Priceless Culture

2017-10-06 14:55 GMT+8

When British people were marking the 400th anniversary of the death of their iconic wordsmith William Shakespeare in 2016, their Chinese counterparts were paying tribute to an equally brilliant dramatist, Tang Xianzu, who passed away in the same year in 1616.

2017-08-31 10:12 GMT+8

Hailed as a “living fossil” of ancient Chinese music, Fujian Nanyin is the best preserved musical art form in China, and has survived for more than a thousand years.

2017-09-03 10:41 GMT+8

The Urtiin duu, also known as the long song, is one of the most important forms of Mongolian music.

2017-09-14 08:28 GMT+8

Following the eye-catching show at the New York Fashion Week this September, the Oriental style Qinhuai brocade brought the elite of US fashion as well as a several celebrities together for a magnificent visual feast.

2017-09-30 17:12 GMT+8

Chinese shadow puppetry, or shadow play, is probably one of the most ancient arts using light and shadow, thousands of years before its much more popular successor, the film.

2017-10-12 12:54 GMT+8

The charm of Xinjiang Uygur people’s dances and melodies are always too distinctive for outsiders to ignore. Uygur Muqam is definitely the musical showpiece testifying to the romantic identity of the ethnic minority people who mainly inhabit in China's northwestern region. 

2017-10-27 19:01 GMT+8

Hua’er, literally means the flowers, is a unique form of Shan’ge, or “mountain songs” from Southern Gansu. It is a Chinese folk song genre shared among people of nine different ethnic groups including Hui, Han, Dongxiang, Bao’an, Tu, and Tibet in Gansu and Qinghai Provinces of northwest China and throughout north-central China.

2017-11-09 22:59 GMT+8

The capabilities of a human body are sometimes beyond a brain’s imagination.

2017-11-23 22:50 GMT+8

With rich Tibetan ancient folk tales, poems and proverbs, the Epic of King Gesar is considered a window to the ethnic Tibetan culture.

2017-12-04 14:23 GMT+8

With its multicolored costumes, rich symbolism, distinctive falsetto singing backed by the sound of gongs, very few art forms can be compared to Chinese operas.

2017-12-21 21:02 GMT+8

As many around the world watched the dazzling 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, much attention was directed to an ancient Chinese instrument. 

2018-01-04 12:43 GMT+8

It's a traditional song, but nothing like you've ever heard before; a cappella piece believed to be food for the soul; a melody that chronicled the history of a small ethnic minority group in China in the absence of a writing system.

2018-01-18 22:53 GMT+8

Festive, grand in structure and elegant in style. Xi'an Guyue, also known as Xi'an wind and percussion ensemble, has been played for more than a millennium in China's ancient capital of Xi'an, Shaanxi Province.

2018-02-01 15:38 GMT+8

Tibetan opera, which combines music, dance, chanting, acrobatics, comedy and drama to tell stories, is warmly received in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau of western China. Records show that Tibetan opera can be traced back to the 14th century, making it at least 400 years older than China's national treasure, the Peking opera. 

2018-03-02 08:58 GMT+8

The Farmers’ Dance of China’s Korean ethnic group is popular in the Korean congregating areas in China including Jilin, Heilongjiang and Liaoning provinces.

2018-03-15 11:54 GMT+8

China is well-known as the birthplace of ceramics, which could even be reckoned from its English name – a synonym for porcelain.

2018-03-29 10:18 GMT+8

Chinese paper-cuts, as the name implies, is an art of cutting out patterns from paper with the help of a scissor or a knife.

2018-04-13 19:08 GMT+8

The Epic of Manas, is a poem originating from the Kirgiz ethnic group, which is widely known in the areas inhabited by the Kirgiz, including Kizilsu Kirgiz Autonomous Prefecture, Aksu, Ili, Kashgar, and Hotan of Xinjiang.

2018-05-20 22:09 GMT+8

Sericulture originated in China and is a cultural symbol of the nation.

2018-05-24 17:52 GMT+8

Inscribed in 2009 on the representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Regong arts has always been a very attractive highlight of Qinghai Province in northwest China.

2018-06-07 12:48 GMT+8

‍Monday marks the Dragon Boat Festival 2018, also known as the Duanwu Festival in China. It is a traditional and meaningful celebration, which comes the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunar calendar.

2018-06-18 16:39 GMT+8

Chinese engraved block printing is considered one of the most essential inventions in the progress of human civilization. The technique allowed people to spread knowledge and culture in a much more efficient way than before, and was inscribed into the representative list of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009.

2018-07-05 17:26 GMT+8

Papermaking is widely known as one of the Four Great Inventions of ancient Chinese civilization along with  printing, gunpowder, and the compass.

2018-07-22 15:16 GMT+8

When mentioning the Peking Opera, a few key words come to mind for most Chinese: national quintessence, traditional culture, dazzling costumes and makeup. Some may even be able to hum a few lines or talk about their favorite artists, but for most people, it remains a classic art form that stays distant from everyday life. 

2018-07-26 08:43 GMT+8

As one of the most distinctive symbols of Chinese architectural culture, the timber-framed structure was inscribed in 2009 on the representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO.

2018-08-02 16:56 GMT+8