Chinese ceramics show a continuous development since pre-dynastic times and are one of the most significant forms of Chinese art and ceramics globally. The first pottery was made during the Palaeolithic era. Chinese ceramics range from construction materials such as bricks and tiles, to hand-built pottery vessels fired in bonfires or kilns, to the sophisticated Chinese porcelain wares made for the imperial court and for export. Porcelain is so identified with China that it is still called "china" in everyday English usage.
Pictured: Covered red jar with dragon and sea design from the Jiajing period (1521–1567) in the Ming dynasty
🐉🌏⛵️Zheng He and his Treasure ships, the largest wooden ships in history.
Between 1405 and 1433, during the Ming era, Chinese Admiral Zheng He, who was also the court eunuch, commanded seven expeditionary voyages as far away as East Africa and Middle East. These expeditions, known in Chinese history as the treasure voyages, consisted of hundreds of ships of enormous dimensions carrying a crew as large as 28,000 and great amounts of treasures. The purpose of the voyages were to project Chinese power and wealth to the outside world, as well as to establish imperial control over the maritime trade
The flagship and other larger treasure junks dwarfed European ships of that century — even Christopher Columbus's flagship, the "Santa Maria," was between 1/4 and 1/5 the size of Zheng He's.
The benefits from these expeditions were also enormous. The relationships with the neighbouring states were strengthened; the message of peace and mutual prosperity were spread; the example of how nations could deal with each other in a respective way was set; and Chinese people’s knowledge about the world around was immensely enriched.
Zhang He is considered the greatest Naval Admiral in Chinese history.
Gorgeous window at 豫圆 aka Yu Garden in Shanghai 🇨🇳 Definitely a must visit, 豫圆 was a private family garden built in 1577 during the Ming Dynasty by Pan Yun Duan for his parents to enjoy in their old age. It is a great example of classical Chinese gardening architecture.
Absolutely massive, covering about 20,000 square metres or roughly 5 acres, the garden has various pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters, all of which have their own unique characteristics.
Yes, it’s a lobby of the resort.✨ The beautiful building itself is stunning, preserved exactly how it was from Ming dynasty!😻 Totally reminds me of my granddaddy’s house. 明代二品武官二進的宅子，難怪外公五進的家宅被政府當古蹟保護了！💋xo
The arabesque ornamentation on this flask is Islamic, but the technology of this porcelain item is Chinese. This was probably a gift to Emperor #Aurangzeb , whose name, along with date (1660), is inscribed at the bottom. Typical example of silk route-related cultural borrowing. @britishmuseum
İÖ 26. yüzyılda Çin’de çay yapraklarının tedavi için çiğnendiği biliniyor. Hikâye bu ya, Çin’de İÖ 2737 yılında İmparator Shen Nung, bahçesinde ateşin önünde diz çökmüş su ısıtırken hava rüzgarlanır. Başının üstündeki ağaçtan birkaç yaprak savrulur ve kaynayan suya düşer. Sudan çıkan güzel kokuları alan imparator demi tadar... Tadış o tadış... Tiryakisi oluverir çayın.
Çin kaynakları, “Büyük bir ülkeyi yönetmek ufak bir balığı pişirmek gibidir” sözüyle tanıdığımız, Taoculuğun kurucusu Lao Tse’ye atfen çayın ölümsüzlük iksiri ilan edildiğini yazar.
Çayın insan hayatının daha da vazgeçilmez bir parçası olması, öldükten sonra çay azizi olacağını uman Tang hanedanı dönemi şairi Lu-Yun’un, çaya felsefe katmasıyla olmuştur. Lu-Yu da Taocu’ydu. Çay konusunda ilk kitap Cha Ching adıyla Lu-Yu tarafından 780 yıllarında yayımlanmıştır. Nitekim Lu-Yu öldükten sonra müritleri onun “Chazu” olarak adlandırılan çay azizi mertebesine yükseldiğine inanmışlardır.
Çay, 6. yüzyıla kadar Çin’de yaprakların preslenmesiyle oluşan tabletlerin çiğnenmesi yoluyla tüketilmiştir. Altında yüzyıldan, 10. yüzyıla kadar bu tabletler suda demlenerek çay yapılmıştır. Onuncu yüzyıldan başlayarak çay toz haline getirilmiş ve bir çanağın içinde sıcak suda bambu kamışıyla köpürünceye kadar çırpılarak hazırlanmış.
Bugün içtiğimiz biçimde çayın demlenerek içilmesi Ming hanedanı zamanında yaygınlaşmış ve bir bardak çayın, ruhun aynası olabileceği gibi felsefi inceliğe kavuşmuştur.
Bilgiler, @deniz6349’un “Deniz Gürsoy’un Gastronomi Tarihi” adlı kitabından alınmıştır.
Herbal Medicine: Herbs for Hair Loss
Chinese medicine has an entire sub-speciality in dermatology and there are a number of treatments both internally (herbal formulas and food) and externally (topical applications). In today’s post, I’ll cover a couple of examples for hair loss.
As I write about in my new book, Hashimoto’s Healing Diet, published by Hay House and due out in September, most health issues can be broken down into either excess or deficient patterns. Hair loss is no exception.
Excess patterns are caused by doing too much of something or by having too much of something in your body.
For example, too much spicy, hot or fried food, too much sugar or depression (too much repressed emotion) are all thought to be excess factors that can lead to hair loss.
Whereas, deficient patterns are the result of metabolic weakness. They are the result of too little of something. For example, too little thyroid hormone, too little iron, or too little blood flow, etc.
Regarding Hashimoto’s related hair loss, causes can be the result of either excess or deficient patterns. Today I will focus on deficient causes because many of the herbs that are used to treat this are really effective for promoting hair growth.
One such formula which has been in use in various forms since the Ming Dynasty (about the 14th century) is called Seven Treasure Special Pill for Beautiful Whiskers (or Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan Jia Jian). It was traditionally used for treating graying hair, but is also used to promote hair growth.
In Chinese medicine healthy hair depends on sufficient amounts of liver blood. As we seen this week if there is insufficient blood (or elements of blood like iron) and insufficient blood flow, then this can result in hair loss.
This formula contains seven herbs and has many variations with additional herbs added. These seven herbs are polygoni multiflora, pore cocos, achyranthis, angelica sinesis, lycii, cuscutae chinenisis, psoraleae corylifoliae.
The main herb of this formula is polygoni multiflori or he shou wu. This is an herb that can be effective in promoting hair growth and in treating and reversing premature graying. Continued in comments...