Imperial Exam

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…

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A Look Inside Studios of Ancient Chinese Scholars

In ancient China, scholars were held in high regard. They often maintained their own studios. The scholars stored several items that were considered necessary for their profession. The objects’ quality…

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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,”…