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 Poetry -- History
Chinese poetry has a very long history. The Book of
Songs, the first collection of folk songs and poems,
was compiled before Confucius' time, for he mentioned
the book and asked his students to study it several
times. Most of the poems in the book were composed during
the Western Zhou period, or the 1,000 years before Confucius.
Traditional Art - Batik
Batik is a traditional Chinese folk art that combines painting and dyeing. It is made by dipping a specially designed knife into melted wax and using it to paint various patterns on pieces of white cloth..The wax stays on the cloth and often cracks after it hardens. The cloth is then dyed and the dyes seep into the cracks and make fine lines.
Poet Li Bai
Li Bai (701-762) was born in Suiye in Central Asia. His ancestors had been banished there by the Sui rulers. At five-years-old, Li Bai moved to Sichuan with his father, who was probably a rich merchant. When young, he studied not only Confucian classics, but also works of other schools. In his twenties, he first traveled far and wide in Sichuan, and then he started a long journey to Central, East and North China.
Revised June 20, 2011