Although we don’t really think that buried treasure could lead us to Chinese dating sites, maybe the reverse of that statement is true in a way. After all, when you join a Chinese dating site and interact with people from a different culture, you are opening your world up to a whole new culture – a treasure that many people value.
Nevertheless, there is something to be said about buried treasure in China and writer Huan Hsu. Hsu’s great-great-grandfather, Liu Feng Shu, was a well-known scholar with an impressive porcelain collection. When the Japanese arrived in his village during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1938), he buried that collection in his garden to keep it safe. After burying the porcelain, Feng Shu and his family fled.
This tale does not involve a few knick-knacks. The buried treasure is said to be about the size of a bedroom and deeper than the height of an average man. The hole was lined with bamboo shelving and said to be overflowing with porcelain.
Fast-forward to present day. Hsu has written a book called The Porcelain Thief: Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried Treasure, and it is an amazing tale that combines cultural history, travelogue, and memoir into one. Hsu, an American-born Chinese, never thought he would go on a quest for buried treasure, but he did.
The story is an exploration of Chinese family roots, but it really does speak across countries and cultures. The treasure Hsu found was that of history and a new understanding of his ancestry, although he doesn’t let on as to what he did or didn’t find in the way of porcelain.