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
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.
Wushu, or Chinese martial arts known in the West as kongfu, is a traditional folk sport characterized by various bare-hand and armed combat techniques.
Chinese Traditional Painting - Baishi
Qi Baishi (1863-1957) is one of the most celebrated contemporary Chinese artists. His life shows that he had achieved success by combining talent with hard work. He was born in a peasant family in Xiangtan County, Hunan Province. At the age of eight he went to school, but a year later, he quit because of illness.
Revised June 20, 2011