Now and Then


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


Buddhist shrine once a scene of royal secrets, murder, scandal

ZHANGHUA Temple is rife with royal secrets, scandals and murder. It’s said the temple, sitting on the southeastern tip of Shashi City, Hubei Province, was originally built on the site of Zhanghua Palace ...

March 14, 2021, Sunday


Ancient tale earns iconic temple reputation of love and romance

PUJIU Temple in Shanxi Province earns its reputation as a temple of love thanks to the ancient romantic play “Xixiang Ji” (“Romance of the Western Chamber”), written by Wang Shifu during the Yuan Dynasty ...

February 28, 2021, Sunday


Confucian classics carved in stone

BEFORE printing was invented in China in the early Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907), the only way to read and circulate articles was to copy them by hand. Errors were therefore inevitable. In AD 175, a dozen ...

February 21, 2021, Sunday


Sacred Buddhist temple a place of worship, charity and legends

HONGLUO (Red Snail) Temple on the Hongluo Mountain, about 55 kilometers away from downtown Beijing, has been worshipped for centuries as the capital city’s most efficacious place by those praying for ...

February 7, 2021, Sunday


The master calligrapher behind vanguard ‘hanging arm technique’

XIANYU Shu (1246-1302), also known as Boji and pseudonym Kunxue Shanmin (a poor mountain scholar), was a notable poet, collector, connoisseur and calligrapher of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Historical ...

January 31, 2021, Sunday


Ordination terrace stands strong as a symbol of Buddhist faith

JIETAI Temple, hidden halfway down Ma’an Mountain, about 35 kilometers from downtown Beijing, is well known among China’s ancient Buddhists for its “Jie Tai,” a square stone ordination terrace to initiate ...

January 24, 2021, Sunday




 

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