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[25 Feb 2009 | Comments Off on Top 3 Yardangs in China with Google Earth links | 4,483 views]
Top 3 Yardangs in China with Google Earth links

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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

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Music »

[19 Feb 2009 | 2 Comments | 8,564 views]
Best Erhu Masterpiece Ever – Moon Reflected on Second Spring

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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.

Travel »

[13 Feb 2009 | One Comment | 6,399 views]

Introduction:
Temples are not only popular tourist destinations but also important part of Chinese culture. No matter it’s Buddhism, Taoism, Confucian, Ancestral, or any memorial one, it is a piece of cultural essence. It contains intangible value in architecture, art, religion, and sociology, etc.  From these different temples, we can know Chinese culture from a unique angle.  So temples are always among the best places of interest to travel. Here, I list top 10 temples in China with wikipedia links and google earth kml files. Let’s begin our trip in the …

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[5 Feb 2009 | Comments Off on Top 10 Chinese Classical Music – Part II | 2,896 views]

“Top 10 Chinese Classical Music – part I” continues
6. Flute & Drum Music at Dusk (夕阳萧鼓)

One of my favorites. It is one of the most popular Pipa pieces. In 1925,Shanghai Datong Music Society composed the famous “Blossoms on a Spring Moonlit Night ( 春江花月夜 )” based on this ancient Pipa solo.

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[30 Jan 2009 | 14 Comments | 19,983 views]
Top 10 Chinese Classical Music – Part I

Introduction:

Honestly, Chinese classical music is not as good as western music. Its theoretical basis was too poor comparing to western music.  A famous Chinese philosopher Feng, You-Lan said: Anybody who knows both eastern and western music would prefer western music; however, anybody who knows both eastern and western philosophy would prefer eastern philosophy.  So, from this point of view, to know Chinese classical music is a very good way to understand Chinese philosophy, since Chinese music is influenced by the eastern philosophy and integrated into life style of Chinese culture.
Here …