Ming Dynasty

Mooncakes are a staple of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. (Image:  lr175
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Why Chinese Eat Mooncakes

One of the most well-known staples of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is the mooncake, called yuebing (月餅) in Chinese. While the name “mooncake” goes back only to the Tang Dynasty over a millennium ago, the basic concept has been around…

Xu Tsunzhai, a grand scholar in the Ming Dynasty, became a government official when he was only 20 years old. (Image:  wikimedia /  CC0 1.0)

How the Imperial Examiner Faced a Candidate

Palace Examination was the highest level of examination in the ancient Chinese civil service examination system. The first place winner would receive the title “Zhuang Yuan,” the second “Bang Yan,” and the third “Tan Hua.” Xu Tsunzhai, a grand scholar…

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,…

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Why Chinese Eat Mooncakes

One of the most well-known staples of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is the mooncake, called yuebing (月餅) in Chinese. While the name “mooncake” goes back only to the Tang Dynasty…

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How the Imperial Examiner Faced a Candidate

Palace Examination was the highest level of examination in the ancient Chinese civil service examination system. The first place winner would receive the title “Zhuang Yuan,” the second “Bang Yan,”…

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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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Chinese Legends: Gods Love Justice

Li Chifu said: “The gods love justice, meaning that if a person can stick to justice, then he will be blessed by gods. However, the demons most fear a righteous man.…