Moongates dotted the landscapes of old China. Ancient Chinese architects had sculpted stone piled on sculpted stone to form round doorways, with the spiritual symbolism of the full moon. To step through one of these doorways was to step into a world of peace and happiness. And so it was in the 1920s that the Lee King family - father, mother and six children, aged ten months to seven years - travelled from their home in Canada, across to inland China. The story of the moongate tells of the two 'golden' years the family spent in a remote, unchanged village in south China.
Elizabeth Quan is a Canadian watercolorist active in the art scene both nationally and internationally, and has been for over 25 years. She is known for her vital and organic impressionistic works which are included in hundreds of private and corporate collections. She was the last protege of Jack Pollock. Elizabeth holds a BA in East Asian studies from the University of Toronto, and was connected with the Chinese Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum for six years. She has published three books including: Quan, My Life My Art, and T he Immortal Poet of the Milo -- three Chinese puppet plays. She was an active puppeteer for many years. She is widowed with three grown daughters and lives in Toronto.