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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 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.

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.

New Year Paintings

 

New Year Paintings

New Year Painting is a unique art form in Chinese folk culture, which is used to decorate doors, walls and windows on the Chinese New Year to invite heavenly blessings and ward off disasters and evil spirits.

Kunqu Opera

 

Kunqu Opera

Kunqu Opera is one of the oldest forms of opera still existing in China, with its origins dating back to the end of the Yuan Dynasty and beginning of Ming Dynasty in Kunshan, a place near Suzhou.


 

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