Now and Then


A tale of treachery and rescue

THE zun, a type of Chinese ritual bronze piece, is a wine vessel normally, either round or square. Sometimes, the vessels are in the shape of animals, like an ox, which came into fashion in the late Shang ...

October 14, 2018, Sunday


Ancient zun’s turbulent history

THE zun is a vase-like vessel used as a ritual container to hold wine in ancient China. One of the most notable zun is the Four-goat Square Zun, which dates back more than 3,000 years. The vessel is ...

September 30, 2018, Sunday


How ‘fish mouth’ changed lives

DUJIANGYAN, or Dujiang Weir, refers to an ancient irrigation and flood-control system in Dujiangyan City in Sichuan Province, which is one of the must-sees for tourists. Standing at the weir and watching ...

September 23, 2018, Sunday


Drink and be merry: 2 ancient wine urns part after 2,500 years

ALTHOUGH separated now, a pair of bronze vessels once accompanied each other over 2,500 years. The wine vessels are decorated with lotus petals and a crane. Named Lotus and Crane Rectangular Jars, one ...

September 16, 2018, Sunday


From sabotage to water of life

THE Zhengguo Canal, an ancient irrigation work, was initially a sabotage plot to drain the ancient Qin Kingdom’s resources to prevent it attacking its neighbors. But the Qin realized what was happening, ...

September 9, 2018, Sunday


Fascinating tale of a bronze pan

DATING back 2,800 years, the Guojizibai pan, a large bronze water vessel from the Shang (1600-1046 BC) and the Zhou (1046-256 BC) dynasties is the largest of its kind found in the world. It is listed ...

September 2, 2018, Sunday


Great history of the Great Wall

IT was once said the Great Wall was the only human structure visible from the moon. Although we now know that was a myth, the Great Wall remains one of the wonders of the world, winding more than 21,000 ...

August 26, 2018, Sunday


The treasure of the Da Ke Ding

THE gigantic Da Ke Ding, an almost 3,000-year-old bronze tripod, is one of the centerpieces of the Shanghai Museum. The national treasure is displayed in the bronze gallery on the first floor. Ding ...

August 19, 2018, Sunday


Angelic Lin Qiaozhi

Known as “the Mother of a Thousand Babies” and “Angel of Life,” Lin Qiaozhi, a famed obstetrician and gynecologist in China, delivered over 50,000 babies in her career, though she didn’t marry or have...

August 12, 2018, Sunday


Chang clan steeped in royal history

IT is estimated there are nearly 3 million people surnamed Chang in China, ranking it 87th in the nation’s populace. The number of Chang accounts for around 0.18 percent of the Chinese population. Many ...

August 12, 2018, Sunday




 

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