China Academic Digital Associative Library (CADAL) 大学数字图书馆国际合作计划This is a cooperative project with contributions from many libraries in China and the west. There are many volumes of ancient Chinese books and books published in the Republican Period in this collection. You have to register first to have access to this database. This might be difficult for users from institutions that are not current contributors, such as Berkeley.
Chinese old gazetteers 中国旧方志库It can be accessed through 中国基本古籍库 interface. Select “Ancient Classic” after login. Then click on “合集 初集 二集”. It contains about 4,000 titles of old Chinese gazetteers. It is full-text searchable.
Digital old gazetteers 数字方志About 6, 868 titles of old Chinese gazetteers, from the Ming, Qing and Republican Periods were digitized by the National Library of China for this collection. However, the full-text items in the library can only be viewed if you are a registered user.
This post from Thursday’s LTN (自由時報 08.15.19) reports that the PLA has moved within 10 minutes of HK and called Hong Kong protesters 「港毒分子」(HK poisoners) and 「秋後的螞蚱」(post-Autumn grasshoppers) on Weibo. The former is a corruption of 「港獨分子」(HK independence supporters) but the latter is a saying used to describe something/someone that is ephemeral, as in ‘wont be seen hopping around much longer.’