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Chinese String Puppets: More than Child's Play

Dating back as early as the Song Dynasty (960AD-1279AD), Chinese puppetry boasts a fine repertoire of styles and has entertained both the royal family and common public.

The Charming Court Lady Painting

Throughout history, painters have never tired of featuring beautiful and tender female figures as the main subject in their work. Among ancient Chinese court paintings, there is a sort of painting with noble women as the theme, called "court lady paintings".

Chinese Compass, Wisdom of the Orient

The earliest known compass dates back to China during the Warring States Period (475 BC-221 BC). At the time, people used an instrument called "Sinan" for fortune telling and other spiritual applications. A Sinan consisted of two components.

Dough Sculpture, the Quintessential Craft

Sculpture with dough is a folk art known to few countries, and maybe not any outside of China.

The Auspicious Paper Joss

Most ancient Chinese were polytheists. Aside from Buddhism, introduced from India, and native Taoism, the common people worshiped and created many other gods, immortals and ghosts.

The Exquisite Microscopic Carving

The art of micro-carving refers generally to the engraving of infinitesimal characters on ivory or human hair. The

Wood Block New Year Pictures

In China's cities and the countryside, New Year pictures are closely linked with the Spring Festival (the Chinese New Year). Pasting up New Year pictures is a part of the festive celebrations.

Pingfeng, the Hidden Beauty

An elegant Chinese Pingfeng (folding screen) is quite an ancient invention that is an essential part of the traditional Chinese furniture. Today it is back in vogue again for its distinctive Eastern elegance, as well as its practical function as a exotic furniture that act as a moving wall, dividing

The Exquisite Kite Craft

The earliest Chinese kites were made of wood and called muyuan (wooden kites); they date as far back as the Warring States Period (475-221 B.C.) at least two millennia ago. After the invention of paper, kites began to be made of this new material called zhiyuan (paper kites).

Mask Changing, the Most Guarded Art

Bian Lian (literally meaning mask changing), is originally part of the Sichuan Opera, which is one of the China’s oldest local operas...

Ruyi, Granters of Wishes

In China, there have been numbers of "Auspicious Pattern" that is popular in folk decorative arts for thousand years...

Paper Umbrella, an Asian Idea

China is believed to be the home of umbrellas. The earliest umbrellas are known to have existed at...

Mashao Mask, Talismans with Blessings

Shehuo Mashao facial makeup has a history about 1500 years. It has got the great favor of people...

Snuff Bottle, Experiencing the Luxury

Both Chinese snuff bottles, as well as the tobacco powder contained by the Chinese snuff bottles were...

Lacquer, the Exquisite Work

Lacquerwork is an ancient technique originated in China, which is to cover the surface...

Nunchaku, an Asian Style

A Nunchaku is two sections of wood (or metal in modern incarnations) connected by a cord or chain...

Asian Calligraphy, the Exquisite Image

Chinese calligraphy (Brush calligraphy) is an art unique to Asian cultures...

Chinese Lollipop, a Nostalgic Fun

You've heard of glass blowing. Have you heard of sugar blowing? It is the same concept but different set of skills...

Chinese Seal: an Ancient Charm

Chinese seals perform a simple, uniform purpose. They serve as a personal signature of their owne...

Brew the Perfect Tea in Purple Clay

Purple clay (Zisha) is a generic term for the clay material found indigenous to the region of Yixing, China...

The Exquisite Art of Food Carving

Just like Thai cuisine, Chinese cooking is also well-known for its delicate food carving techniques...

Chinese Knot: Beauty of Symmetry

Chinese Knot or Chinese traditional decorating Knot is a kind of characteristic folk decorations of handicraft art...

Jade - the Stone of China

Jade (Yu) in China refers to a fine beautiful stone with a warm color and rich luster...

Life in Porcelain

Unlike the porous earthenware, porcelain vessels are in the wholly vitrified, have a white color, sometimes translucent...

Chinese Embroidery: the Splendid Art of Threads

Embroidery is a traditional Chinese craft which consists of pulling colored threads through a background material...

Chinese Cloisonne Creates Magic

Even though they are uncommon in the ordinary households, you will get a glimpse of them in plenty of Hollywood movies...

Paper Cutting, the Splendid Art

Paper cutting is a traditional folk art in China.The main cutting tools are simple: paper and scissors or an engraving knife, but clever and deft craftspeople are remarkably good at cutting in the theme of daily life. Although other art forms, like painting, can also show similar scenes, paper cutti

In The Spirit Of The Golden Flower

Formerly known as The City of Golden Armor or Autumn Remembrance, Curse of the Golden Flower is an epic romance...

Ice Lantern: Add Fun To The Freezing Days

The temperature in Harbin, a northeastern city in China, reaches forty below zero, and stays below freezing nearly half the year...

Chinese Bamboo: A Chantfable Tradition

Bamboo culture is deeply rooted in the daily life of the Chinese...

Chinese Tea Ceremony: a Gentle Hospitality

The art of drinking and serving tea plays a major cultural role in China...

Making Fun with Chinese Tattoo

Chinese Tattoos have always been hugely popular...

The Elegant Brush: A Look at Chinese Painting

Starting around 4000 B.C. traditional Chinese painting has developed continuously over a period of more than six thousand years...

Chinese Fans: More than Keeping Cooling

The first real fan in China was made back in the era of Yao and Shun thousands of years ago...

China Rocks!

Chinese rock music, in simplest terms, means Chinese music with modern orchestration (with or without traditional Chinese musical instruments), exemplified by attitude and lifestyle not compliant to mainstream market and state-approved entertainment. Chinese rock music, in its own way, creates a myt

Chinese Acrobats: the Arts of Balance

In China, acrobats are revered much as prima ballerinas or opera singers are revered in the West...

Story Behind the Curtain

Chinese Pi Ying Xi, also called leather-silhouette show or shadow play, came into existence almost a thousand years ago...