Well before Columbus discovered America, the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) mariner Zheng He led a commercial fleet of more than 200 junks from China's shores to places as distant as the Red Sea.
A woman's mind is just like the weather in June or the face of a child: it changes often.
When Sun Sisi planned to buy a new handbag, a 27-year-old office worker, who already owns some LV and Chanel handbags, turned her focus to niche brands.
Borders can sometimes become bridges, as our small academic party found in a preview of China's most northeastern edges. There were none of the clenched knuckles that are sometimes a physical reaction to barriers and barbed wire.
It may be fun to put on an old straw hat and rubber boots, drive away from the hustle and bustle of the city to the countryside, plow a few troughs, and take some photographs with the cows and fowls. Occasionally.
Chefs, too, need to do their homework to keep up to date. And as Ye Jun reports, some even go on excursions to learn more about ingredients and food trends in regional cuisine.
In experimental modern dance, nakedness is now a widespread condition. A bigger surprise has been to find that sometimes it succeeds.
When the glorious brass sound of the beginning of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 4 was blasted across the Slovak Philharmonic Hall in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, it brought tears to Guo Shan.
John Harding, an accomplished violinist, is especially impressed with the progress China has made in the past three decades.
Ni Hai-ye has a "Tiger Mom", who forced her to learn the violin at the tender age of 4, and then the cello at 7.
A change of career and country - switching from financier to wine-bar proprietor and swapping France for China - proved to be hugely beneficial for Olivier Six.
The acclaimed writer David Mitchell says he had no idea that his books were popular in China - until he saw that his events in Beijing were well attended by readers, whose questions for him would range from literary queries to gossip.