By Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

ISBN-10: 0756629764

ISBN-13: 9780756629762

In those four all-new titles-each with its personal clip-art CD and wall chart-DK shines its Eyewitness highlight on very important subject matters from the earlier, current, and destiny. whereas Mesopotamia discover the cradle of civilization and nice Scientists unearths the minds that formed the fashionable international, China investigates the present-day tradition of the main populous state on the earth, and Oil takes a glance on the debatable substance liable for the beginning-and, if weren't cautious, the top of existence as we all know it this day.

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DRAGON DANCE In China’s most spectacular and energetic dance, teams dance down the street with snakelike dragons. Beating drums and gongs set a rhythm for the dancers, who move poles to bring the colorful dragons to life. Dragon dances are a highlight of Chinese New Year and several other festivals. The dragons are magical symbols of good luck, prosperity, and fertility, and can give protection against evil spirits. CASTING SHADOWS DANCERS FROM YUNNAN All of these dancers were once farmers in Yunnan province.

His film Brokeback Mountain (2005), about two American cowboys who fall in love, made him the first Asian to win an Oscar for best director. BRUCE LEE Bruce Lee (1940–1973) was an influential American-born martial artist. He developed his own fighting system and philosophy, known as Jeet Kune Do. His films, especially the Hollywood-produced Enter the Dragon (1973), helped to spark a major surge of interest in the West for Chinese martial arts and turned Lee into an international icon. Sporting life Physical fitness and sports ability are of national importance in PING PONG Table tennis does not require expensive equipment and can be played on public tables both inside and€outdoors, so it is one of China’s favorite sports.

Aside from computing, parents and pupils give top priority to science, technology, and maths. These subjects are regarded as the most useful for getting a job. VILLAGE CLASSROOM Eight out of 10 primary- and middle-school pupils in China attend schools in the countryside. These schools are often poor, with old buildings and basic furniture. Migrant workers who take their families to the cities with them face a worse problem. They frequently find it difficult to educate their children because the city schools are either full or too expensive.

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