Taibai Shan Map, Mid-Autumn Festival 1700 太白全圖

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Here’s a map of Tai Bai Shan (3750m), the highest mountain in central China’s Qinlin range, which rises about 100km southwest of Xi’an city. The name comes from the mountain’s summit, which shines white with snow for most of the year; “Tai Bai” is the Chinese for Venus, brightest planet in the sky. The map is a rubbing taken from …

The Guan Yu stone rubbing mystery

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Here’s a rubbing taken from an engraved stone tablet – a stela – of Guan Yu, a third-century general later deified as the incarnation of martial righteousness. Guan is riding the legendary Red Hare, a horse which could gallop “1000 miles in a day”, and holds his trademark halberd, Green Dragon. Dangling from rings above Guan Yu’s head is a …