The origins of traditional Chinese painting can be traced back to the Neolithic period thousands of years ago when humans began to create primitive symbols and drawings. It has since evolved into a way to express ideas and emotions through the exquisite use of brushes soaked with ink. A newly launched exhibition at the National Museum of China in Beijing showcases landscape paintings from the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911). The exhibition paints a picture of how the ancient Chinese observed life and understood the world.
(Text and photos by Wei Yao)