Cao and his dream of the red mansions

    Today I am going to introduce you the greatest novelist in Chinese literature history, Cao Xueqin, also known as Tsao Hsueh Chin , who lived in the Qing (ching) dynasty (1715–1763). He is the author of A Dream of the Red Mansions (or Story of the Stone; A Dream of the Red Chambers), which is considered China's greatest novel.
    After his wealthy and prominent family fell victim to an imperial purge in 1728, Cao's father managed to avoid enslavement and resettled them in Beijing. There Cao, poverty-stricken, worked on his semiautobiographical novel, which remained unfinished at his death. Edited and completed by Gao E (1740–1815), it is a masterful chronicle of  decline of four distinguished family, focusing on a triangular romance among the three main characters (Jia Baoyu, Lin Daiyu and Xue Baochai). The witty narrative, rich in naturalistic detail, emphasizes metaphysical themes of transience and the risks of passionate desire.
    The four great houses of Jia, Shi, Wang and Xue described in this novel were typical basic political units of feudal society. Such families were linked with the court above and the local officials below to form a network of control with the feudal autocratic state power as its center.
    This book has translated into dozens of languages worldwide and adapted for films and TV serials in China, and also in China, even a specialized study was established focusing on this book called Redology(the study of A Dream of the Red Mansions).


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150 TV programs fail and it bothers me not

150 TV programs including China Central Television (CCTV) in china have been cut for as long as 47 minutes by a satellite problem. It happened in Monday morning, when a malfunction occurred to Zhongxing 6B satellite. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television explained and also apologized for this disruption,see also.
As central radio and TV programs were transmitted through the Xinnuo 3 Satellite and the administration's special network, these programs were not affected, it said.

For me, this is not a problem as I rare watch TV broadcasted by the mainland china television station; those TV programs never attracted me, for they are always lack of creativeness and originality, be it Sitcom, Talk show and News (which always fooling the people). I once came cross a lampoon about those TV stations, says that one never have to worry about missing the interesting sitcom if you are in china for whenever you turn on the TV set, you are bound to find that at least three of them are broadcasting it, one at the beginning, one middle and one ending.
Personally I like watch the Phoenix TV, TVB and ATV from Hong Kong SAR on the Internet which can only be picked up in southern China (Guangdong Province etc).
Changzheng 3B sending the Zhongxing 6B satellite to the space