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Understanding the Chinese Economies by Rongxing Guo

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Chapter 14

Doing Business in China

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Qı-ngmíng Shànghé Tú (section).

Qı-ngmíng Shànghé Tú (‘Along the River during the Qingming Festival’) is a panoramic painting by Zhang Zeduan (AD 1085–1145). It captures the daily life of people from the North Song period at the capital of Bianliang (today’s Kaifeng). The entire piece (24.8×528.7 cm) was painted in hand scroll format and the content reveals the lifestyle of all levels of society, from rich to poor, as well as different economic activities in the city and the surrounding rural areas. The painting is known for its geometrically accurate images of a variety of natural elements and architectures, boats ...

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