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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.
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.
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.