Back in 2002, Shanghainese Cheng Yong made his first overseas trip to the city of St. Petersburg in Russia. As a literature enthusiast, Cheng was eager to experience for himself the city’s well-known cultural highlights.
There, Cheng not only encountered Russia’s famed artworks, but also a number of extraordinary Chinese antiques, the type of which he had never seen in his homeland. Over the 10 years before his trip, Cheng had traversed most parts of China visiting museums, antique shops and historical sites to better appreciate and learn about Chinese antiques.
“More than half of all top-grade Chinese antiques are scattered overseas,” said Cheng. And during the past 10 years, Cheng has acted as an advisor in helping roughly a dozen Chinese collectors to buy back more than 200 antiques pieces from abroad.