The images in this section come from a single handscroll, The Spring Festival Along the River, by Zhang Zeduan of the North Song Dynasty. This painting is considered one of the most valuable in Chinese art history for its high level of technical quality and the liveliness with which it portrays the myriad details of urban life. It is generally interpreted as portraying the city environs of Kaifeng, the Northern Song capital, and some of the surrounding countryside.

Handscrolls of Chinaese Painting are traditionaly viewed from right to left. Put your mouse over the moving picture and it will stop immediately.

For a closer look at some of the details of this handscroll, look under the following topics.

Shops and commerce

Means of transportation

Individuals and groups