Beauty, value of ethnic cultures

Lee Mei-yin, Chinese culture promoter and Dunhuang art specialist, with her collection. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

In the 1980s, when Lee Mei-yin first saw an embroidered apron made by the Miao ethnic minority on the mainland, she was so mesmerised that she began collecting minorities' costumes

Monday, 29 April, 2013, 9:38am

Carving a protective niche for Silk Road's caves

The Sleeping Buddha from the Mogao Cave in Dunhuang. Photo: AFP

The ancient Silk Road and digital technology would appear to be worlds and millennia apart but a new project is bringing the two together in the name of preservation.

The crown jewels of the former trading route are the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, Gansu province, which contain some of the finest examples of Buddhist art.

8 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

Old timers

Attention timepiece enthusiasts: if Swiss watches are your thing and you have always dreamed of travelling the Silk Road, start digging in your dustiest drawers for the oldest West End watch you own.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Blessings - Enlightenment

Ink-and-colour paintings illuminated with gold (including Blessings 10, left) by Sun Guangyi that are evocative of the Buddhist paintings at ancient sites such as Dunhuang. Tue-Sat, 9.30am- 6.30pm, Sun, 1.30pm-6.30pm, Sin Sin Fine Art, 53-54 Sai St, Central. Inquiries: 2858 5072. Ends Feb 10

1 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Traces: On the Road Again

Stanley Wong Ping-Pui's (aka anothermountainman) photographs of Chinese characters taken around the world over the past 15 years (eg, Kanzi 9) and the desert landscape around Dunhuang. Today-Sun, 11am-8pm, Future Industries Gallery, 21/F Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D'Aguilar St, Central. Inquiries: 6343 9903. Ends Dec 18

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Traveling the Silk Road

Traveling the Silk Road by Mark Norell, Denise Patry Leidy and the American Museum of Natural History Sterling Signature

If nothing else this book, Traveling the Silk Road - Ancient Pathway to the Modern World, leaves the reader with a new appreciation for camels.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Caves into the past

Some brush off the Mogao Caves - also known as Thousand Buddha Caves - in Dunhuang, Gansu province , as a site of nothing more than fading wall paintings. Three Hong Kong students disagree. They see the murals as a legacy of a fascinating bygone era.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Art to write home about

The star lot of Bonhams' Fine Chinese Paintings and Modern Asian Art auction is a piece of calligraphy written by the Yongzheng Emperor (1678-1735) in 1724 to reward General Yue Zhongqi for suppressing the rebellion of Qinghai in the second year of the Yongzheng period. Lot 603's estimated worth is between HK$250,000 and HK$350,000.

20 May 2011 - 12:00am

Jet set: David Tang businessman

What's your favourite seat on a plane?

The first row on an aisle so I don't see the back of anyone's head, nor be annoyed when they switch on their lights when I want darkness. Also I can disembark quickly. On a non-747, I'm spared the indignity of having to queue for the loo.

How do we become airport friendly travellers?

29 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

A good egg

After much public grumbling about elitism and costly tickets, Beijing's National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) is finally honouring its pledge to be a force for good.

4 May 2008 - 12:00am

260m yuan relief project at hand for famed grottoes

The go-ahead has been given for a 260 million yuan plan to protect the fragile, Unesco-listed Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, Gansu province, from degradation.

14 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Natural wonders of Dunhuang under threat, Sepa warns

The ancient city of Dunhuang , in the northwestern province of Gansu , has stood for more than a millennium but its natural and historic wonders could disappear into the dust if authorities do not create a protection zone around the city, according to the mainland's environmental watchdog.

8 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Boy falls to death from airliner

A boy died yesterday after falling from the landing gear compartment of an airliner taking off from Dunhuang, Gansu province .

The boy, from Dunhuang and aged about 10, fell from a China Eastern Airlines Airbus A320 bound for the provincial capital, Lanzhou, at 7.50am, Xinhua reported.

26 May 2005 - 12:00am

'Million dollar man' heads digital art project

The 'million dollar man' was in Hong Kong last week to share his expertise on university leadership as a panel member of the University of Hong Kong's Fit For Purpose review of governance and management structures.

15 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Sandstorms logged 2,000 years ago

Archaeologists in Gansu province have found what they believe to be the world's oldest record of a sandstorm.

He Shuangquan, director of the Gansu Province Cultural Relics Protection Research Institute, discovered a huge archaeological site in Dunhuang in October 1990, and over two years excavated more than 20,000 artefacts dating to the Western Han period (206BC-8AD).

26 Apr 2002 - 12:00am