Now and Then


A monument to Pingyao’s past

AS a well-preserved example of an old traditional Chinese municipal, the ancient city of Pingyao, founded more than 2700 years ago and consecutively renovated and reinforced over the past seven centuries, ...

March 17, 2019, Sunday


Tales of cabbages and consorts

JADEITE is recognized as the gemstone jade along with nephrite. Both types of jade are popular in China. In Chinese, jadeite is “feicui,” which represents the birds of two colors, red and green. The most ...

March 10, 2019, Sunday


Unearthing Bangpo’s heritage

LYING along the Weihe River on the eastern outskirts of Xi’an City in Shaanxi Province, Banpo Village Site is one of the most important archeological sites of Yangshao Culture. Yangshao Culture is steeped ...

March 3, 2019, Sunday


Jade treasure fit for a great king

YU was a legendary figure in Chinese mythology, famed for his contribution to flood control. During the Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors period, serious flooding occurred in Zhongyuan, or the Central ...

February 24, 2019, Sunday


Qin Dynasty’s ancient highway

FROM Shaanxi and Gansu provinces to the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in China lies the first state highway in Chinese history — completed more than 2,000 years ago. The “Qin Zhi Dao,” literally the ...

February 17, 2019, Sunday


A tale of love, jade and robbers

According to “Shuowen Jiezi” (“An Analytical Dictionary of Chinese Characters”) from the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25- 220), jade symbolizes modesty, justice, wisdom, courage and compassion. As a symbol ...

February 1, 2019, Friday


A moon rising from the clouds

ON the Xiaohe River in Hebei Province, stands the world’s oldest open-spandrel arch bridge — the Zhaozhou Bridge. Credited to the design of a craftsman named Li Chun, the bridge was constructed betweem ...

January 27, 2019, Sunday


Lay me down in a suit of jade

MADE of 4,248 pieces of jade, a 1.74-meter-long suit is one of the national treasures exhibited at the Xuzhou Museum in Jiangsu Province. Apart from this one, there are two more jade suits which were ...

January 20, 2019, Sunday


Hail the heavenly Purple Palace

ZIJIN Cheng, or the Forbidden City, lying in the center of Beijing, was the home to 24 successive Chinese emperors. Covering 74 hectares (740,000 square meters), the compound is recognized as the world’s ...

January 13, 2019, Sunday


The mystery of the bronze man

AMONG China’s ancient bronze figure statues, one unearthed in the archeological site of Sanxingdui in Guanghan, Sichuan Province is the largest and the earliest of its kind that has been found so far. ...

January 6, 2019, Sunday




 

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