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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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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Xuan paper: An icon of Chinese culture

Xuan paper dates back centuries and can reputedly last 1,000 years. It is part of the fabric of China's culture and arts.


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Batik, an integral part of Miao ancient culture and history

For many people, batik, wax-resist dyeing of cloth, is merely a craft. But, for the ethnic Miao, batik is an integral part of their ancient culture and history.
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Jingdezhen, the home of porcelain

Jingdezhen, a small city in Jiangxi Province, once gave the country not only centuries of great international influence, but also its English name "China."
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Unearthing the Holy Grail of all teaware

American author James Norwood Pratt perfectly captured the world's love of tea when he said: "Tea is quiet and our thirst for tea is never far from our craving for beauty."
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