Thank You, My Dear Friends!

Under the significant influence of my Grandpa an eminent collector in China, I started MingJade.com to share what I learned since I was a baby, and my life long passion. Lot of things happened in the last few years. Career change, moving, marriage, baby…it seems all kinds of excuses for me to halt my beloved blogs :). Among all the life changes I’ve been receiving very warm and encouraging letters from my fans all over the world. Same time Google Analytics also told me MingJade had around 18,000 visitors in last few years. I felt so guilty not to continue writing! Thank you all the friends around the world for all the support ! No more excuses, I’m back and  will definitely keep on writing! Very Sincerely, Lily Tweet

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Why Beijing Olympics medals use Kunlun jade

Why Beijing Olympics medals use Kunlun jade

Kunlun Jade, a kind of nephrite, is named after Kunlun mountain located in Qinghai China. Kunlun is the most mysterious mountain among all the famous mountains in China. Kunlun was also the cradle of the Kunlun genre of Taoism. Kunlun is rooted from Pamirs, which runs across middle Asia. Therefore Kunlun is also called as the spine of Asia. Kunlun has born many legends. It was revered as a holy mountain which was a settlement for the gods. Ancient Chinese believed Kunlun was the “origin of all the mountains” and the “birth land of Imperial genealogy”. In the earliest legend, there was a god with a human face and tiger body protecting this holy land. Later on, the queen of the gods of heaven became the owner of Kunlun. In many ancient literature, Kunlun...

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Dragons in Western and Eastern Cultures

Dragons in Western and Eastern Cultures

Researching Dragon Fables from Around the World Throughout history and all around the world, in both Western Medieval and Eastern Chinese dragon histories alike, dragons have been a major influence on the cultures of humankind. Information amassed from different parts of the world can be found that depicts dragons as incredibly diverse and complex creatures. Dragon research is difficult, at best, even for a seasoned researcher to grasp in its entirety. No other creature in the history of mythology has appeared throughout time in so many cultures from almost every continent in the world (with no influence from each other until much later in history). This can be perplexing, as seemingly mystical dragon creatures were not only a major part of Medieval and Eastern...

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The Mysterious Effects of Jade

The Mysterious Effects of Jade

Jade has grown up with the civilization of human beings. Jade has especially taken a very important position in Chinese culture. There are all kinds of myths about jade, some of which I will share some with you. Ancient Chinese believed that to find a suitable jade is like trying to find a soul mate. You shall have a very strong feeling towards it when you see the right jade. Then once you choose a jade pendant, you shall make a commitment to wear it. Once a strong bond has been formed between you and your jade, then it will nurture your body and soul and shelter you from bad luck. Due to its physical characteristics, some jade will absorb sunlight in the daytime and release the light at night. Wearing it at night, the jade can massage the blood points of the...

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The Legend of Pixiu

The Legend of Pixiu

A fabulously fierce beast called Pixiu (貔貅 pí xiū), is believed to be more powerful than the lion or any other animal, and in ancient literature, it is referred to as Mengshou (猛獸 měng shòu) or ‘Fierce Beast’ and enters into popular folklore and folk belief that it is a guardian animal that stands for fair-lay and right. In the Shizhouji (十洲記 shí zhōu jì), contained in the huge Taoist compilation Daocang (道藏 dào cáng), it notes that: In the third year of the reign Zhenghe (征和 zhēng hé ) [90 B.C.], when the Han Emperor Hanwudi (漢武帝 hàn wǔ dì) visited An-ting, the King of the Western barbarians, offered a ‘Fierce Beast’ (Mengshou) that resembled a fifty or sixty day-old puppy, as large as a civet but brown in color....

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The legend of Ruyi

The legend of Ruyi

Ruyi (如意) literally means “as you wish” in Chinese. A typical ruyi is composed of two parts: a head in the shape of cloud, heart, or lingzhi, and a long handle in the shape of a flat S. Ruyi can be made of a variety of valuable materials, such as precious metals, jade, hardwood, semi-precious gems, ivory, coral, and so on. Ancient Chinese craftsmen exquisitely decorated ruyi by relief, openwork, inlaid gems, among other things. Ruyi itself, along with decorating motifs upon it, conveys good wishes, such as longevity, blessing, good fortune, and prosperity. No matter how valuable the material is and how meticulous the appearance is, ruyi nevertheless has a humble origin: it was born out of a household tool to scratch itches on one’s back...

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