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 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.
Silk Road - Introduction
Nowadays silk is available in markets around the world. It is transported easily and cheaply by sea and air freight. This was not always so.
Poet Li Bai
Li Bai (701-762) was born in Suiye in Central Asia. His ancestors had been banished there by the Sui rulers. At five-years-old, Li Bai moved to Sichuan with his father, who was probably a rich merchant. When young, he studied not only Confucian classics, but also works of other schools. In his twenties, he first traveled far and wide in Sichuan, and then he started a long journey to Central, East and North China.
Revised June 20, 2011