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Category: China

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5 Things You May Not Know About the Terra Cotta Army

On March 29, 1974, Chinese farmers digging a well near Xi’an made one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries of the 20th century.

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Pompeii-like Eruptions Killed Animals in Ancient China

Scientists think animals buried in a 120 million-year-old Chinese graveyard were killed instantly by volcanic eruptions similar to the one that destroyed Pompeii.

Bao Bao, the National Zoo's newest panda cub, meets the media for the first time on January 6, 2014. (Credit: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

When “Panda-Monium” Swept America

As panda cub Bao Bao readies for her public debut, look back at the frenzied arrival of the National Zoo’s first giant pandas in 1972.

Chinese rendering of Chang'e 3 lunar module and rover (Credit: Beijing Institute of Spacecraft System Engineering)

Chinese Spacecraft Lands on Moon

The unmanned Chinese spacecraft Chang’e 3 and lunar rover Yutu (“Jade Rabbit”) made a historic landing on the moon this weekend.

Palm fields in southern China.

Ancients First Ate Palms, Not Rice

A new study shows that agriculture may have emerged in southern China much earlier than previously thought.

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5 Chinese Leaders You Should Know

As a new president takes power in China, get the facts on some of the country’s most influential past leaders.

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8 Things You Should Know About Chinese New Year

Usher in the Year of the Snake with a detailed look at Chinese New Year.

A traditional hutong alleyway in Beijing, China.

In China, It’s Out With the Old, In With the Old

Chinese officials recently announced plans to demolish one historic area of Beijing in order to re-create another.

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Marco Polo Went to China After All, Study Suggests

A new study restores the Venetian explorer’s honor by offering evidence that he did indeed reach China and Mongolia.

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Ancient Chinese Forest Found Buried By Volcano

Scientists in northern China are getting a rare glimpse into a prehistoric world, after discovering an ancient forest buried under a thick layer of volcanic ash near the Mongolian district of Wuda.

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Major Milestones in U.S.-China Relations

A look back at some pivotal moments in the complicated relationship between these two nations.

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Fireworks’ Vibrant History

Find out about the history of fireworks, which will light up the skies across America this Independence Day.