tianjin’s china house
Readers may be aware that porcelain is very important to china. it was in fact invented there and plays an integral role throughout china’s history and culture.
one of tianjin’s most visited attractions is the porcelain house in the heping (pronounced herping) district of tianjin. it is also known as the ‘china house’ or ‘yuabao house’, not because it is in china, but because the word ‘china’ is essentially a synonym for porcelain. remember when your grandparents used to bring out the ‘good china’ for important occasions?
the original french-styled house was built in the 1920s. it was bought in the early 2000s by zhang lianzhi, a businessman, artist and art collector with i believe, the intention of living there but instead he decided to create a kind of tribute to china’s porcelain history.
the redecoration of the porcelain house reputedly took more than 700 million porcelain pieces, 13,000 ancient plates and bowls, 4,000 ancient china vases, 400 marble sculptures, and 40 tons of crystal and agate. pieces date back to the jin dynasty (3rd to 5th centuries AD, and covers several dynasties after including ming and tang dynasties.
interwoven is a network of 4 dragons which is an integral symbol of china. each dragon is over 200 metres long.
the museum hosts precious furniture from long time dynasties, as well as a wealth of calligraphies and paintings and mosaics. the museum and contents are estimated to be worth over US$1.5B.
3 floors, european design, with the banisters all decorated.