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 - Huangmei
Huangmei Opera was formed in the 18th century when Chinese local operas were flourishing. Originally, it was a combination of local folk songs, dances, and some widely spread ancient operas. Bordering on Anhui Province, Huangmei in Hubei is a county famous for its tea and tea-picking songs, from which Huangmei Opera got its original name, "tea-picking tunes" or "tea-picking
Traditional Art - Inkstones
Inkstones, or slabs of stone used to grind ink for traditional Chinese brush writing, are an important expression of Chinese stone carving. Duan inkstones, first produced in Duanzhou, Guangdong Province, were made from stones found at the bottom of a mountain stream. They have a fine, solid texture and glossy sheen; ink prepared in them does not dry quickly.
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.
Revised June 20, 2011