Archaeology of China

Terracotta warriors come to Hong Kong

Do you know about the very first emperor of China? His name was Qin Shihuang. The Great Wall of China was started during his reign.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:46pm

Terracotta time travels

Hongkongers can travel back in time 2,200 years - to when the Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, were made - now that some of the rare treasures are on display here in Hong Kong.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:47pm

Ancient warriors marching into the future

There is an earthen pit, with thousands of terracotta warriors and horses lined up in battle order.

It's not in Xian, but scenes from a multimedia show that brings Xian's terracotta army to Hong Kong, in virtual reality.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Mysteries abound at ruins museum

The earthquake that ravaged Sichuan province last year caused massive damage, especially to the areas surrounding its capital, Chengdu. But one place that escaped severe damage was Sanxingdui, an archaeological site famed for its bizarre discoveries, located northeast of the city.

18 Dec 2009 - 12:00am


A hidden city

In 1929, a farmer in Guanghan, about 40 kilometres northeast of Chengdu , found some strange jade objects.

He must have known they were ancient and valuable. He probably sold some. They ended up in the hands of private collectors.

When the authorities learned about this in the early 1950s, they studied the area.

30 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

The terracotta army

Stunning discovery

In 1974, some farmers were drilling a well just outside Xian (). Xian is the capital of Shaanxi () province. The farmers discovered mysterious bronze artefacts. They also discovered pieces of terracotta that looked like armour. Terracotta is a kind of baked clay.

12 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Veteran archaeologist still hungers for digs

When Yuan Zhongyi completed his ancient Chinese history studies in Shanghai in 1963, he was determined to work in Shaanxi because it was home to some of the most powerful dynasties in Chinese history, from the Zhou to the Qin, Han and Tang.

3 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Curse of the warriors

In modern China, with its brutal pace of development, it was an unremarkable death. Racked with disease and with no money to pay for medicine or a visit to the doctor, peasant farmer Wang Puzhi waited until his family were out, slipped a rope around his neck and ended his suffering.

15 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Terracotta Warriors inspire mysteries man

Actor Adam Cheng Siu-chau is now more eager than ever to see the real terracotta warriors in Xian , after being a guest on Wednesday at the preview of an exhibition at Telford Plaza, Kowloon Bay, of 11 replica soldiers and various other pieces from the Emperor Qin Terracotta Museum in Shaanxi province .

29 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Shu mysteries revealed in all their glory

Gold, bronze and jade artefacts that reveal the brilliant civilisation of the ancient Shu kingdom have gone on display at the Heritage Museum.

6 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Digging for the truth

LEANING OVER HIS lunch, theatre director Li Liuyi's intense gaze softens into a broad smile, yet his story is anything but funny.

20 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Oracle Bones - A Journey Between China and the West

Oracle Bones - A Journey Between China and the West

by Peter Hessler

John Murray, HK$144

28 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Mystery of the Shu dynasty is rewriting Chinese history

The remnants of the legendary Shu dynasty may be the last remains of worshippers of an all-powerful sun god, a Southeast Asian tribe that took a wrong turn, or even, according to some, a civilisation inspired by aliens.

1 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

The Exhibition

The Exhibition

Hunting and Rituals - Treasures from the Ancient Dian Kingdom of Yunnan

26 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

New exhibition will showcase ancient Chinese artifacts

Updated at 6.24pm: Some 118 artifacts that unveil the culture of the ancient Dian Kingdom of Yunnan will be on display at the Hong Kong Museum of History from Wednesday until February 21, 2005.

A government spokesman said on Tuesday the exhibition would feature an array of bronze relics selected from the collection of the Yunnan Provincial Museum.

9 Nov 2004 - 12:00am