A fresh new STARTS

Our loyal readers will have noticed that since our launch on the 1st November 2016 STARTS has undergone a number of iterations. We are pleased to announce that the test period is now over and we have finally arrived at a fresh, ‘press ready’ version. 

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Chinese Tones

The most important thing you can do when attempting to learn Chinese is to get the tones right – you wouldn’t want to call someone’s mother a horse, right?

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All Along Beijing’s Dongbianmen Watchtower

This fascinating Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644) watchtower is one of Beijing’s less obvious (and therefore less busy) delights. It offers great value for money: not only do you get to explore the watchtower itself but you can also have a stroll along the ancient wall to which it is attached and visit both the watchtower museum and the Red Gate Gallery (one of Beijing’s better contemporary art galleries).

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The Xia Dynasty, Part 1: From myth to Yu

The Xia dynasty (2070-1600 BC) is widely regarded as the first dynasty in Chinese history. To be more precise, it is the first hereditary dynasty to feature in Chinese historical records. This is where the problems begin, because, as Napoleon once observed, “history is written by the winners”.

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But is it Art, Darling?

What is art? How can we define it? This is not as straightforward as it seems, so we’ll look at these questions from the perspective of western art, which you are likely to be more familiar with before we attempt to define Chinese art.

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All Along Beijing’s Dongbianmen Watchtower

This fascinating Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644) watchtower is one of Beijing’s less obvious (and therefore less busy) delights. It offers great value for money: not only do you get to explore the watchtower itself but you can also have a stroll along the ancient wall to which it is attached and visit both the watchtower museum and the Red Gate Gallery (one of Beijing's better contemporary art galleries).

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The Xia Dynasty, Part 1: From myth to Yu

The Xia dynasty (2070-1600 BC) is widely regarded as the first dynasty in Chinese history. To be more precise, it is the first hereditary dynasty to feature in Chinese historical records. This is where the problems begin, because, as Napoleon once observed, “history is written by the winners”.

But is it Art, Darling?

What is art? How can we define it? This is not as straightforward as it seems, so we’ll look at these questions from the perspective of western art, which you are likely to be more familiar with before we attempt to define Chinese art.

Chinese Tones

The most important thing you can do when attempting to learn Chinese is to get the tones right - you wouldn’t want to call someone's mother a horse, right?

All Along Beijing’s Dongbianmen Watchtower

This fascinating Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644) watchtower is one of Beijing’s less obvious (and therefore less busy) delights. It offers great value for money: not only do you get to explore the watchtower itself but you can also have a stroll along the ancient wall to which it is attached and visit both the watchtower museum and the Red Gate Gallery (one of Beijing's better contemporary art galleries).

A fresh new STARTS

Our loyal readers will have noticed that since our launch on the 1st November 2016 STARTS has undergone a number of iterations. We are pleased to announce that the test period is now over and we have finally arrived at a fresh, 'press ready' version. 

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