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I worked as a chef for many years, I began teaching in 2007 and currently work in China. I enjoy traveling and also writing about my adventures in this fascinating country. I also love history and write articles on some of the key historical moments I believe are of interest to others. more...

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The settlement that grew into the city of Nanjing was one of the earliest to become an established city in what is now the People’s Republic of China. Fu Chai, then the head or lord of the State of Wu was according to legend the founder of a fort at Yecheng in 495 BC; this fort was located close to the centre of the city of Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province.
Published by John Smither 63 months ago in History | +18 votes | 3 comments
China has had many capitals throughout its long and often turbulent past. Historically there are four ancient ‘great’ capitals of China; this figure has been increased to seven or even eight historical capitals according to the China Ancient Capital Society when after archaeological research and finds in 2004 dating from the Shang Dynasty elevated the city of Zhengzhou( the present day capital of Henan province), to the list.
Published by John Smither 63 months ago in Chinese Culture | +16 votes | 1 comments
Nanjing has a long and distinguished history during its long existence, there has been a settlement on the site of the present day city since at least the fifth century BC. The city has been the capital of China or what was then regarded as China on a number of occasions from the third century AD until as recently as the 20th century.
Published by John Smither 63 months ago in China | +17 votes | 2 comments
The Shanghai Metro is a rapid transit system to ease the transport needs of the city’s residents and visitors since it was first introduced in 1975. The system uses both subway or underground lines as well as a light railway and was the third city of mainland China behind both Beijing and Tianjin to use such a transit system.
Published by John Smither 63 months ago in China | +18 votes | 2 comments
This article is written in response to a question posted asking if there is anything written on Knoji on the subject of architecture within India dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Much of the architecture dating from the first of the two centuries referred to is of Persian origin while that of the latter century tends to have a strong European influence.
Published by John Smither 63 months ago in Architecture | +17 votes | 2 comments
The Chinese festival known as Duanwu or the Dragon Boat Festival is a national holiday with its origins in mainland China dating back over 2000 years. The festival has strong connections with East and South East Asian culture and celebrated by Chinese communities in Malaysia and Singapore as well as in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
Published by John Smither 63 months ago in Chinese Culture | +17 votes | 2 comments
The world’s largest city of Shanghai has several styles of architecture ranging from the Art Deco of the boom in the city during the 1920’s and 30’s, traditional Chinese styled buildings up to the modern city’s skyscrapers that rise high into the sky of this most cosmopolitan of the city’s of the Far East.
Published by John Smither 63 months ago in Architecture | +23 votes | 4 comments
After a recent visit to the city of Shanghai I decided to write a review of the hotel I stayed in during my visit. This hotel is best described as being within the range of the lower budget traveller although on this particular visit I found the price to be very acceptable.
Published by John Smither 63 months ago in China | +11 votes | 1 comments
The city of Shanghai has a long and varied history long before its emergence as a gateway into the east by European traders during the 19th century. Until that time it was little more than a fishing village and was chosen by the British traders due to the inland port and its accessibility to the open sea.
Published by John Smither 64 months ago in History | +16 votes | 1 comments
The Chinese city of Shanghai, located close to the mouth of the Yangtze River in the east of China is the largest city within that country by population as well as being classed as the world’s largest city in terms of the number of its inhabitants, with over 23 million recorded as of 2010.
Published by John Smither 64 months ago in China | +10 votes | 0 comments
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