Peter Zhang

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Art & Culture

Yongle Palace Murals

The murals in the Sistine Chapel are known across the world, but hardly any tourists have seen their Chinese counterparts, the murals in the remote Yongle Gong temple.
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Auspicious Cranes

Among all the paintings attributed to the Northern Song emperor Zhao Ji, "none is so enchanting as the short handscroll entitled 'Auspicious Cranes.'" 
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Spring Festival: source of world's largest migration

The Spring Festival is the most important annual celebration for Chinese people.
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Night-Shining White

During Tang Dynasty, the equine painting became extremely popular and many new techniques were developed to paint this "celestial animal."
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Moon goddess, a rabbit and the elixir of life

The Mid-Autumn Festival, which is also known as the Chinese Moon Festival, falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month each year – September 24 this year.
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Peking Opera: an icon of traditional Chinese culture

Peking Opera has been revered as the opera of China and an icon of traditional Chinese culture.
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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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