Pieces of China: Melinda Liu on the Imperial Kilns

The Daolingjian Imperial Tile kilns outside of Beijing once produced the green and yellow tiles that adorn the rooftops of the Forbidden City, the Ming Tombs and other ancient sites. Demand remains strong, especially when imperial-era temples are renovated. But due to anti-pollution restrictions, the wood-burning kilns are silent; today production takes place in far-off Inner Mongolia. The stresses, strains, and commercial opportunities of the modern world have changed the face of this village—and all of rural China. Join us as foreign correspondent Melinda Liu, a 30-year Beijing resident, shares stories of the kilns and the village where she spends many weekends.

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Date: 09/09/2021

Time: 7:30 pm

Cost: Free

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China Institute