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  • Top 8 Buddhist Grottoes in China: Savor up Beautiful Buddhist Art

    The Buddhist grottoes originated in India and spread to China around 304 AD, continuing to the Ming and Qing dynasties, lasting more than 1000 years. In history, the developments of many dynasties in China were deeply influenced by Buddhism that made ancient C...
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  • Cheongsam (Qi-pao)

    IntroductionThe Cheongsam or "Qi Pao" is a classic female costume which many westerns associated with Chinese women. It features at stand / high neck, loose chest, fitted waist, sides opening and varied sleeves (short, medium or full length) with tradition Chi...
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  • Chinese Silk

    Silk and silk making is a vital feature of Chinese history and its ancient civilization. According to archeological evidence, silk and silk fabric emerged in China at least 5,500 years ago. The cultivation of the silkworm can be traced back to the third centur...
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  • Chinese Jade

    History of Jade WaresThere is an old Chinese saying "Gold is valuable but jade is invaluable." Dispatching how important and valuable that Chinese people think of this beautiful gem stone with greasy luster. Many countries have jade culture, but no one can cat...
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  • Chinese Porcelain

    Porcelain was first discovered in China and could date back to 16 century BC in Shang and Zhou Dynasty. Traditionally, there are two primary categories of ceramic, high-fired as cí and low-fired as táo in Chinese.Chinese pottery and porcelain went abroad as ...
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  • Chinese Literature

    With a history of over 3,000 years, Chinese literature possesses great importance in China's civilization. The nature of written language has significant effects on literature, together with the use of Chinese characters. Unlike groups of letters, Chinese char...
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  • Chinese Paintings

    Traditional Chinese painting is highly regarded throughout the world for its theory, expression, and techniques. And it is also one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Earliest paintings were ornamental, not representational; they cons...
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  • Chinese Calligraphy

    As an art for more than 3000 years, Chinese calligraphy is regarded as an illustrious tradition in Chinese culture. It is neither just writing Chinese characters nor writing well. It is actually an art to express spirits. A calligraphy work carries the calligr...
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  • Chinese Seals

    Chinese seal carvings are an ancient art that combines calligraphy and engraving. For over 3,000 years, they have been used both officially and privately. It is a seal or stamp containing Chinese characters typically to prove identity on documents office paper...
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  • Chinese Paper Cutting

    Paper cutting is a traditional art in China and has been for thousands of years. The paper cutting is for celebrations, festivals and home decoration, often with red color, which is the lucky color in China.Paper cutting became one of art forms since the inven...
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  • Chinese knots

    Chinese knot is an ancient folk art form in China; a simple but charming knot made of colorful silk thread that can bring good luck to its owner. This handcraft could date back Zhou Dynasty, developed in the Tang and Song Dynasties, popularized in Ming and Qin...
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  • Chinese Acrobatics

    Chinese acrobatics is a gem of China traditional performing arts with a long history of more than 2000 years. It is also one of the most popular art forms among people.In the ancient time and the early stage, the acrobatics was related with music and dance, pl...
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  • Chinese Kite

    History of Chinese KiteThe first kite was invented by Chinese people over 2, 000 years ago, with bamboo and silk as building materials, which are proved by many historical written documents.Originally, kites were used for military purposes. Kites in wartime we...
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  • Chinese Martial Arts

    Chinese Wushu, also called Chinese Martial Arts or Kung Fu, is an important and unique component of Chinese cultural heritage with a rich content that has remained untarnished over the centuries. Literally translated, "wu" is military, "shu" is art. Wushu ther...
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  • Chinese Qigong

    What is QigongA category of Chinese martial arts, Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The history of Chinese Qigong commences beyond the era of written records, in the m...
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  • Chinese Opera

    Chinese opera is mainly composed of three different art forms: folk dance, singing/talking and burlesque. It originated from the God-entertaining songs and dances in the prehistoric society, and has been a comprehensive stage art style with a long history. Aft...
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  • Yue Opera (Shanghai)

    The Yue opera is one of Han nationality`s five operas. Now, it is the second largest opera in China. Accompanied by the flavor of elegance, the Yue opera is full of the fresh and leisure singing as well as the vivid and moving performance. The most common them...
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  • Yue Opera (Guangdong)

    Yue Opera, also called Cantonese opera, is a local opera of the Han nationality. Originally called Guangdong Great Opera, the Yue Opera originate from the south opera. Since the 1522-1566, the Yue opera began to appear in Guangdong and Guangxi. It is a blend o...
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  • Yu Opera (Henan)

    Yu Opera ceaselessly inherits and reforms the form of Henan Bangzi. The abbreviation of Henan was “YU” after the founding of the People's Republic of China. So, the Henan Opera got its name “Yu Opera”. The Yu Opera is called Bang Play in the north area...
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  • Huangmei Opera

    Originally called Huangmei Tone or CaiCha Play, Huangmei Opera is a local opera of the Han nationality. Being one of Chinese big five operas, Huangmei Opera enjoy equal popularity with Beijing Opera, Yue Opera, Ping Opera and Yu Opera. It originates from Huang...
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  • Chinese Traditional Dance

    The Chinese national dance culture has a long history. The track record of text cultural relics and images of the traditional Chinese dance is never extinguished during the past 5,000 years' history. This phenomenon is also rare in the culture history of the w...
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  • Chinese Traditional Toys for Kids

    Traditional toys indicate the handmade toy that is handed down from ancient times. It is also part of children-friendly activities in China. With a long history and huge value, Chinese traditional toys have a close relation with folk custom. Traditional toys a...
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  • The Four Treasures of the Study

    Four Treasures of the Study, also known as Four Jewels of the Study or Four Friends of the Study, are different expressions of the four essential implements in Chinese Calligraphy: The brush (笔), ink (墨), paper (纸), and inkstone (砚). The term was first...
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  • How to make Chinese Kites

    Immerse yourself in the history of Chinese kites then it is time to learn how to make a kite now! The making process is considered an art form in China and has been passed down for generations. Follow the easy steps below and make a Chinese kite with children ...
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  • Observing And Studying in the World’s Porcelain Center - Jingdezhen

    Located in the northeastern part of Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen has been known as the Porcelain Capital of the world for over 1800 years. It is believed that ceramics production in Jingdezhen can be traced back to the Han dynasty (206 BC.–AD. 220), when it ...
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  • Oriental Statues Museum - Mount Maiji Grottoes

    There are top four famous Buddhist grottoes In china: Longmen grottoes in Luoyang, Yungang grottoes in Datong, Mogao grottoes in Dunhuang, and Maijishan Grottoes in Tianshui. Yet the last one is what we would like to introduce today.   Maijishan Grot...
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  • 8 Giant Buddha Statues in China

    China is a great Buddhist land, with Buddha statues of all sizes rising up through history. Those Buddha statues are not only dedicated to Buddhist deities, but also beautiful contributions to the religion art and aesthetics. Listed here are the most famous an...
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  • A Cultural Journey to China for Chinese Shadow Play

    For most of the travelers, getting to know local traditions, art and culture is a huge part of the worldwide travel experience, especially the various enchanted folk arts. Chinese shadow play or Chinese shadow puppetry (in Chinese: 皮影戏pí yǐng xì, 影...
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  • Special Things to Wear on Head While Travelling in China

    Travelling is not all about landscape, history or food, but also the local costumes. If you are an experienced traveler, you must have tried all kinds of local clothes each time when reaching a new destination. Therefore I come up with a good idea of wearing v...
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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, and the impact of modern t...
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  • Learn Authentic Kung Fu in China

    Kung Fu is a treasure part of China, and an important cultural heritage of the world. It doesn't refer simply to the old-fashioned fighting skills or self-defense – to be more precise, it is Chinese martial arts that blend physical exercise with the old orie...
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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 approximat...
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  • Jianchuan Grotto Arts: Rock Caves and Masterpieces on Shibao Mountain

    Do you interests lie in Buddhist Grotto arts or do the remote ancient towns appeal? Allow yourself an off-the-beaten-track trip to Dali, Yunnan province, China, and find Shibaoshan Mountain in Jianchuan Country, then you will be rewarded with century-old grott...
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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’ Go...
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  • 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...
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  • A Cultural Exploration into Anhui: Huizhou Craftsmen Ink Stick

    One of China’s “four treasures of study”, the traditional handicraft of ink-stick survives today. The Huizhou ink-stick, produced in ancient Huizhou, Anhui Province, is the best of its kind, for being lustrous, moist, deeply black, strongly fragrant, mot...
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  • Chinese Martial Arts - Tai Chi Chuan

    Taijiquan (or Tai Chi Quan), a perfect combination of Chinese martial art, philosophy of Confucianism and Taoism, Tai Chi theory of Yi-ology, and traditional Chinese medicine, is a popular form of martial arts exercise in China and beyond, and now a UNESCO wor...
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  • Peking Opera

    Centered in Beijing and popular all over the country, Peking opera, also known as Ping opera and Beijing opera, is the most influential Chinese opera genre and regarded as the national opera of China. Being endowed with full of Chinese cultural elements, the o...
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  • Chinese Hanfu (Traditional Han Chinese Clothing)

    Hanfu, (in Chinese汉服, Pinyin hàn fú, full named Chinese Han Dynasty Clothing), worn by the han nationality from the Yellow Emperor’s reign in about 3000 BC to the middle of the 17th century of Ming dynasty, with a history of 5000+ years. Hanfu clothing...
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