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 Customs & Festivals
According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the 15th day of the eighth lunar month is the day for the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Traditional Art - Cloisonné
Cloisonné, also known as the "Blue of Jingtai", is a famous traditional enamel with an over 500-year history. It received its nickname because "blue" was the typical color used for enameling and "Jingtai" was the reign title of the 7th Ming emperor. Enamel ware became very popular during this emperor's period of rule.
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.
Revised June 20, 2011