Beijing-Paris, the automobile race of 1907 that inaugurated the tradition of celebrating victory with champagne

If there is one classic of sports celebrations, it is motor racing, where victories are showered with champagne (including competitors,…

The Chinese woman who became queen of piracy with a fleet of hundreds of ships

The classic image we have of piracy is that of a masculine and Caribbean world, something that would have to…

How two Byzantine princesses scandalized Europe by using a fork

A few years ago I was invited to dinner by some Bengali friends and when we sat down what was…

Rivers and seas made of mercury inside the tomb of China’s first emperor, sealed 2,200 years ago

The famous terracotta warriors are only a part of the gigantic mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of…

The spectacular coloured mountains of China and Peru

There are times when Nature seems capricious and turns something that should fall into the category of normal into a…

Mellification, the process of dissolving a human body in honey to create a healing confection

Traditional medicine in Asia and the Middle East is truffled in miracle remedies based on products that, in reality, lack…

The prank that caused the losing of the throne and the end of his dynasty to the Chinese king You

Within the enigmatic and unknown that, in most cases, the history of China is already for us, there are some…