Jade market

On previous trips to China we found that the semi-precious jade (玉 yù) has immense cultural value. A guide once deposited us at the doors of a tourist-trap and told us in parting, “Unless you learn about jade you may buy coarse work.” Petrified at the thought, we made a hasty departure. But the jade… Continue reading Jade market

High culture: the Shanghai museum

When we came out of the Shanghai Museum, we were happy that we didn’t skip it. The Shanghai that we had seen before was the modern China, the city of engineering marvels. This gave us a glimpse of the other China: the old civilization that developed across the Himalayas from us. The museum is located… Continue reading High culture: the Shanghai museum