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 Zodiac, Part 2
The legendary dragon is a versatile master of change. Dragons are objects of veneration. Whether great or small, they are a symbol of blessings. They are considered harbingers of harmony, power and riches, as well as talismans of longevity. As for character, dragons are honorable, brave, healthy, intelligent, and full of vim and vigor, but they may be temperamental and stubborn.
Silk Road - Its Fall
The Silk Road flourished during the highly artistic and prosperous Tang Dynasty. Chang'an, the capital of China at the time, was the departure point and final destination for travelers on the Silk Road. The city in 742 AD was five by six miles and had a population of nearly two million, including over 5,000 foreign residents.
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
Revised June 20, 2011