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China Scenic - - FROMT THE EDITOR - Liu Jing, Edi­tor­inchief

The key-word of this is­sue is Dis­cover. We have new ar­chae­o­log­i­cal finds such as the “boat-coffins” of the War­ring States Pe­riod, which are wooden coffins shaped like small crafts built in South­east China more than 2,500 years ago. Th­ese coffins de­liv­ered a par­tic­u­lar un­der­stand­ing of the next life in some an­cient Chi­nese ar­eas. We now know that th­ese an­cients be­lieved that souls sep­a­rated from the body when peo­ple died.

Since China en­com­passes a large area of land, we have mar­velous va­ri­ety of hu­man­ity and bio­di­ver­sity. There are many cu­ri­ous souls in China to­day who try their best to dis­cover any un­known de­tails in this com­pli­cated world. For ex­am­ple, a small group of bi­o­log­i­cal ex­perts went to a cor­ner of North­east China in search of a spe­cial species of but­ter­fly: the great pur­ple em­peror ( Sasaki­acharonda ), fa­mous and beloved, es­pe­cially in Ja­pan, but found pri­mar­ily in China. Also, un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phers dove down into the Pan­ji­akou Reser­voir that sub­merged the Xifengkou sec­tion of the Great Wall in north­ern China and brought back im­ages and the story of this un­der­wa­ter Great Wall. And a group of ge­ol­o­gists in the Xin­jiang Uygur Au­tonomous Re­gion fin­ished an ex­plo­ration of the Ash Vol­cano in Xin­jiang’s Ashkule Vol­canic Group, in or­der to con­firm the re­port that Ash Vol­cano had erupted in 1951. Sim­i­larly, a ge­og­ra­pher named Li Zhong­dong pho­tographed un­usual land­scape in south­west China called the RingShaped Cliff Danxia.

To make new discoveries in old fields is the most en­cour­ag­ing progress of hu­man be­ings. A group of Chi­nese sci­en­tists re­mod­eled the Old Sum­mer Palace by dig­i­tal restoration mod­el­ing tech­niques and the “Gar­den of Gar­dens” shows us a former mir­a­cle of our civ­i­liza­tion.

The ex­ca­va­tion of a Shu State royal boat-cof­fin tomb in Shangye Street, Chengdu. Photo/ Li Sheng

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