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Rare photographs from the early 1920's of eunuchs from the late Imperial Court in Beijing 

Chinese eunuchs (太監, Taijian) were not only castrated, they were fully emasculated. The penis as well as the testicles were removed - cut off with a knife at the same time. The ‘victim’ would be held down by several men while another did the procedure. This was all done with no anesthesia, and it would take months to heal before one could even walk again. However most of the time they just died of blood loss, infection or the extreme pain. The boys “package” was then wrapped up and placed in a case which was then placed on a roof beam in the boy’s house. When he died, his goods would then be buried with him.

At the end of the Ming Dynasty, there were about 70.000 eunuchs employed by the emperor, with some serving inside the Imperial palace.

More here and here (in Chinese)

3Novices:NCKU reveals a new, sustainable floating house design at conference

3Novices:NCKU reveals a new, sustainable floating house design at conference

(ChinaPost.com.tw) – National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) has recently revealed a new unique floating house design during the Conference on Taijian Floating Green House and Sustainable Energy Strategies (2015台江浮動綠建築及永續能源策略研討會).

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