the present, you will find it an eye-opener as a reference manual and a delightful source of little-known facts.
* Animals: Phoenix, tortoise, tiger, bat, toad, spider, deer, elephant, horse, crane, carp, goldfish and others.
* Plants: Pine, bamboo, plum peony, peach, orchid, chrysanthemum, pomegranate, gourd and others.
* Objects: Treasure bowl, money tree, copper coin, ruyi, mirror, seal, Chinese knot and 'tower of wisdom'.
* Home items: New year couplets, dumpling, glutinous rice ball, fish, chopsticks, longevity noodles and others.
* Words: Happiness, wealth, longevity, Eight Immortals, combined characters, auspicious numbers and greetings.
Understanding the appeal of these symbols will help you to appreciate the arts and crafts displayed in Chinese homes and workplaces.
Each of these regions has witnessed the rise and fall of many great civilizations throughout the centuries. West Asia, for example, had nurtured one of the world's first civilizations—the Mesopotamian civilization which dates back to the Neolithic period. East Asia too had seen the rise of the Chinese, Japanese and Korean civilizations since 5,000 years ago.
Who are the great conquerors of the ancient land? How have these civilizations influenced the world we live in today?
This book gives a quick overview on the expansive history of each Asian civilization. Little-known aspects of Asian history and culture will no doubt enthrall readers. Let's read on to find out more!
Polo, wrestling, soccer, diving, acrobatics, martial arts, archery, marathon races, tug of war, swimming, ice skating and weight lifting were all popular sports in ancient China. Some sports were invented by the Chinese; others such as polo and marathon-style racing were developed by the different ethnic groups on the borders of the country and became popular within China as well.
This book will enhance your appreciation of China as a sports nation and champion. Take a journey to rediscover the origins of various sports through Chinese history. Get set to enjoy the Beijing Olympics 2008 with all its fanfare!
In this book, we unveil the secrets of the Chinese palace. You will learn about the physical palaces of the various dynasties of China although most of them no longer exist. Meet the occupants of the palace: the emperors, empresses, imperial concubines and siblings, eunuchs and many others, and find out how the notable ones altered the course of history.
You will be surprised to know that although authority was vested in the emperor, there were numerous occasions when others, such as the empress, concubines, eunuchs and even imperial siblings around him, supplanted his power. Renowned cartoonist Tian Hengyu now relives these stirring tales with the deft strokes of his pen to shed new insights into Chinese history.
Some emperors were blessed with empresses who led their dynasties to prosperity and stability. Many emperors, however, found out that they had taken on more than they expected with the arrival of talented, ruthless and ambitious beauties. Wu Zetian was one such woman. Arriving in the harem of Tang Emperor Taizong as a sweet-faced 14-year-old, she went on, through treachery and murder, to become empress.
This book tells the stories of the outstanding, the outrageous, the glorious as well as the tragic empresses and concubines of the Chinese palace.
Find out more fascinating details about Chinese opera:
* Why is the clown mask so colourful?
* Who is the "big painted face"?
* What does it signify when an opera performer stands on the table?
Origins of Chinese Opera is definitely an eye-catching book complete with pictures and comics vividly portraying various opera genres popular in China. You will be fascinated by how the art form is able to transform and adapt itself to appeal to the sophisticated audience of our digital era.