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T-shaped painting on silk

ZHANG Yanyuan (815-907 AD), a renowned painter and art critic from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), once said that traditional Chinese painting is all about lines. “Without lines, it won’t be a painting,” ...

June 28, 2015, Sunday


Russians keep traditions alive

MEMBERS of China’s Russian ethnic minority group still retain many of the traditions and customs of their forbearers, who first migrated into China’s northern regions hundreds of years ago. Today, China’s ...

June 14, 2015, Sunday


The lives of ancient court ladies

THE painting “Admonitions of the Court Instructress” is one of the earliest Chinese handscroll paintings still in existence and is considered one of the country’s greatest artistic masterpieces. The BBC ...

June 7, 2015, Sunday


Brush away the mystery of traditional Chinese painting

CHINESE painting, also known as brush painting or ink-wash painting, is one of the oldest art forms in the world. However, the varied styles, techniques, perspectives and symbolism of such paintings are ...

June 7, 2015, Sunday


Bao’an boast distinctive culture

SHARP, strong and beautiful — these three words are often used to describe the characteristic bladed weapons of the Bao’an people, an ethnic minority group whose members dwell predominantly in north China’s ...

May 31, 2015, Sunday


‘Along the River During the Qingming Festival’

IF Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” usually attracts the biggest crowd at the Louvre every day, the Chinese equivalent would very likely be the painting entitled “Along the River During the Qingming Festival.” ...

May 24, 2015, Sunday


De’ang are strong tea lovers

THE De’ang ethnic group is tiny compared to the country’s total population. There are only about 20,556 De’ang and most of them live in Yunnan Province’s Luxi City and Zhenkang County although some live ...

May 17, 2015, Sunday


You surname a creation of the name change game

COMPARED to other Chinese family names, You is a young one dating back just over 1,100 years. According to historical records, the surname didn’t exist before the Song Dynasty (960-1279). During the Five ...

May 10, 2015, Sunday


Homes for those no longer of this world

CHINESE people have long been known for their religious zeal in worshiping their ancestors. Since ancient times people with the same surname have tended to live in the same place. This is particularly ...

May 10, 2015, Sunday


Drumming up glorious traditions

DRUMS play an important role in the Jinuo ethnic group as they serve as both a sacrificial item and musical instrument. Legend goes that an ancestor of the Jinuo people made a big drum during a flood. ...

May 3, 2015, Sunday




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