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The Chinese Martial Arts’ Prospect

In the past, Wushu was developed for the sake of military prowess and physical well being. Wushu was seen as crucial to a soldier’s survival in the time of hand-to- hand combat. Today, military function has faded and it has been organized and systematized into a formal branch of study in the perform...

The Chinese Martial Arts’ Prospect

Gu Kaizhi — Originator of Chinese Painting

Gu Kaizhi, a painter of Eastern Jin Dynasty, was bern into an official family in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province and served as a government officer at a young age. Having toured many beautiful places, Gu was proficient in writing poetry and essay, Chinese art history abounds in anecdotes about him with the f...

Gu Kaizhi — Originator of Chinese Painting

Chinese Traditional Folk Entertainment-the Gambling Games

Mahjong Chinese gambling arts have a distant resource and a long stream ages. They are synthesized and brought to a highest realm,i.e. The almost everyone known “ the game of square city”-playing mahjong. Mahjong is also as sparrow pieces or horse pieces. It grew out of Yezige game-a card game-a car...

Chinese Traditional Folk Entertainment-the Gambling Games

The History of Chinese Martial Arts

Ancient Chinese martial arts (or Wushu in Chinese) are different from model ones. The ancient martial arts were developed for military use. Not until after the Spring and Autumn Period did martial arts begin to incorporate sophisticated aspects of ancient Chinese culture. The precise origin of marti...

The History of Chinese Martial Arts

Because of Love

In the hospital, Su Dan and Tian Xinbing’s ward beds are just separated by a beside table. Only by stretching their arms can they reach each other’s hand. They have spent almost 10 years together, from dating to marriage till July this year. “We had a dispute on plans for the company and quarreled f...

Because of Love

The Sage in Chinese Painting-Wu Daozi

In Chinese ancient art history, three people are revered as sages: the calligrapher Wang XJzhi of the Eestern Jin Dynasty, the poet Du Fu of the Tang Dynasty and the painter Wu Daozi, also of the Tang Dynasty. Wu’s most prolific period was during the Kaiyuan and Tianbao eras (713-755) in the Tang Dy...

The Sage in Chinese Painting-Wu Daozi

The Shaolin Wushu or Shaolin Boxing

Chinese Martial arts are divided into two main categories: The Northern and the Southern. Shaolin leads the Northern category. It combines both external and internal, and “hard” and “soft” exercises. Boxing is the foundation of Wushu and Shaolin Boxing serves as the basis of other kinds of Wushu. Th...

The Shaolin Wushu or Shaolin Boxing

Great Wall-Badaling

Great Wall-Badaling occupies a commanding position, looking over the Juyong guan, and from it Beijing can be looked into distance. Because it’s strategically location and difficulty to access, the ancients have said that:” It is Badaling but not juncture to access.” Stretching into south, Badaling l...

Great Wall-Badaling

Yanhe Town and Huang Caoliang

Yanhe is in a valley of the southern bank of Yongding River, and it is over 60 kilometers away from Beijing. The Great Wall which is over 600 kilometers long, is from the east north of Pinggu ,and Miyun, and it goes out in two ways. One is from badaling to Xuanhua and Datong, called […]...

Yanhe Town and Huang Caoliang

The Beautiful west lake in Hangzhou

Xī Hú, literally known as West Lake, is a famous fresh water lake situated in Hangzhou city, eastern China’s Zhejiang province. It is located in the western area of Hangzhou City, and is divided by three causeways called Su courseway, Bai courseway, and Yánggōng Courseway. With an area of 6.5 square...

The Beautiful west lake in Hangzhou

The Third World Mahjong Championship Held in Chongqing

The Third World Mahjong Championship held in Chongqing on Oct 28, 2012. The photo shows the players compete in the tournament on Tuesday, the third day of competition. This Championship is organized by south China’s Chongqing Municipality. As a centuries-old Chinese board game, how can it maintain i...

The Third World Mahjong Championship Held in Chongqing

Beauty of The Changhe River

The Changhe River lies in the northwest of Beijing, the outskirts outside the Xizhi Gate. The gentle willow outside Xizhi Gate has long been a sight of seeing in western Beijing. In the past, a saying goes that: “ Watching the pine trees in the Temple of Heaven and appreciating the willows in the Ch...

Beauty of The Changhe River

The Yongding River and the Age-old Ferry of Lugou Bridge

The Yongding River has two branches of headstreams— the Xinghe County in inner Mongolia in the north and Guancen Mountain(in the north of Shanxi Province) in the south. The River was named Wuding River in ancient times. It runs past Shanxi, Inner Mongolia and Hebei Provinces, 650 kilometers long. It...

The Yongding River and the Age-old Ferry of Lugou Bridge

Wanning Bridge

The Wanning Bridge was built during the Yuan Dynasty in 1285. It is on the base point of the east-west axis line running through the old city. It has many other names such as Houmen Bridge. Haizi Bridge. Jinshui Bridge, Guan Bridge and Di Bridge. During the restoration work in 2000, six dragon-like ...

Wanning Bridge

Temple of Fragrant Concubine

The Xinhua Gate in the Zhongnanhai (Central and South Lakes to the west of the Forbidden City) was built in 1758, the 23rd year of Emperor Qianlong reign of the Qing Dynasty). The building was originally named Baoyue Mansion, topped by yellow and green colored glaze tiles. The two-storied mansion wi...

Temple of Fragrant Concubine

Dongchang hutong

Dongchang (eastern yard) hutong is located to the south of Chinese Art Museum and west to the northern street of Wangfujing. This hutong was well known for the Dongchang, the seat of Dongchang governmental office, which was set up in the 18th year of Zhu Di’s reign in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), c...

Dongchang hutong

The White Tower in the Miaoying Temple

The white tower in the Miaoying Temple lies on the north side of the Fuchengmen Nei Street in Xicheng District. It faces the white tower in the Beihai Park in the east west direction The tower was designed and built in the 8th year (1271) of the Zhiyuan reign of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) by [&hel...

The White Tower in the Miaoying Temple

The Tobacco Pipe Oblique Street

The Manchu people indulge in smoking tobacco and water-pipe tobacco. Tobacco Pipe Oblique Street, located to tile southeast of the Drum Building and leading to the Silver Ingot Bridge, is the oldest oblique street in Beijing. The street was originally called “Dayuting (fishing hall)” . Oblique Stree...

The Tobacco Pipe Oblique Street

The Pigeon Flocks over the Siheyuan

“The sound of the night watch man’s striking the day’s last hour was heard in the south lane; the sound of music and monk’s praying and chanting Sutras was heard on the north street. My dream was disturbed by some others, and whose pigeons are playing with the resounding bells?” This poet was compos...

The Pigeon Flocks over the Siheyuan

The history of Dongchang Hutong

Changwei members contended with the court officials. Besides more than a thousand of spies to monitor the subjects and the ordinary people, Dongchang also hired a number of rogues. They made up the biggest organization of spies in the Ming Dynasty. The rogues would report to the yizhang, who would p...

The history of Dongchang Hutong

Drum-shaped bearing stone at No.7, Guanshuyuan Hutong

The drum-shaped bearing stone saw its zenith in the Yuan Dynasty. It had other names such as gate pedestal, gate support, gate drum, gate pillow stone or gate pier. The stone was placed beneath the gate’s hinge to support, fix the pillars and hold the bottom of the hinge. There was no such stone in ...

Drum-shaped bearing stone at No.7, Guanshuyuan Hutong

Western Festivals Haunt China

Halloween is coming. As one of the most important festivals in western countries, now it begin to gain its popularity among Chinese young teenagers. The picture on the right shows a girl carving a pumpkin lantern for Halloween at the Gulin Park in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province, Oct 28, 2012...

Western Festivals Haunt China

150 military officers join in a blind date party in Wuhan

Wuhan, capital city of China’s middle Hubei Province held its annual Blind Date Party for Military Officers on Oct 29, reports Chinese News by Zhou Shaoyun, Meng Xi and Xu Jinbo. The sponsor discloses that there have been almost 200 young ladies got into romantic relationships with Chinese military ...

150 military officers join in a blind date party in Wuhan

Asian Tea ceremony Competition in East China

Recently, an Asian tea ceremony competition was held in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhejiang province on Oct 24, 2012. Masters from South Korea, Chinese mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong participated, exchanging tea ceremony skills to promote the spread of tea culture. The picture on the right shows the ama...

Asian Tea ceremony Competition in East China

Opinion: Peking Opera Need Respect

Shortly before, photos of Misses Bikini wearing high-heel shoes but Beijing opera headwear, called “Miss Beijing opera bikini”, in an international bikini contest have triggered heated debate. And following it, another selection of photos which were taken by a photographer named Liu Zheng about Peki...

Opinion: Peking Opera Need Respect

Head-shavers’ Load Carried on a Shoulder Pole

Beijing men began to have their heads shaved after Manchu people rule the country. The Scripture of Filial piety stated: “One’s body, hair and skin are given by his parents. No harm should be done to these important things.” Therefore, in Chinese history before Qing Dynasty, no head shave trade had ...

Head-shavers’ Load Carried on a Shoulder Pole

The flea markets in Beijing

Panjiayuan Antiques and Flea Market, or the “dirt market,” is the biggest antique and flea market in Beijing today. It had three sections—small booth, the curio street and the open air market of second-hand furniture Panjiayuan is a relatively regular market. Two miles away to its east is the Shuang...

The flea markets in Beijing

The ancient Building Group in Wuyuan

This group of ancient buildings is located in Wuyuan County in northeastern part of Jiangxi Province in central China. The county covers an area of 2,947 square kilometers and has a population of 330,000. It has 18 townships or towns under its jurisdiction. Forests cover up to 82 percent of its tota...

The ancient Building Group in Wuyuan

The Blockhouses in Kaiping

These blockhouses are located in Kaiping, south of Guangzhou in southeast China. They were first built in early years of the Qing Dynasty ( 1644-1911 ). The construction of such houses came to its climax in the 1920s and 1930s. Then many people from the southeast coastal areas left their hometown fo...

The Blockhouses in Kaiping

The Dujiangyan-an Everlasting Water Conservancy Project

Dujiangyan is on the thiddle and upper reaches of the Minjiang River, 57 idiometers northwest of Chengdu in Sichuan Province ill southwest China. This water project was built during the reign of King Qinzhao (306- 251 B.C.)in the Warring States Period under the command of Li Bing, the governor of Sh...

The Dujiangyan-an Everlasting Water Conservancy Project