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
The development and diversity of Chinese cuisine is also representative of China's long history. With each passing dynasty, new recipes were created until the art of food preparation reached its peak during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The dinner called Man Han Quan Xi — which incorporates all the very best of Man and Han Cuisine — was developed during the Qing Dynasty and is held in extremely high esteem.
Chinese Traditional Opera - Beijing
Among the hundreds of forms of opera throughout China, Beijing Opera has had the greatest influence, and is therefore regarded as the national form.
Chinese Customs & Festivals
Yuanxiao or "Lantern Festival", celebrated on the 15th Day of the 1st Lunar Month, marks the end of the Spring Festival. The Chinese people sometimes call it the Yuanxiao Festival because they like to eat small round dumplings of sticky rice containing sweet fillings. (Literally "yuan" means "round one"; xiao means "overnight".)
Revised June 20, 2011