Now and Then


Black Dragon, Snow Mountain

Set on a plateau at more than 2,400 meters above sea level in southwest China, Lijiang Old Town is one of the most beautiful ancient towns in China, with its unique architectural style....

June 23, 2019, Sunday


‘Pot of Peace’ led to an invasion

CERAMICS are one of the most significant forms of Chinese art. The evolution of Chinese pottery is fascinating to trace, as each dynasty had its own style. In the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), pastel ...

June 16, 2019, Sunday


A private treasure of ancient books

THOUSANDS of private libraries and book depositories had been built in ancient China, but only one with the most profound history remains standing today, and that is Tianyi Ge. Tianyi Ge — translated ...

June 9, 2019, Sunday


The ‘magical’ moon-white zun

THE Shanghai Museum is a state-of-the-art gallery holding many exquisite artefacts. In the ceramics collection, an elegant vase stands out from the rest for its simplicity. It is the Moon-White Glazed ...

June 2, 2019, Sunday


Exquisite, the captivating beauty of ancient Jun ceramic treasures

CERAMICS in China have always been society’s most valued artefacts. Jun is one of five great kilns dating back to the Song Dynasty (960-1297). Famed for its striking thick opaque blue glaze, Jun ware ...

May 19, 2019, Sunday


Unshakable strength of Taoism

ZHENWU Tower, considered as an architectural miracle, is connected by more than 3,000 timbers, assembled according to the lever principle and built in traditional mortise and tenon structure. Situated ...

May 12, 2019, Sunday


A pillow’s comforting history

PROVIDING support for head and neck during our sleep, pillow plays an important role in our life. Unlike today’s soft pillows filled with synthetic fiber, down and feather, ancient Chinese pillows were ...

May 5, 2019, Sunday


Opening a window into history

THE coastal Fujian Province in south China earns its reputation for not only beautiful seaside scenery, tea and rice, but also the tulou, or earthen house, a complex of ancient buildings, which are unique ...

April 28, 2019, Sunday


A trusty steed for the afterlife

YELLOW, green and white are the three predominant colors associated with the ceramics of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). For that reason, the name sancai, or three-color, is given to the artifacts. Actually, ...

April 21, 2019, Sunday


Cliff statues in perfect harmony

SCHOLAR Yang Jialuo never expected that his exploration in 1945 among the lush green mountains of Chongqing would open a door to a treasure house of human culture hidden for hundreds of years. On the ...

April 14, 2019, Sunday




 

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