Among all sweet white glazed porcelains of the Yongle period, the mitral pot bears the unique characteristics of that time. Its shape originated during the Yuan Dynasty from Tibetan Buddhist Puja, or religious rituals. (Image: Secret China)

Appreciating Sweet White Porcelain

Sweet white porcelain (甜白瓷) is a famous porcelain that was produced in the Jingdezhen Porcelain Kiln during the Yongle period of the Ming Dynasty. It earned its reputation during the Song and Yuan dynasties. During the Ming and Qing dynasties,…

Hawkers there sell blue and white porcelain, jade trinkets, and Cultural Revolution-era memorabilia. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

Novel Ways to Fake Ancient Goods

Strolling through Beijing’s Panjiayuan Market, it’s easy to imagine you’ve entered an antique treasure trove. Hawkers there sell blue and white porcelain, jade trinkets, and Cultural Revolution-era memorabilia. If the prices seem too good to be true, that’s because they…

‘Peony’ by Yun Shouping, Qing Dynasty (Image: Screenshot/Secret China)

The Peony in Chinese Artwork

The peony, known as the King of Flowers, has long been regarded by Chinese culture as a symbol of wealth, good fortune, happiness, and prosperity, and is a common theme in Chinese artwork. Peonies are not only beautiful, but also…

Since ancient times, the Chinese people have held the dragon in high regard. (China Gaze) (Image:  YouTube/Screenshot)

Chinese Dragon Tattoos

Chinese dragon images are fascinating, inspiring, and sometimes scary! The word dragon (龍) in Chinese is pronounced lóng. People of all cultures are drawn to the powerful image of the Chinese dragon. You can see dragon images throughout China in…

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Appreciating Sweet White Porcelain

Sweet white porcelain (甜白瓷) is a famous porcelain that was produced in the Jingdezhen Porcelain Kiln during the Yongle period of the Ming Dynasty. It earned its reputation during the…

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Doctor’s Illustration Goes Viral on Social Media

Fu Zhiqin, a 30-year-old female doctor at the Zhejiang Cancer Hospital, has been receiving media interviews lately. As a child, Fu loved drawing and would sketch from animation books, protagonists from…

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Novel Ways to Fake Ancient Goods

Strolling through Beijing’s Panjiayuan Market, it’s easy to imagine you’ve entered an antique treasure trove. Hawkers there sell blue and white porcelain, jade trinkets, and Cultural Revolution-era memorabilia. If the…

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The Peony in Chinese Artwork

The peony, known as the King of Flowers, has long been regarded by Chinese culture as a symbol of wealth, good fortune, happiness, and prosperity, and is a common theme…

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Giuseppe Castiglione’s Chinese Paintings

Giuseppe Castiglione (July 19, 1688-July 17, 1766) was an Italian Jesuit Brother, a missionary in China, and a painter at the Royal Court of the emperor, having a marked influence…

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Chinese Dragon Tattoos

Chinese dragon images are fascinating, inspiring, and sometimes scary! The word dragon (龍) in Chinese is pronounced lóng. People of all cultures are drawn to the powerful image of the…

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The Lasting Beauty of Chinese Bronze Mirrors

Bronze mirrors have a 4,000 year history in China. Not until the later period of the Qing Dynasty were they gradually replaced by glass mirrors. Producing a bronze mirror was…

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The Art of Chinese Calligraphy

Chinese calligraphy occupies a distinguished position in the field of traditional arts. Calligraphy is not only a means of communication, but also a means of expressing a person’s inner world…

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The Making and Essence of Chinese Paintings

Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Originating as artwork for decorative and ornamental purposes, Chinese painting techniques evolved into a classic art form…

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Famous Chinese Calligraphy Masterpieces

The Preface to the Poems Composed at the Orchid Pavilion is the most famous Chinese calligraphy work of Wang Xizhi, composed in the year 353. Exhibiting an extremely high artistic…