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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