Ancient Greeks had a word for the people who lived on the wild, arid Eurasian steppes stretching from the Black Sea to the border of China. They were nomads, which meant "roaming about for pasture." They were wanderers and, not infrequently, fierce mounted warriors. Essentially, they were "the other" to the agricultural and increasingly urban civilizations that emerged in the first millennium B.C.
Chinese people from all over the world will gather on March 24 in Xinzheng, central China's Henan province, to attend an annual ritual to worship their ancestor, Emperor Huang or Huangdi.
Kensington Palace reopened today after a 12 million pound Sterling (19 million USD) renovation in central London March 20, 2012.
Children balance eggs in Zhuji, Zhejiang province, March 20, 2012, to mark start of spring, or Chunfen in Chinese.
Villagers from the Yi ethnic group perform Cuotaijiin Hezhang county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, March 18, 2012.
Liu Yi, a 21-year-old senior girl student majoring in Chinese martial arts, teaches martial arts to foreign students in a gymnasium in Wuhan, Hubei province.
People donning ancient Chinese costumes pay tribute to Confucius (551BC - 479BC), a Chinese thinker and social philosopher, at a temple in Zhengding county, Hebei province, March 17, 2012.
The permanent exhibition Old Beijing Gets Moving focuses on the city's residents and formerly everyday objects.
The Miao ethnic group's heroic epic King Yalu has been published in written form after being passed down orally for more than 2,500 years.
An ethnically Miao mans childhood exorcism leads him on a lifelong journey to chronicle the King Yalu epic.
Villagers of the Baikuyao Nationality Eco-villages perform whipping tops in Lihu Yao Autonomous Township of Nandan County, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Zhao Xinru, ornithologist from Beijing Normal University says it reflects great progress that the villagers are protecting the Oriental White Storks, as poaching goes on in other areas.