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Xixing Li

Auckland, New Zealand


Xixing Li is an expert in Chinese ancient history and archaeology.
He gained an MA degree of Chinese Ancient History at Sichuan University in 1981.

He was the Director of the Displaying and Research Department, Shaanxi Province Museum (1982-1991) and the Director of the Editorial Staff and Research Department, Shaanxi History Museum (1991-1995)

He gained the Certificate of the Specialist Who Made Outstanding contribution in Shaanxi Province in 1993.

He was
Member of Union for research of Chinese Culture and Art
Vice-Secretary-General of Society for research of Sima Qian in Shaanxi
Vice-Secretary-General of Society for Pre-Qin History in China
Member of the Council of Society for research of Qin Culture
Permanent Member of the Council of Society for Archaeology in Shaanxi
Member of Society for Musology in China

He has written and compiled 15 books, of which 13 have been published. The Shaanxi Bronzes was published in 1994, which contains 323 plates of bronzes, dating from Shang, Zhou, Qin and Han dynasties. He has written and published more than 30 academic theses and articles.

He hosted more than 20 exhibitions, including “The Original Frescoes from the Tang Tombs,” the unique public display of this special collection, which opened on 19 June 1991, to celebrate the launching of Shaanxi History Museum.

He travelled to Japan (1985) and France (1993) on staff exchanges. He visited more than 30 museums and galleries in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and in Paris to make academic exchanges of Archaeology and Museology. During travelling he delivered an academic seminar on the Tang Tomb Frescoes in Paris.

He immigrated to New Zealand in 1996, and he has completed an MA degree of art history at Auckland University (1998-2000).

Interests: Chinese ancient history, culture, literature and art. Translating the Chinese Classics and Chinese Buddhist sutras into English.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • The Shaanxi Bronzes
  • The Mausoleum of Emperor Huangdi and the Dragon Culture