Image of the Week

Every week, on Monday, we feature a new image on the header of the China Channel, behind our logo. Below is a list of all of our past Images of the Week. Email us to suggest a future one!

Week five – 10/23/17 – The Soong Sisters

Daughters of the Shanghai printing mogul Charlie Soong, the Soong sisters became famous for marrying into even greater wealth and power: the eldest, Soong Ai-ling married H. H. Kung, finance minister of the Republic; Soong Ching-ling, the middle sister, married Sun Yat-sen, father of the Republic; and the youngest, Soong Mei-ling, who passed away 14 years ago this week, married Chiang Kai-shek. In the photograph, taken around 1940, Ailing, Meiling and Quingling Soong (in black) visit Nationalist women soldiers

Week four – 10/16/17 – Wu Zetian’s Buddha

The Longmen (“Dragon Gate”) Grottoes represent the pinnacle of Buddhist iconography in China, with some 100,000 statues of the Buddha spread out over 2000 caves. This Vairocana Buddha was carved in 672 AD, during the de facto reign of Empress Wu Zetian. On this day in 690 AD, Empress Wu would become the first (and last) woman to officially ascend the throne, crowning herself Sacred and Divine Empress Regnant of the Zhou dynasty. A devout Buddhist, Empress Wu is said to have directed the 17 meter-tall Vairocana Buddha to be carved in her own likeness. Photo by Gisling

 

Week three – 10/9/17 – Wuchang uprising

An episode in the revolutionary war in China, 1911: the battle at Hankow” by T. Miyano (Japan, 1920s), from the collection of the Wellcome Library, London. This Tuesday, October 10, is the 106th anniversary of the Wuchang uprising that brought down the Qing dynasty

 

Week two – 10/2/17 – Galaxy Soho

A view of the Galaxy Soho building in Beijing, designed by Zaha Hadid and opened in 2012, from a hutong alleyway, photographed by Jens Schott Knudsen for the Anthill

 

Week one – 9/25/17 – Lu Xun

A 1974 woodblock print by Li Yitai (李以泰) of the Republican-era writer and activist Lu Xun, born in Shaoxing, Zhejiang, on September 25, 1881. 136 years later, we launched the China Channel on Lu Xun’s birthday