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
Acrobatic Art - Overview
The Lion Dance evolved from an old folk dance in China. Thanks to the adaptation of the acrobats, it has become a very popular number with the audience. There are two types of lions in the dance: the big lion (played by two acrobats) and the small lion (played by one man). The performers not only perform the various movements of the lion, such as rolling and jumping, but they also vividly portray the lion's strength and agility while showing the quiet and playful side of the lion's character as well. Accompanied by the rhythm of traditional Chinese percussion instruments, the Lion Dance brings out a gay and festive atmosphere that is both vivid and jubilant.
According to legend, about 5,000 years ago, Huang Diâthe Yellow Emperorâruled part of the Yellow River valley. He and another leader, Yan Di, or the Fiery Emperor, made great contributions to the progress of civilization.
Lao Zi and Taoism
Lao Zi, a sage, was born in the Spring and Autumn Period. According to tradition he was an adult from birth, from which his name of Lao Zi, or "old boy" is derived. He taught contemplation and retirement as means of spiritual purification and the attainment of the dao, or "correct road," a word which he used to signify the highest spiritual ideals of mankind.
Revised June 20, 2011