Now and Then


Telling tales of decadence and bats in Prince Gong’s Mansion

A mansion that carries the tales of the peak and decadence of the latter half of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) currently sits in Xicheng District in Beijing. The sophisticated Prince Gong’s Mansion often ...

December 8, 2019, Sunday


Artists’ tribute to noble horses

The horse has been admired by Chinese people since ancient times. The animal symbolizes faithfulness, vigor, prosperity and a nobleness in Chinese culture. A Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) handscroll and ...

December 1, 2019, Sunday


How a Buddhist master’s blood created the ‘Tree of Great Merit’

Against the azure skies of a valley near Lusar Town lies the legendary “Tree of Great Merit.” This sandalwood tree is situated in the compounds of the sacred Kumbum Monastery. The ground where the tree ...

November 24, 2019, Sunday


Ancient artwork’s happy ending

BORN in Huzhou in Zhejiang Province, Zhang Xian (990-1078) was a versatile scholar from the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Regarded as a representative poet of wanyue pai, or graceful and restrained poetic ...

November 17, 2019, Sunday


A ‘Forbidden City’ lies in Shanxi

YELLOW walls and fortified ancient buildings line the slopes of the Phoenix Mountain in Shanxi Province. One might mistake The House of the Huangcheng Chancellor as an imperial palace, as Huangcheng literally ...

November 10, 2019, Sunday


‘Lady Guoguo’s Spring Outing’

ZHANG Xuan was a renowned court painter in the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907). Born in Xi’an in Shaanxi Province, he was famous for his figure paintings, which mainly portrayed the elite of society. Figure ...

November 3, 2019, Sunday


Tale of three cities and 40 tombs

THE remains of a medieval Korean Kingdom, Goguryeo, in the northeastern China, reveal much of how an ancient kingdom was able to conquer most of the Korean Peninsula. The Capital Cities and Tombs of ...

October 27, 2019, Sunday


Painter captures unconventional artists’ rustic life in portrait scroll

In the late Wei Dynasty (AD 220-266), which was one of the three major states that competed for supremacy over China in the Three Kingdoms period (AD 220-280), there were seven famous Chinese scholars, ...

October 13, 2019, Sunday


Shang city state reveals secrets

SITED along the middle reaches of the Yangtze River in Wuhan, Hubei Province, the Panlongcheng ruins, identified as an early Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC) city from 3,500 years ago, has been found to contain ...

September 29, 2019, Sunday


Painting freezes moment in time

THE 2022 Winter Olympics is scheduled to take place from February 4 to 20 in Beijing and towns in the neighboring Hebei Province. But sports practiced on snow or ice can be traced back to as early as ...

September 22, 2019, Sunday




 

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