0 item(s) - US$0.00
  • A Vibrant Voyage from China 異想中國(Bilingual Edition 中英雙語)

A Vibrant Voyage from China 異想中國(Bilingual Edition 中英雙語)

Pith Paintings at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Library 香港中文大學圖書館藏通草紙畫

編輯顧問:Li Lai Fong 李麗芳、Ching May Bo 程美寶

Bilingual , 2024/07 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

Tags: A, History, Cultural Studies

240 x 190 mm , 134pp ISBN / ISSN : 978-988-237-331-0

  • US$24.00

In Stock



The Qing Dynasty of China was perceived as mysterious and beautiful in the eyes of Westerners. From the magnificent pleasure boats on the Pearl River to women with bound feet, all these sparked great curiosity among Europeans and Americans. These fantasies about China created a lucrative market for export paintings. Pith paper paintings, which adopted Western painting techniques, were prevalent in Guangzhou during the late Qing period in the 19th century. Due to their Chinese themes, affordable prices and portability, these paintings became popular souvenirs among European and American traders, collectors, and sailors residing at the port. These small pith paper paintings not only helped bridge the gap of mutual understanding between the East and the West, but also reflected the Westerners’ romantic imagination of this exotic land.

This album showcases the pith paper paintings collected by the Chinese University of Hong Kong Library. Created in 19th-century Guangzhou, these artworks vividly depict daily life scenes of that era. After almost two centuries, these beautiful yet fragile“postcards” have returned to their place of origin. Despite the changes over time, the rich social landscape of China from a century ago is preserved through these delicate pith paper paintings, still radiating with vibrant colours before us.

Li Lai Fong Associate University Librarian, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Ching May Bo Professor of History at the Department of Chinese and History, the City University of Hong Kong, and the “Distinguished Professor of the Pearl River Scholars” of Guangdong Province (Sun Yat-sen University). Her research interests include social and cultural history of modern China, the history of South China, and historical anthropology.

Please click here to download the pdf.
Please click here to download the pdf.
Please click here to download the pdf.

Write a review

Note: HTML is not translated!
    Bad           Good