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
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.
Chinese Traditional Opera - Yue Opera
Yue opera, originating in the area of Sheng County in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province in the early period of the 20th century, is a rapidly developing local. It has its origin in part of Yue State in the Spring and Autumn Period dating back about 2,000 years ago.
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