2015: Mayor Bulldozer

In 2015, Ji Jianye 季建業, mayor of Nanjing from January 2010-October 2013, was sentenced to fifteen years gaol for graft. Ji was known as ‘Mayor Bulldozer’ 推土機市長 for the widespread destruction of heritage sites in the city, radical building and development plans that lead to the wholesale felling of many of the city’s beloved trees, and a politically driven commercialism that laid waste to as much as it created.… Read

1959: This Land so Rich in Beauty

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, a number of noted upcoming artists — their number included Lü Fengzi 吕鳳子, Xu Beihong 徐悲鸿, Zhang Daqian 張大千, Yan Wenliang 颜文梁, Lü Sibai 吕斯百, Chen Zhifo 陳之佛, Gao Jianfu 高劍父, Pan Yuliang 潘玉良 and Pang Xunqin 龐薰琹 — worked in the new national capital Nanking and were later identified as a kind of ‘ Jinling Artistic group’ 新金陵畫派, although they shared little in common.… Read

1954: Awakening from a Dream of Red Mansions

The Story of the Stone (also known as Dream of the Red Chamber) is China’s most famous novel. It depicts the height of court power and wealth in an imaginary capital city, often thought to be loosely based on Nanking (Jiangning 江寧/ Jinling 金陵).… Read

April-September 1949: The Nanking Press

Knight Biggerstaff The following account of the post-liberation Nanking print media appeared on 8 March 1950 in Far Eastern Survey, vol.19 no.5: 50-54. — The Editors The Chinese Communists frankly regard the press as an instrument of propaganda, as an important means of ‘educating’ the people.… Read