White Deer Studio, a 1,000-Year-Old Chinese College

White Deer College (白鹿书院), in Jiangxi Province, was a private university established 1,000 years ago with its heyday during Song and Ming dynasties. In classic China (before the middle 17th century), there were two kinds of tertiary education facilities: state-sponsored university and private colleges. The students of the former were selected nationwide. Not only they needed to pay no tuition […]

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Bronze Tripod, the Symbol of Authority

In ancient China, bronze tripod vessels were the official symbols of a kingdom’s authority. This bronze tripod, measuring 1.13 metre high, was unearthed from a Chu king’s tomb. Chu Kingdom (1115BC-223BC), located in southern Yangtze River around today’s Hubei and Anhui, was one of a vessel state of Zhou Federation and later became one of the seven most powerful kingdoms during […]

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The Heart Sutra

The Heart Sutra is one of the most important Buddhist classics, while hand-copying Heart Surra is a popular practice among Buddhist followers in China historically. The practice mainly serves two purposes: to help distribute Buddhist classics in an era when printing was expensive, and most importantly, to function as a meditative learning process that allows the message easily entering the […]

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An Underground Mansion

This underground mansion in Horse Village, of Shanxi Province, is a tomb dating back to the Song Dynasty about 800 years ago. The burial chamber is heavily decorated with carved bricks. The bricks were carved into the shapes of wooden brackets and tiled roofs. The brick sculptures not only emulate timber brackets, roofs, windows and front gate but as well as […]

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Ancient Chinese Crafts

A semi-transparent stone bowl, produced during the Song Dynasty (960–1279) A Chinese bowl produced during the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279)   COMMENTS FROM GOOGLE PLUS Plautus Satire (Nov 26, 2015) The delicate nature of this carved bowl suggests a technology we don’t have today. What material is it? All Things Chinese I’m not sure, but I believe it is jade.  Architecture […]

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