Blog - Chinese Culture

An Honorable Silversmith in Guizhou’s Miao Village

Kongbai Miao Village (控拜苗寨) is a famous and the only silversmith village in Guizhou, with a maximum of 275 silversmiths in its heyday, but now the it keeps only a single silversmith, named Long Taiyang, born in 1975. Most of the villagers have been to the big cities and become part of China’s migrant workers, as it brings them more money. However, Long Taiyang stays. He learns and inher ...
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How Do the Clay Sculpture Artisans work in China?

With around 3500 years of history, China’s ancient capital of Xian boasts a wealth of historical temples and monasteries that are the places to worship, pray and meditate. Located in Chang’an District, Longhua Temple and the neighboring 13 Provinces’ God Temple have seen few prayers since late October, as they are having their old, dilapidated buildings renovated. A handful of skilled artisa ...
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Gallery: Celebrate Spring Festival in China with New Year Paintings

China’s most important traditional festival, Spring Festival is round the corner. Celebrate it in the Old Way, and have an ultimate Chinese culture experience.  New Year painting is definitely one of the most important parts of the celebration.  Recommended China New Year HolidaysChinese New Year painting was created around Tang Dynasty (618-907) as a unique art form of folk cult ...
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The Charm of Chinese Culture: China Icons in the Eyes of Foreigners

What China impresses you most? Probably it is Great Wall or Terra-Cotta Warriors. But many consider the traditional forms of Chinese culture and art or the very little cultural souvenirs and handicrafts are the icons of China. Chinese knot Ever since its invention in the Old Stone Age, Chinese knot has been an important part of Chinese lucky culture and folks arts. The different kinds of knot ...
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Colorful Guizhou: the Beautiful Costumes of 49 Ethnic Minorities

Located in Southwest China, bordering Hunan Province to the east, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to the south, Yunnan Province to the west, and Sichuan Province and Chongqing city to the north, Guizhou has 49 ethnic minority groups, making up approximately 38% of the province population. Each of these minorities has its own ethnic style and folk customs, with particular head wear and acce ...
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Beijing’s Best Teahouses: Drinking Tea, and Experiencing More

Famous for its long history as being the royal capital and 7 UNESCO world heritage sites, as well as numerous great places of interest, Beijing also has a fascinating tea culture and boasts about 170 featured teahouses. The tea houses witnessed the fluctuation and fall of Qing Dynasty, and now become cultural places for drinking tea, killing time, chatting, and enjoying the folk arts and traditi ...
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The Vanishing Chinese Traditional Handicrafts

Many say the best way to get to know a folk culture is through discovering its traditional handicrafts – I have no doubt. However, the folk handicrafts in China now are facing a destiny of vanishing, after so many twists and turns. Before these thousand-year-old cultural heritages die off and disappear from Chinese history, we should definitely make an effort to treasure and preserve them and p ...
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