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Antique Road Show

Posted December 16th, 2010 at 07:14 AM by chas
"The beloved figure of the Monkey King represents the undisciplined human consciousness, whose thoughts and attention meander as they will..."
--Commentary, Journey to the West
(Three volume complete edition
Foreign Language Press, Bejing)

In Xian, the Chinese end of the Silk Road, you stand above a football field worth of 1:1 scale military miniatures, and try to imagine them all painted in every detail of their elaborate period costumes, as they once were in their glory--each sculpted with the unique face of an actual individual. You take in the fact that this huge field is only one of several. The rest still lie buried underground, guarding the forbidden tomb of the legendary First Emperor of the Chin. Now, that was a figure collector! Later this city was Chang An, the capital of the cultured Tang Dynasty, and this era is dramatized as you sit in the People's Hall of Severe Communism, watching a staging of Sun Wukong's attack in the undersea...

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