Now and Then


China’s only empress’ wooden ‘Palace of the God of Everything’

Built by China’s only empress Wu Zetian (AD 624-705) of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) and burnt down by her toy boy seven years later, Mingtang Hall in Luoyang City, one of China’s four ancient capitals, ...

June 6, 2021, Sunday


Tale of man who became a god

RESPECTED as a sage, general and god, Guan Yu (AD 160-219) is deified and legendized in Chinese history, worshipped for hundreds of years for progressing from the human to the divine. The human Guan ...

May 23, 2021, Sunday


Melodies from an ancient flute still strike a chord centuries on

FOR many musicians, instruments are so priceless they are treated as family members. A Neolithic man who was not necessarily a musician was buried in a tomb in Henan Province with his musical “family ...

May 16, 2021, Sunday


Tale of a man with a real heart

Bigan Temple in Xinxiang City, Henan Province, is China’s first structure that combines a tomb and a temple to bury, remember and worship Bigan, a prince, martyr and righteous official more than 3,000 ...

May 9, 2021, Sunday


Peking Man changed thinking on evolution

FOSSILS give us clues about the history of life on Earth. The archeological discovery at the Zhoukoudian site, about 50 kilometers southwest of downtown Beijing, proves that Homo erectus and Homo sapiens ...

May 2, 2021, Sunday


An ancient architectural treasure

BUILT just inside the southern city wall of Datong City in Shanxi Province, the Shanhua (Betterment) Temple is China’s best preserved and largest Buddhist shrine in the architectural styles of the Liao ...

April 25, 2021, Sunday


Mighty war horses and stolen sculptures

LI Shimin (AD 599-649), better known as Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), is lauded as the “emperor on horseback” for his courage and military skills. The second ruler of the prosperous ...

April 18, 2021, Sunday


A sacred monument to the past and the art of sculpting with clay

EASY to get and low in cost, clay replaced materials such as stone and metal in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to become a top choice for sculpting in Buddhist temples. The Shuanglin Temple in the southwest ...

April 11, 2021, Sunday


Imperial calligrapher with style

OUYANG Xun (AD 557-641) was a renowned calligrapher, politician and scholar of the early Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907). Born in today’s Changsha City in Hunan Province, he was a talented student who read ...

April 4, 2021, Sunday


Ancient relief work calls the tune

A classical dance featuring 14 female musicians dressed in Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) costume went viral on China’s social media platforms after it aired on Henan TV. Entitled “Tang Gong Yan Ye,” or in ...

March 21, 2021, Sunday




 

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