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The Xie clan: Shaping Chinese history

ONE of the most prominent clans in Chinese history, the Xie clan dates back 2,700 years. “Xie” in Chinese literally means “thanks.” An estimated 10 million people in China are surnamed Xie, making it ...

October 23, 2016, Sunday

The story of the Suzhou Creek

SHANGHAI trivia question: Does the Suzhou Creek come from Suzhou? Of course it does and it has a fascinating history, to boot. The 125-kilometer long Suzhou River, which flows from Qingpu District to ...

October 23, 2016, Sunday

Ink wash shrimps by the master

IN some masterpiece paintings, the subjects are rendered with such unique and extraordinary features or characteristics that they later become the artistic identity of the painters themselves. For instance, ...

October 16, 2016, Sunday

Surname traced to the state of Qi

Qi is not a big family name in China, yet Qi Jiguang, together with his Qi’s Army, is a celebrated name from the Ming Dynasty....

October 9, 2016, Sunday

The troubled history of dialects

Hearing people speak Shanghai dialect in public spaces still surprises many local residents even though they live in the same city....

October 9, 2016, Sunday

Plum Blossoms

The literati painting, a major genre of traditional Chinese painting that focuses more on personal expression and subjective treatment of reality, hit its last golden age during the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)...

October 2, 2016, Sunday

Jiang families united by rich history

JIANG, as one of the oldest family names in China as well as one of the best documented. It has also served as the origin of many Chinese surnames afterwards. There are an estimated 4.6 million people ...

September 25, 2016, Sunday

Fashion central to city’s identity

Since Shanghai opened as a treaty port in the 19th century, the city has always been on the leading edge of fashion in China....

September 25, 2016, Sunday

Wang Yuanqi’s ‘free copy’ of ‘Fuchun Mountains’

IT’S long been a common practice for traditional Chinese painters to copy (linmo) or free copy (fang) works of earlier masters as part of their apprenticeship. But this tradition of copying older styles ...

September 18, 2016, Sunday

Ceramics gave birth to Tao surname

Tao, which means ceramics in Chinese, was generally taken as surnames by families who were linked or worked in the industry....

September 11, 2016, Sunday


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