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 Traditional Painting - New Year
In China, when the Spring Festival comes around, people, especially in rural areas, decorate the doors, windows, and walls of their houses with brightly colored pictures. They hope the pictures will bring their families good luck and prosperity. To many, it would not be a "happy" New Year without the New Year pictures. No other Chinese art form has enjoyed such wide-spread popularity.
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.
Silk Road - History
Named in the middle of the 19th century by the German scholar, Baron Ferdinand von Richthofen, the Silk Road - perhaps the greatest East-West trade route and vehicle for cross-cultural exchange - was first travelled by General Zhang Qian in the second century BC while on a mission from Emperor Wudi of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220).
Revised June 20, 2011