Art in China

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

The Wirkak (Shi Jun) Sarcophagus
The Wirkak (Shi Jun) Sarcophagus

Few migrants’ lives along the ancient Silk Road have been known in such detail as those of Wirkak (Shi Jun) and Wiyushi (Kang Shi)

Protected: Zhao Mengfu, <em>Autumn Colors on the Que and Hua Mountains</em>, 1295
Protected: Zhao Mengfu, Autumn Colors on the Que and Hua Mountains, 1295

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The art of salvation—Mt. Baoding, Dazu rock carvings
The art of salvation—Mt. Baoding, Dazu rock carvings

The monumental sculptural complex at Mt. Baoding, Dazu in China consists of nearly 10,000 painted and gilded images of Buddhist deities and narrative scenes carved out of sandstone.

Spirit path to the tomb of the first Ming emperor
Spirit path to the tomb of the first Ming emperor

Journey to the Purple Mountain and the burial of the first Ming emperor

Yungang grottoes
Yungang grottoes

Imagine peering into a cave and seeing a monumental carved Buddha peer right back at you.

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!