Panoramic China -- Henan: The Central Plains of Chinese Culture

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It is easy to have a quick look at China's past and present, but it takes time to gain a panoramic knowledge of China. The "Panoramic China" series is meant to assist readers, especially those overseas, in this respect. Each volume in the series focuses on a province, municipality or autonomous region, describing, with illustrations, the outstanding characteristics of each area from different perspectives.   

Henan: The Central Plains of Chinese Culture

Henan Province lies in the central part of China, straddling the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River. Since ancient times it has been called Zhongzhou (Middle China) and acclaimed as "China's Centre". Its myths and legends told and retold for thousands of years, its wealth of historical remains and cultural legacy…all underline that Henan is a cradle of Chinese civilization and where the Chinese people have their roots. Henan is also the homeland of internationally renowned Shaolin kungfu, and the birthplace of the subtle Chen Taijiquan, which overcomes hardness with softness.
This insightful book first takes readers to the birthplaces of Shaolin kungfu and of taijiquan, instilling an understanding of the wonders of Chinese martial arts in their multiple forms; from there it traces the course of how Chinese civilization took shape and developed in Henan in all its richness and color, from the distant past right to the present day.

Table of Contents
Foreword:Center of China
The Birthplace of Chinese Kungfu
Shaolin——Source of All Martial Arts
The Birt and Rise to Fame of Shaolin Dungfu
Shaolin Kungfu and Zen Buddhism
Shaoiln Boxing and Armed Combat Combat Techmiques
Unique Skills of Shaolin Kungfu
Chen Taijiquan
Creation and Development of Chen Taijiquan
Two Styles of Taijing
The Benefits of Taijiquan Exercise
Roots of the Chinese People
How Nuwa Creatde Man and Mended the Sky
Making Mud into Man,China's Adam and Eve
Melting Stones to Mend the Sky
Home of the Yellow Emperor
Great Deeds
Xinzheng——Home of the Yellow Emperor
Cradle of Chinese Civilization
The Yellow River:Mother River of Chinese Civilization
China's Number One Dragons
How Great Yu Tamde the Floods
Ancient Stand-off at the Honggou Channel
Kaifeng—Palything of the River
The Daoning of Human Civilization
Peiligang Culture Ruins in Xinzheng
The Jiahu Ruins at Wuyang
Yangshao Culture in Henan
Longshan Culture in Henan
The Erlito Ruins at Yanshi
Splindid Chapters in Chinses History
The Ancient Capital of Zhengzhou
The Ancient Capital of Anyang
The Ancient Capital of Luoyang
The Ancient Capital of Kaifeng
Cultural Relics
The Land Shapes the Man
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