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 twelve – 12/11/17 –  Landscape Master

Often described as the last master of the Northern Song, Chinese landscape artist Guo Xi (郭熙, 1020-1090) is famous not only for the paintings he has left behind, but also his essay, ‘The Lofty Message of Forest and Streams,’ recorded by his son, on his technique

Week eleven – 12/04/17 –  Cultural Revolution

Launched by Mao Zedong with the ‘May 16 Notification’ of 1966, by June the Cultural Revolution had been transformed into a nationwide movement of mass student rallies. Two years later, in December 1968, would lead to the “Up to the Mountains, Down to Countryside” movement which would send millions of urban youth to labor for over a decade in the countryside. Photo by Joan Campderrós-i-Canas

Week ten – 11/27/17 – Pandas and Vader

Originally the site of a textile factory, over the last two decades 50 Moganshan Road (aka M50) has been transformed into a hub for Shanghai’s burgeoning contemporary art scene. Photo of the graffiti wall (featuring Darth Vader alongside Po, the Kung Fu Panda) by Kenneth Lu

Week nine – 11/20/17 – The Shaw Brothers

Founded in 1925 as the Shanghai-based Tianyi Film Studio by Runje, Runde, and Runme Shaw, it was the youngest Shaw brother, Run Run 邵逸夫, born 110 years ago this week, who led the studio into the lucrative South East Asian market, introducing campy Chinese ‘kung fu’ to the world

Week eight – 11/13/17 – Empress Dowager Cixi

In a painting by Hubert Vos, completed in the Imperial Palace in Beijing in June, 1905. Cixi’s death on November 15, 1908, just one day after her nephew, the Guangxu Emperor, would leave the throne to Puyi, a two-year old child

Week seven – 11/06/17 – Battle of Shanghai

National Revolutionary Army soldiers run down the streets of Zhabei, Shanghai, in 1937, marking the beginning of WWII in China. The three-month long siege by the Imperial Japanese Army, ending in the eventual retreat of NRA 80 years ago this week, would prove devastating not only for Chinese industry in the city, but also for the German-trained officer corps of Chiang Kai-shek

Week six – 10/30/17 – Mixed Martial Arts

Zhang Lipeng carries his best friend, Ning Guangyou, as part of his training regime for Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in Chengdu. Photo by Christopher Cherry

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, Ai-ling, Mei-ling and Ching-ling (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