Terracotta Warriors: The Golden Warrior October

I was working on a deadline.  There were only a few days left before the grand auction (more on this later) when these magnificent warriors would find new homes to guard.  It was late at night before I came to The Golden Warrior.  He gleamed under the lights of the city, a testament that history was still within our midst. The Sun Tzu’s quote about knowing oneself is the pivotal message of The Golden Warrior – a strategy that continues to be relevant within our time period.

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle” 

Sun Tzu, The Art of War, Special Edition

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Map Position: #27 – No 3 Road & Lansdowne, Richmond

The Golden Warrior

Artist: Neil Chen Yang Chung

12 Replies to “Terracotta Warriors: The Golden Warrior October”

    1. Vancouver is a great place to live! Many people have trouble with all of the rainfall, but the rest of Canada is very, very cold in the wintertime. I like the rain!

    1. Thank you Sumithra, for you generous spirit!! I would be delighted to accept the Beautiful Blogger Award. Stay tuned for a post. So glad that we have connected – looking forward to our ongoing dialogue.

  1. Another beauty. What a wonderful history lesson. I wonder, does the Chinese lettering say anything about “Know yourself”? What a challenge to know oneself, it is a life long project.

    1. It is a life time project. Good thought on the Chinese characters! You have given me another project!!!

  2. Can you tell us more about the Art of War? Would love to know something of it…
    Loved the quote… it had a sort of i-ching-ish ring to it…..

    1. Would love to tell you more about it!! Actually, you have given me another post idea. I hesitated to read “The Art of War” simply because of the title. If the title had been “The Art of Peace” – well, I would have read that book years ago. Sun Tzu gave me a difference perspective from the first lines. “Sun Tzu said: The art of war is of vital importance to the state. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.” Sun Tzu preferred peace, but understood that conflict was within humanity. He studied war to find peaceful solutions.

  3. Nice quote. I have this book on my kindle….in English! I am interested to know more about this art installation. Look forward to reading your post on the auction.

    1. You must read “The Art of War!” It is truly extraordinary. My only regret was that I didn’t read it 25 years ago, but I have made up for it in the last few years. I obtained the audio book at the Vancouver Public Library and found that listening gave me a whole new perspective because “The Art of War” comes from an oral tradition. Thank you so much for stopping by…

      1. I am embarrassed to say that many non Chinese friends read more Chinese classic than me. This is not an easy book, though. I need to “study” it instead of just reading it. Need more time and patience!

      2. That’s what I thought, but once you get into the rhythm, it seems to carry you away. You are right – it is not an easy study because it makes you look inward before you look outward!!

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