Peter Zhang

Columnist
Art & Culture

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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Guqin, the symbol of Chinese high culture

With a history of more than 5,000 years, guqin has long been regarded as the crown of all music instruments in the country and the symbol of Chinese high culture.
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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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Travelers Among Mountains and Streams

To embody the Taoist principle of man being just a small part of nature, Fan Kuan made the human figures rather small in order to dramatize the awesome power of nature.
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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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