History in Pictures… Nanchan Temple, China

The Great Buddha Hall of the Nanchan Temple is currently the oldest preserved wooden building in existence in China with the temple itself having been built in  782 CE. Within the temple are seventeen original sculptures which date back to the date of the temples construction during the Tang Dynasty. This makes both the sculptures [...]


Emperor Zhao of Han 94 BC-74 BC

This week Monarch Monday takes a look at Chinese Emperor Zhao of Han of the Western Han dynasty. 1- Emperor Zhao was born Prince Liu Fuling to Emperor Wu and his favourite concubine,Consort Zhao in 94 BC. 2- When it was decided that Prince Liu Fuling would be the Crown Prince, Emperor Wu had Consort [...]

Did You Know…Sunglasses

Did you know that the first sunglasses were worn in China around the 12th Century by court judges and were made from flat panes of smoky quartz. Unlike today though, these glasses weren't worn to protect the wearers eyes but rather to hide them from the defendant so that the Judge's facial expressions wouldn't give them [...]