Dream of the Red Chamber

Dream of the Red Chamber is one of the great classic Chinese novels, along with Three Kingdoms Warfare, Water Margin and Journey to the West. The setting of the story is based on the political, social and cultural environment of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), the final stage of the classic Chinese civilisation. Through the meticulous depiction of the […]

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Plant Warriors

This memorial temple is situated in Zhengding County, Hebei Province, the birthplace of Zho Yun as, a tribute to one of the most celebrated martial figures in Chinese history. Zho Yun lived in the 3rd century and was the most trusted general of Zhuge Liang, the Prime Minister of the Shu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms’ Period. These two rows […]

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China’s Rock Carving Statues

The Tallest Rock Stature in China China’s tallest rock Buddha statue is located in Guizhou province in southern China. A close look at China’s tallest rock statue of Buddha. So far nobody knows who was the author and when the statue was created. COMMENTS FROM MINDS.COM Erichorrobin He meditated so well, unaware that a forest has started to consume him. […]

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A Peach Flower Fan

The Peony Pavilion (牡丹亭), Hall Of Longevity (长生殿), Thousands Of Martyrs (千忠戮) and A Peach Flower Fan (桃花扇) are the four most celebrated classic Chinese opera dramas since Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) until this day. Author Kong Shangren Kong Shangren (1648 – 1718), the author of A Peach Flower Fan, was a 64th-generation descendant of Confucius and an eyewitness to […]

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Beijing Opera: Scattering Celestial Flowers on Earth

Lyrics: 悟妙道好一似春梦乍醒 Suddenly I realised my true self as if waking up from a spring dream 猛然醒又入梦长夜冥冥 Yet soon I became confused again, as though re-entering the dreamland 未修真便言悟终成梦境 Boasting enlightenment while merely knowing what will be the true reality is still an existence in a fantasy 到无梦梦无醒方见性灵 Only when I have no dream to wake up from, I will […]

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Kunqu Opera: The Peony Pavilion

The Peony Pavilion (牡丹亭), Hall Of Longevity (长生殿), Thousands Of Martyrs (千忠戮) and The Fan Of Peach Flowers (桃花扇) are the four most celebrated ancient Chinese operas. Among the four, The Peony Pavilion, also named The Return of Soul at the Peony Pavilion, written in 1598 by Tang Xianzu (汤显祖), one of the two greatest Chinese dramatists, along with Guan Hanqing […]

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Selected Classic Chinese Poems

A Tang poem wasn’t known to the public until very recently. When a porcelain pot of the Tang Dynasty was examined for an auction, the dealers noticed a verse inscribed on the pot. However, the verse is not included in the Complete Collection of Tang Poems (《全唐诗》):

Once depart, a thousand miles apart.
The end of the separation is not in sight.
A month, thirty days straight,
Not a single night, you’re not in my mind.

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