Now and Then


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


The Grand Canal: a world wonder

THE Grand Canal, also called the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, is one of the oldest canals in the world. This ancient artificial river is an immense engineering achievement — it is 1,797 kilometers long ...

December 30, 2018, Sunday


Only kill with a borrowed knife

DARKNESS is one of humans’ primordial dreads. For modern people, life without electric lights is hard to imagine. Before the artificial lights, intelligent ancient Chinese used oil lamps to produce light. In ...

December 23, 2018, Sunday


A Buddha over troubled waters

AT the junction of Minjiang River, Dadu River and Qingyi River in Sichuan Province sits a 71-meter-high Buddha who has been watching over the rivers for about 1,300 years. It is the Leshan Giant Buddha, ...

December 16, 2018, Sunday


The wine vessel that saved a life

MORE than 2,000 years ago, China already had a primitive fridge, mainly used to keep wine fresh. In the Shang (1600-1046 BC) and Zhou (1046-256 BC) dynasties, wine played a significant role in rituals. There ...

December 9, 2018, Sunday


‘Glittering pearl’ on Silk Road

THE Mogao Grottoes, or caves of the 1,000 Buddhas, are known not only as “a glittering pearl that adorns the Silk Road” but also as a crossroads linking China with the world. The area is a network of ...

December 2, 2018, Sunday


The marquis and his bianzhong

BIANZHONG is an ancient musical instrument comprising a set of bells hung on wooden racks. The most famous, containing 65 bells, was unearthed in the tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng in 1978. The marquis was ...

November 25, 2018, Sunday


Karez’s ‘Great Wall’ water setup

THERE are two “Great Walls” in ancient China. The one on the ground defends the ancient Chinese borders in the north, and the other underground nurtures the land in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region ...

November 18, 2018, Sunday




 

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