Now and Then


Controversy over a mausoleum

NESTLED in the gentle arms of green mountains and tranquil water, the Xianling Mausoleum of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in Zhongxiang, Hubei Province is a masterpiece of architecture, environtology and ...

January 19, 2020, Sunday


Tale of how a secret religious sect inspired a group of ancient artists

IN ancient China there was a secret religious group called the White Lotus Society. Based on Buddhist tradition, the society had its roots in the Pure Land School of Buddhism. It is said that the society ...

January 12, 2020, Sunday


Ancient gateway bears witness to centuries of war and disaster

WHOEVER controls the Jianmen Pass controls the gateway to Sichuan Province has been a Chinese saying for centuries. Built strategically in the middle of the Jianmen Mountains, dating back to the Cretaceous ...

January 5, 2020, Sunday


The long and tumultuous tale of Master Tang and his shimingtu

Tang Yin (1470-1524), whose courtesy name is Tang Bohu, is known as one of the “Four Masters of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644),” along with Shen Zhou, Wen Zhengming and Qiu Ying. Chinese folklore has it ...

December 29, 2019, Sunday


Gaochang tombs unearth tales of ancient common civilization

THERE are several grand colossal mausoleums scattered throughout China that reveal stories about ancient royalty, such as the one set aside for the terra-cotta armies who defended the nation’s first emperor, ...

December 22, 2019, Sunday


Artwork that Emperor Qianlong almost destroyed, twice

Zhao Mengfu (1254-1322) is widely regarded as one of the greatest painters and calligraphers of the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). As a pioneer in literati painting, he sought personal expression rather than ...

December 15, 2019, Sunday


Telling tales of decadence and bats in Prince Gong’s Mansion

A mansion that carries the tales of the peak and decadence of the latter half of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) currently sits in Xicheng District in Beijing. The sophisticated Prince Gong’s Mansion often ...

December 8, 2019, Sunday


Artists’ tribute to noble horses

The horse has been admired by Chinese people since ancient times. The animal symbolizes faithfulness, vigor, prosperity and a nobleness in Chinese culture. A Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) handscroll and ...

December 1, 2019, Sunday


How a Buddhist master’s blood created the ‘Tree of Great Merit’

Against the azure skies of a valley near Lusar Town lies the legendary “Tree of Great Merit.” This sandalwood tree is situated in the compounds of the sacred Kumbum Monastery. The ground where the tree ...

November 24, 2019, Sunday


Ancient artwork’s happy ending

BORN in Huzhou in Zhejiang Province, Zhang Xian (990-1078) was a versatile scholar from the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Regarded as a representative poet of wanyue pai, or graceful and restrained poetic ...

November 17, 2019, Sunday




 

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