The Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival is traditionally held on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month of the Chinese year. For some reason, nine hundred years ago Emperor Huizong chose to sponsor one on Jinming Lake (near the Northern Song capital Kaifeng) on the third day of the...
Two-Faced Buildings

Two-Faced Buildings

There are not many two-faced buildings in the World. One of the best-known is the former Moskva hotel that was built in Moscow in the 1930s. As you can see in the photograph above, the layout of the two wings of the building are completely different. The building, on...
Your Shipwreck is my Time-capsule

Your Shipwreck is my Time-capsule

The Silk Road Virtual Museum (SRVM) has two routes – overland and by sea. For the maritime routes, in addition to the land-based cultural artefacts, I want to feature shipwrecks, especially those with intact cargoes. Unlike the scattered pieces in museums and private...
Welcome to the Silk Road Virtual Museum

Welcome to the Silk Road Virtual Museum

Professor Richard T. Griffiths, Emeritus professor International Studies (Leiden), Research fellow Institute for Asian Studies (Leiden), was one of the first contributors to the Diplomat Magazine since 2013 publishing articles related to European and Dutch diplomacy....