China is wonderous and awe-inspiring. It has a history of five thousand years. It is the only continuous ancient civilization. Other ancient civilizations have changed, discontinued, withered or perished. Why is it so enduring? Why is it so coherent, often sticking to itself, remaining undivided? Why is it so dynamic, always able to revive, regenerate and revitalise itself? Why is it an immortal phoenix able to rise again on its ashes? These are enduring questions. Nobody can give a complete answer, full stop. They will stimulate intellect, provoke interest, engage investigation. > read more
Chinese Traditional Opera - Huangmei
Huangmei Opera was formed in the 18th century when Chinese local operas were flourishing. Originally, it was a combination of local folk songs, dances, and some widely spread ancient operas. Bordering on Anhui Province, Huangmei in Hubei is a county famous for its tea and tea-picking songs, from which Huangmei Opera got its original name, "tea-picking tunes" or "tea-picking
Chinese Customs & Festivals
In much of the countryside, Spring Festival is still the term used for New Year's Day. The year of 2008 marked the start of the "Year of the Rat" according to the Chinese lunar calendar.
Kites in Chinese Culture
Kite-making is a Chinese folk handicraft. Historical records show that the first kite was made in the Spring and Autumn Period. But it was not a pleasure kite. The first kite was a wooden kite made for military purposes. Paper kites appeared later.
Revised June 20, 2011