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Exhibition of the Week – Snuff Bottles 2017-05-11
Currently showcasing in Hangzhou’s Southern Song Official Kiln Museum is a very interesting exhibition of snuff bottles from the collections of the Wuhan Museum. Starting from October 20 the exhibition will last for three months.

The exhibition displays over 120 precious snuff bottles from the collections of the Wuhan Museum and most of them date back to the period between the Qing Dynasty and the Republic Period of China era. Exhibits are of various styles and made from all kinds of materials.

Hangzhou Snuff Bottles Exhibition

Besides appreciating exquisite snuff bottles visitors can personally enjoy their very own snuff which is prepared from Chinese traditional medicine by the museum. Also, at the end of this October arts and crafts masters will demonstrate the skill of intricately painting the interiors of snuff bottles.

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Tobacco was introduced into China in the late 16th century by European missionaries and at that time, was viewed as a new trend in the Chinese upper classes.

Before the establishment of the Qing Dynasty (1636–1912) it was smoked through pipes and it was only later that the use of snuff and snuff bottles had gained popularity, spreading into the rest of the country and into every social class. The snuff bottles that used to contain snuff gradually became an object of beauty and a way to represent status and wealth by literati and government officials, which then gradually developed into a unique type of art.

Snuff bottles of various shapes and patterns appeared in different social classes and were not only used to represent the owner’s social status but also his perception of art.

When making snuff bottles, Chinese craftsmen absorbed the principles of traditional skills such as Chinese and foreign painting, calligraphy and engraving, and all of which enabled the intricate snuff bottles to show off their unique charms. As one of the epitomes in the development of Chinese arts, snuff bottles give modern people the opportunity to marvel at history through their exquisite workmanship and beauty.
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The Art of the Guqin2017-11-21
Guqin, is a traditional Chinese musical instrument with a history that spans at least three thousand years. Ranked first in the following top four traditional Chinese arts – Guqin, Chess, Calligraphy and Painting, Guqin has long been considered as the symbol of elegance and has been the long-chosen musical accompaniment for singing ancient scholars. To know or to master the art of the Guqin, then the following influential places in Hangzhou are a good place to start.
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Hangzhou, Soaked in Traditional Chinese Medicine2017-11-21
Traditional Chinese medicine has a time-honored history. As early as ancient times, through the process of struggling with nature, traditional Chinese medicine was created. When searching for food, it was discovered that plants could relieve symptoms, which is the origins of traditional Chinese medicine; hot rocks or sand and earth wrapped up with furs or tree barks eased pain when warming oneself by a fire, which is how moxibustion came into being. It is also during the process of producing tools, that the ancient Chinese discovered the stabbing of some parts of the body can ease the pain of some other parts of the body, and that is how acupuncture come into being.
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