A Brief Experience of Time in Mt. Lanke

A firewood collector watching two immortals paying chess in Mt. Lanke in Zhejiang Province – a coloured ink painting by Ming Dynasty scholar, politician and artist Zhang Yining (张以宁 1301-1370) The legend of Mt. Lanke During Jin Dynasty in the 4th century, a guy went to Mt. Lanke collecting firewoods and saw two men playing chess Weiqi (Go) on a stone. Like […]

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Chinese 24 Solar Terms

Traditionally, the pace of Chinese people’s life was rhythemed by the 24 Solar Terms, which divide each lunar month into 2 segments based on the sun’s movement. Chinese farmers schedule their farming work according to these seasonal turning points. It is a great invention that has ensured people in China are adequately fed and Chinese civilisation is able to continue and upgrade for thousands of years. […]

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Traditional Chinese Roofs

Traditional Chinese architecture is not only as old as Chinese civilization with 5,000 years of history but unique in the world, particularly when the roof system is concerned, both in terms of its multi-layered dougong structure – a set of interlocking wooden brackets that supports the massive roofs – and its visual style in shape, size and colour. Below is a brief introduction […]

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5,000-Year-Old Liangzhu Culture

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Ever since Chinese freed themselves from a second-class citizenhood and threw the alien Manchus out of Forbidden City in the early last century and started to communicate with the world, they have maintained they are the inheritors of a 5,000-year-old unbroken cultural tradition. Many in the West are not convinced though. Firstly – they say – Chinese civilisation did appear to have […]

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A Trip to a World Beyond

The mythical tale about encountering immortals in Mt. Tiantai was first recorded on Search for Immortals (搜神記) by a scholar official in East Jin in the 4th century. It’s a clear evidence that Chinese have entertained the concept of relativity in time at least 2,000 years go. The illustrations were produced by Zhao Cangyun (赵苍云), an ancient Chinese scholar artist living […]

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Game of Hunting

Game of Hunting (猎场), China’s latest TV series, is like a cyclopedia of contemporary Chinese business culture. The story is about China’s recently emerged executive recruitment business, written and directed by legendary Jiang Wei (姜伟), starring China’s top-ranking actor Hu Ge (胡歌) and supported by some China’s best actors and actresses. The story tells a young university graduate’s endeavour to establish […]

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A Drag Queen’s Romance

Drag queen's romance

As folklore goes, during Ming Dynasty, there was a talented and good-looking young scholar named Zhou Wenbin living in beautiful lake city Hangzhou, and Zhou Wenbin had a friend named Zhu Zhishan who was like a celebrity watcher and feared by many elite families. During a Lantern Festival in the lunar January 15, Zhishan visited Wenbin and the two brought wine to appreciate […]

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