The painting Qingming Shang He Tu ("Scenes along the River during the Qingming Festival"), an over 16-foot panorama running from right to left, is considered to be one of the most brilliant works in Chinese art history. It is a masterpiece of realism, recording the pulse of a thriving, historical town and showing extraordinary detail.
Zhang Zeduan (960-1127) was a court painter during the reign of Emperor Huizong of Song Dynasty.
"The ink drawings are a day in the life of Bianjing from its outskirts to the heart of the city. It starts on the banks of the river, enters the town, and ends with the watchtower. You'd have to squint at the original to see all this detail, if you got a chance to see the scroll at all. This book is a delight."—McClatchy News Service