When Khrushchev called Mao an old prostitute

In the late 1950s, the two most powerful communist leaders in the World were Nikita Khrushchev (Soviet Union) and Mao Zedong (China). Although officially still allies, they did not particularly care for each other and both thought of themselves as the World leader of communism.

Sister Queens

A parade honoring the Trung Sisters

Vietnam’s history goes back for several thousand years. For much of this time, Vietnamese women were sometimes in positions of great power and -unlike China or Japan- played a big part in Vietnams history. The most famous example is perhaps the story of the Sister Queens:  Trung Trac and Trung Nhi (ca. 12 D – 43AD) were two sisters who led …

Leshan Giant Buddha

The Leshan Giant Buddha is a 71-meter (233 ft) tall stone statue, built between 713 and 803. It was the dream project of Haitong, a Chinese monk, who believed a Buddha would calm the waterways below.

The First Seismographer

The first known seismographer was developed in China in 132 A.D. The beautiful and ornate design carved by the famed Chinese inventor, poet, and astronomer Zhang Heng, was able to detect earthquakes over 500 km away.