History

The Religion of Opiates

He arrived in Guangdong carrying Bibles on a ship that was seeking new markets for the opium trade. He…

The Great Chinese Tea Theft

Imagine Indiana Jones, but if Indy had been a gardener, rather than an eminent archaeologist. Meet Robert Fortune, the…

The Pirate Queen of the China Seas

It’s often said that behind every great man is a great woman, but what happens when the woman is…

Re-repeating History’s Mistakes

Far too often, humans are reminded of historic parallels to current crises that could have been avoided. War is…

PRD’s Most Famous Sun Turns 150

It’s not every day that we celebrate the birth of a critical leader who created the basis for a…

Remembering The Arrow

October marks the 160th anniversary of the Arrow Incident which decisively led to the Second Opium War and the…

From Guangdong to Yale

What began as a grinding start to life, led to an incredible rush of experience. Indeed, we all hope…

The PRD Genius: Chen Li

Proving that exams aren’t everything, this local Guangdong scholar failed plenty of tests and instead spent his life showing…

China’s Made-Up Maritime Holiday

In 1492, Columbus may have sailed the ocean blue, but compared to Zheng He, he was a Christopher-comes-lately in…

Dens of Iniquity: Chinese Opium

In the early 20th century, smoking opium was all the rage in Guangdong Province