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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Ancient Chinese Bowls

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 Technology […]

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Traditional Chinese Teahouses

Chinese teahouses traditionally also functioned as theatres hosting light performance, typically storytelling arts, such as Suzhou Pingtan, Suzhou Pinghua, Tianjin Tune Drum and Pingshu in various local dialects. The subjects of the free entertainment at teahouses were mainly about Chinese history and legends, which became one of the major channels for many uneducated peasants and labourers to gain knowledge about […]

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Life During Ming Dynasty

These are life-sized statues (granny and her baby grandson) in a typical old Shanghai residential house at the wax museum Old Shanghai Exhibition. The illuminated area in the back is a patio that serves both as a linkage between rooms (normally between the front living and the dining room/kitchen) and the source for natural light and fresh air. Suzhou business […]

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Buddhist Grottoes in China

The Maijishan Grottoes are formed by 194 caves containing numerous Buddhist statues. The caves are cut in a hillside in Gansu Province, northwest China. Throughout history, there was no social turmoil or war caused by conflicts between religions, because inclusiveness is in the heart of Taoism while Taoism is the foundation of Chinese culture. Any imported spiritual movement that shares […]

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The Classic of Mountains and Oceans – Chinese Mythology

Celestial Dog and Sun Eclipse In Chinese mythology, solar eclipse is caused by a vicious and hungry celestial dog who swallows the sun. Below is a description about the celestial dog and its eating habit in The Classic of Mountains and Oceans (山海经), an encyclopedia of ancient Chinese mythology about natural landscape compiled during Warring States Era 2,500 years ago: […]

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