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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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Tang Tricolor Pottery

Tang Tricolor Pottery is general term for low-temperature and glazed pottery of the Tang Dynasty.  On the same utensils, yellow, green, white or yellow, green, blue, ocher, black and other basic glaze are staggered use, form a colorful artistic effect. "Three color" is means many different color but not specifically refers to three colors.

Tang tricolor pottery is a multi-colored glazed pottery, which is based on the delicate white clay material, use lead, aluminum oxide as a flux, use the copper, iron, cobalt and other minerals elements as a coloring agent. Its glaze is yellow, green, blue, white, purple, brown and other colors, but many more objects in yellow, green, white-based, and even some artifacts have only one or two of these colors. People collectively referred to them as "Tang Tricolor Pottery".

Tang tricolor glazed pottery began in the Southern and Northern Dynasties and flourished in the Tang Dynasty. It is famous for its vivid style, beautiful color and rich flavor of life, as well as the use of three basic colors and formed its characteristics in the Tang Dynasty, it was later known as “Tang Tricolor Pottery”.


















Tang tricolor pottery was burial objects for sacrificial victims in the ancient times. Since the founding of New China, increased attention to pottery and pottery recovery and development processes, people began to be interested in using it as room furnishings decoration and the gift to relatives and friends

Tang tricolor pottery was not only popular in ancient China, but also widely spread abroad. Tang tricolor pottery was found in more than ten countries, such as India, Japan, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Italy and other countries.

Tang tricolor pottery is a low-temperature lead-glazed pottery, adding different metal oxides in the glaze. After roasting, they form a light yellow, ocher yellow, light green, dark green, sky blue, brown red, eggplant purple and other colors, but yellow, ocher and green are basic colors. The glaze painted on billet pottery has chemical changes in the baking process. The glaze would have various density, different color invaded each other, mottled dripping, colors naturally coordinated with smooth pattern which is a unique kind of Chinese style. Tang tricolor pottery embraced in color which shows grand splendid artistic charm. Tang Tricolor Pottery is used for burial, as burial objects. Because its body is crisp which has poor water resistance, the practicality is far less than celadon and white porcelain which had already appeared.


















Tang tricolor pottery mainly spread in Xi'an and Luoyang. Xi'an is known as West kiln and Luoyang is called East kiln. Burial was prevailed in Tang Dynasty, not only the nobles, but also the common people did.

Tang tricolor pottery has many different types of pottery figures, such as animals, dishes, water, wine, stationery, furniture, houses, and even loaded the ashes of the altar, and so on. More generally loved is horse figurines. Some of them was running while some was standing, some eagerly neighing, showed various lifelike postures. As for character modeling, there are women, civilian, military commanders, Hu figurines and king. According to the social status and hierarchy of the character, the portray shows different personalities and characteristics: lady’s face is mellow and full, comb various kinds of hair, wearing colorful costumes; civilian is polite; staunch warrior is brave; Hu figurines have high nose and deep eyes; kings are angry and mighty, have magnificent spirit. Tang tricolor pottery is a model of Chinese ancient carving and it is a great treasure in Chinese culture.

The Tang Dynasty was the heyday of Chinese feudal society, economically thriving, beautiful and fragrant flowers blooming on culture and art. Pottery of this period is famous for its vivid posture, beautiful color and full of vitality.





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