Now and Then


Painting symbol of faithfulness

CHINESE people’s admiration of horses dates back thousands of years. They love horses for their symbolization of leadership, faithfulness and vigor in the nation’s civilization. There are countless Chinese ...

March 29, 2020, Sunday


A symbol of ancient Changsha

STANDING on the last remaining ancient city wall, Tianxi Pavilion has witnessed centuries of triumphs and tragedies in Hunan Province’s capital city, Changsha. Past the eastern gate, along the old brick ...

March 22, 2020, Sunday


Surrealism in 15th century China

SALVADOR Dali, a renowned Spanish surrealist artist of the 20th century, is known for striking and bizarre images in his works. For example, one of his famous paintings, “Apparition of the Face and Fruit ...

March 15, 2020, Sunday


Wuyi hanging coffins mystery

HIGH up on the steep cliffs and between the rock cracks of Mount Wuyi in Fujian Province, hanging coffins are created for the ancestors of Wuyi locals. The graveyard also reveals a unique ancient funeral ...

March 8, 2020, Sunday


Chinese master a late developer

Wen Zhengming (1470-1559), whose original name was Wen Bi, was a leading Chinese poet, painter and calligrapher during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)....

February 9, 2020, Sunday


Controversy over a mausoleum

NESTLED in the gentle arms of green mountains and tranquil water, the Xianling Mausoleum of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in Zhongxiang, Hubei Province is a masterpiece of architecture, environtology and ...

January 19, 2020, Sunday


Tale of how a secret religious sect inspired a group of ancient artists

IN ancient China there was a secret religious group called the White Lotus Society. Based on Buddhist tradition, the society had its roots in the Pure Land School of Buddhism. It is said that the society ...

January 12, 2020, Sunday


Ancient gateway bears witness to centuries of war and disaster

WHOEVER controls the Jianmen Pass controls the gateway to Sichuan Province has been a Chinese saying for centuries. Built strategically in the middle of the Jianmen Mountains, dating back to the Cretaceous ...

January 5, 2020, Sunday


The long and tumultuous tale of Master Tang and his shimingtu

Tang Yin (1470-1524), whose courtesy name is Tang Bohu, is known as one of the “Four Masters of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644),” along with Shen Zhou, Wen Zhengming and Qiu Ying. Chinese folklore has it ...

December 29, 2019, Sunday


Gaochang tombs unearth tales of ancient common civilization

THERE are several grand colossal mausoleums scattered throughout China that reveal stories about ancient royalty, such as the one set aside for the terra-cotta armies who defended the nation’s first emperor, ...

December 22, 2019, Sunday




 

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