Art in China

The Shanghai Museum holds a number of national treasures, and make sure to check out China's provincial museums as well.

Wang Lü, Landscapes of Mount Hua (Huashan)
Wang Lü, Landscapes of Mount Hua (Huashan)

A 14th-century physician climbs Mount Hua.

Spotlight — the Garden of the Humble Administrator in Suzhou, China
Spotlight — the Garden of the Humble Administrator in Suzhou, China

A Chinese garden in which each perspective was carefully orchestrated to achieve beauty and a sense of pleasure for the visitor.

Power: spotlight — The Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi
Power: spotlight — The Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi

The emperor's terracotta army was intended to demonstrate his power in this life, and to extend it into the world of the dead.

The European Palaces of the Qianlong Emperor, Beijing
The European Palaces of the Qianlong Emperor, Beijing

An imperial surprise: staging Europe in China

Master of the (Fishing) Nets Garden
Master of the (Fishing) Nets Garden

Every inch of this contemplative space was carefully crafted—there’s bamboo, patterned paving, and scholar’s rocks.

Oracle Bone, Shang Dynasty
Oracle Bone, Shang Dynasty

The writing on these bones is 3000 years old, but scholars can decipher an incredible 40 percent of the characters.

<em>Da Ke Ding</em>
Da Ke Ding

Not for everyday use, this ritual bronze vessel is significant in function and in heft. It weighs over 400 pounds!

Attributed to Zhou Fang, Ladies Wearing Flowers in Their Hair
Attributed to Zhou Fang, Ladies Wearing Flowers in Their Hair

“Beautiful women paintings” provide insight into ideals of beauty and other social customs at the Tang court.

Huang Gongwang, <em>Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains</em>
Huang Gongwang, Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains

Unroll this handscroll and experience a spectacular panorama of rounded mountains, lush trees, and flowing water.

The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City

Covering 178 acres, this gated complex was a “golden cage” for China’s emperors and courtiers. It is now a museum.

<em>Funeral banner of Lady Dai (Xin Zhui)</em>
Funeral banner of Lady Dai (Xin Zhui)

Excavated from an ancient tomb, this opulent silk banner features the earliest known portrait in Chinese painting.