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.

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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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China’s Weird Landforms

Stone Bridges Made by Nature A naturally formed rock arch bridge in Mt. Taihang in Hebei Province. Karst landscapes are typically seen in China’s southernmost provinces Guizhou, Guangxi and Yunnan. It is rather unusual to find this special landform in a region as north as Hebei. Another naturally formed stone bridge in Mt. Taihang that situats in China’s northern inland […]

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Humudu Culture 7,000 Years Ago

The Hemudu culture flourished in China’s east seaboard around today’s Ningbo near Hangzhou in a period between 5,000 BC and 3,000 BC. The archaeological site was discovered in 1973. The excavation of the ancient farming tool suggests China entered an agricultural age as early as during the so-called Neolithic Period. The discovery of a large quantity of black ceramic artefacts […]

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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 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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Classic Chinese Statues

Stone Relief Chinese music band 1,000 years ago – Stone relief unearthed in 1994 from a late Tang Dynasty tomb in Quyang County, Hebei Province. The musical instruments featured in the wall sculpture include harp, zither, pipa, clapper, block drum, various reed pipes and flutes. Clay Statues A clay tomb guardian unearthed from Ankang, Shaanxi Province, the product of Southern Dynasty […]

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