Monthly Archives: July 2011

Introduction to “The Tang People Playing Polo”, by Gao Runxiang

A glimpse of the traditional Chinese painting “The Tang People Playing Polo” by Mr. Zirou Ligang reminds us of the prosperous Tang Dynasty which was the beacon to the world one thousand and three hundred years ago. In his painting, horses flash by and aristocrats are full of confidence, and curvaceous daughters of noble families, once on horse, become enthusiastic and manly, totally different to their usual image of being bashful and gentle. State-level periodical Xinhua Monthly once put: By taking advantage of the five different saturations exclusive to traditional Chinese painting, Mr. Zirou Ligang brings to our eyes a vivid picture of galloping horses and waving mallets chasing a whirling ball. Continue reading

The “Rabbit”

China successfully launched “Chang’e” satellite on Oct. 1, 2010 to study the moon. Its name Chang’e comes from a Chinese legend. In ancient times, there were once ten suns and people could not live in such hot weather. Then a hero called Houyi was courageous and strong enough to shoot down nine suns with his bow and arrow, thus winning the respect of all people. Houyi wanted to better serve his people and appealed to the Supreme God for elixir. The Supreme God was so deeply moved that HE bestowed elixir on the archer. Houyi began recruiting students, among whom an apprentice by the name Fengmeng planned to steal the elixir. Later, Houyi married Chang’e, a beautiful lady. One day Houyi went out to hunt and entrusted the elixir to his wife. Fengmeng spotted this and threatened Chang’e with death if she refused to give him the elixir. Of course, in no circumstances would Chang’e give it to such an evil man, so she hastily swallowed it. Continue reading

The Spirit of the Tang Dynasty, the Essence of the Chinese Culture by Gao Runxiang

The Spirit of the Tang Dynasty, the Essence of the Chinese Culture
— Thought on “The Tang People Playing Polo” by Mr. Gao Runxiang
Mr. Kissinger has at his home a traditional Chinese painting “The Tang People Playing Polo” by Mr. Zirou LiGang and sees it as a treasure. The former US Secretary of State said in his speech: In the long history of human civilization, there rose in China a powerful Tang Empire which once led the fashion of the world. In his polo-themed paintings, human and horses cooperate and coordinate to fulfill their most potential. It would be no exaggeration to say that the sport polo is more challenging than football and more graceful than golf. Continue reading