Living Cultural Heritage

China boasts a very long history and a rich cultural heritage. Many traditions are still very much alive. Some of those, such as tai chi and Chinese Chess, are ubiquitous around the country. Others, like Suzhou embroidery and Thangka art, are preserved in specific regions or practiced by different ethnic groups. In this column, writer Peter Zhang and arts editor Chen Jie will offer readers insight into some of the most popular living cultural practices in the country, as well as some of the fascinating stories behind each of them. This series of articles is also intended to help readers obtain a better understanding of traditional Chinese culture and the people who helped create it.
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Chinese shadow puppetry steps out of shade and into spotlight

Chinese shadow puppetry is a simple theatrical form that combines storytelling and entertainment. Shadow puppets are not only props, but also a type of artwork. 
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Yueju Opera

Today, there are still more than 100 Yueju Opera troupes, schools and societies in China. One may also find Yueju Opera troupes in Singapore, the United States and Australia.
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Kunqu, mother of Chinese operas

With strict rules of style and execution, Kunqu, as it is still performed today, is a combination of song, recital, symbolic gestures and complex choreography.
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Dancing lions and dragons: the soul of China

At any Chinese celebrations and other auspicious occasions, the lion dance or dragon dance – or both – are always performed to bring good luck and prosperity.
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Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival, called duanwujie or duanyangjie in Chinese, is an important date on the lunar Chinese calendar.

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Acupuncture and moxibustion

Apart from China, acupuncture and moxibustion have become more and more popular in many parts of the world, including some Western countries.
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Woodblock printing and movable type printing

Printing has long been hailed as one of the Four Great Inventions of ancient China. The most notable parts of this invention are the woodblock printing and movable type printing.
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Ancient Chinese wooden architecture

Ancient Chinese architecture is a beautiful gem as well as an integral part of Chinese culture. It is also one of the three greatest architectural systems in the world.
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'Queen of Textiles' is a silkworm fairy tale

Nearly every wonder of the ancient Chinese civilization has a legendary beginning, and this is clearly evident in silk, the "Queen of Textiles."
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A stone more precious than gems

Inkstones are one of the Four Treasures of Chinese culture – more precious than gemstones.



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