No matter when you walk on a city street or come to a country yard in China, you will probably see a few people (usually 3-5 people) gathering to a crowd, playing with some small plastic squares with Chinese characters and simple images on one side. Yes, they are playing Chinese Mahjong.
Numbers have always played a significant role in Chinese culture. People in China traditionally associate fortune with lucky numbers. Thus, there came a system of lucky numbers on their own way. It is undeniable that numbers differ from auspicious and ominous. So, Chinese take auspicious numbers into important consideration in daily life
The Shanghai Institute of Visual Art has made 25 animated movies in a Chinese ink style about Peking Opera and hopes to show them in schools.The films were produced over a period of three years and cost more than 10 million yuan ($1.5 million), with funding from Chang'an Animation Co, the institute told a press conference yesterday.
Red represents fire and is the most popular color in China. It is also the national color representing happiness, beauty, vitality, good luck, success and good fortune.
The chime of bells is a wonderful work of art in Chinese bronze culture and a crystallization of ancient civilization of mankind. Under the ritual and musical institutions in ancient times, this percussion instrument was a symbol of the owner's rank, power and position and transcended all other musical instruments.
The Juesheng Si (Temple of Awakening) was built in the northwestern suburbs of Beijing in the 11th year of the reign of Emperor Yongzheng of the Qing Dynasty (1733). It was located in Zengjiazhuang Village outside Xizhimen (Straight West Gate), one of the gates of the walls surrounding the city of Beijing.
China has a long and brilliant history of metallurgy and casting. Its splendid casting techniques ushered in the resplendent Bronze Age. Perfect workmanship brought about exquisite pieces of art.
The bell originated from the ling, a small type of bell. At first, the ling was baked out of pottery clay. In the 1950s, archaeologists discovered a red pottery ling from the remains of the Yangshao culture at Miaodigou, the Sanmen Gorges, Henan Province.
The taozhong, the earliest kind of bell, appeared in primitive Chinese society. It was an instrument for labouring people to play after work. The introduction of metal brought about the tongnao (a bronze percussion instrument resembling an inverted bell, sounded by a hammer)
The Big Bell Temple Museum is a multi-functional museum specialized in the collection, preservation, exhibition, study and exploitation of ancient bells and catering to the people's growing cultural demands with its peculiar cultural charm.
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