Song Dynasty

Henan's Kaifeng city plans to splurge billions to build replica ancient town for tourists

A historical city in Henan province is planning to spend the equivalent of 20 times its 2011 fiscal revenue to demolish slums and build a replica ancient town that it hopes will be a tourist hot spot, local media say.

Monday, 13 August, 2012, 9:04am

Digital sages

At a point during my obligatory 'Aussie year off in Europe', in 1985, I stepped into the umpteenth museum, glanced towards the gloom-shrouded glass display cases, shut my eyes, shuddered, then turned and walked back out. There is only so much of the same old thing you can take, no matter how important or historic.

17 May 2011 - 12:00am

Qingming Riverside

Leung Kwok-shing directs and choreographs the HK Dance Company's epic work inspired by Northern Song dynasty imperial court painter Zhang Zeduan's silk-scroll paintings of street scenes in the capital city of Bianjing. May 21-22, 3pm, also May 22, 7.45pm, Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$180-HK$320 Urbtix. Inquiries: 3103 1806

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

Moving scroll brings Song dynasty to life

Coolies stack up bags of goods in a pile. People ride on donkeys and sedan chairs. Boats slip along a river, propelled by men. These are all moving characters in the animated version of Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival, whose creator is making final preparations before it makes its debut in Hong Kong next week.

6 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Central bank misses the message in commemorative coins

Beijing may be kicking out Google, censoring the internet and cracking down on dissidents left and right, but it is not averse to promoting a bit of rebellious literature.

3 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

DAB lawmaker fined for careless driving

Lawmaker Chan Kam-lam pleaded guilty in Sha Tin Court yesterday to careless driving.

Chan, a member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, was fined HK$1,000 as it was a first offence.

25 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Cockfights a lucrative but illegal pastime from bygone era

The place on the eastern edge of the ancient city of Kaifeng looked so rundown from the outside that it could have easily been mistaken for a chicken farm.

But inside the well-disguised, simple structure, the air was thick and all eyes were on pair of gamecocks fighting at the centre of a dusty arena.

25 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Incense and art return to the show

Ceramic incense burners and Buddhist art pieces will be showcased by Beijing Seeks Antique International Auctions, along with quality fragrant wood from the Song dynasty.

23 May 2008 - 12:00am

set in stone

In an attractive park in Kowloon City, near the Kai Tak airport site, is one of Hong Kong's few old historical monuments. The now sadly fragmented Sung Wong Toi (terrace of the Sung kings) - once a 45-metre-high boulder standing on a sacred hill - was widely regarded, before the second world war, as the most important Chinese antiquity in Hong Kong.

23 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

A scroll down memory lane

The Hong Kong Museum of Art yesterday opened its doors for a 'once-in-a-lifetime exhibition' of world- acclaimed masterpieces of Chinese painting and calligraphy selected from the Palace Museum in Beijing's Forbidden City.

Phase two of 'The Pride of China' exhibition is one of several events being held around the city to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the handover.

24 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Qingming Riverside

Qingming Riverside

Hong Kong Dance Company

Grand Theatre, HK Cultural Centre

Reviewed: July 20

24 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Ancient gems on show

A collection of famous Chinese paintings and calligraphy is on display at the Hong Kong Museum

of Art.

Co-organised by the National Palace Museum and the Leisure and Culture Services Department, the exhibition is part of the 10th anniversary of the handover celebrations.

16 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

The Pride of China

Palace Museum's collection of Chinese paintings and calligraphic works of the Jin, Tang, Song and Yuan dynasties, including Zhang Zeduan's Along the River During the Qingming Festival (detail above). Daily, 9am-9pm, closed Thu, HK Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$30, HK$15 (concessions) Urbtix. Inquiries: 2721 0116. Ends Aug 11

15 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Hot as folk

Chinese folk dance may have a history that spans more than 1,000 years, but not one full-length work can be found in its repertoire.

24 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Bridge incident fans fervour

The 60th anniversary of the July 7 Marco Polo Bridge Incident, which sparked Japan's invasion of China, will be marked with the opening of the second phase of a war museum on Monday.

Academic bodies in Beijing have organised a series of seminars linked to the anniversary.

5 Jul 1997 - 12:00am