Arts & Crafts

Chinese seal engraving

Chinese seal engraving is not just about engraving but rather is a perfect combination of calligraphy, composition and carving. This is truly an art that is capable of “containing many a spectacle in a square inch”.
Chinese porcelain

Chinese porcelain first developed during East Han Dynasty (25-220 AD). To make porcelain, mineral-rich clay or kaolin is fired in a kiln at temperatures of over 1,200 °C, until a layer of glaze is formed on the surface, onto which patterns are then carved or painted.
Chinese lacquer-ware

Chinese lacquer-ware, with a history of 7,000 years, is characterized by both antiquity and modernity, exquisiteness and magnificence. Its smoothness, beauty, elegance and splendour have always been very appealing. But nowadays the number of lacquer-ware craftsmen has fallen sharply
chinese kites

Hundreds of Chinese kites' fans visit each year Wang Chifeng’s store in Beijing to learn the craftsmanship of traditional kites. This little shop of his has earned his family inclusion in Beijing’s “Culture and Art Families List”.
Chinese cloisonne

Chinese cloisonné is a kind of enamelware, or rather, copperware model decorated with filigree and enamel. Its craftsmanship reached its apex in the Byzantine Empire and reached China in the XIII century.
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chinese ink

The Chinese art style featuring simplicity and light color is rooted in an important and unique traditional Chinese painting, that is, ink and wash painting.
Chinese Dragons

Dragons can be found everywhere in Chinese daily life and is widely favored by Chinese people. Eastern dragons symbolize power, luck, nobility and wisdom and kindness.
Shaolin Temple

Shaolin temple was built in 496 A.D. The 1982 hit film, “Shaolin Temple,” starring Jet Li, pushed this ancient temple from the secluded mountain forest onto the world stage and also closely connected the Shaolin Temple with Chinese Kungfu.
The game of go

Go, an ancient game that has its origins in China, remains an inexhaustible source of fascination. Playing Go exercises your mind and moulds your temperament. Like China, other Asian countries, especially Japan and Korea, also see Go prosper nationwide and have produced large numbers of master players.
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Xi'an is regarded as one of the world’s four great ancient capitals together with Rome in Italy, Athens in Greece and Cairo in Egypt.It used to be the capital of 13 dynasties and became a cosmopolitan city with a population of over 1 million more than 1,000 years ago.
Belt and Road Route

In any of the countries and cities along the "Belt and Road" Route, be they large or small, we can find unique natural landscapes, rich folk customs, and various life styles and philosophies that stretch back thousands of years. As ...
The hutongs of Beijing

The word hutong, meaning a narrow street or lane, is unique to northern China. The grid of hutongs crisscrossing Beijing has shaped both the city’s neighborhoods and the city itself.

Zhangjiakou —co-host of 2022 Winter Olympics— is now attracting worldwide attention. Apart from winter skiing, the city also has many scenic spots that are worth visiting, and more and more tourists from home and abroad have been attracted here by ...

Wuyuan is located in northeast of Jiangxi Province. Their most predominant characteristics are villages typical of the Jiangnan area and ancient buildings of the Hui style of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911). In recent years, Wuyuan has become one ...
Jingdezhen city of porcelain

Jingdezhen is recognized as the “City of Porcelain” and porcelain can be seen everywhere; even the streetlights and the sculptures in gardens in the city center are made of porcelain.
Giant Panda

Th giant panda, native only to China and numbering only 1,000 or so, it is a national treasure. China’s Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding have 60 giant pandas living in the 106-hectare park,

Guangzhou is China’s third largest city with a population of over 10 million. With a history of more than 2,000 years, today’s Guangzhou has developed into a a modern international metropolis.
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Zhejiang cuisine

Zhejiang cuisine has a great variety of delicate and exquisite dishes, all noted for being xian, which means ‘fresh and delicious’. With mainly fish, shrimp, other freshwater produce and seasonal vegetables as its ingredients, they need to be very fresh and tender before they are cooked in order to retain their natural flavours.
Sichuan cuisine

In many people's eyes, Sichuan cuisine is tantamount to spicy food. But Sichuan also offers them a wide range of other dish choices. Besides spiciness, Sichuan dishes are also a mix of other "six tastes"— sourness, sweetness, numbness, bitterness, aroma, saltiness.
Stinky Mandarin Fish

Stinky mandarin fish is a common dish found on dining tables throughout Anhui and a classic dish of Anhui cuisine. Today I'll show you how to cook the seemingly smelly, yet tender and tasty marinated mandarin fish using a simplified recipe.
Wuxi-style Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs is a common dish and yet one of the classic culinary delights of Su cuisine. The spare ribs are tender and juicy, with a sweet sour taste, and the dish is nutritious and healthy.
Nanjing salted duck - CC - Wikipedia Commons

Huaiyang cuisine, as an epitome of Jiangsu cuisine, was originated in the areas surrounding Huai'an and Yangzhou, and featured on the menu of the royal courts. Even today, most dishes served at state banquets can be identified as Huaiyang cuisine, so Huaiyang cuisine is also known as the national dish.
chinese cuisine

Chinese cuisine is one of the basis of the culture of China. Highly valued around the world , today is the first reason why foreigners visit China.
Diced Chicken with Chillies

Diced Chicken with Chillies is a typical Sichuan dish. With this recipe you will easily be able to make such an enticing dish at home on your own. Join us and experience the incredible sensations of your taste buds.
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Family Life

Family letters in China

The tradition of writing family letters in China has been passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years. As a result, especially in the last 100 years, a large number of family letters have been collected. These documents provide details of the exchange of information and emotions among ...
Chinese family

This is an ordinary chinese family in Beijing -- a happy, harmonious family of three generations.
Returning to home spring festival

Returning home for the Spring Festival, refers to going back to the home of your parents, the most important Chinese tradition for the past 4,000 years. In the period of just half a month, Chinese logged up nearly 3 billion trips; the biggest annual migration in human history.
The Chinese ideal of family: Four generations under one roof

Chinese ideal family, four generations living together, symbolizes the ideals of harmony, happiness, longevity, and a large thriving family.

Chinese Wedding is one of the most important events in one's life and has to be taken seriously. New wedding styles are gradually becoming accepted, but retaining its traditionalistic roots.
A letter from home is worth ten thousand taels of gold

Family letters have a special place in the hearts of Chinese people, who have been influenced by traditional culture and are shy to express their feelings openly.

Chinese marriage's models and people’s outlooks on romance have gone through many changes. It was in the 1990s that young people finally won the freedom to love in the fullest sense of that word.


Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival is originally observed by the ancient people to ward off plagues in summer. Nowadays the two most important events of the festival are boat racing and eating rice dumplings, both of which involve dragon, an auspice symbol since the ancient times.
Chinese Wooden Structure

Chinese wooden structure architecture, were widely used to build palaces, mansions, temples, and towers in ancient China. China’s written history is about 4,000 years old, but the history of Chinese wooden structure architecture can be traced back 7,000 years to the Hemudu period.
Peony Spring Flower

The peony flower holds a special position in the hearts of the Chinese people and enjoys their admiration. It wins the reputation of “Queen of Flowers” for its large bud, bright color, delightful fragrance and great varieties, reminding people of wealth, fortune and prosperity.
Jiangzhou drum music

Drum music of Jiangzhou was famous since the early Tang Dynasty (618-907).For thousands of years local farmers spend most of their spare time playing the drum. Nowadays the farmer drum players have gradually moved into the commercial performance market by establishing many drum music troupes.

Chinese paper-cutting was put on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list as a folk craft in 2009, presenting the unique Chinese beauty to the people of the world.
Ancient Tea-Horse Road

Ancient Tea-Horse Road is a route that had been used for thousands of years by Yunnan horse caravans to barter Sichuan and Yunnan tea for Tibetan horses.
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Wing Chun Kungfu

Practicing Wing Chun Kungfu helps Paul develop their great interest in Chinese culture. Paul has been a teacher for 20 years. He always has a warm smile. This is his first visit to Beijing and what he looks forward to the most from it is the exchange of Kungfu ideas.
Chinese movies

Chinese movies have now entered the “express way” of development. In 2010, the Chinese box office revenue exceeded 10 billion yuan for the first time, an increase of 63.9% over 2009. Seven years ago, the box office income was only one billion yuan.

Since the housing reforms in 1998, China’s real estate industry has entered a stage of rapid development, and housing conditions in urban areas have been greatly improved. Since 2004, however, due to changes in the land transaction methods, housing prices in cities have soared.
public transport

Travel along China on public transport, by plane, train or bus, is each day a new adventure. China is a country in motion and with such huge cities with dense populations, you must figure out the best way to move the people. The north american teacher Joseph G. Krenitsky writes ...
Cycling in China

China has joined the Automobile Age, relegating the name “Kingdom of Bicycles” to history. Over the past years, the number of motor vehicles has increased dramatically. Cars have replaced bicycles as the first choice for travel for chinese urban residents.
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Intangible Cultural Heritage

Old Town of Lijiang

Old Town of Lijiang, a little city in Yunnan Province, is included in the UNESCO's World Heritage List. It is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges and the Naxi people, the main ethnic group, has retained traditions and customs.
Chinese Silk

The beauty of chinese silk is been well-known in the world, while the skills of the ancient Chinese people to create beauty has earned great appreciation. Silk weaving is a great invention of China and a cultural identification of the Chinese nation.
Hua’er folks songs from Northwest China

Hua’er: the sound of heaven permeating China's great Northwest. Hua’er is a music tradition shared by nine different ethnic groups. In 2009 was placed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.


Young entrepreneurs

Almost everyone in Beijing has felt the enormity of the new wave of entrepreneurship in the city and has also enjoyed many of the benefits brought about by the new technologies and other innovations.

Stimulated by the favorable environment for startups, more than 10,000 new enterprises are being registered each day in China; 7 new companies per minute.
Foreing Makers in China

Nowadays entrepreneurship is no longer a privilege of the chosen few. Start-up companies can be created at the grassroots level, and you can start whatever business you like. This situation has attracted many foreigners 'makers' to China.
entrepreneurs in China

China is developing into a paradise for entrepreneurs. Here, we would like to present a list of key terms related to starting your own business and help you understand what are the most fashionable concepts in the eyes of start-up entrepreneurs.
Spring Festival Gala

Chinese Spring Festival Gala is the only TV show in the world that can garner 1.4 billion viewers. The live broadcast, which lasts four and a half hours, includes dances, cross talk, magic shows, skits and other art performances.
2022 Winter Olympics

2022 Winter Olympics will be celebrated in Zhangjiakou and Beijing, the first ever city in Olympic history to host both the Summer and Winter Games. The Winter Olympics is now fuelling the chinese's enthusiasm for active participation in winter sports.
Internet in China

Internet in China has grown rapidly, with enormous social and economic effects that have gone beyond what people could have imagined.

The new Silk Road: A win-win path in the era of globalization. The longest economic corridor in the world, which will continue to promote the spirit of the ancient route, will cover 4.4 billion people, accounting for 63% of the world population.


Dennis Richardson

An Interview with Dennis Richardson, Oregon State Representative. An enthusiastic advocate of promoting Chinese study and also dedicated to the work of developing the relationship between his state and China.
Wolfgang Kubin

An exclusive interview with German sinologist Wolfgang Kubin, one of the best sinologists in Germany, who not only teaches Chinese language at the University of Bonn and translates Chinese literature, but also travels frequently to China.
Leon Vandermeersch

Leon Vandermeersch’s Address at the First Formal Meeting of the International Committee for the Study and Translation of the Five Canons. The Five Canons refer to the five ancient Chinese books--The Book of Poetry, The Book of History, The Book of Rites, The Book of Changes, and The Spring and Autumn Annals. Over 2,000 years, ...
Mo Yan

Mo Yan, China’s 1st Nobel Laureate in Literature, has 100-odd outstanding novels and countless awards to his credit by dint of combining “hallucinatory realism with folk tales, history and contemporary life”
Ouyang Zhongshi

Ouyang Zhongshi: "Of the numerous and valuable epitomes of Chinese culture, Chinese characters are most significant. The promotion of Chinese culture should begin with Chinese characters.”
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Music, Theatre & Dance


Nanyin is a style of Chinese classical music originating in the province of Fujian. The slow, simple and elegant melodies are performed on distinctive instruments.
Chen Li - Gan Opera

Gan opera exist for five to six hundred years ago and has exerted great influence on more than 40 different chinese opera styles including the famous Peking opera. Now, most people who know Gan opera know the singer Chen Li.
Zheng Xiaoying

Zheng Xiaoying (1929, Yongding, Fujian), was he first female symphony conductor in China. She was once the chief conductor of China National Opera House an awarded the prize “Best Conductor in China”. Her conducting style is considered enthusiastic and bold.

With the overseas dissemination of Peking opera, more and more foreigners are becoming interested in Traditional Chinese operas, an art that conveys a national spiritual essence through elegance and beauty.

Peking opera is actually a hybrid of many regional Chinese operas emerged 200 years ago, that became hugely popular. As it has incorporated elements from a broad spectrum of other operas, it is noted for its inclusiveness and is an excellent representative of Chinese operas.
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Handcraft Workshop

Gongfu tea

In China's long history of tea tasting, the Chaoshan Gongfu tea ceremony is perhaps the most representative, and most glamorous, tea making technique. Now, let’s experience the charm of Chaoshan Gongfu tea.

Let’s draw a facial makeup of the Monkey King Sun Wukong. Facial makeup is a unique formative art of Chinese operas. Facial makeup showcases the role and personality of the performer.
Sweet Bean Paste Moon Cake

The moon cake is the most popular among the many delectable foods eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival. Although not very big, the moon cake has a long history.
giant panda paper folding

The handcraft of paper-folding can be traced back to the Han Dynasty (202BC-AD220). A piece of ordinary paper is made into a lovely “animal” after being folded several times. The giant panda is native only to China, numbering more than 1,000.
Chinese knots

A simple red cord can be braided into several dozen delicate chinese knots. Tying knots for clothing originated in the Old Stone Age and has evolved through thousands of years into a modern decorative Chinese handicraft.
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Chinese museums

Museum of Movie Props - Exotics Chinese museums

Exotic museums are more likely to arouse people’s curiosity than the traditionals. They are tagged as being exotic mainly because they are quite unexpected. Their curators, often out of pure interest, have scouted around for rare or bizarre items that do not come to hand easily.
Technology in chinese museums

Virtual exhibitions in chinese museums have made the dream of “24-7” exhibitions come true. Social networks, self-guide apps on mobile phones or audio-visual techniques achieve that visiting chinese museums become more and more convenient .
Chinese Private Museums

Chinese private museums have had a tremendous growth in the last twenty years. It is estimated that of the 4,500 plus registered museums in China as many as nearly 1000 are privately owned.
Cultural relic doctors

Cultural relic doctors are increasingly demanded by the Chinese museums. The restoration of paintings or calligraphic works is a very complicated process, requiring more than 30 steps, such as demounting, underpinning, cleaning and colour restoration. All of these delicate processes have to be done by hand.
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Other stories


Yanis was willing to forsake the comfort of living in the city in order to learn martial arts from a master at Shaolin Temple.
beijing subway names

The origins of many of the Beijing’s subway stations names remain unknown. However, it is clear that some came into being because of the high number of homophones in Chinese, as well as its abundant history.

The meaning of "yangsheng" (regimen) is to lengthen one’s life by maintaining and nourishing one’s body. Chinese regimen tells us how to maintain our body by following principles of traditional Chinese medicine.
Confucius Institute

Confucius Institute is a network of public nonprofit centers that promote the knowledge of Chinese culture and language throughout the world. Their tasks include language teaching, teacher training and the promotion of activities and educational exchanges.

Jordon Shinn, scholarship student of Confucius Institute: "China has taught me to take life as it comes and to seize each opportunity to improve myself. Learning Chinese has opened my mind to new ways of seeing the world, and the past four years have been a time of growth and ...
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Confucius Institute Magazine

Confucius Institute Magazine

Confucius Institute Magazine is the chinese guide of culture, language, history, gastronomy and tourism. Features of china and its civilization. An approach to chinese habits for travelers, students and interested people into china’s way.  selects the most interesting articles published in the Confucius Institute Magazine Chinese-English edition since its inception in March 2009. The purpose of this website is to provide agile and quick access to a great amount of interesting contents generated throughout these years. The Confucius Institute Magazine Chinese-Spanish website,, is also available with the best features of this edition, launched in July, 2010.

In the academic field, the Confucius Institute Magazine contains specific information for students and teachers on the teaching of Chinese language as well as news on the activity of the Confucius Institute and its centers worldwide. The magazine reports are used as teaching material in classrooms because of their cultural richness.

From the Confucius Institute Magazine app, available on App Store and Google Play, readers can download and read the magazine for free in its eleven bilingual bimonthly editions, as they were conceived in print. The readers who do not have access to a tablet or smartphone, may continue to read the magazine online from any computer at

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