Jade

The world's widest gemstone coral tree at the  Chii Lih Museum in northern Taiwan. (Image: Juliet Fu/ Vision Times)

An Intriguing Gemstone Museum in Taiwan

Consisting of the Chii Lih Museum-Yilan (宜蘭綺麗觀光工廠) and the Chii Lih Museum-Taitung (台東綺麗珊瑚博物館), the Chii Lih Museum  (綺麗博物館) is one of the most intriguing museums in the world. Located at Yilan County in northern Taiwan, the Chii Lih Museum-Yilan is a…

Soldiers of the Blue Banner during the reign of Emperor Qianlong. (Andres rojas22/Wikipedia)

The Legend of the Eight Banners System

The Eight Banners System was officially founded by Nurhachi, the Taizu (founder) of the Qing Dynasty. Initially, there were only four banners that represented the four different military units — the Yellow Banner, the White Banner, the Red Banner, and the…

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Toxic Jade Jewelry from China Can Kill

You spent a lot of money on this beautiful piece of precious stone, but did you know that toxins within jade jewelry can kill you? While you wear it, the…

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Ancient Chinese Art of Jade Carving

Once, the famous Renaissance artist Michelangelo was asked how he overcame the difficulty of carving his masterpiece — David. Michelangelo replied:

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One of the Biggest Outdoor Jade Bazaars in Asia

Nestled below an elevated passage called Jianguo Overpass (建國高架道路) in the central part of Taipei City, the Taipei Jianguo Holiday Jade Market (臺北建國玉市) boats one of the biggest outdoor jade…

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An Intriguing Gemstone Museum in Taiwan

Consisting of the Chii Lih Museum-Yilan (宜蘭綺麗觀光工廠) and the Chii Lih Museum-Taitung (台東綺麗珊瑚博物館), the Chii Lih Museum  (綺麗博物館) is one of the most intriguing museums in the world. Located at Yilan…

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The Legend of the Eight Banners System

The Eight Banners System was officially founded by Nurhachi, the Taizu (founder) of the Qing Dynasty. Initially, there were only four banners that represented the four different military units — the…