China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO - Dream of the Red Cham­ber

A late 18th-cen­tury edi­tion of the clas­sic Chi­nese novel

fetched more than 24 mil­lion yuan ($3.5 mil­lion) at a Bei­jing auc­tion re­cently. Writ­ten by Qing Dy­nasty (16441911) au­thor Cao Xue­qin, the novel is con­sid­ered as one of China’s great­est clas­sic lit­er­a­tures. It nar­rates the rise and fall of four wealthy, aris­to­cratic fam­i­lies by which Cao re­vealed the dark­ness of Chi­nese so­ci­ety of the time.

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