Music »

[25 Sep 2009 | One Comment | 2,367 views]
Chinese Music Classics of 20th Century – I/VI: Songs

Chinese contemporary music started in early 20th century. In July 1992, when the end of 20th century was approaching, then-fresh-established non-government organization Chinese Culture Promotion Society (CCPS) initiated an exceptional “Chinese Music Classics of 20th Century” Award, covering global Chinese community.

This award is aiming to summarize the achievement of Chinese music in the 20th century. The results of 124 award winners were released in November 1992.

Carnival »

[21 Sep 2009 | One Comment | 790 views]
China Carnival #6: Qianmen Chi Education

Welcome to the September 21, 2009 edition of china carnival.

Chris presents How to Feel Your Chi Energy in Just Ten Minutes posted at Martial Development, saying, “Chi (qi) is an ancient Chinese term, which can be translated as energy. Like energy, the word chi is used in both abstract and concrete terms, and applied to both general concepts and specific phenomena. In other words, chi is ambiguous.”

Misc »

[17 Sep 2009 | 5 Comments | 4,613 views]
Ten Websites about China and Chinese Culture

Eight hundred years ago, expediter Marco Polo had to travel a LONG strenuous way from Europe to China in order to introduce the two civilizations to each other. Now, in the New Millennium, life is much easier than ever before.

With the help of internet and World-Wide-Web, we can instantly access information on the other side of this planet. Culture exchange is realtime. If you can not visit China, that’s fine. There are lots of good websites online devoted to intrducing China and Chinese culture to the rest of world. Here I list ten of them for you.

Misc »

[14 Sep 2009 | 2 Comments | 3,580 views]
Daming Palace the Movie: Glory of Great Tang Dynasty

On 9-9-2009, Chinese documentary Da Ming Palace premiered in the UN headquarters in New York, transporting audiences to the flourishing Tang Dynasty more than a thousand years ago.

Tang Dynasty is one of the most (probably THE most) prosperous and influential dynasty and enjoys a “significant and unique status” in Chinese history. “China at that time was a remarkably open society with unprecedented frequent and extensive exchanges and interactions with the rest of the world,” Ambassador Liu Zhenmin said.

Museum »

[10 Sep 2009 | Comments Off on Bell Set of Marquis Su of Jin: hear my ancient song | 1,329 views]
Bell Set of Marquis Su of Jin: hear my ancient song

Near the Village Qu of Quwo County in Shanxi Province, where located the ancient capital of Jin State, there are nine tombs of Jin marquises and their wives. During the early 1990s, grave robbing was rampant in that region, and many precious cultural relics lost overseas.

In December 1992, Ma Cheng Yuan, the head of Shanghai Museum, found this set of 14 antique bells in a Hong Kong antique shop. At that time, many other people thought it’s fake because of its carved insciptions. Mr. Ma is an expert on bronze wares, and he knew they are precious relics. So he bought them and mailed it back to Shanghai.