Zhang Qian

Chief Feature Reporter
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The story of China's Spring Festival traditions

Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, is one of the most important festivals in Chinese culture. But where did all of the traditions surrounding it come from?

US$50,000 top prize at Shanghai ballet competition

The 6th Shanghai International Ballet Competition is taking place from August 3 to 11 at Shanghai International Dance Center. 
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The myths that shaped China

Myths helped explain the world for ancient humans. Most civilizations enjoyed their own versions of how the world began and how people first inhabited it, so did the Chinese. 
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Traditional music in tune with the times

Chinese traditional instruments and music are enjoying a renaissance with audiences, thanks to an infusion of new ideas in orchestration, composition and presentation.

Conductor takes residence at Shanghai International Arts Festival

Renowned Chinese conductor Tang Muhai was announced today as the resident conductor for the upcoming 20th Shanghai International Arts Festival in October.
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The Lian: a family of many tribes

There are an estimated 0.19 million people surnamed Lian in China, ranking the 290th in terms of population. Lians account for about 0.012 percent of the population.
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The legend of the Beijing courtesan Sai Jinhua

Sai Jinhua, a courtesan in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), was a sensation.

Italian soprano expresses her Francophile love affair

Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci makes her debut at the Cadillac Shanghai Concert Hall on Sunday where she will stage a recital of French works. 
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New dance performance to link Chinese and Western aspects

Dance "Rite of Spring," a co-production of Portuguese and Chinese artists, is ready to premiere at Shanghai Oriental Arts Center tonight.
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Celebrating new year with Hungarian boys' choir at Moore Memorial Church

The 3rd Hungarian New Year's Concert was presented last night at the Moore Memorial Church, with an attendance of more than 800 local residents and expats in Shanghai.