Now and Then


Painter captures unconventional artists’ rustic life in portrait scroll

In the late Wei Dynasty (AD 220-266), which was one of the three major states that competed for supremacy over China in the Three Kingdoms period (AD 220-280), there were seven famous Chinese scholars, ...

October 13, 2019, Sunday


Shang city state reveals secrets

SITED along the middle reaches of the Yangtze River in Wuhan, Hubei Province, the Panlongcheng ruins, identified as an early Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC) city from 3,500 years ago, has been found to contain ...

September 29, 2019, Sunday


Painting freezes moment in time

THE 2022 Winter Olympics is scheduled to take place from February 4 to 20 in Beijing and towns in the neighboring Hebei Province. But sports practiced on snow or ice can be traced back to as early as ...

September 22, 2019, Sunday


Saving Dule Temple for posterity

The Dule Temple (Temple of Solitary Joy) caught the eyes of Japanese scholar Sekino Tadashi in 1931 on a trip to Hebei Province when passing through Jixian County in Tianjin. The lonely temple stood by ...

September 15, 2019, Sunday


Handscroll tells a sad love story

THE 6-meter handscroll “Nymph of the Luohe River” is considered the first Chinese painting adapted from a literary work. Painted by Gu Kaizhi (AD 348-409) and presented in the manner of a comic book, ...

September 8, 2019, Sunday


Houses 300 years in the making

WITH six complexes, five lanes and one main street, the Wang Family Compound in Jingsheng Town, Shanxi Province, is known as the first compound of Chinese local houses and the largest well-preserved. It ...

September 1, 2019, Sunday


Scroll rich in color and meaning

THE ink hand scroll “Lanting Xiuxi Painting” (Illustration of the Spring Purification Gathering at the Orchid Pavilion) is considered the most famous work by Ming Dynasty artist Wen Zhengming. The painting ...

August 25, 2019, Sunday


A tower of strength for the people of Kaifeng

KAIFENG’S Iron Pagoda is a testament to skilled and unique ancient building techniques and also showcases a thousand years of history. Local people in Kaifeng, located northeast of Henan Province, take ...

August 18, 2019, Sunday


‘Jinou Yonggu’ Cup, a symbol of China’s strong eternal integrity

A wine cup, used once a year by the emperors of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), is a cornerstone of the imperial collection of the dynasty. The cup, made during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1711-99), ...

August 11, 2019, Sunday


‘Impossible’ Taoist temple hangs as a tribute to ancient builders

THROUGHOUT China’s long history, its ancient architecture shines as a remarkable epitome of the country’s arts and culture, characterized by different regions, ethnic groups and times with their distinctive ...

August 4, 2019, Sunday




 

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