Stone of the Month 当月赏石 April

“Xu’s Stone"


While this Julong Bi stone (Nine Dragon River) stone was probably not one that Xu Xiake saw when he visited Fujian province 500 years ago, and wrote about them in his travel diaries, he does remind us of the role that interesting stones played in the lives of the poets, painters, writers, and calligraphers in Imperial China. This stone resembles the face of a cliff with a possible entry way into a cave. It measures 23 cm (9inches) wide, 12 cm (4.7 inches) high and 16 cm (6/3 inches) deep.

Even though Jiulong Bi stones have been admired in China since the Tang dynasty more than 1,000 years ago, they are not well known in stone appreciation communities in western countries. They have all the attributes of a good viewing stone—very hard, wrinkles surface texture, muted colors, and typically found in forms that are like landscapes or figures.



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Classroom  课堂

Welcome to our New “Classroom!”

This section provides an opportunity to learn more about stone appreciation through the use of our new videos and published articles. The Classroom also contains useful information for stone enthusiasts starting with a Guide to Stone Markets in China. Each month, additional videos, articles and other information will be available to help people along on their path to becoming stone connoisseurs.

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Featured Book Review 推荐书的评

Zhang Jiedong. Ed. 2011.

Jiulong Bi, The Jewel of the Sea-west.  (海西瑰宝/九龙壁).

Zhangzhou Literature and Art Committee and Zhangzhou Rock Culture Committee. 352 pp. No ISBN number. No price given.

    This is the most comprehensive book published on Jiulong Bi or Nine-Dragon River stones.

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Featured Article  专题

Jiulong Bi (Nine Dragon River) stones.

These beautiful hard stones have been admired by Chinese stone connoisseurs since the Tang and Song dynasties.


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New! Contemporary Stone Showcase

We are starting an international dialogue about contemporary displays that will help to promote stone appreciation.


by Sonny Armamento






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