Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Cormorant fishing anyone? The iconic fisherman scene with resting cormorants on a bamboo raft is often closely associated with the Li River. The Li River is a famous river in Guangxi, located in south central China. It flows 83 kilometres...
Ding Fuzhi (1879-1949) was the founder of the famous Xiling Seal Art Society, along with Wu Changshuo. Ding Fuzhi started to teach himself how to paint at a rather late age of 46. His favorite subjects included pine trees, plum...
The Moon Gate, also known as Yuedongmen or Yuemen, is an arc-shaped entrance in the courtyard of classical Chinese gardens. In addition to the separation and transition between courtyards, it can also be used in interior spaces. Because of its...

The Art of Tea

Want some tea? Tea undoubtedly holds an irreplaceable appeal in Chinese and Asian culture since ancient times. Tea ceremony, literally translated as the 'Art of Tea' in Chinese, is often performed to inspire spontaneous poetry and art in China. The great Tang dynasty...
Poem on Prince Teng's Pavilion by WANG Bo   The lofty Prince Teng's Pavilion overlooks the Gan River.   Jade pendants tinkle, and carriage bells jingle.   With the banquet over, and the guests leaving, the singing and dancing have stopped.   In the morn the rosy clouds from...
Prodigy Wang Zhu (Northern Song Dynasty) Encourage Learning You must study hard at an early age, Writings can help you live well in the world. All high officials under emperors, Are without exception scholars indeed. A country boy early in the morning, Can be high officials in...
Giuseppe Castiglione (Chinese name: 郎世寧; pinyin: Lángshìníng) (1688 – 1766), was an Italian Jesuit missionary in China, where he served as an artist at the imperial court of three Qing dynasty emperors – the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong emperors. Castiglione...
"I've loved Chinese screens since I was eighteen years old. I nearly fainted with joy when, entering a Chinese shop, I saw a Coromandel for the first time. Screens were the first thing I bought." Coco Chanel Ping, 屏, literally means...
The Chengde Royal Summer Resort is located in Chengde City, Hebei Province, about 200km northeast of Beijing. It was once the Summer residence of the Emperors of the Qing Dynasty in China. The Summer resort covers an area of...
This set of 12 meticulous-style paintings was commissioned by Emperor Yongzheng (1678-1735) when he was still the crown prince.  They are important depictions of the lifestyles of the Qing Court. Originally posted on the screens of the "Deep Willow Reading...

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