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Feng Shui Your Home With Antique Chinese Screens / Room Dividers

Feng Shui Your Home With Antique Chinese Screens / Room Dividers

Feng Shui, though defined as a pseudoscientific Chinese traditional practice, has dominated the Chinese culture for thousands of years. For the ancient Chinese, Feng-shui is more than pure superstition; it is how people harmonize the living environment with nature. Using Screens Wisely Can Keep You Healthy and Refined…

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The Trend of Caged-bird Walking in Ancient China

The Trend of Caged-bird Walking in Ancient China

Are you a dog person or a cat person? The ancient Chinese have an entirely different answer— bird person. Chinese people had been keeping birds as pets for centuries before Mandarins established the Qing Empire. However, it was the Mandarins who led the trend of caged-bird walking…

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Eternal Life and Loneliness: Taiso Yoshitoshi “Chang E Flees to the Moon”

Eternal Life and Loneliness: Taiso Yoshitoshi “Chang E Flees to the Moon”

As the moon waxes and wanes, it denotes that the Moon Festival is right around the corner. Speaking of the Moon Festival, how can we miss the story of Chang E Fleeing to the Moon? In Chinese legend, Chang E was a daughter of an ancient emperor and later married a famous archer, Hou-Yi. She was unsatisfied with her noble life and wanted to be immortal, so she stole an elixir of life and fled into the night sky…

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A Journey Through History with an Antique Medicine Box

A Journey Through History with an Antique Medicine Box

In a modern scene, the salesmen shuttle in and out with black suitcases to sell medication to hospitals. In the early days of China, we can spot some counterparts of such figures— the so-called medicine sellers, who traveled from one province to another with brown wooden chests such as this one to distribute pharmaceuticals…

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