Background: For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the Communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, his successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight.
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- November 24th 2013 Below Heaven, there is Hangzhou... but really, really far below!
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- November 22nd 2013 Oops, I... Did it again...
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- September 6th 2013 Home, Home on the Driving Range
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- September 1st 2013 Trip on tube : China trip ( 中国 ）Episode 2 - Hangzhou trip ( 杭州 ) [HD]
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- August 8th 2013 New Digs!
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- August 7th 2013 Day 17 - Leave Beijing, arrive in Hangzhuo and Morganshan
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- July 25th 2013 Hello Again, Hangzhou
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- July 11th 2013 Bamboo Forest
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- June 20th 2013 Party Month!
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- June 12th 2013 Book the Second
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- May 30th 2013 Tea for me.
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- May 29th 2013 Brass house and herbs!
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- May 26th 2013 Chinese Medicine
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- May 24th 2013 BALLS
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- May 22nd 2013 Spring 2013 Paper
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- May 20th 2013 Productive monday!
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- May 17th 2013 Sardines!!
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- May 15th 2013 Self-Culturalization and Self-Actualization
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- May 15th 2013 The art of Struggling
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- May 8th 2013 Rainy day in May
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