Articles Archive for February 2009
Residential House »
In the prehistoric era our ancestors live in natural caves, during the long history of civilization, we learned how to build beautiful houses and buildings for us to live in. The designs are really diversified around the world according to people’s need, culture difference, local environment, and availability of material.
In the loess plateau of Shaanxi province in northwestern China, people are still living in caves, not natural caves. People built these cave dwellings – Yaodong.
Scenic Splendor of China »
These are not the Grand Canyon in Arizona. And these are not on Mars either. These are the most beautiful yardangs in Xinjiang Province, west region of China. Unfortunately, probably due to the difficulties to reach these dangerous desert region, only the first one has abundant information on internet. The other two are not even marked in google earth.
Top 3 Yardangs in China
Photo by LiuXiao. Copyright Authorized.
Name: Five Stars Rising East Benefit China | 中文名: 五星出东方利中国
Date to: Han Dynasty (~200B.C – 200A.D.) | Unearthed: Ruins of Niya, Xinjiang, 1995
Current location: Xinjiang Archaeology Institute
Dimension: 16.5cm x 11.2cm
A prediction made two millenniums ago
What’s so special with this piece of clothing? Well, several points:
First, it’s a beautiful and complicated clothing. Its color, design, weaving, etc, all represents the wonderful textile technology in ancient China.
Second, it’s a product of Han Dynasty found in West China region. It shows the prosperity of ancient Silk Way …
Can you imagine President Bush singing a Texas folk song or President Sarcozy carving a sculpture of Venus? mmm, it must be interesting to see that happen. Here, as the photo above shown, it is a traditional Chinese papercut artwork cut by Chinese President Hu Jintao in 2007. During the Chinese New Year time of 2007, he visited a village in Gansu Province and made this papercut to share the happiness of New Year with the host family.
Best Erhu (Chinese Violin) Piece Ever – How?
“I should kneel down to listen to it!” — Ozawa Seiji, Japanese Conductor
One of the best known Chinese music inside and outside China
In 1985, an album of 11 Chinese music was introduced in USA, this one is the first.
When you talk about Chinese music, firstly you talk about Erhu (so called Chinese Violin); when you talk about Erhu, firstly you talk about this one – Moon reflected on Second Spring.