Wang Mian, technical adviser to the “Restore 1860” programme to reassemble broken pottery pieces from Beijing’s Old Summer Palace, checks work on a restored artefact. Photo: Tom Wang

Treasures of Beijing’s Old Summer Palace restored in painstaking fashion, the work like piecing together a giant Chinese jigsaw puzzle

  • Artefacts shattered into hundreds of pieces by pillaging French and British soldiers 150 years ago are being reassembled by a team of heritage restorers
  • The work is part of the largest-scale effort yet to restore prized finds dug up by archaeologists on the site of the former imperial palace
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Wang Mian, technical adviser to the “Restore 1860” programme to reassemble broken pottery pieces from Beijing’s Old Summer Palace, checks work on a restored artefact. Photo: Tom Wang
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Chen Jie’s tattoos are inspired by Chinese watercolour paintings. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

The Chinese tattoo artist turning traditional watercolour paintings into skin art

  • Chen Jie started with the style by chance, and says the tattoos require great precision to achieve a watercolour painting’s faded look
  • She hopes her style will help tattoos gain greater acceptance in China. Already, she has seen more local customers than she did 10 years ago
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Chen Jie’s tattoos are inspired by Chinese watercolour paintings. Photo: Courtesy of the artist
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