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Erhu

 

Erhu

Erhu is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument and sometimes known in the west as the “Chinese violin” or “Chinese two-string fiddle”. It is a very expressive instrument and often used as a drama accompanied instrument in small ensembles and large Chinese folk orchestra.

The Custom of Dragon Boat Festival

 

The Custom of Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival is also known as Duanwu Festival, Calamus Festival and Chongwu Festival. The festival occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar of China, that’s why it is also known as Double Fifth Festival. The festival usually falls in June of the western calendar. There are plenty of folk activities on this day and the focus of the celebrations includes eating the rice dumpling-zongzi, drinking realgar wine, and racing dragon boats.

Madam White Snake

 

Madam White Snake

Madam White Snake is a Chinese legend/folklore, which existed as oral traditions before any written compilation. It tells of a powerful female white snake demon, Bai Suzhen, and a green snake demon of lesser powers, Xiao Qing, that take on human form and become two beautiful women. They set home in human world and meet the scholar Xu Xian and the white snake fell in love with him and marries him.

The Peony Pavilion

 

The Peony Pavilion

The Peony Pavilion is one of Chinese Classics written by Tang Xianzu in the Ming Dynasty. It is a romantic masterpiece in the Chinese opera history and it is said to be the Eastern version of Romeo & Juliet. The performance tradition has focused on the love story between Du Liniang and Liu Mengmei.

Four Beauties of Ancient China: Xi Shi

 

Four Beauties of Ancient China: Xi Shi

Xishi is widely been considered the most beautiful of ancient China’s “Four Beauties.” She is celebrated as a woman of extraordinary natural beauty with a universal appeal. Although many have praised Xishi's looks, there is but little mention of her notable virtue - she had a great love for her country and her people.

Chinese Paper Cut

 

Chinese Paper Cut

Chinese Paper cut or Jianzhi is one of China's most popular folk-arts. After hundreds of years' development, paper cuts now are very decorative. They can be pasted onto walls, windows, doors, columns, mirrors, lamps and lanterns in homes especially during the Spring Festival and wedding days. Entrances are decorated with paper cut is supposed to bring good luck.


 

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