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China Heritage

            The purpose of the China Heritage collection is to present to all those interested in Chinese culture. the most important monuments of this great country. Each book, about a hundred pages long and richly illustrated, will be dedicated to a single monument.
The selection of topics to be dealt with does not focus solely on the most popular ones to open up to other little-known treasures and wonders.
The style of these books is not academic, but based on publications that are, they will open new windows for the reader to understand Chinese history and culture; they will discover little-known aspects of their culture; providing new visions.
Each book consists of an introduction to the subject matter followed by a description of the subject matter. A series of original iconographies complete the presentation of the place.

 

Yu Garden - Shanghai: Archetype of Chinese garden
Author: Pedro Ceinos-Arcones
Pages: 94
Year: 2019

Yu Garden is Shanghai's main monument and one of the most beautiful gardens in China. The history of its creation and the evolution of the city over the last few centuries have made it the archetype of the Chinese garden, in which all the poetic, natural and cultural elements of the gardens are present.
The art of gardening, relatively recent in China's long history, has an intimate relationship with landscape painting, poetry and oriental architecture. Only when the thick web of symbols and implicit meanings that support a work of art can be unraveled, it can be enjoyed in all its grandeur.
This garden is visited every day by thousands of people who, enjoying its essential beauty, walk carelessly through its corridors and galleries This book is fundamental to understand the cultural and historical importance of the garden, but also to appreciate the art of oriental gardening and each of the elements that compose
A must-have book for all visitors to Shanghai.

  Road to Nirvana - The Kunming Dharani pillar.
Author: Pedro Ceinos-Arcones
Pages: 98
Year: 2019

The main courtyard of the Kunming Municipal Museum houses one of the most original art-works from the time of the Dali Kingdom in Yunnan. It is called the Dharani Pillar of the Dizang Temple. It is a stone pillar a little over six meters high, in the shape of a pagoda, on whose surface some of the most beautiful Buddhist sculptures of China have been carved. It is a pillar full of symbolism that shows a distinctive spiritual conception of the universe, in which Buddhist devotees are expected to find a path that leads from ignorance to enlightenment, in the transit between life and death, especially the general Gao, for whom it was built.
We are convinced that the structure and elements of the pillar are much more than a magnificent work of art. When they are framed in the Buddhist beliefs of the time and in the artistic traditions of the Buddhist world, they will convey separate sets of secret communications that will appeal to sages, nobles and laymen, providing paths to enlightenment, transcendence and the salvation of the soul. When the study of this pillar is explained in the light the religion and politics of the ancient Yunnan, 800 years ago, it will reveal interesting aspects of the nature of the Kingdom of Dali, of its ruling elite and of the religion they practiced.

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