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Virtual tour of the Bada Shanren Memorial

Updated: Mar 19, 2021 govt.chinadaily.com.cn Print
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A virtual tour of the Bada Shanren Memorial in Nanchang, East China's Jiangxi province, is available on the memorial's official website. The tour takes you through the entire facility with English-language narration.

The memorial is dedicated to the art of Bada Shanren, or Zhu Da (ca.1624-1705), a descendant of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) imperial lineage. Born in Nanchang, he was ordained as a Buddhist monk after the Ming Empire was overthrown. Zhu Da was a master painter in China, and was celebrated for his spontaneous ink paintings of living creatures and monumental landscapes. He has become more popularly known by the sobriquet Bada Shanren.

The memorial is one of the major public facilities to house the works of this artist monk (who converted to Taosim in his late 30s). It was established in 1959 and its design was inspired by the architectural complex of the Qingyunpu Taoist Temple where Bada Shanren practiced Taoism. An exhibition building and a research center were added more recently.

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