History and the Arts – China Trip
Our excellent group has returned safely and is now doubtless digesting the thousands of things everyone’s learnt! We’ve encountered much: from Song landscape
painting to Tang poetry (Du Fu and Li Bai); from Ming cosmic city planning to Qing flirtations with European Rococo style; from Mongol and Manchu raiders to opium wars; from pirlins to eaves; from bell towers to drum towers; from terracotta to Chinoiserie; from calligraphy on stele to modern internet censorship; from tai chi to Qingming; from Silk Road souks to
modern malls; from Mongolian hotpots to Peking duck to Pingyao vinegar to Macdonalds (which brightened everyone’s day in Pingyao, for some reason).
This booklet is a short memento of the trip, which – though long (and intense) in the planning – was happily smooth and thoroughly enjoyable in the execution, not least because of the interest and good behaviour and manners shown by everyone.
Head of History