Tag Archives: Ming Dynasty

The birth of baijiu, part II: What’s in a name?

This is the second in a three-part series exploring the question “When did the Chinese start drinking baijiu?” In the first installment we established that the earliest period in which the Chinese had the technology required to distill alcohol was during … Continue reading

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Tequila shots with Qianlong

The conventional wisdom is that China invented just about everything – gunpowder, paper, moveable type, the Lazy Susan, etc. But despite the Chinese’s inventive prowess, the following claim in the People’s Daily took me by surprise: Experts deduced that in … Continue reading

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