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One Hundred Horses

AMONG the top 10 masterpieces of traditional Chinese painting, there’s a long handscroll called Baijun Tu or One Hundred Horses, which was painted not by a Chinese artist, but by an Italian called Giuseppe ...

May 15, 2016, Sunday


Shanghai’s luxurious Seagull

For the Shanghainese, the word “seagull” stands for more than just a bird....

May 8, 2016, Sunday


Tracing the origins of the Lǚ family

Their’s might not have been the most common family name in China, but one of the oldest: The Lǚ family derived from one of the oldest surnames in China, and counts wise descendants among its ranks....

May 8, 2016, Sunday


Court Ladies of the Former Shu State

AS one of the oldest and most important genres of traditional Chinese painting, figure painting saw a revival in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) after decades of decline in the previous dynasties. Ming artists ...

May 1, 2016, Sunday


Old school Shanghai breakfast

To truly understand what a city is made of, try to taste it....

April 24, 2016, Sunday


How Han heirs became the He family

Initially, the family name He was an accident — the result of a mispronunciation that was never corrected....

April 24, 2016, Sunday


Nine Dragons

FOR thousands of years the dragon has been highly revered in China. The legendary creature is deeply ingrained in Chinese culture, and images of dragons can be found on artifacts dating back more than ...

April 17, 2016, Sunday


The categorization of the gua and its underlying meaning

TO briefly reassess what we have learned about the I Ching, let’s remember that a full set consists of 64 gua, which belong to either the yin sphere or the yang sphere, with exactly 32 gua in each. There ...

April 10, 2016, Sunday


Spring Morning in the Han Palace

HANGONG Chunxiao Tu or Spring Morning in the Han Palace has long been cherished by Chinese art lovers as one the top 10 masterpieces in traditional Chinese painting. The 30.6 x 574.1 centimeter, ink and ...

April 3, 2016, Sunday


I Ching and binary algorithm

GUA and their sequences in I Ching by binary method Is the mathematical logic underpinning I Ching gua a precursor to the binary system? The answer is still the subject of ongoing discussions among experts. ...

March 27, 2016, Sunday




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