Nirvana in Fire (11): the Theme Song

When the Wind Begins to Blow Lyrics: Haiyan (the author of the drama); Music: Meng Ke; Singer: Hu Ge (the actor playing the leading character Mei Changsu) 变幻 风云几卷 A sudden change of life, storms full of volume 乱世起惊澜 A troubled time, a terrifying wave 血仍殷 何人心念 Blood is still hot, memories are not lost 烈火清平愿 Justice for Red Flame, […]

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A Brief Introduction to Chinese Chess

In the ancient city Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan, 30 bronze Chinese chess pieces were recently unearthed from a tomb dating back to the period between Tang and Song dynasties about a thousand years ago. Chinese Chess is one of the two major traditional Chinese chess games, along with Go (Weiqi or Game of Siege), and usually has 32 pieces. The earliest […]

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Nirvana in Fire (6): A Rescue Operation

A plan to rescue former Red Flame Army general Wei Zheng was quickly drawn by Mei Changsu. Observing how the pale-faced scholar developed an intricate prison break strategy and simulated each step of the operation in meticulous details, the chief of the Medicine Valley kung fu sect was awfully impressed. “What a marvelous action plan!” he exclaimed. Mei Changsu played it down. […]

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Nirvana in Fire (4): A Birthday Party

Following China’s scholarly garden tradition, Mei Changsu redesigned his residential garden. After the completion of the project, he invited his friends and associates in the capital to his garden parlour for a drink. Being grateful for Mei Changsu’s help on the incident of firecracker mill explosion that resulted the emperor to severely punish the crown prince, Prince Yu arrived at garden-warming party without […]

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Nirvana in Fire (3): A Chinese New Year Festival

Chinese New Year was approaching and cargo business was booming. The wharfies complained to the headman that the two boatloads of mandarin packages were unreasonably heavy. The traditional Chinese royal family was a strictly hierarchical community, with emperor at the top as the absolute ruler and empress as his deputy sheriff  Each morning, emperor’s lesser wives were required to pay respect […]

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Nirvana in Fire (2): A Wanted Man

A traditional Chinese balcony, fully integrated with the indoor space Mei Changsu’s initial misjudgement over Princess Nihuang incident rose Prince Jing’s suspicion in his character. Thus he laid ground rules for their cooperation: you may play party politics, but you must not hurt the people who spilled their blood and risked their lives to defend the nation. Mei Changsu was […]

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