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.
Architecture mirrors the material and aesthetic standards of a society, and classical Chinese architecture is no exception. It is interesting to see how the ancient buildings of China were developed, with their unique timber structures and decorative styles.
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.
Revised June 20, 2011