Tag: China

Photo of the Day: The Taiping Rebellion

Photo of the Day: The Taiping Rebellion

Taiping Heavenly Kingdom Street Graffiti

The name of the 太平天囯 (Taiping Tianguo), the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom is invoked on a street sign on Salisbury Road in Hong Kong. The Taiping were a rebel faction led by Hong Xiuquan who carved out a nation in southern China from 1851 to 1864. At odds with the ruling Qing Dynasty, the so called Taiping Rebellion was the costliest civil war in history, with some estimates placing the death toll at 25 million.

Photo of the Day: The National Palace Museum

Photo of the Day: The National Palace Museum

The National Palace Museum in Taiwain

In the 1930s Chinese Nationalist authorities removed the the bulk of the collection of art and antiquities located within the Palace Museum inside the Forbidden City to prevent them from falling into Japanese hands as hostilities and tensions began to escalate between China and Japan after the Mukden Bridge Incident. In 1948 the decision was made to take the best of the collection to Taiwan as the Civil War between the Nationalists under Chiang Kai-Shek and the Chinese Communists under Mao Zedong continued. Ultimately, over 600000 pieces of the finest examples of Chinese art and artifacts including books and paintings were sent to Taiwan and with the Nationalist retreat to the island in 1949, the collection would come to be housed in the National Palace Museum. As a result, the museum is widely considered to house the best examples of Chinese art in the world.

Photo of the Day: The Shanghai World Expo

Photo of the Day: The Shanghai World Expo

Crowds form beneath the illuminated Expo Axis structure not far from the China Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Photo taken on October 16 2010, which set the record for the highest one-day attendance in world expo history with 1.03 million visitors. Naturally, that was the day your intrepid Wired History crew decided on for our third foray to the Expo grounds.

Photo of the Day: The 9:18 History Museum

Photo of the Day: The 9:18 History Museum

A massive sculpture at the 9:18 Museum

The 9:18 Museum in Shenyang is devoted to the Mukden Bridge Incident. On September 9th 1931 Japanese troops detonated explosives near a Japanese controlled railroad line in a “false flag” operation in order to blame Chinese agitators for the act. With the explosion as a pretext, Japan launched an invasion of Manchuria resulting in the formation of the puppet state of Manchukuo. The museum itself sits upon the exact spot of the explosion.

Photo taken in Shenyang on 6/5/2011.