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During the Lunar New Year break, we went to see the Qing Ming Shang He Tu (清明上河图): A Moving Masterpiece.

Briefly, Qing Ming Shang He Tu or Along the River During the Qingming Festival is a panoramic painting done by Zhang Zeduan (张择端) of the Song dynasty.  It presents a very detailed glimpse of the life in Bianjing (汴京) [now known as Kaifeng] during the Song dynasty: from the rural to the city, the rich to the poor, the merchants to the scholars to the workers, the young to the old.

On display in the outer hall are some stuff used by the folks in the past.

Old bank note

Old bank note

Some recreational games

Some recreational games

In the inner hall, one gets to see a replica of the painting on display before experiencing the moving scroll.   I was totally awed by the work.  The details captured on the painting are exquisite.  And when I was faced by the scroll magnified 30 times coming alive with animated characters and animals going about their lives, I was speechless.  It was simply magical.

replica of Qing Ming Shang He Tu

Bridge scene on the replica

day scene of the animated Qing Ming Shang He Tu

Day scene of the bridge on the animated scroll

night scene of the Qing Ming Shang He Tu

Night scene of the same place on the animated scroll

replica of Qing Ming Shang He Tu

River activities on the replica

animated Qing Ming Shang He Tu

Day scene of the river

animated Qing Ming Shang He Tu

Night scene of the river

replica of Qing Ming Shang He Tu

A road junction

animated Qing Ming Shang He Tu

Daytime @ the road junction

animated Qing Ming Shang He Tu

Nighttime @ the junction

replica of Qing Ming Shang He Tu

City gate

animated Qing Ming Shang He Tu

City gate - daytime

animated Qing Ming Shang He Tu

Nightfall outside the city gate

replica of Qing Ming Shang He Tu

A busy restaurant in the city

animated Qing Ming Shang He Tu

Daytime at the same restaurant

animated Qing Ming Shang He Tu

animated Qing Ming Shang He Tu

Nightfall at the same restaurant

replica of Qing Ming Shang He Tu

Water well

animated Qing Ming Shang He Tu

Water well in the day

animated scroll

Nightfall at the water well

Note that the characters in the animated scroll are constantly going about in their business and the scene changes from daytime to nightfall and the activities too.  You will have to stand in front of the huge moving picture in order to experience the magic.  My photos cannot do justice to the effort spent in bringing the painting to life.

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