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Xuanzang (Xuánzàng 玄藏)

Ding-hwa HSIEH Paper cutout of Xuanzang (602–664), a monk during the Tang dynasty who endured great troubles as he traveled to India to retrieve Buddhist scriptures. His adventures were the basis of the famous Chinese novel Journey to the West. … Continue reading

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WEN Tingyun (Wēn Tíngyùn 温庭蕴)

Nirmal DASS Wen Tingyun, a Tang dynasty lyric poet whose themes were unconventional for his time—and whose verses and songs were often critical of court officials. Wen Tingyun was a lyric poet during the Tang dynasty (618–907 CE) whose innovations … Continue reading

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An Lushan (An Shi) Rebellion (Ān Shǐ Zhī Luàn 安史之乱)

Jennifer W. JAY This tomb figure of a warrior, in pottery painted with color and gold, from the end of the seventh century (Tang dynasty) is in the collection of the Historical Museum, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province. The features of this … Continue reading

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Tang Taizong (Táng Tàizōng 唐太宗)

Lily HWA Detail of the painting Emperor Taizong Receiving Tibetan Envoy by Yan Liben. Ink and color on silk. In foreign affairs Taizong preferred forming alliances and winning allegiance through the appeal of fair and kind treatment. THE PALACE MUSEUM, … Continue reading

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Dayan Pagoda (Dàyàn Tǎ 大雁塔)

TzeHuey CHIOU-PENG Photo of the Dayan Pagoda, also known as the “Big Wild Goose Pagoda,” located in the southeastern sector of present-day Xi’an city, Shaanxi province. This pagoda was built as a repository for the Buddhist scripture brought to China … Continue reading

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Complete Tang Poems (Quán Tángshī 全唐詩)

Timothy Wai Keung CHAN Literary Gathering; painted by Han Huang during the Tang dynasty. Ink and color on silk, 8 Century. Compiled in 1705–06, the Quan Tangshi is the most complete collection of poetry of the Tang dynasty (618–907 CE) … Continue reading

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Old Prose Movement (Gǔwén Yùndòng 古文运动)

Nirmal DASS The Old Prose Movement was a belief among Tang dynasty scholars that a return to the writings styles of the past was necessary to combat the moral corruption that had brought about political and cultural turmoil during their … Continue reading

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Pear Garden (Líyuán 梨园)

Nirmal DASS During the Tang dynasty the progressive emperor Xuanzong endowed the Pear Garden in Chang’an (modern Xi’an) in 714 CE as a conservatory for the nascent performing arts. Secular music and dance developed and thrived there, especially Chinese opera; … Continue reading

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LIU Gongquan (Liǔ Gōngquán 柳公权)

Fatima WU A rubbing made from a stone engraved with Liu Gongquan’s calligraphy. Liu Gongquan was a calligrapher of China’s Tang dynasty (618–907 CE). He was also a professor and tutor of the Hanlin Academy for three emperors. Born during … Continue reading

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DU Fu (Dù Fǔ 杜甫)

Nirmal DASS Statue of Du Fu, an eminent poet who lived through the decline of the Tang dynasty. He is often called “China’s Shakespeare.” PHOTO BY PAUL AND BERNICE NOLL. One of the most prominent and influential of Chinese poets, … Continue reading

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