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, from most recent all the way back to week one.

Week sixty – 11.19.18 – Sick Man of Asia

John Thomson poses an opium smoker against a camel statue lining the approach to the tomb of the third Ming emperor, Yongle

Week fifty-nine – 11.12.18 – Roses

A resident of ‘Flower Town’ village in Sichuan, on the outskirts of Chengdu, picks the roses that fuel the local economy (Sascha Matuszak)

Week fifty-eight – 11.5.18 – Skyscape

The Shanghai skyline over the Huangpu river, viewed from a hotel room (Daniel Rickleman)

Week fifty-seven – 10.27.18 – Tartar Soldiers

‘Tartar’ (ie Manchu) soldiers pose for the European photographer John Thomson a decade after the second Opium War (1856-60)

Week fifty-six – 10.21.18 – Street Culture

Postures of youth, on the streets of Shanghai (Sue Anne Tay)

Week fifty-five – 10.14.18 – Cookies

Choices, choices, in a Chinese supermarket alley (Daniel Rickleman)

Week fifty-four – 10.7.18 – Gate and Stele

Detail from a brush-and-ink map of the Ming Tombs dating from the late 19th century

Week fifty-three – 10.1.18 – Train Platform

A Beijing train attendant waits for departure, marking the beginning of ‘Golden Week’ national holiday to celebrate the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 (Joseph Johnson)

Week fifty-two – 9.24.18 – Lu Xun

Lu Xun, his wife Xu Guangping with their son Haiying, in a photograph taken in 1930 (Marco Sotgiu)

Week fifty-one – 9.17.18 – Occupied Peking

A map showing the 1900 occupation of Beijing by the Eight-Nation alliance during the Boxer Uprising, when the Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fists revolted against foreign influence in China

Week fifty – 9.3.18 – Puppet

The puppetry of youth in China, as the new school year begins (arranged photo by Yang Zhazha)

Week forty-nine – 8.27.18 – Beijing Olympics

Performers on the memory tower of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games closing ceremony, symbolizing the eternal Olympic flame (US Army)

Week forty-eight – 8.20.18 – Karst

Karst topography near Guilin, southern China, formed by the erosion of limestone mountains around more durable rock (Daniel Rickleman)

Week forty-seven – 8.13.18 – Mandala Hell

A detail from hell in a 19th century Tibetan mandala painting, part of the Wheel of Dharma that rewards or punishes in the next life for deeds in this one (Asaf Braverman)

Week forty-six – 8.6.18 – Tibetan Mastiff

A lonely Tibetan mastiff stands guard over a view of the Yarlung Tsangpo river valley in central Tibet. Once a prized possession among Han Chinese collectors inland, mastiffs are now less popular and their owners have resorted to parading them at bus stops to earn a quick buck (Alec Ash)

Week forty-five – 7.30.18 – Yurts

Yurts in Mongolia, set up for the tourist season when hordes of Chinese visitors descend on the grasslands (Daniel Rickleman)

Week forty-four – 7.23.18 – Chinese Communist Party

A socialist relief in Tiananmen Square commemorating the tumultuous history of the Chinese Communist Party, founded 97 years ago (Mal B)

Week forty-three – 7.16.18 – Hoop Dreams

School students play basketball in Nanjing (Lauren Teixeira)

Week forty-two – 7.9.18 – Marco Polo Bridge Incident Memorial

Memorial, at Wanping Castle in Beijing, to the Marco Polo Bridge skirmish of July 7 1937, that escalated into all-out war between China and Japan (Vmenkov)

Week forty-one – 7.2.18 – From Below

A view from the ground-up of the Shanghai tower (Daniel Rickleman)

Week forty – 6.25.18 – Peking Observatory

Detail from “A Celestial Globe,” as photographed by John Thomson circa 1874

Week thirty-nine – 6.18.18 – Rooftop Kung-fu

A student of traditional Shaolin style kung-fu, posing on a Beijing rooftop with the CCTV tower in the background (Christopher Cherry)

Week thirty-eight 6.11.18 – Beining Park

A Japanese occupation-era postcard of Beining Park in Tianjin

Week thirty-seven 6.4.18 – Visiting the Goddess

Pigeons roost on the Goddess of Democracy statue in San Francisco’s Chinatown, commemorating the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing on the morning of July 4, 1989 (Nikita)

Week thirty-six 5.28.18 – Laundry Day

Clothes hang out to dry outside a Shanghai apartment building (Pedro Szekeley)

Week thirty-five 5.21.18 – Three Men Laugh at Tiger Brook

A 12th century Song dynasty painting illustrating the proverb ‘Three Men [Huiyuan, Tao Yuanming and Lu Xiujing] Laugh at Tiger Brook,’ illustrating the complementary nature Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism

Week thirty-four 5.14.18 – Yu Garden

In the shade of Yu Garden, in Shanghai’s Old Town (Jakub Hałun)

Week thirty-three 5.7.18 – Haoshang Bridge

Connecting the Leshan Giant Buddha with the mainland, despite its ancient appearance, the Haoshang Bridge was actually built in the 1990s (CEphoto, Uwe Aranas)

Week thirty-two 4.30.18 – A Train Named Grasshopper

Two Bengal sergeants pose with two unnamed Chinese men in front of their improvised locomotive pieced together following the Boxer Uprising in Beijing of 1899-1901

Week thirty-one 4.23.18 – Hong Kong, 1955

Hong Kong, the harbour and Kowloon, viewed from the Peak near the tramway terminus in 1955 (Martin Funnell)

Week thirty 4.16.18 – Beijing Stock Exchange

Opened in 1918, the Old Beijing Stock Exchange was the first securities exchange owned by the Chinese (before then, they were all run by foreign merchants). Trading stopped in the 1940s, reopened briefly after 1949, then closed for good soon after (Jens Schott Knudsen)

Week twenty-nine 4.9.18 – Guan Yu

‘Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles,’ a mural of Han dynasty general Guan Yu – later immortalised in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms – displayed in the Summer Palace, Beijing

Week twenty-eight 4.2.18 –  Imperial Plowing Ceremony

Still celebrated in Japan and across South East Asia, the Imperial Plowing Ceremony was held in the third lunar month of the year. In this 18th century print, we see the Qianlong Emperor laying down the first furrows of the season

Week twenty-seven 3.26.18 – Heavenly Kings

No Buddhist temple would be complete without a Hall of the Four Great Heavenly Kings, or sida tianwang. In this early 20th century photograph by Harold Peck, Siddhartha Gautama sits in Chinese dress, flanked by two of his celestial entourage

Week twenty-six 3.19.18 –  Ögedei Khaan

Ögedei Khaan, third son of Chinggis Khaan (pictured here on the 1000 tugrik note); in 1233 the Jin dynasty Jurchen capital of Kaifang fell to Mongol invaders under his leadership, and his nephew Kublai Khaan founded the Yuan dynasty in 1271

Week twenty-five 3.12.18 –  Arbor Day

Founded in 1915, Arbor Day was originally celebrated in the Republic on China as a part of Qingming Festival. After the death of Sun Yat-sen on March 12, 1925, it was moved to the current date, where it is observed on both sides of the Taiwan Strait (Ethan Lee)

 

Week twenty-four 3.5.18 –  Lei Feng

Lei Feng, a humble PLA soldier tragically killed in the line of duty, became the posterboy of the Socialist Education Movement five decades ago. His legend lives on as a socialist rolemodel, with ‘Learn from Lei Feng’ day celebrated each March 5

Week twenty-three 2.26.18 –  Paeonia suffruticosa

Once the national flower, in Chinese literature and art the peony is thought to symbolize love and affection (Jesse)

Week twenty-two 2.19.18 – An Lushan Rebellion

In this painting, one of three reputed Song copies of the Tang original, Emperor Ming-huang is depicted fleeing to the Kingdom of Shu to escape the armies of usurper An Lushan, a pivotal moment in the eventual collapse of the Tang dynasty

Week twenty-one 2.12.18 – Year of the Dog

To celebrate annus canis, we’ve dug up a guide to Manchurian mutts that dates back to the Qing dynasty. Tradition holds that people born in the year of dog are loyal to their friends, tough on their enemies, and wary around strangers

Week twenty 2.5.18 – Verbiest’s Map of the World

Arriving in Macau in 1659 as one of 37 Jesuit missionaries sent to the Far East that year, Ferdinand Verbiest helped introduce the principles of European astronomy, cartography, and mathematics to the Qing court

Week nineteen 1.29.18 – Reed Flute Cave

A 180 million year old limestone cave in Guilin gets a technicolor makeover (Dennis Jarvis)

Week eighteen 1.22.18 – Quanzhen school

A mural of Wang Chongyang, who after meeting a pair of immortals in a tavern in the summer of 1159 AD, founded the Quanzhen or “all true” school of Taoism to overthrow the reigning Jurchen Jin dynasty and restore the Song (Wikimedia Commons)

Week seventeen 1.15.18 – Huangpu River

Shanghai’s Huangpu River, a panorama taken by G. Warren Swire from the deck of a China Navigation Company steamship circa 1906

Week sixteen 1.8.18 – Lama Temple

The Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing, home to a 26 meter tall Buddha carved from a single piece of sandalwood, was saved from destruction during the Cultural Revolution by Zhou Enlai (Charlie Fong)

Week fifteen – 1.1.18 – Taiping Rebellion

A print of the recapture by Qing troops of Yangzhou and Zhenjiang from Hong Xiuquan and his Taiping Rebellion (fake news according to The London Illustrated News on January 7, 1854)

Week fourteen – 12.25.17 –  Christmas in Hong Kong

A Christmas tree decked out in festive fashion in Hong Kong’s Charter Garden. (Ding Yuin Shan)

Week thirteen – 12.18.17 –  Harbin Ice Sculptures

Held annually in far-north China since 1985, the Harbin International Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival has become the largest event of it’s kind in the world (Tracy Hunter)

Week twelve – 12.11.17 –  Landscape Master

Described as the last master of the Northern Song dynasty, Chinese landscape artist Guo Xi is famous not only for his paintings, but also his essays on technique

Week eleven – 12.04.17 –  Cultural Revolution

Launched by Mao Zedong in 1966, the Cultural Revolution began as a nationwide movement of mass student rallies, and sent millions of urban youth to be ‘reeducated’ in the countryside. (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 (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, who led the studio into lucrative new markets, introducing Chinese ‘kung fu’ to the world

Week eight – 11.13.17 – Empress Dowager Cixi

Empress Dowager Cixi, in a painting by Hubert Vos, completed in the Beijing Imperial Palace in 1905. Her death in 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 Shanghai in 1937, marking the beginning of WWII in China during a three-month long siege by the Imperial Japanese Army

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 (Christopher Cherry)

Week five – 10.23.17 – The Soong Sisters

Soong Ai-ling, who married H. H. Kung, finance minister of the Republic; Soong Ching-ling, who married Sun Yat-sen, father of the Republic; and Soong Mei-ling, who married Chiang Kai-shek (Wikimedia Commons)

Week four – 10.16.17 – Wu Zetian’s Buddha

Vairocana Buddha in the Longmen (“Dragon Gate”) grottoes, carved in 672 AD during the de facto reign of Empress Wu Zetian, a devout Buddhist said to have directed the statue to be carved in her own likeness (Gisling)

Week three – 10.9.17 – Wuchang Uprising

An episode of the Wuchang uprising of October 10, 1911, that brought down the Qing dynasty, by the Japanese artist T. Miyano in the 1920s, from the collection of the Wellcome Library, London

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 (Jens Schott Knudsen)

Week one – 9.25.17 – Lu Xun

A 1974 woodblock print by Li Yitai 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