Being an archaeologist can be boring. Hours of digging square holes in the ground and filling out paperwork, right? That may have been true in the past, but archaeology is more than just about the past, it helps us understand the future. And today's practitioners, with computers and state-of-the-art cameras, would not consider their work boring. "Heritage is not always immortal, it can vanish, but information lasts forever," said Professor Lu Dongming at Zhejiang University. "Excavating and preserving relics is no longer the sole purpose of archaeological digs. All information should be recorded during the process. In fact, digital documentation is as important as preservation," said Lu, who specializes in applying computer technology to archaeological studies.
Among the world's writing and painting instruments, the writing brush is unique to China. As far back as the Warring States Period (475-221 BC), brushes were widely used for writing and painting. As the world is increasingly dominated by computer fonts and rapid-fire social networks, the craftsmanship of brushmaking is dying out. Fuxinghe in Qufu is a time-honored brand famous for handmade writing brushes. It was recently been listed among Shandong province's intangible cultural heritages. Gong Guizhi, the fifth generation sustainer of the brand, preserves the tradition and is determined to pass down the art.
Villagers have a trial run of their new dragon boat during a launching ceremony at the Chenhanhui Shipyard at Shangjiao village in Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong province, June 6, 2013.
Garments from Ming and Qing dynasties are on display.The exhibition, which presents about 200 garments in Shandong's provincial capital Jinan, features clothes worn by emperors, nobles and ordinary people.