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.
Ethnic Groups in China
China has long been a unified multi-national state. The Chinese nation is composed of 56 different nationalities. The majority of the Chinese are Hans, who make up about 92 percent of China's total population. The name Han originated over two thousand years ago during the Han Dynasty.
Chinese Customs & Festivals - Tomb Sweeping
The Qinqming Festival originated from the Hanshi Day (literally day with cold food only), a memorial day for Jie Zitui (or Jie Zhitui), one of many followers of Duke Wen of Jin. Jie Zitui died in 762 AD in the Spring and Autumn Period.
Revised June 20, 2011