Now and Then


Royal ancestral hall boasts a wide array of architectural gems

AS the most famed temple complex in Shanxi Province, and China’s earliest surviving royal ancestral hall, Jinci Temple is an intensive carrier of ancient Chinese architectural art that spans almost every ...

September 27, 2020, Sunday


Pagoda featured in TV series boasts tales of monk and pond

THE monk that swept the Feihong Pagoda floors all day long to show his piety in the 1986 TV drama “Journey to the West” has been embedded in the memory of almost all viewers. The scene is from a novel ...

September 13, 2020, Sunday


The legends of birth and survival behind ancient Buddhist sutras

A Chinese copy of the Buddhist canon “Zhaocheng Jin Tripitaka” is recognized as one of four wonders of the National Library of China along with “Yongle Encyclopedia,” “Siku Quanshu” (“Complete Works of ...

September 6, 2020, Sunday


Ancient library rises from ashes to house collection of classics

FOR centuries ancient Chinese libraries were usually located by a pond in case of a fire emergency, and royal libraries strictly followed this tradition. Wenyuan Pavilion, the biggest library inside ...

August 30, 2020, Sunday


Family’s role in creating China’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites

THE Forbidden City in the center of Beijing is the largest collection of ancient buildings in China, while the Summer Palace on the western outskirt of Beijing is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden ...

August 23, 2020, Sunday


Daxiangguo Temple’s key role in developing Chinese Buddhism

As one of the top 10 Buddhist temples in China, Daxiangguo Temple in Kaifeng, Henan Province, complies strictly to the highest standards of a Buddhist shrine. The Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) witnessed ...

August 16, 2020, Sunday


Fujian silk map an ancient jewel

A silk map of Fujian Province in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) is one of the wonders of the National Library of China in Beijing. Measuring 6.4 meters in length and 6.4 meters in width, it is the largest ...

August 9, 2020, Sunday


Nanhua Temple a cultural haven to China’s most precious relics

NANHUA Temple in Shaoguan, Guangdong Province, is the birthplace of southern Zen advocated by Mater Huineng (AD 638-713), who is highly respected as the Sixth Patriarch of Zen Buddhism. Built in AD 502, ...

August 2, 2020, Sunday


Fresco opens window into past

A fresco discovered in a tomb in Wangguo Village, in Taiyuan of Shanxi Province, has opened an intriguing window into the history of the Northern Qi Dynasty (AD 550-577). The Northern Qi lasted only 27 ...

July 26, 2020, Sunday


White Deer’s Grotto shines as China’s first center of education

NESTLED in the gentle green arms of Lushan Mountain, Jiangxi Province, Bailudong Academy, has long been recognized as China’s first school with a complete education system. Also called White Deer’s Grotto ...

July 19, 2020, Sunday




 

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