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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.

Karenkatz,
Westborough, Massachusetts
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Lacquer Engraving

Lacquer engraving (雕漆) is to coast the roughcast with layers of lacquer and then engrave patterns on the lacquer such as landscapes, human figures, flowers, birds and animals. Lacquer engraving is an important component of Beijing culture and one of the traditional arts and crafts in Beijing, substantially embodying the technique and wisdom of our artists. Lacquer engraving, together with cloisonné, ivory carving and jade carving are knows as the four superiorities of Beijing.

As the traditional folk art, lacquer engraving has a history of over 1,400 years, spanning Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. It had been the royal article wares with the high social position and article value. Lacquer engraving is divided into red carving, black carving, yellow carving, green carving and color carving. As the name suggests, engraved on red lacquer is called “red carving”, engraved on black coat is named “black carving”. “Red carving” is the most common.


















Themes
Yuan Dynasty
Lacquer engraving in Yuan Dynasty succeeded to the style of Song Dynasty, centering on flowers, birds, animals, human figures and landscape. Works with flower as the theme usually painted a blooming flower in the centering, lined with several buds. Works focusing on flower and birds were painted with flowers as substrate, birds standing among them. This kind of style was still popular in the beginning of Ming Dynasty.

Ming Dynasty
Lacquer engraving works in Ming Dynasty mostly used flowers, birds, dragon, phoenix, human figures and landscape as the theme. The emperor of Jiajing believed in Daoism, so patterns on behalf of good luck were popular by lacquer engraving artists. The common pattern was animals, gods and natural phenomenon interweaved harmoniously.


















Qing Dynasty
In the middle of Qing Dynasty, especially the period of Emperor Qianlong, new themes emerged in large numbers, such as mimic characters of Ming Dynasty mixed with lucky pattern design, fishes swimming in roaring waves, phoenix vein, etc. The lacquer engraving of Qing Dynasty pays more attention to the features of preciseness and minutia, and extremely delicate rendering. In addition, carving poem on the coat or attaching landscape with poem was also common at that time.


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