Qing Dynasty

Qing dynasty naval defeat 'a warning' for PLA

The destroyer Harbin during an exercise in 2012. Photo: Xinhua

At a sea-power workshop at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law late last year, PLA representatives and naval experts said they were worried that the problems and failures of the Beiyang Fleet would recur in today's naval modernisation, unless China learned from that painful chapter in its history.

Friday, 8 February, 2013, 4:58am 1 comment

Beijing to lend Taiwan historical artefacts from Forbidden City

The Forbidden City, or the Palace Museum, is pictured through a fence in Beijing. More than 30 artifacts from the museum will be on loan. Photo: Simon Song

Beijing has agreed to lend art exhibits for a major joint exhibition in Taipei, the head of Taiwan’s top museum said on Sunday, as the two former rivals push ahead with detente.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Letters to the Editor, January 19, 2013

Benigno Aquino's views on guns are wrong. Photo: Xinhua

Opportunist Leung critics must move on

Over the past few months, there has been a torrent of criticism against the chief executive over unauthorised structures at his home.

The critics questioned his integrity and demanded his apology. The pan-democrats tried to drive him from office and, when that failed, made an attempt to impeach him.

19 Jan 2013 - 2:08am 2 comments

How Chinese banking can profit from a borrowed idea of old Canton

How Chinese banking can profit from a borrowed idea of old Canton

The best Christmas present I got last year was a preview of a forthcoming book by a banker-historian in Boston. He sent me his doctoral thesis, a piece of masterly detective work on how ideas travel over time and space, become adopted successfully in a different place, and then come back to where they started.

19 Jan 2013 - 4:29am

Beijing plans to rebuild past by razing hutongs

A bicycle is parked outside a Hutong home with a demolition notice seen behind the entrance wall near the historical Drum and Bell Tower in Beijing. Photo: AP

In a corner of old Beijing, officials want to re-create a piece of China’s dynastic past by rebuilding a square near the Drum and Bell towers in 18th-century Qing dynasty fashion. 

17 Jan 2013 - 5:10pm 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, January 13, 2013

A scene from the play The Orphan of Zhao. Photo: RSC

Why China declined under Qing dynasty

In her stimulating article ("Reinvent HK's economic role", January 6), Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee attributed the Qing dynasty's failure to develop science and technology to an abundant labour supply.

13 Jan 2013 - 1:57am

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

China’s state cultural authority criticised a French auction house for selling a historic seal allegedly looted by foreign troops in the 19th century, state media reported on Wednesday.

An unidentified official from the State Administration of Cultural Heritage said China opposes and condemns the sale of cultural relics illegally taken out of the country, the Beijing News reported.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Qing dynasty seal sold by French auction house Artcurial for €1.1m

A French auction house yesterday sold a historic Chinese seal for €1.1 million (HK$11.2 million) despite threats of legal action alleging it may have been stolen from Beijing's Forbidden City.

The green jade seal, which dates from the Qianlong period (1736-95) and had been expected to fetch €200,000, went for more than five times that amount to an unidentified telephone bidder.

18 Dec 2012 - 4:08am

‘Looted’ Chinese antiques pulled from UK auction

Two Chinese antiques have been withdrawn from auction in Britain, the auctioneer said, after the proposed sale sparked fury in China amid claims they were looted from Beijing in the 19th century.

Bonhams issued an apology as it confirmed the two jade carvings would not be sold after the owner withdrew them from a planned auction on Thursday to “avoid any possible offence”.

5 Nov 2012 - 7:12pm

Frederick - The Life of My Missionary Grandfather in Manchuria

Frederick - The Life of My Missionary Grandfather in Manchuria by Mark O'Neill Joint Publishing (HK)

Like the Opium wars and the Macartney mission to Qianlong's court, Westerners have mostly forgotten the massive missionary enterprises they sponsored in China for roughly a century before 1949's communist revolution.

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

'2,000-year-old treasures' were made in... 2010

A jade stool and dressing table thought to be ancient artifacts when they were sold for 220 million yuan (HK$270.7 million) at a Beijing auction last year, were made in Jiangsu in 2010, says China News Service.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Knowledge - Power: The Imperial Examination System of the Qing Dynasty

Exhibition of artefacts (including a depiction of A scene of archery in the military imperial examination in the Qing dynasty, left) that traces the Chinese imperial examination system's legacy. Mon, Wed-Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun, 10am-7pm, closed Tue, HK Museum of History, 100 Chatham Rd South, TST, HK$10, free on Wed. Inquiries: 2724 9042. Ends Feb 6

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Painter cannot go a day without picking up brush

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22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

City's imperial past

Most visitors to Northeast China may not know that the original Forbidden City lies in Shenyang, the first capital of the Manchu people. The Mukden Palace is a reminder of days when Shenyang was one of the preeminent cities of Chinese civilisation.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Museum's reputation shattered

Since May, the most prestigious guardian of China's ancient culture - the Forbidden City's Palace Museum - has been at the centre of controversy with irregularities and mismanagement exposed weekly, and with a string of scandals that are still unfolding.

19 Aug 2011 - 12:00am