Now and Then


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


Civil officials among the warriors

LISTED as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the famous Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor — Qin Shi Huang — from 246 to 208 BC in Xi’an. A massive army was built to “guard” the tomb though the warriors were ...

April 7, 2019, Sunday


An ancient irrigation sensation

TUOSHANYAN, or Tuoshan Weir, that meets the sea and hills in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, is one of the greatest ancient irrigation systems in Chinese history. It has harnessed the terrain’s unruly water ...

March 31, 2019, Sunday


Pottery, an ancient way of life

Pottery, one of symbols distinguishing the Paleolithic age from the Neolithic age, has an epoch-making significance. In prehistoric societies, our ancestors mainly used stone implements such as axe heads, ...

March 24, 2019, Sunday


A monument to Pingyao’s past

AS a well-preserved example of an old traditional Chinese municipal, the ancient city of Pingyao, founded more than 2700 years ago and consecutively renovated and reinforced over the past seven centuries, ...

March 17, 2019, Sunday




 

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