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Qilin, Mythical Chinese Animal

Qilin, also named ‘Lin’, is an animal recorded in Chinese traditional books, together with phoenix, tortoise, and dragon, are called ‘the Four Mythical Animals’, being the mounts of gods and symbolizing auspicious signs. The Qilin has, according to some sources, "the body of a deer, the tail of an ox, the hooves of a horse, [...]

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History of Chinese Characters

Chinese is the language with the largest number of users in the world, and the script with the longest history. It is difficult to determine the specific time when Chinese characters emerged. The oldest characters we see today are the scripts on the tortoise shells and animal bones in the Shang Dynasty (17th- 11thcentury BC) [...]

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