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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Inside Painted Snuff Bottle

Inside painted snuff bottle (内画鼻烟壶) is special traditional handicraft with a history of nearly 200 years. It is regarded as a brilliant pearl of the Beijing culture and was selected into National nonmaterial Cultural Heritage List a short time ago. Painting insides is drawn in glass or amber snuff bottle with special tiny brush. The picture is elegant and exquisite. Hengshui city, Hebei Province---the cradle of inside painted is designated as “the hometown of Chinese inside painted”.

According to legend, in the ruling time of Emperor Daoguang, a minor functionary out of town lodged in a temple. When he was running out of the snuff, he scraped the snuff bottle with cigarette sign. A monk found that the scratches inside the snuff bottle seem to be Chinese painting. Gradually, he expand it into inside painted.

However, according to some experts’ research, the inventor of inside painted was a young painter in Jiaqing period of the Qing Dynasty instead of the monk. Gan Huanwen, the painter, firstly poured small steel ball, quartz sand little water into snuff bottle to mill some fine lines, then he painted inside with a hooked bamboo pen which dipped in colors. The earliest existing inside painted of Gan Huanwen was made in 1816.

Schools of Inside painted
Inside painted snuff bottle, originated in Beijing, was possessed by royal noblewomen, high officials and noble lords. After the founding of the PRC, the research institute of artistic handicrafts was established in Beijing. At present, there are mainly four domestic schools: Beijing group, Hebei group, Shandong group and Guangzhou group.

Beijing Group
As the capital of Ming and Qing Dynasties, Beijing is also the cradle of inside painted snuff bottle. The prosperous economy and culture bred the inside painted handicrafts inevitable. Ye Zhongsan, together with Ma Shaoxuan, Zhou Leyuan were known as the three representatives of Beijing Group.

The works of Ye Zhongsan maily rooted in some picture books prevailing in late Qing Dynasties and early period of the republic of China such as Romance of Three Kingdoms, Ghost Stories, A Dream of Red Mansions, etc. Ghost stories he painted are vivid, so are the figures in A Dream of Red Mansions.

Shandong Group
The character of Shandong group is to paint inner wall of snuff bottle with color glaze used in chinawares. Then these formed enamel paintings are baked, so the screen couldn’t be damaged even if the bottle is filled with water. Shandong group was developed by artist Bi Jiurong in 1890.

Hebei Group
Inside painted snuff bottle of Hebei group features accurate appearance and elegant style, especially outstanding in portrait creations. The earliest founder of Hebei group is Wang Xisan. Many artists gather in Hengshui city.

Guangdong Group
Guangdong group is well-known for its gorgeous color and decoration. The representative figure is Wu Songling.

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