‘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…

When writing, many calligraphers will forget about their day-to-day worries, and even themselves, focusing all their thoughts into the creation of their art. The art can be compared with Tai Chi and Qigong, which require a relaxed mind and focus, with the result of improving a person’s well being.  (Image:  Joe Mabel  via   wikimedia  /  CC BY-SA 3.0)

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 in an aesthetic sense. Ancient people held calligraphy in high…

Originating as artwork for decorative and ornamental purposes, Chinese painting techniques evolved into a classic art form that embodies China’s traditional culture and wisdom. (Image courtesy of Zhang Cuiying)

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 that embodies China’s traditional culture and wisdom.

Wang Xizhi's work describes a gathering of 42 literati at the Orchid Pavilion near the town of Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, during the Shangsi Festival to compose poems and enjoy wine. (Image: via  wikimedia  /  CC0 1.0)

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 value, this work is known as one of the three…

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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…

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The Cradle of Craft Innovation in Taiwan

Located in Nantou County’s Caotun Township in central Taiwan, the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRD) is an agency of Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture. The purpose of the NTCRD is…

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Tinariwen Band’s Beautifully Animated Music Video

Tinariwen is a northern Mali-based band with a newly animated music video clip for their song Ténéré Tàqqàl. The song translates into What Has Become of the Ténéré, where Ténéré is a Tamashek…