Song Dynasty

This piece by Su Hanchen from the Song Dynasty features two children playing outside on a winter's day. (Image: The Epoch Times)

Art Appreciation: Children at Play in Winter

In Chinese paintings, one important genre is figure painting. Nevertheless, images with children as the main subject are relatively rare. It was not until the time of the Six Dynasties (220-589) that children became the main focus in paintings, and…

Yan Shu (right) encountered Wang Qi while traveling to Hangzhou to assume office. He invited Wang, second in command of Jiangdu County, for dinner, and told him of his trouble: He was working on a poem, and could not come up with the next phrase after “Helplessly, the flowers wither away” Wang Qi, deep in thought, looked up into the sky. Some swallows flew past. “Why not use ‘The swallows, once seen, return again’? he said. Yan heard the verse, shouted 'Bravo!', and adopted it. It remains a familiar saying in Chinese to this day. ( (Image courtesy of  Mu Chuan, Taste of Life Magazine )

The Quiet Conqueror: Poet Yan Shu

Some ancient Chinese advisors led vast armies to suppress rebels, while others devised elaborate stratagems to eliminate political rivals. Yet others were like Yan Shu. Born in a peaceful era of the Northern Song Dynasty, he was admired for a…

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Art Appreciation: Children at Play in Winter

In Chinese paintings, one important genre is figure painting. Nevertheless, images with children as the main subject are relatively rare. It was not until the time of the Six Dynasties…

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The Quiet Conqueror: Poet Yan Shu

Some ancient Chinese advisors led vast armies to suppress rebels, while others devised elaborate stratagems to eliminate political rivals. Yet others were like Yan Shu. Born in a peaceful era…

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Famous People from Ancient China: Yue Fei

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