The author is describing the Chinese culture according to the records of early explorers, Confucius, and other writers of the time:
"We may understand now how it is that in China, and in China alone among the great surviving civilisations, we find art animates the whole of life, even in its morality. This universal presence of art manifested in the smallest utensil, the humblest stalls, the notices on the shops, the handwriting, the rhythm of movement, always regular and measured, as though to the tune of unheard music, announces a civilisation which is complete in itself, elaborated in the smallest detail, penetrated by one spirit, which no interruption ever breaks, a harmony which becomes at length a hallucinatory and overwhelming obsession." The author quotes another on the attitude of the Chinese culture, "for them the art of life is one, as this world and the other are one. Their aim is to make the Kingdom of Heaven here and now."
What life could you live if you lived artistically?