chinaculture <![CDATA[Video exhibition in Sydney shows Silk Road legends]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/23/content_1482449.htm

The China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Sydney jointly launched a video show, featuring Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia and Xinjiang, five places along the Silk Road on July 22,2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

The China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Sydney jointly launched another video show on internet and social media platforms on July 22.

Five videos featured Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia and Xinjiang, five places along the Silk Road.

As a platform that once bridged many different civilizations, the Silk Road saw a long history of commercial and cultural exchanges between the Western and Eastern world.

The China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Sydney jointly launched a video show, featuring Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia and Xinjiang, five places along the Silk Road on July 22,2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

The five provinces and autonomous regions have preserved the traces of these exchanges in their architecture, art, music and dances. And the religions and customs of the ethnic minorities living in the five places are the heritage of the cultural exchanges on the Silk Road.

A music video was also shown in the exhibition to promote Xi’an, the capital city of Shaanxi province.


The China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Sydney jointly launched a video show, featuring Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia and Xinjiang, five places along the Silk Road on July 22,2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Sydney jointly launched a video show, featuring Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia and Xinjiang, five places along the Silk Road on July 22,2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Sydney jointly launched a video show, featuring Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia and Xinjiang, five places along the Silk Road on July 22,2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Sydney jointly launched a video show, featuring Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia and Xinjiang, five places along the Silk Road on July 22,2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

 

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2020-07-23 14:25:05
<![CDATA[Diverse group celebrates Maori New Year]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/22/content_1482415.htm

The China Cultural Center in Wellington and local institutions organized a party to celebrate Maori New Year, Wellington, New Zealand, July 19, 2020. [Photo by Zhang Jianyong/provided to Chinaculture.org]

As half of 2020 has passed, Maori people on the southern half of the planet have just run into their New Year ?Matariki.

In Maori language, Matariki means "the Pleiades", a star cluster that appears in the early morning sky in New Zealand during mid-winter months (or mid-summer in the Northern Hemisphere). According to the Maori calendar, the rise of the Matariki signifies the beginning of a new year. In 2020, the Maori New Year was set on July 15.

The China Cultural Center in Wellington and local institutions organized a party to celebrate the festival on July 19. About a hundred attendees of different races from different parts of the world joined the event, including Maori people, Chinese residents and guests from India, Europe and Africa.

Starting with the haka, a war dance of the Maori people, the celebration featured a series of performances from a variety of cultures. The center set up a "dumpling kitchen" at the party for attendees to see how to make dumplings. Teachers form the center performed folk dances and Chinese traditional musical instruments.

The China Cultural Center in Wellington and local institutions organized a party to celebrate Maori New Year, Wellington, New Zealand, July 19, 2020. [Photo by Zhang Jianyong/provided to Chinaculture.org]

The Finance Minister of New Zealand Grant Robertson attended the event, along with many local government officials.

He said all races are welcome in Wellington, where they can find affection and warmth. The city will embrace a more welcoming and bright future, with help and support from all the people.

According to Center Director Guo Zongguang, since the shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic the event is the first activity with an attendance of more than 100 people organized by the center.

"The celebration is a window for locals to know more about Chinese culture, which can also enhance friendship and communication between Chinese people and other nations."


The China Cultural Center in Wellington and local institutions organized a party to celebrate Maori New Year, Wellington, New Zealand, July 19, 2020. [Photo by Zhang Jianyong/provided to Chinaculture.org]


The Finance Minister of New Zealand Grant Robertson gives a speech at the party organized by the China Cultural Center in Wellington to celebrate Maori New Year, July 19, 2020. [Photo by Zhang Jianyong/provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington and local institutions organized a party to celebrate Maori New Year, Wellington, New Zealand, July 19, 2020. [Photo by Zhang Jianyong/provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington and local institutions organized a party to celebrate Maori New Year, Wellington, New Zealand, July 19, 2020. [Photo by Zhang Jianyong/provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington and local institutions organized a party to celebrate Maori New Year, Wellington, New Zealand, July 19, 2020. [Photo by Zhang Jianyong/provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington and local institutions organized a party to celebrate Maori New Year, Wellington, New Zealand, July 19, 2020. [Photo by Zhang Jianyong/provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington and local institutions organized a party to celebrate Maori New Year, Wellington, New Zealand, July 19, 2020. [Photo by Zhang Jianyong/provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington and local institutions organized a party to celebrate Maori New Year, Wellington, New Zealand, July 19, 2020. [Photo by Zhang Jianyong/provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington and local institutions organized a party to celebrate Maori New Year, Wellington, New Zealand, July 19, 2020. [Photo by Zhang Jianyong/provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-07-22 16:10:30
<![CDATA[Heilongjiang, a top winter tourist destination]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/22/content_1482380.htm

Heilongjiang is the first province embracing winter each year in China. The annual ice and snow period lasts for four to eight months, making it a top tourist destination in winter. People can enjoy rime, ice and snow sculptures, hot springs, winter fishing, and various winter sports.

The temperature in Mohe, the country's northernmost city, can fall to -50 C or lower in the winter, but many tourists still brave the weather to see spectacular snow landscapes, igloos, northern lights and starry skies. 

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2020-07-22 08:32:53
<![CDATA[Beijing to reopen cinemas, theaters after months-long closure]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/22/content_1482382.htm Cinemas in Beijing's low-risk areas for COVID-19 can resume operations on Friday, with effective epidemic prevention measures in place, a local official said on Tuesday.

Cinemas will limit their attendance per show to 30 percent of capacity and sell non-adjacent tickets, Wang Jiequn, director of the Beijing municipal film department, told a press conference.

Moviegoers must make real-name reservations and wear masks, and those who do not know each other should keep a distance of at least one meter, Wang said.

Among other epidemic prevention measures, spray disinfection shall not be less than twice a day in public areas of cinemas. Cinemas will not sell food and drink, and snacks will also be prohibited in principle during the movie.

All the 262 cinemas in Beijing were closed from late January due to the epidemic.

The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism also announced on Tuesday that they will gradually reopen theaters and performing arts venues, internet cafes, and karaoke businesses.

Reopened theaters must strictly control their daily visits to less than 30 percent of total seats. Large and medium-sized shows and performances are still not allowed.

Dance halls, karaoke rooms, and recreation centers should keep their daily number of visits to less than half of the maximum capacity.

The bureau has also provided the latest version of epidemic prevention and control guidelines to businesses that are allowed to reopen.

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2020-07-22 09:05:01
<![CDATA[Visiting China Online: Hei Longjiang]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/22/content_1482379.htm

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Heilongjiang province in NE China has vast territory and splendid scenery, making it ideal for escaping the summer heat and exploring wintery worlds of snow. 


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2020-07-22 08:33:16
<![CDATA[Photographer shows Hokkaido and crows through his lens]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/21/content_1482368.htm

Crows fly in the snow in Hokkaido. [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]

Different from bustling Tokyo, Hokkaido is vast and tranquil, which conforms to one of the basic aesthetic concepts of Japanese culture, "emptiness". The natural scenery of Hokkaido is splendid, and many Japanese regard it as a holy land for spiritual comfort.


Crows hover in the snow in Hokkaido. [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]

In winter, the city and the mountains are covered with soft snow, which is beautiful and dreamy. The crow, worshipped as an auspicious bird in Japan, stands out in the white snow. Hu Guoqing, an award-winning Chinese photographer and member of the China Photographers Association, presents images of Hokkaido and crows through his lens.


Crows fly and nestle in the snow in Hokkaido. [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]


Crows nestle in the snow in Hokkaido. [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]


Crows fly and nestle in the snow in Hokkaido. [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]


Crows nestle in the snow in Hokkaido. [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]


Crows fly and nestle in the snow in Hokkaido. [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]


Crows hover in the snow in Hokkaido. [Photo by Hu Guoqing/cpanet.org.cn]

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2020-07-21 16:06:01
<![CDATA[A visit to the hometown of pandas]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/21/content_1482370.htm

Related; Panda fans worldwide to gather online for tours of SW China's Sichuan

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2020-07-21 19:05:16
<![CDATA[Designing to drink across cultures]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/21/content_1482334.htm

A tea infuser designed by Didier Rudolf Quarroz.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Swiss designer Didier Rudolf Quarroz's love of Chinese tea culture has inspired him to design innovative new items to brew the beverage.

The graduate of the renowned Swiss design school, ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne), developed an interest in Chinese tea after working at a Shanghai-based design company, where he was by chance engaged in a tea project.

His research helped him hone a deep understanding of the differences between Chinese and Western tea products. This made him think about designing items for foreigners to brew Chinese tea.

"I hope to design easy-to-use and modern tea-making tools to help foreigners try Chinese traditional tea and give them an interesting experience in brewing it," Quarroz says.

In 2017, he moved to Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang province and a major tea-production base, to explore the possibilities of applying Western concepts in design to the brewing of Chinese tea.

"I want to focus on the tea industry, and Hangzhou is a great fit because of the long history and profound culture of tea here," Quarroz says.

He opened his design company, Shateso, with the help of local incubator Nihub in the city's Binjiang district.

Quarroz began to concentrate on the design of a tea infuser to make brewing easier for foreigners.

It's a cone-shaped container with frosted glass and a silicone lid. All users need to do is to put the leaves inside, place it in a cup and add hot water.

"The infuser can be taken out from the cup easily without (users') fingers being scalded by the hot water," Quarroz says.

He adds that the container with tea inside can be brewed several times by putting it in and taking it out of the water, and the flavor's strength can be sustained at the same time.

Hangzhou boasts a booming tea industry, which has offered the Swiss designer many opportunities to cooperate with local plantations and companies.

"Driven by a love for Chinese tea, I cooperate with local companies and help them to develop new kinds of tea products. Also, we sometimes organize workshops to introduce different teas to the public," Quarroz says.

Hangzhou also enables smooth business operations, he adds.

"In general, it is easy to start a business in Hangzhou. The government and agencies are ramping up efforts to help and support young entrepreneurs, including those from foreign countries," he adds.

Quarroz says he plans to design 10 innovative tea-related products by combining Chinese tea culture with international elements.

Qin Jirong contributed to the story.

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2020-07-21 07:46:33
<![CDATA[Palace Museum announces gradual reopening plan]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/21/content_1482335.htm

Visitors take photos inside the Palace Museum in Beijing, on May 1, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

With Beijing lowering its public health emergency response from second to third level starting July 20, the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, announced it will gradually reopen to the public from July 21 with a limited number of visitors, including outdoor and indoor sections. 

An ID card is needed to buy tickets via advance online reservation, and an 8,000-visitor daily capacity has been set, with 5,000 allowed before 1 pm and 3,000 afterward. 

Visitors' body temperature will be checked before they enter, and they are required to wear face masks in the museums. "Green" QR codes on their mobile phones, signifying good health, are required, and they must maintain 1-meter social distance.

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2020-07-21 09:05:58
<![CDATA[Kids learn martial arts, music and more for summer fun]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/21/content_1482336.htm A child receives training on Tae Kwon Do under the guidance of his teacher in a fitness training center in Lianyungang, East China's Jiangsu province, on July 18.

A child receives training on Tae Kwon Do under the guidance of his teacher in a fitness training center in Lianyungang, East China's Jiangsu province, on July 18. [Photo/Xinhua]


Children practice roller skating in Lianyungang, East China's Jiangsu province, on July 18. [Photo/Xinhua]


Young artists try their hands at wood printing at the Suzhou Shengxiao Stamp Museum of China in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, on July 18. [Photo/Xinhua]


A child looks at his creation of a wood-print nianhua, a traditional type of painting decorated to celebrate the Spring Festival, at the Suzhou Shengxiao Stamp Museum of China in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, on July 18. [Photo/Xinhua]


Children practice the guitar during a lesson in Nantong, East China's Jiangsu province, on July 18. [Photo/Xinhua]


Two girls listen as a teacher explains music theory during a piano lesson in Nantong, East China's Jiangsu province, on July 18. [Photo/Xinhua]


A primary student plays to the beat of the music at a training studio in Rugao, East China's Jiangsu province, on July 18. [Photo/Xinhua]


Students learn how to "sway their sleeves" during a lesson on traditional Chinese theatrical performing arts in Qinzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, on July 18. [Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-07-21 09:52:34
<![CDATA[Sound of live music returns to Shanghai with summer festival]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/21/content_1482339.htm

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra's Summer music festival kicks off on July 20. Under the baton of artisitic director Yu Long (right), Gong Linnan performs her famous song Tan Te at the concert, Shanghai, July 20, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

After months of shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, musicians in Shanghai are resuming live performances.

July 20 saw the opening of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra's 2020 summer music festival.

Under the baton of Yu Long, who is also the artistic director of the festival, the orchestra performed Jean Sibelius's The Swan of Tuonela and Valse Triste, and The Firebird from Igor Stravinsky.

Chinese singer Gong Linna performed her famous song Tan Te at the concert, along with her new works Shan Gui and Jing Ye Si.

This year, the theme of the festival is a mix of classic symphonies and Chinese folk music.

In the following shows from July 21-29, the concerts will feature a series of young Chinese artists, including Li Quan, Jin Chengzhi and local students' symphony orchestras.

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra's Summer music festival kicks off on July 20, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Yu said having the music festival start on time is an encouragement to Chinese music professionals and audience members who have stayed in the shadow of the pandemic.

Zhou Ping, director of the orchestra, expected the annual event could become a cradle for young Chinese artists and also attract the participation of young global musicians.

"Considering the fast development of society, we hope our summer music festival could keep abreast with the times and always remain young and vigorous. We are trying to closely connect music, the city and young people, and give them a good platform to show their talent."

The 10-day event will feature a total of 17 performances, which also will be available on the internet for the convenience of audiences around the world.

For the safety of audience members, people who have visited high- and medium-risk areas for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days before the performance will be prohibited from attending the concert.

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2020-07-21 14:00:23
<![CDATA[Virtual show on Hainan launched in Seoul]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/20/content_1482320.htm

Both the China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring the natural wonders and cultural heritage of Hainan province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

For anyone who loves blue seas, white sand beaches and green plants, Hainan is a must-visit place in China.

As China's second-largest island, Hainan has the largest and best conserved tropical rainforest in the country.

Recently, both the China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring the natural wonders and cultural heritage of the island.

Both the China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring the natural wonders and cultural heritage of Hainan province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

The two virtual shows are available on the institutions' websites and social media accounts.

From the pictures showcased, people can see the unique culture and customs of more than 30 ethnic minorities dwelling in Hainan. The modern development and exciting new look of the island were also captured by the photographers, which show Hainan's vitality and promising future.


Both the China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring the natural wonders and cultural heritage of Hainan province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


Both the China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring the natural wonders and cultural heritage of Hainan province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


Both the China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring the natural wonders and cultural heritage of Hainan province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


Both the China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring the natural wonders and cultural heritage of Hainan province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


Both the China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring the natural wonders and cultural heritage of Hainan province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


Both the China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring the natural wonders and cultural heritage of Hainan province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


Both the China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring the natural wonders and cultural heritage of Hainan province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


Both the China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring the natural wonders and cultural heritage of Hainan province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


Both the China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring the natural wonders and cultural heritage of Hainan province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


Both the China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring the natural wonders and cultural heritage of Hainan province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


Both the China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring the natural wonders and cultural heritage of Hainan province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


Both the China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring the natural wonders and cultural heritage of Hainan province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


Both the China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring the natural wonders and cultural heritage of Hainan province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


Both the China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring the natural wonders and cultural heritage of Hainan province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-07-20 11:20:48
<![CDATA[Explore natural wonders in Heilongjiang]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/20/content_1482302.htm

Full of dense forests and mountains, and wide rivers and lakes, Heilongjiang province is located in the most northeastern corner of China, with the highest latitude. It has distinctive scenery throughout the four seasons: the melting rivers in spring; the summer coolness in wetlands and nature reserves; the colorful landscape and autumn harvest; the world of ice and snow in the winter.

Visitors can also get the chance to see rare natural wonders such as the northern lights, rime, volcanoes and dinosaur fossils, attracting many nature lovers.

Besides, it has rich ethnic diversity as the Manchu, Hezhen, Daur and Oroqen groups dwell here and it borders Russia. 

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2020-07-20 10:35:33
<![CDATA[Craftsman promotes gold leaf hammering skills in Nanjing]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/17/content_1482276.htm

A sheet of gold leaf made at a workshop of Nanjing Nanjing Gold Thread and Gold Leaf Factory in Jiangsu province, July 14, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Shining, sparkling and shimmering.

People can never stop being fascinated by gold and its bold color. And gold leaf was invented to give sculptures, paintings, clothes and even food a glamorous look.

Wang Bisheng, a 68-year-old craftsman, has been specializing in hammering gold leaf since 1973.

As the craft has been listed as a national intangible cultural heritage, Wang also became an inheritor of the gold leaf hammering in 2009.

According to Wang, hand-made gold leaf is much softer with a better shape compared to the ones made by widely used machines.

He returned to his former unit Nanjing Gold Thread and Gold Leaf Factory after retirement to train young craftsman to carry on the traditional profession.


Wang Bisheng hammers out gold leaf at a workshop of Nanjing Nanjing Gold Thread and Gold Leaf Factory in Jiangsu province, July 14, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


One process of making gold leaf. [Photo/Xinhua]


Wang Bisheng (back) shows his apprentice how to make gold leaf at a workshop of Nanjing Nanjing Gold Thread and Gold Leaf Factory in Jiangsu province, July 14, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Wang Bisheng (second from left) shows how to correctly use a hammer at a workshop of Nanjing Nanjing Gold Thread and Gold Leaf Factory in Jiangsu province, July 14, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


One process of making gold leaf. [Photo/Xinhua]


A craftswoman works on a sheet of gold leaf at a workshop of Nanjing Gold Thread and Gold Leaf Factory in Jiangsu province, July 14, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A craftswoman works on a sheet of gold leaf at a workshop of Nanjing Gold Thread and Gold Leaf Factory in Jiangsu province, July 14, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A craftswoman works on a sheet of gold leaf at a workshop of Nanjing Gold Thread and Gold Leaf Factory in Jiangsu province, July 14, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A craftswoman works on a sheet of gold leaf at a workshop of Nanjing Gold Thread and Gold Leaf Factory in Jiangsu province, July 14, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A piece of gold leaf decorated work made by Nanjing Gold Thread and Gold Leaf Factory in Jiangsu province, July 14, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-07-17 15:22:16
<![CDATA[Shandong folk art exhibition delivers nostalgia]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/17/content_1482275.htm

A clay rabbit toy on show. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Shandong province's long history as an agricultural hub has inspired art and culture, especially folk art, that continues to influence people's lives and aesthetics.

Evoking Nostalgia, an exhibition at the National Museum of China in Beijing, brings together hundreds of objects representing Shandong's diverse folk arts and dynamic handicrafts.

Displays include farming implements, tableware, embroidery and children's toys. The exhibits convey the wisdom of building a harmonious relationship with nature.


A nianhua painting from Gaomi on show. [Photo provided to China Daily]


A porcelain plate bearing a fish pattern on show. [Photo provided to China Daily]


A set of bridal outfits on show. [Photo provided to China Daily]


A vintage carriage on show. [Photo provided to China Daily]


A vintage piping shadow puppet on show. [Photo provided to China Daily]


A vivid piece of traditional dyed cloth on show. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Cloth-made tigers, a traditional toy in Shandong, are on show. Photo by Jiang Dong-China Daily


Colorful flying kites from Weifang on show. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Evoking Nostalgia, an exhibition now on at the National Museum of China in Beijing, brings together hundreds of objects representing Shandong's diverse folk arts and dynamic creativity of handicrafts. [Photo by Jiang Dong/China Daily]


Vintage domestic appliances are on show. [Photo by Jiang Dong/China Daily]

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2020-07-17 15:08:53
<![CDATA[Lang Lang to release recording of epic Bach piece]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/17/content_1482263.htm

Pianist Lang Lang will release his latest recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's monumental keyboard work, the Goldberg Variations, under the label of Deutsche Grammophon on Sept 4.

Goldberg Variations by Lang Lang [Photo provided to China Daily]

It will be released in two performances given by the pianist. The first was recorded in a single take in concert held at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Bach's workplace for almost 30 years and site of his grave. The second was made soon after in the seclusion of the studio. The two recordings can be purchased together as part of a super deluxe edition, which will be a world-first simultaneous live and studio album release.

"I'm now 38 and, while that's not old, I think the time was right for a new stage in my artistic development," says Lang Lang, who has been dreaming of recording the Goldberg Variations, which is often described as "a musical Everest". "I've moved into new terrain with the Goldberg Variations and really immersed myself fully in this project. My goal as an artist is to keep becoming more self-aware and more knowledgeable, as well as to keep offering inspiration to others. It's an ongoing process, but this project has taken me a little further along the path."

The pianist's long journey of exploring this great musical piece began with his childhood lessons in Bach's music in China. He was just 17 when he played the Goldberg Variations from memory for the conductor and pianist Christoph Eschenbach, which was an unforgettable experience for both musicians. Lang Lang subsequently sought expert advice from leading interpreters of the composer's music, conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt and harpsichordist and early keyboard specialist Andreas Staier among them.

Pianist Lang Lang [Photo provided to China Daily]

Having allowed his relationship with the work to evolve naturally over time, Lang Lang finally felt ready to record Bach's great aria and 30 variations. In early March 2020, shortly before beginning his studio sessions, he gave a poignant public performance of the work in Leipzig.

"Playing in the Thomaskirche, where Bach is buried, was unbelievably emotional for me," he recalls. "I've never felt as close to a composer as I did during that recital. The live version is very spontaneous, whereas in the studio version my playing is different ?very considered and reflective. In a concert situation you experience the 100-minute work as a whole. In the studio you can focus on individual details and nuances, and of course that can affect the musical experience quite substantially."

Lang Lang performs. [Photo provided to China Daily]

It's believed that Bach wrote the Goldberg Variations for his pupil, a teenage harpsichord virtuoso named Johann Gottlieb Goldberg. The composer's first biographer reported that the piece was commissioned by the Russian ambassador to the Dresden court, an insomniac, as a "soothing and cheerful" work for young Goldberg to play during the night. Published in late 1741, it demands total spiritual focus from the performer.

"This isn't just the most exceptional and creative work in the keyboard repertoire, it's also the most multidimensional," says Lang Lang. "It allows us to draw on everything we have within ourselves, but also makes us realize what's missing and what we still have to learn."

On July 10, the pianist released the video of the first song of the album, the Aria from the Goldberg Variations, on his social media platforms, such as Sina Weibo and Bilibili, which received warm feedback from both his fans and his musician friends.

"You are the best of this century. So proud of you brother," commented conductor Yu Long.

"I must say I'm pleasantly surprised by his playing since his return from injury. He's a transformed artist. He's well on his way to becoming an all-time great," wrote fan.

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2020-07-17 11:53:44
<![CDATA[Seoul tourism office shows beauty of Inner Mongolia]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/16/content_1482222.htm

The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, promoting Inner Mongolia among South Korean locals. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

If you're tired of cities crammed with buildings, cars and people, there is a place in China filled with boundless landscapes and fresh air.

It is the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, where 55 ethnic minorities live and prosper.

Recently, the China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, promoting Inner Mongolia among South Korean locals.

From the photos on display, people can see Inner Mongolia is the very manifestation of a scene in an ancient Chinese poem: "The sky is boundless, and plain vast; when the wind blows and grass bends, cows and sheep show themselves."

Ethnic festivals and celebrations add more color to Inner Mongolia through dancing, horseback riding and wrestling.

From spring to winter, people can visit the place and enjoy beautiful natural views and the local cuisine, such as baked mutton and horse milk wine.


The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, promoting Inner Mongolia among South Korean locals. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, promoting Inner Mongolia among South Korean locals. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, promoting Inner Mongolia among South Korean locals. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, promoting Inner Mongolia among South Korean locals. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, promoting Inner Mongolia among South Korean locals. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, promoting Inner Mongolia among South Korean locals. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-07-16 13:20:00
<![CDATA[Rural landscape in colors]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/15/content_1482189.htm

Gejia village in Ninghai county, East China's Zhejiang province, got a face-lift after colors were added to houses there. Culture has played an important role in the country's rural revitalization program.

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2020-07-15 17:22:55
<![CDATA[Video unveils history of Maritime Silk Road in Sydney]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/15/content_1482175.htm

The China Cultural Center and China Toursim Office in Sydney launched an online video show featuring the Maritime Silk Road. [Photo provide to Chinaculture.org]

About 2,000 years ago, a shipping line that connected Asia, Africa and Europe pushed nations on the three continents to commercial and cultural exchanges.

It is the Maritime Silk Road, which was featured in an online video show launched by the China Cultural Center and China Tourism Office in Sydney on July 15.

The videos showcased four provinces and one autonomous region along the Maritime Silk Road.

The China Cultural Center and China Toursim Office in Sydney launched an online video show featuring the Maritime Silk Road. [Photo provide to Chinaculture.org]

Quanzhou, in one of the four provinces, is a starting point of the route which has received UNESCO recognition. Today, people can still track exchanges among different cultures in this city, as temples of different religions stand together in peace on the streets.

As part of the virtual exhibition series Visiting China Online, the exhibition was open to locals on the center’s website and social media platforms.


The China Cultural Center and China Toursim Office in Sydney launched an online video show featuring the Maritime Silk Road. [Photo provide to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center and China Toursim Office in Sydney launched an online video show featuring the Maritime Silk Road. [Photo provide to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center and China Toursim Office in Sydney launched an online video show featuring the Maritime Silk Road. [Photo provide to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-07-15 13:08:26
<![CDATA[Gansu, where East meets West]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/14/content_1482142.htm

The SilkRoad is a historical trade route connecting the East with the West. The section that runs through Northwest China's #Gansu province accounts for one-fourth of the entire road in terms of length. Thus Gansu is called the "golden" part of the Silk Road.

There are numerous historical relics and varied landforms there. The long winding camel caravans, the never ceasing Crescent Spring (a crescent-shaped lake surrounded by desert in Dunhuang city) and the splendid Yadan landform are all breathtaking sights.

It's a place that encourages people to strike up a dialogue with history. 

 

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2020-07-14 10:10:05
<![CDATA[China launches innovation project for acrobatic art]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/13/content_1482036.htm China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MCT) has launched an innovation project to carry forward and promote the fine tradition of the country's acrobatic art.

A batch of works of acrobatic art will be selected and supported by the project, which aims to create and produce more fine acrobatic works with Chinese styles and spirit.

According to the ministry, the works will be selected among those produced after January 2019. To be selected, the works should represent the development of acrobatic art, feature new maneuvers and techniques, boast uniqueness and integrate acrobatic art with modern technology.

The selection will be carried out by a panel, and the artists selected will be instructed by experts, receive funds from the MCT for further improvement, and enjoy national platforms to promote themselves, the ministry said.

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2020-07-13 08:03:19
<![CDATA[China warns of cultural relics protection amid floods]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/11/content_1482030.htm China's National Cultural Heritage Administration has required more efforts to protect cultural relics against floods as heavy rainfall has lashed large parts of southern China since June.

Relics departments and museums across the country are asked to make contingency plans to prevent relics and rare trees from being destroyed by floods and geological disasters, according to a circular issued on Friday.

Relics administrations should supervise and guide related departments and museums in screening and addressing safety hazards, the circular said.

It also requires museums and relics protection sites that have major safety hazards to shut down to ensure the safety of personnel as well as cultural relics.

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2020-07-11 16:54:08
<![CDATA[Charting journey of Gansu from ancient Silk Road]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/13/content_1482065.htm

As an important hub along the ancient Silk Road, Northwest China's Gansu province has seen commercial and cultural exchanges between the East and West since ancient times.

It's home to seven UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites including the world-renowned Mogao Grottoes, a Buddhist paradise in the oasis of the Gobi Desert.

Watch to find more about Gansu's major tourist attractions as well as historical and cultural heritages. 

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2020-07-13 14:23:48
<![CDATA[Xi'an, the capital of the past]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/13/content_1482062.htm

Xi'an, the provincial capital of NW China's Shaanxi province, served as the nation's capital during four major dynasties, and was the starting point of the ancient Silk Road. The ancient walls in Xi'an city are well-preserved, and provide a unique landscape for the city.

There are six places in Xi'an that have been listed as World Heritage sites. Among them, the Terracotta Warriors in Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum, is one of the eight wonders of the world, and representative of traditional Chinese civilization. 

 

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2020-07-13 13:45:02
<![CDATA[Shaanxi, cradle of Chinese civilization]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/13/content_1482060.htm

Shaanxi province in Northwest China is one of the major places of origin for ancient Chinese civilization. Since the 11th century BC, 15 dynasties and states in Chinese history had established their capitals in the province.

It has been an important gateway to China since ancient times. As early as the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 24), trade routes were opened between the East and West.

Shaanxi is also the cradle of the Chinese revolution, and has been a popular destination for red tourism.

The Qinling Mountains and the Yellow River have created many natural scenic spots in Shaanxi, such as the renowned Huashan Mountain and Hukou Waterfall. 

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2020-07-13 13:44:29
<![CDATA[Shanxi, an ancient civilization with splendid scenery]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/13/content_1482059.htm

North China's Shanxi province has a long history and rich culture, and is one of the places where Chinese civilization originated.

Shanxi has been striving to strengthen its tourism development in recent years, especially its major tourist attractions, such as Wutai Mountain, the Yungang Grottoes, Pingyao Ancient City and the Taihang Mountains. 

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2020-07-13 13:31:16
<![CDATA[Discovering Shanxi, past and present]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/13/content_1482058.htm

Shanxi, a province west of the Taihang Mountains and east of the Yellow River, has played witness to over 5,000 years of civilization. Looking back in history, the answer to the origin of China can be found here.

By integrating culture and tourism, Shanxi is gradually becoming a world-renowned tourist destination.

Pingyao Ancient City is one of the best preserved ancient cities in China. The Pingyao International Photography Exhibition and Pingyao Film Exhibition have helped established Shanxi's reputation in the world. A series of cultural, artistic and roots-seeking activities held every year has attracted tourists from around the world.

Wutai Mountain is one of the four famous Buddhist mountains in China. The Yungang Grottoes have gone through over a thousand years of change, leaving a great treasure trove of carving art for China and the world.

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2020-07-13 13:32:02
<![CDATA[Virtual medical trip to Hubei kicks off in Seoul]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/13/content_1482068.htm

The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition, sharing six trips focused on Chinese medicine and health culture in Hubei province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

If Li Shizhen, one of the most famous herbalists in ancient China and the author of Bencao Gangmu (Compendium of Materia Medica) from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) were still alive, he would undoubtedly be trying to find a cure to COVID-19 in his home of Hubei.

Recently, the China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition, sharing six trips focused on Chinese medicine and health culture in Hubei province.

The trips recommended include a tour in Qichun county, hometown of Li Shizhen, Wudang mountain, cradle of Taoism, and the Yekaitai Chinese medicine culture town.

The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition, sharing six trips focused on Chinese medicine and health culture in Hubei province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition, sharing six trips focused on Chinese medicine and health culture in Hubei province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition, sharing six trips focused on Chinese medicine and health culture in Hubei province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition, sharing six trips focused on Chinese medicine and health culture in Hubei province. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-07-13 14:40:33
<![CDATA[Cultural center displays exquisite collections from Palace Museum]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/10/content_1481989.htm

The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a virtual show to display a series of exquisite collections from the Palace Museum. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

This year, the Forbidden City is marking its 600th anniversary of completion and the Palace Museum is also celebrating its 95th birthday.

An online exhibition featuring the museum's exquisite collections was launched by the China Cultural Center in Wellington to celebrate the two anniversaries on its website and social media platforms.


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a virtual show to display a series of exquisite collections from the Palace Museum. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

The exhibition consists of three parts, namely deer breeding in royal families, flowers and trees-theme art pieces, and guqin culture.

Simon Meikle, a Facebook user, praised the virtual show.


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a virtual show to display a series of exquisite collections from the Palace Museum. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

"These are some of the many reasons we love Chinese art and culture. Such a beautiful post!"

Guo Zongguang, the director of the center, said an increasing number of museums are launching online exhibitions during the pandemic. The center will go on to collaborate with more Chinese cultural institutions to hold more shows in the future.


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a virtual show to display a series of exquisite collections from the Palace Museum. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a virtual show to display a series of exquisite collections from the Palace Museum. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a virtual show to display a series of exquisite collections from the Palace Museum. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a virtual show to display a series of exquisite collections from the Palace Museum. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a virtual show to display a series of exquisite collections from the Palace Museum. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a virtual show to display a series of exquisite collections from the Palace Museum. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a virtual show to display a series of exquisite collections from the Palace Museum. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a virtual show to display a series of exquisite collections from the Palace Museum. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a virtual show to display a series of exquisite collections from the Palace Museum. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a virtual show to display a series of exquisite collections from the Palace Museum. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a virtual show to display a series of exquisite collections from the Palace Museum. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a virtual show to display a series of exquisite collections from the Palace Museum. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a virtual show to display a series of exquisite collections from the Palace Museum. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a virtual show to display a series of exquisite collections from the Palace Museum. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-07-10 14:18:26
<![CDATA[Online exhibition showcases Beijing’s charm in Sydney]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/10/content_1481990.htm

The China Cultural Center in Sydney and the China Tourism Office in Sydney organized a virtual show of Beijing via social media platforms on July 8. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

As the first city in the world that has held summer Olympic Games and will hold the winter event, Beijing is a universally acknowledged iconic face of China.

It is one of China's "Six Ancient Capital Cities", along with Xi'an, Luoyang, Kaifeng and Nanjing. The fast development of the city gives it a modern look with both exciting economic and cultural life.

To let the locals know more about the city, the China Cultural Center in Sydney and the China Tourism Office in Sydney organized a virtual show of Beijing via social media platforms on July 8.


The China Cultural Center in Sydney and the China Tourism Office in Sydney organized a virtual show of Beijing via social media platforms on July 8. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney and the China Tourism Office in Sydney organized a virtual show of Beijing via social media platforms on July 8. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney and the China Tourism Office in Sydney organized a virtual show of Beijing via social media platforms on July 8. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney and the China Tourism Office in Sydney organized a virtual show of Beijing via social media platforms on July 8. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney and the China Tourism Office in Sydney organized a virtual show of Beijing via social media platforms on July 8. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney and the China Tourism Office in Sydney organized a virtual show of Beijing via social media platforms on July 8. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-07-10 14:28:26
<![CDATA[FANTASTIC | Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre in Hong Kong]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/10/content_1481967.htm

This octagonal temple is actually a 90-year-old church in Hong Kong.

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2020-07-10 10:00:00
<![CDATA[FANTASTIC | Lei Yue Mun in Hong Kong]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/09/content_1481922.htm

Located at the east end of Victoria Harbour, this old fishing village is a pretty special place.

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2020-07-09 10:00:00
<![CDATA[FANTASTIC | Tai O in Hong Kong]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/08/content_1481898.htm

This old fishing village is the last one of its kind in Hong Kong.

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2020-07-08 14:28:54
<![CDATA[Digital library helps Pakistanis learn about Chinese culture]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/08/content_1481897.htm

The China Cultural Center in Pakistan recently set up an online library on its official website. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

The China Cultural Center in Pakistan recently set up an online library on its official website, and made it open to locals.

The library has five categories —books, journals, multimedia, open courses and exhibitions ?and contains over 18,000 pieces of resource materials on Chinese culture. The open courses have Arabic, French and Spanish versions, along with English ones, covering literature, history, costume, religion and other fields.

Many local netizens said the library provides abundant information about China, which brightened their days during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The China Cultural Center in Pakistan recently set up an online library on its official website. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

 

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2020-07-08 14:02:23
<![CDATA[FANTASTIC | Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter in Hong Kong]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/08/content_1481881.htm

Where boats and fisherfolk used to congregate, and some still do.

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2020-07-08 09:54:27
<![CDATA[Series of videos on China to launch in Sydney]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/06/content_1481803.htm

The China Cultural Center in Sydney will launch a series of videos about Chinese cultural and natural resources on its website and social media platforms from July 8 to August 12. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

The China Cultural Center in Sydney will launch a series of videos about Chinese cultural and natural resources on its website and social media platforms from July 8 to August 12.

With full support from the culture and tourism departments of about 18 provinces and autonomous regions, the center and China Tourism Office in Sydney jointly held the event as a part of the Visiting China Online series of virtual shows.

There will be a total of six series, including cultural and tourist attractions in Beijing, Gansu province, four coastal provinces in Southeast China and five provinces and autonomous regions in Northwest China.


The China Cultural Center in Sydney will launch a series of videos about Chinese cultural and natural resources on its website and social media platforms from July 8 to August 12. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney will launch a series of videos about Chinese cultural and natural resources on its website and social media platforms from July 8 to August 12. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney will launch a series of videos about Chinese cultural and natural resources on its website and social media platforms from July 8 to August 12. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney will launch a series of videos about Chinese cultural and natural resources on its website and social media platforms from July 8 to August 12. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-07-06 15:04:43
<![CDATA[Virtual ceremony sends graduates into real world]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/07/content_1481824.htm

Part of the class of 2020 students at Peking University attend a graduation ceremony on campus on Thursday. Most of the university graduates watched the graduation ceremony online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [Photo/Xinhua]

While a few Peking University students braved the drizzling rain to attend a graduation ceremony on campus on Thursday, most of the class of 2020 watched the festivities online.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many university graduates have spent their final days of school away from campus, embracing the remote graduation season with livestreamed celebrations.

"Because of the change in the pandemic, many students who planned to return to school were not able to come back," says Hao Ping, president of Peking University. "At this moment, you are attending the graduation ceremony with your parents and family through online videos, but our hearts are closely connected. This graduation ceremony will be remembered by all of us for the rest of our lives."

Starting from June 11, Beijing tightened control as a series of new COVID-19 cases emerged, linked to a wholesale market. From June 11 to Wednesday, the capital reported 329 confirmed locally transmitted cases. University students had to cancel plans to return for in-person graduation festivities.

Peking University's graduation ceremony on Thursday saw about 2,700 teachers, staff and students participating in the on-campus celebrations. Spread over nine venues on the vast campus, participants sat in chairs that had been spaced out to maintain the necessary physical distance. More than 12,200 students are scheduled to graduate this year, the university says.

In the commencement speech, Hao says following the outbreak, the university had sent 454 medical workers to Hubei province, which was previously worst-hit by the epidemic, and set up several scientific research teams to provide support in the fight against the virus.

More than 3,500 teachers had been engaged in more than 6,400 online courses for students during the past few months, he says.

Zhong Nanshan, who graduated from the university in 1960, delivered a virtual speech and gave much-needed words of encouragement to the graduates. "Study is a life-time endeavor, and I have not given up studying at my age," says the renowned respiratory expert, now in his 80s.

"Be strict with yourself. I hope you will all be driven by ambition, enthusiasm and passion, and I wish you great success," he tells the graduates.

Peking University says it will arrange a degree-awarding ceremony for the class of 2020 during the graduation season next year. This year's graduates can also choose any year to return for a degree-awarding ceremony.

"I am truly touched by the special ceremony this year," says Li Zhengyu, a postgraduate student of demographic studies. "The pandemic has made me feel that the good days never come easy. Young people like me need to go where the country needs us the most."

On June 30, Renmin University of China in Beijing held its graduation ceremony. The university says it set up 4,105 courses online to keep schooling going for students during the pandemic. School staff helped graduates with submitting dissertations and carrying out job interviews online.

This year, 8.74 million students in China are expected to graduate from colleges and universities. A survey conducted by China Youth Daily found that 88.6 percent of new Chinese college graduates celebrated their graduation in digital form amid the COVID-19 pandemic, making graduation videos, watching graduation ceremonies, and buying academicals online.

Some schools have asked the parents of graduates who took part in the virtual graduation ceremony at home to turn the tassels on their caps, signifying that they've graduated. Alumni have rolled out creative and engaging plans to help students celebrate the milestone.

At the School of European Studies of Beijing International Studies University, alumni of the Russian language department organized a two-hour online concert in WeChat groups for the class of 2020.

They printed inspiring words on canvas bags and mailed them to the school as gifts for fresh graduates, says concert organizer Li Zhijie, who graduated from the same department in 2006.

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2020-07-07 07:20:00
<![CDATA[China's Tibetan autonomous prefecture to further promote cultural protection]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/07/content_1481826.htm

Huangnan, in Northwest China's Qinghai province, is the cradle of Regong arts, a UNESCO-listed intangible cultural heritage.[Photo/Xinhua]

China's Huangnan Tibetan autonomous prefecture, a popular tourist destination featuring abundant Tibetan cultural elements, will invest 3 million yuan (about $425,000) to enhance its intangible cultural heritage protection in 2020, local authorities said Monday.

Huangnan, in Northwest China's Qinghai province, is the cradle of Regong arts, a UNESCO-listed intangible cultural heritage. It can be traced back to the 10th century and includes thangka painting, sculptures, murals, and other Tibetan Buddhist art forms.

The prefecture will further enrich its intangible cultural protection list by adding 100 prefecture-level protection projects and 100 prefecture-level inheritors in 2020.

It will also establish 20 more intangible cultural inheritance and study centers to provide space for inheritors to instruct students on intangible cultural techniques. In addition, it will publicize local ethnic cultures to the public, said Ruan Yuancheng, deputy director of the culture, tourism, and broadcasting bureau in Huangnan.

In 2019, Huangnan received more than 8.1 million tourists, up 20.5 percent.

 

 

 

 

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2020-07-07 11:34:10
<![CDATA[Children’s paintings on pandemic fight showcased in Mauritius]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/07/content_1481818.htm

The China Cultural Center in Mauritius launched an online exhibition, featuring Chinese children's paintings on pandemic fight. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Through children's eyes, adults can often see the things they would otherwise overlook. And in children's artwork, people may discover a different world.

In that vein, paintings by children on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic have gone on virtual show in Mauritius.

The young artists, aged 6 to 14, are from Shandong province. The culture and tourism department of Shandong joined the China Cultural Center in Mauritius to organize the event.


The China Cultural Center in Mauritius launched an online exhibition, featuring Chinese children's paintings on pandemic fight. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Mauritius launched an online exhibition, featuring Chinese children's paintings on pandemic fight. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Mauritius launched an online exhibition, featuring Chinese children's paintings on pandemic fight. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Mauritius launched an online exhibition, featuring Chinese children's paintings on pandemic fight. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Mauritius launched an online exhibition, featuring Chinese children's paintings on pandemic fight. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Mauritius launched an online exhibition, featuring Chinese children's paintings on pandemic fight. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Mauritius launched an online exhibition, featuring Chinese children's paintings on pandemic fight. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Mauritius launched an online exhibition, featuring Chinese children's paintings on pandemic fight. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Mauritius launched an online exhibition, featuring Chinese children's paintings on pandemic fight. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Mauritius launched an online exhibition, featuring Chinese children's paintings on pandemic fight. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]



The China Cultural Center in Mauritius launched an online exhibition, featuring Chinese children's paintings on pandemic fight. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Mauritius launched an online exhibition, featuring Chinese children's paintings on pandemic fight. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Mauritius launched an online exhibition, featuring Chinese children's paintings on pandemic fight. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Mauritius launched an online exhibition, featuring Chinese children's paintings on pandemic fight. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Mauritius launched an online exhibition, featuring Chinese children's paintings on pandemic fight. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

 

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2020-07-07 11:08:05
<![CDATA[NetEase brings popular musicians to tourism hotspots]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/06/content_1481792.htm

On June 30, Chinese DJ, producer and singer-songwriter Chace, performed at the famous Leifeng Pagoda on the bank of West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province in eastern China.

The performance has received over 1.4 million viewers online.

Leifeng Pagoda was originally constructed in 975 and was rebuilt in 2002. It became a popular destination in China thanks to a popular folk tale, The Legend of the White Snake, a touching love story about a young man falling in love with a woman who is a snake spirit.

The performance is part of the project by electronic music brand, NetEase FEVER ("Fang Ci" in Chinese), which was launched by NetEase Cloud Music, a major music streaming platform in China, in 2018.

Intended to promote tourism, which has been heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the project combines famous tour sites across the country and electronic musicians.

"We want to offer different electronic music experiences for audiences. Live performances were cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, just like the tourism industry. We want to take electronic musicians to those popular places, bringing both audio and visual experiences to audiences," said Sherry Huang, marketing director of NetEase FEVER.

On April 23, the project's first performance was staged by indie Chinese musician Ma Haiping at Moganshan, a tourism and summer resort in Zhejiang province. The show at Leifeng Pagoda was the second stop of the project.

Along with London-based Point Blank Music School, the company has launched an electronic music school in Hangzhou, the first of its kind in China, which offers music courses in six categories, including music production, pop music performance and DJ training. Now, the school has over 300 students from across the country.

 

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2020-07-06 11:11:31
<![CDATA[Coming up: Concert on Huashan Mountain offers true visual feast]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/03/content_1481756.htm

The Xi'an Symphony Orchestra is holding a concert on Huashan Mountain, a scenic spot in Northwest China’s Shaanxi province known for its imposing peaks, on Saturday night.

The performance features classical music performed by 225 musicians and staff, as well as the mountain’s breathtaking views.

Tune in at 6:00 pm on July 4 to watch the event live.

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2020-07-03 15:31:57
<![CDATA[Young readers enjoy picture books in NE China]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/03/content_1481734.htm

A child listens as his parent reads him a picture book at the Changchun Children's Library Pingyang Community Picture Book Branch, Changchun, Northeast China's Jilin province, on July 2. The branch, which opened on June 30, is the first picture book library for children in Changchun. It houses nearly 5,000 books for public use. [Photo/Xinhua]


A child reads a picture book at the Changchun Children's Library Pingyang Community Picture Book Branch, Changchun, Northeast China's Jilin province, on July 2. [Photo/Xinhua]


Librarian Jin Min disinfects books at the Changchun Children's Library Pingyang Community Picture Book Branch, Changchun, Northeast China's Jilin province, on July 2. [Photo/Xinhua]


Jin reads a picture book to a child at the Changchun Children's Library Pingyang Community Picture Book Branch, Changchun, Northeast China's Jilin province, on July 2. [Photo/Xinhua]


A child listens as his parent reads him a picture book at the Changchun Children's Library Pingyang Community Picture Book Branch, Changchun, Northeast China's Jilin province, on July 2. [Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-07-03 08:48:11
<![CDATA[Coffee culture hits new highs]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/03/content_1481726.htm

[Photo provided to China Daily]

The meteoric rise in the number of specialty cafes in Shanghai shows that Chinese consumers aren't just drinking more coffee-they are becoming more sophisticated as well.

When A&A Coffee opened in Shanghai in 2017, the specialty-coffee joint could only sell about 10 cups of coffee a day.

Today, the cafe sells an average of 100 cups during weekdays and 150 cups on weekends, and this can be attributed to the burgeoning coffee culture in China, says the co-founder of A&A Coffee, Lyu Manxuan.

The fact that customers in their 60s and 70s patronize the cafe every morning is also an indication that coffee consumption has become widely accepted by the general society and not just those from the younger generation, says Lyu.

"People know much more about coffee now. In the past, customers patronized coffee places mainly for the ambience and would order only cappuccinos or lattes," says the 26-year-old.

Co-founder of A&A Coffee Lyu Manxuan sees her business grow because of the burgeoning coffee culture in China. [Photo provided to China Daily]

"Now, many customers understand the differences between coffee beans and are clearly more aware of what suits them."

According to CIConsulting, a leading industry-research firm, China's coffee consumption will grow by 15 percent to 20 percent per year between 2017 and 2021.

In a report that analyzed the Chinese coffee market, CIConsulting predicted that the per capita coffee consumption in the nation would increase from 6.2 cups in 2018 to 10.8 cups in 2023, with the market size growing threefold from 56.9 billion yuan to 180.6 billion yuan ($8 billion-$25.58 billion).

Shanghai has without doubt been the epicenter of this boom in coffee consumption, with Lyu citing such factors as the cosmopolitan nature of the city, the growing affluence of its citizens and the fast-rising levels of awareness of coffee.

Indeed, the number of specialty-coffee shops in Shanghai currently stands at around 8,000, up from 4,000 in 2015, according to the Shanghai Chain Enterprise Association.

Though business has been brisk, Lyu admits that selling specialty coffee is still "not very profitable". The main reasons behind this are the high rental rates in Shanghai and the growing competition.

"Small independent stores like us cannot invest much in marketing and promotion like the major coffee chains. This means that our reach is limited," she says.

Despite the low profits, Lyu says that she is determined to stay in this industry simply because of her love for coffee.

"There are many coffee shop owners in Shanghai who used to be lawyers, doctors and elites in their respective industries. But all of them have been willing to make sacrifices to pursue their love of coffee," she says.


A barista makes coffee at A&A Coffee in Shanghai. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Another coffee outlet that has been reaping the benefits of the coffee boom is Par Cafe, which is a part of Family Mart, a Japanese convenience store operator.

According to Wang Yongyi, marketing director of Family Mart on the Chinese mainland, the sales of Par Cafe have doubled every year since 2014. Last year, the cafe sold around 100 million cups on the Chinese mainland, a fivefold increase from 2017.

The number of Family Mart outlets which come with a Par Cafe on the Chinese mainland has also grown from 2,000 in 2018 to 2,700 in 2019. Shanghai is home to 1,500 of these stores.

"We will expand the coffee-experience areas in Family Mart, and our final goal is to launch our coffee brand independently," Wang says.

"We want to do more than just expand our market presence-we also aim to help raise the level of awareness of coffee, allowing more people to understand this culture, what high-quality coffee is and the ingredients that go into making coffee."

Despite the growing competition, Lyu is confident that there is still more room for new players to cater to different segments of the market.

She explains that while coffee chains like Starbucks focus more on providing a comfortable in-store environment, those like Par Cafe are primarily aimed at white-collar workers who simply need a quick caffeine fix. Specialty cafes, on the other hand, meet the demands of the more discerning customer.

The relatively low consumption rate is another factor that industry players can cheer about.

"Compared with foreign coffee markets, the average person in China only drinks three to four cups of coffee every year," says Lyu.

In contrast, the average American drinks some 400 cups per year. Coffee drinkers in Scandinavian nations like Norway and Sweden drink more than 1,000 annually.

"We don't really have much competition in such a potentially large market. We should welcome more cafes of different styles to let more people understand and enjoy the coffee culture," she adds.

Although the epidemic has hit the freshly brewed coffee market-Starbucks, for instance, temporarily closed over half of its outlets in China in late January-the overall coffee market is still growing, especially the instant-and drip-coffee segments, says Wang.

He notes that the increasing pace of life has compelled many consumers who are strapped for time to pick these convenient kinds of coffee instead.

According to the Research Institute of China for Business Industry, instant coffee accounts for 70 percent of the market share while freshly brewed coffee only makes up 15 to 20 percent.

"The entire coffee industry will pay more and more attention to these peripheral products as coffee is gradually becoming a necessity in life. Besides, these products are not only convenient but also allow people to minimize contact with others during an epidemic," Wang says.

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2020-07-03 07:15:00
<![CDATA[Online guzheng classes bring joy, relaxation to people in Wellington]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-07/01/content_1481678.htm

A student communicates with her guzheng teacher from the China Cultural Center in Wellington via the internet, Wellington, New Zealand. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online classes have become the first choice for most students, either from primary school or colleges, to continue with their studies.

Same goes for learners at the guzheng (Chinese zither) class opened by the China Cultural Center in Wellington.

Ling Jia, teacher of the class, said there are over a dozen students who joined.

According to Ling, learners aged 4 to 60, kept practicing guzheng and stayed in contact with her via the internet during the three-month lockdown in Wellington.

The classes greatly helped students to face the pandemic when they had to stay at home.

The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched online guzheng classes, which bring joy and relaxation to people in Wellington. [Photo by Anan/provided to Chinaculture.org]

A local learner, Anan, said she felt lucky to learn guzheng, which encouraged her to keep positive. At first, she only intended her daughter to learn. However, as she often accompanied her daughter during the study, she fell in love with the instrument. The mother and daughter even performed together many times.

Guo Zongguang, director of the center, said the pandemic let the center find a new way to help local people learn Chinese culture. Although online teaching was only taken as a temporary method, feedback from learners was beyond their expectations.


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched online guzheng classes, which bring joy and relaxation to people in Wellington. [Photo by Qi Huifang/provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched online guzheng classes, which bring joy and relaxation to people in Wellington. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched online guzheng classes, which bring joy and relaxation to people in Wellington. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


Ling Jia, a guzheng teacher at the China Cultural Center in Wellington at a performance. [Photo by Zhang Jianyong/provided to Chinaculture.org]


Ling Jia, a guzheng teacher at the China Cultural Center in Wellington performs guzheng with her students . [Photo by Zhang Jianyong/provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-07-01 14:07:32
<![CDATA[Pixar releases Chinese-subtitled trailer for upcoming film 'Soul']]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/29/content_1481607.htm

A new Chinese-subtitled trailer of the computer-animated fantasy comedy film Soul has been released by its production company Pixar Animation Studios through social media.

According to Pixar's official Weibo account Sunday, the movie's worldwide release is scheduled later this year.

Soul portrays the story of Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher whose real passion is jazz. It is directed by two-time Academy Award-winner Pete Docter, who is best known for directing the animated films Up and Inside Out.

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2020-06-29 10:13:09
<![CDATA[Intl students make 'zongzi' at Nantong college]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/23/content_1481447.htm

International students at Nantong College of Science and Technology in Jiangsu province learned to make zongzi, a traditional Chinese rice dumpling wrapped in leaves, at the school canteen on June 18 to celebrate the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on June 25 this year.

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2020-06-23 12:56:31
<![CDATA[Exhibition on Jiangsu’s cultural heritage kicks off in Sydney]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/28/content_1481579.htm

The China Cultural Center in Sydney launched an exhibition, The Imperishable Grace-Jiangsu Intangible Cultural Heritage, on its official website and social media platforms on June 24, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

On June 24, the China Cultural Center in Sydney launched an exhibition, The Imperishable Grace-Jiangsu Intangible Cultural Heritage, on its official website and social media platforms.

About 11 representative pieces of intangible cultural heritage from Jiangsu province were featured in the exhibition, including Nanjing Yunjin brocade, Nantong indigo-dyed cloth and Yixing zisha, or purple clay, teapots.

The China Cultural Center in Sydney launched an exhibition, The Imperishable Grace-Jiangsu Intangible Cultural Heritage, on its official website and social media platforms on June 24, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Exhibition organizers hope locals can learn about Jiangsu through the show.

As a part of the Visiting China Online series of virtual shows, the online event was jointly organized with the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism.


The China Cultural Center in Sydney launched an exhibition, The Imperishable Grace-Jiangsu Intangible Cultural Heritage, on its official website and social media platforms on June 24, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney launched an exhibition, The Imperishable Grace-Jiangsu Intangible Cultural Heritage, on its official website and social media platforms on June 24, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney launched an exhibition, The Imperishable Grace-Jiangsu Intangible Cultural Heritage, on its official website and social media platforms on June 24, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney launched an exhibition, The Imperishable Grace-Jiangsu Intangible Cultural Heritage, on its official website and social media platforms on June 24, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney launched an exhibition, The Imperishable Grace-Jiangsu Intangible Cultural Heritage, on its official website and social media platforms on June 24, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney launched an exhibition, The Imperishable Grace-Jiangsu Intangible Cultural Heritage, on its official website and social media platforms on June 24, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney launched an exhibition, The Imperishable Grace-Jiangsu Intangible Cultural Heritage, on its official website and social media platforms on June 24, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney launched an exhibition, The Imperishable Grace-Jiangsu Intangible Cultural Heritage, on its official website and social media platforms on June 24, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-06-28 14:25:24
<![CDATA[Dyeing for a revival]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/25/content_1481482.htm

Yang Chenglan checks dyed cloth hanging on a line on May 28. [Photo by Fu Jianbin/For China Daily]

Yang Chenglan is the first person in Fengdeng Dong village, Guizhou province, to graduate from university. However, she gave up her life in the city and teaching job to return to her hometown in Rongjiang county in the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong autonomous prefecture to start a business in 2016. In her village, weaving and dyeing have been traditional crafts of the women from the Dong ethnic group for generations. However, the crafts are in danger of disappearing as many locals are leaving for work in the city. Yang, who is from the balinghou or post-1980 generation, decided to protect this traditional Dong way of weaving and dyeing.

Together with the other women in her village, Yang worked with them to experiment using different plants to dye cloth. At present, the age-old Dong ethnic crafts have flourished under Yang and her fellow villagers through these innovative methods, with the dyed cloth gaining popularity and selling well at home and abroad. This business has also helped revitalize Yang's village.


Yang (middle) works alongside other villagers weaving cloth. [Photo by Fu Jianbin/For China Daily]


Yang folds the completed dyed cloth in her workshop. [Photo by Fu Jianbin/For China Daily]


Yang rolls out traditional dyed cloth in front of her workshop. [Photo by Fu Jianbin/For China Daily]


Dong ethnic women work on dyeing traditional cloth. [Photo by Fu Jianbin/For China Daily]


Yang's hand is stained in blue dye as she holds on to a basket full of packaged dyed cloth for sale. [Photo by Fu Jianbin/For China Daily]


Yang hangs the dyed cloth out to dry in the yard of her workshop. [Photo by Fu Jianbin/For China Daily]

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2020-06-25 09:00:00
<![CDATA[Ethnic culture brings prosperity to Sichuan]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/24/content_1481470.htm

Local embroiders make traditional girdles in Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province on June 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province is home to many ethnic groups, including the Tibetan, Qiang and Hui. The celebration of local ethnic culture inspires young people to carry on their peoples' cultural legacy. Through music, dance and handicrafts, many families have been lifted out of poverty. In 2019, residents in Aba's Qiudi village made 24,780 yuan ($3,500) per person on average.


Zhega, a traditional folk performance popular among the Tibetan people, is well-preserved in Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Students practice Tibetan calligraphy during class in Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province on June 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Students sing and play the mandolin in Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province on June 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Apprentices learn to paint Tangka in Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province on June 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A musician plays the Qiang flute, an ancient musical instrument in Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture. [Photo/Xinhua]


A popular folk dance among Qiang people in Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture. [Photo/Xinhua]


A woman learns the techniques of traditional Qiang embroidery in Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province on June 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Traditional stone-carving in Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture in Southwest China's Sichuan province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Weaving yak wool in Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture. [Photo/Xinhua]


Local people perform traditional folk songs in Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture. [Photo/Xinhua]


Students sing and play folk songs of the Hui people in Aba Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture. [Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-06-24 16:53:47
<![CDATA[Festive China: Dragon Boat Festival]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/25/content_1481480.htm

The Dragon Boat Festival falls on Thursday this year, which is the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunar calendar.

There are many legends about the 2,000-year-old festival, but the most famous one is commemorating the death of Qu Yuan, a patriotic poet from the State of Chu during the Warring States Period (475-221 BC).

Qu Yuan is said to have been loyal and patriotic his whole life. When he realized the decline of Chu was beyond recovery, his remorse knowing he could no longer save it grew stronger and stronger. On the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, he threw himself into the river and died for his beloved homeland.

Watch this video to learn more about the legend, as well as traditions and festive foods related to the festival.

Festive China is a series of short clips focusing on traditional Chinese festivals and festivities, the cultural connotations of traditional holidays, their development and changes, and how they manifest in today's China.

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2020-06-25 09:00:00
<![CDATA[Wanna bite of this seafood-stuffed dessert?]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/24/content_1481479.htm

In Shenzhen's Dapeng New District, the sea urchin is the most common and freshest food.

Sea urchin zongzi is a snack made from the gifts of nature, each ingredient processed separately using a secret recipe. Wrapped with two strips of leaves, the zongzi, with fillings containing a handful of glutinous rice, streaky pork, crushed peanuts, dried shrimp and scallop, as well as salted egg yolk, is hailed as "the most luxurious zongzi".

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2020-06-24 08:06:41
<![CDATA[Taste Buds | A full meal]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/24/content_1481457.htm

Why do they drink so much soup? Why do they drink bitter herbal drinks? Why do they drink their desserts? The title says it all, because of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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2020-06-24 12:10:35
<![CDATA[Chongqing showcases its natural beauty and cultural appeal]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/27/content_1481497.htm

Walking trail is a sightseeing route that lets visitors experience the real life and history of Chongqing. [Photo by Xie Hao/China Daily]

Southwest China's Chongqing, a popular tourist destination at the upper reaches of the Yangtze River best known for its spicy food and steep hills, launched a promotional campaign recently to showcase its natural beauty and cultural appeal.

All of Chongqing's 38 districts and counties, as well as its Liangjiang New Area, the high-tech industrial development zone and Wansheng economic development zone, will have their heads of government in front of the camera to promote cultural tourism products and local specialties.

In the first live broadcast of this large-scale event, Jiang Muchen, head of the city's Kaizhou district government, stood by a lake while introducing in detail several recreational, educational and rural tour routes in the district.

Tour guide Li Yanjiao was pleased with Jiang's promotion. The travel agency where she worked has been struggling with a significant drop in visitors and revenue since its lake cruises resumed in March after a month-long suspension due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

It is the second time for Chongqing to launch such a promotional campaign. Last year, district and county Party chiefs showed up in short videos, telling stories about the landscape and folk culture.

The city held the first promotional event between late March and early August 2019, which brought its tourism revenue up 32.1 percent year on year and saw a 10-percent increase in the added value of its cultural industry.

This year's event that will last six months focuses on promoting cultural tourism to help the market recover and boost consumption, according to Qin Dingbo, deputy director of the municipal commission of culture and tourism development.

In addition to tourism, the local Baqu tea and the oranges that have helped lift more than 50,000 fruit growers out of poverty are among the highly recommended products of Kaizhou.

The total orange planting area has exceeded 23,000 hectares in the district, with an annual yield of 300,000 tonnes.

"With the head of the district government personally promoting the oranges in a live broadcast, I'm sure that we will sell more at a better price," said Zhang Qinghua, a local orchardist.

Chongqing boasts a rich history and culture. Yet as a manufacturing city with a heavy industry background, Chongqing did not fully tap the potential of its precious traditional cultural resources during years of massive urban sprawl, according to Xu Yuming with the Chongqing Academy of Social Sciences.

The promotional showcase has awoken the dormant cultural heritage of the city, Xu noted.

Fengjie, a county in Chongqing where the Kuimen gateway to the magnificent gorges of the Yangtze River is located, gained its reputation as the "city of poetry", as poets, military figures and politicians in history wrote extensively about the forbidding landscape of rapid currents and narrow waterways.

Yang Shuhai, the county Party chief, said Fengjie has organized international poetry festivals and poetry competitions over the past few years, bringing the Chinese classical literature back into the public spotlight.

"With the showcase, we have a better chance to promote our poetry culture," Yang said.

Xinhua

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2020-06-27 09:09:43
<![CDATA[Foreigners enjoy Dragon Boat Festival in NW China]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/27/content_1481501.htm

16 foreigners from 10 countries attended various celebration activities, including collecting wormwood leaves, knitting lucky rings, learning to embroider sachets, weaving flower ropes, making zongzi and frying oil cakes to experience the traditional Chinese Dragon Boat Festival in Yiqu village of Xiaojin town in Qingyang, Northwest China's Gansu province on June 24, 2020. [Photo provided to China Daily]


16 foreigners from 10 countries attended various celebration activities, including collecting wormwood leaves, knitting lucky rings, learning to embroider sachets, weaving flower ropes, making zongzi and frying oil cakes to experience the traditional Chinese Dragon Boat Festival in Yiqu village of Xiaojin town in Qingyang, Northwest China's Gansu province on June 24, 2020. [Photo provided to China Daily]


16 foreigners from 10 countries attended various celebration activities, including collecting wormwood leaves, knitting lucky rings, learning to embroider sachets, weaving flower ropes, making zongzi,and frying oil cakes to experience the traditional Chinese Dragon Boat Festival in Yiqu village of Xiaojin town in Qingyang, Northwest China's Gansu province on June 24, 2020. [Photo provided to China Daily]


16 foreigners from 10 countries attended various celebration activities, including collecting wormwood leaves, knitting lucky rings, learning to embroider sachets, weaving flower ropes, making zongzi and frying oil cakes to experience the traditional Chinese Dragon Boat Festival in Yiqu village of Xiaojin town in Qingyang, Northwest China's Gansu province on June 24, 2020. [Photo provided to China Daily]


16 foreigners from 10 countries attended various celebration activities, including collecting wormwood leaves, knitting lucky rings, learning to embroider sachets, weaving flower ropes, making zongzi,and frying oil cakes to experience the traditional Chinese Dragon Boat Festival in Yiqu village of Xiaojin town in Qingyang, Northwest China's Gansu province on June 24, 2020. [Photo provided to China Daily]

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2020-06-27 10:22:06
<![CDATA[Online exhibition shows beauty of 'lotus city' in Seoul]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/28/content_1481506.htm

The China Tourism Office in Seoul recently launched an online exhibition on Guigang city in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

With lotus blossoming in June, Guigang city, nicknamed "city of lotus" in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, found its reflection in photos in a recent online exhibition launched by the China Tourism Office in Seoul.

Just like its nickname implies, Guigang is famous for abundant lotus in summer, which makes it one of the top 10 places to appreciate the flower in China.

Located in the southeastern part of Guangxi, the city has a history of more than 2,000 years. Rich in both natural and cultural resources, it is also a crucial port city that is seeing new industries developing.


The China Tourism Office in Seoul recently launched an online exhibition on Guigang city in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul recently launched an online exhibition on Guigang city in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul recently launched an online exhibition on Guigang city in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-06-28 09:27:08
<![CDATA[Night markets roar back in financial hub]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/25/content_1481492.htm

Visitors try food and beverage at the Shanghai Global Gourmet Festival on May 30. [Photo by Wang Gang/For China Daily]

Nightlife markets are making a comeback in Shanghai.

Mobile food carts and individual booths are jammed with pedestrians wolfing down barbecues, drinking tap beer, buying flowers, and more.

The resurgence of street vendors is mainly due to a cautious promotion of roadside trade in China to boost consumption and in part tackle COVID-19-induced unemployment.

The municipal government of Shanghai, for instance, kicked off the inaugural Shanghai Night Life Festival that runs through the majority of June. The city issued directives welcoming small business owners to peddle their products in the form of street stalls.

The initiative will see some 180 special activities which include the Shanghai Bar Festival, Late Night Food Hall Festival, Late Night Bookstore Festival, Sleepless Shopping Night and Night Shanghai LIVE Show.

They fall under the umbrella of the May 5 Shopping Festival, a two-month long campaign aimed at spurring spending by people cooped up in their homes during the pandemic.

During the first weekend of June, some 47,000 visitors embraced a popular street night event on Anyi Road in downtown Shanghai, a nearly 25 percent jump from its debut opening in October.

Huang Ning, deputy general manager of Kerry Properties Development (Shanghai) Co where the marketplace is located, was amazed at the scale and enthusiasm of its participants.

"It's stunning to see how people flock into the markets despite the unfavorable weather. Business resumption is happening much faster than I've expected," Huang said.


Shanghai's famous Jinjiang Amusement Park opens at night for visitors on June 6. [Photo by Chen Yuyu/For China Daily]

Spread over 40 stands, the nightlife marketplace has drawn in internet celebrity brands like Machi Machi, which got featured in a music TV by popular singer Jay Chow.

"The nightlife market itself is the best reflection of the city vibe," said Lin Ziying, a 33-year-old who works at a securities firm in Shanghai.

She has been to three late night fairs in a row since early June, saying the event serves as "such a relief after being confined indoors for months".

A celebration party at Sinan Mansions in downtown Shanghai comprised a host of bars and cafes in historical architecture establishments.

A total of 12 major night markets have made their appearance across the city, including the Yu Garden commercial arcade, the plaza at the Bund Finance Center, and Daxue Road near Fudan University.

The venue of the China International Import Expo was also turned into a market where companies sold imported products that were featured at the expo. They included masks from South Korea, dairy products from New Zealand and Spanish wines.


A mother and her daughter enjoy a delicacy and take pictures with her mobile phone at a Gourmet Garden Party at Jinjiang Amusement Park in Shanghai on June 6. [Photo by Chen Yuyu/For China Daily]

Tang Guifa, general manager of the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai), said the venue holds a night market during weekends in June and will resume exhibitions in July.

The popular marketing tool of livestreaming is being adopted as an instrument to promote the fair.

Social media sites Meituan Dianping, Bilibili and Xiaohongshu have all jumped on the livestreaming bandwagon, hoping to play a part in helping merchants convert online traffic to offline sales.

"Teaming up with 1,000 influencers and 4,000 brands, we will be giving out over 100 million yuan ($14 million) worth of shopping vouchers in various forms during the campaign," Xiaohongshu partner Zeng Xiulian said.

She said influencers shopping in the stores and marketplaces will share their experiences and insights online. By influencing others, they could help boost consumption and complete the online-to-offline cycle.


Outdoor stalls under the pointed tents attract crowds of local residents and tourists to shop and taste snacks on Nanjing Road in Shanghai on June 7. [Photo by Wang Gang/For China Daily]

Second-hand luxury store Vintage Musevie conducted livestreaming sessions to promote some of its latest acquired products.

According to Wan Zi, who oversees the store, its 50,000 followers on Xiaohongshu were keen to watch online broadcasting as the program helps convey know-how in selecting used luxury items and guides people to visit their offline shop as the epidemic eases.

The country's leading e-commerce platforms are also lending a helping hand, offering services from inventory support to accessible financing backed by the latest technologies.

For example, Alibaba Group's Alipay said it will offer interest-free loans to small businesses.

E-commerce platform JD also rolled out $7 billion in an economic support plan to smaller shop keepers. WeChat, the digital wallet of Tencent Holdings Ltd, offered digitalization support for vendors who are strapped for cash.

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2020-06-25 11:50:00
<![CDATA[Disney postpones 'Mulan' release again amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/27/content_1481505.htm LOS ANGELES - Disney's upcoming epic fantasy war drama film "Mulan" has been postponed again to August amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the company announced on Friday.

The China-set live-action film was first scheduled to hit US theaters on March 27 but was later rescheduled to July 24 due to the pandemic. Hollywood studios delayed nearly all of their big-budget movies in the United States and other countries as theaters were shut down in an effort to combat the coronavirus.

The film is now slated to open on Aug 21.

"While the pandemic has changed our release plans for 'Mulan' and we will continue to be flexible as conditions require, it has not changed our belief in the power of this film and its message of hope and perseverance," Alan Horn, co-chairman and chief creative officer, and Alan Bergman, co-chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, said in a statement.

"Director Niki Caro and our cast and crew have created a beautiful, epic, and moving film that is everything the cinematic experience should be, and that's where we believe it belongs -- on the world stage and the big screen for audiences around the globe to enjoy together," the statement said.

Based on the legend of an ancient Chinese heroine, the film is an adaptation of Disney's 1998 animated film of the same name. Mulan, according to folk legend, lived during a tumultuous era in Chinese history more than 1,400 years ago. She disguised herself as a man to serve in the army in place of her aged father and fight for her country.

"Mulan," which cost $200 million to make, stars Liu Yifei in the title role following a year-long global casting, with Gong Li as a powerful and dangerous witch, Donnie Yen as an army commander, and Jet Li as the emperor of China.

The announcement came one day after the decision of Warner Bros. to delay the release date for Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" for the second time. The film was pushed back from July 31 to Aug 12.

Both "Mulan" and "Tenet" were considered to help theaters to welcome back moviegoers this summer amid the pandemic. "Mulan" was supposed to be the first major Hollywood film to hit the big screen after theaters were planning to reopen in phases next month.

The delay of "Mulan" and "Tenet" cast a shadow on theaters' reopening plans. AMC Theaters, the largest US movie theater chain, said in a statement last week that it will resume theater operations at approximately 450 US locations on July 15, and at approximately 150 remaining locations on July 24, in time for "Mulan" and "Tenet." But a number of US states saw a surge in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations this week.

The Washington Post commented that "the move means that the month of July, which in recent years has seen mega-blockbusters from 'The Lion King' to 'The Dark Knight,' 'Transformers' to many 'Harry Potter' films, will not have a major new movie for the first time in the modern era."

"Disney has delayed the theatrical release of 'Mulan' for a third time, all but officially putting an end to Hollywood's hopes of salvaging a summer movie season," Variety magazine noted.

Variety also pointed out that "Mulan" is expected to strongly resonate in China.

"But Chinese movie theaters are all currently closed, without a known reopening date. Given the importance of 'Mulan' in China, it would have been risky to release the movie and leave Chinese audiences behind," the US magazine said.

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2020-06-27 15:29:25
<![CDATA[Online exhibition on Ningxia kicks off in Seoul]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/23/content_1481448.htm

The China Cultural Center in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region on its website and social media platforms on June 22, 2020. [Photo/provided to Chinaculture.org]

On June 22, an online exhibition featuring Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region was launched by the China Cultural Center in Seoul on its website and social media platforms.

As one of the 46 must-see places recommended to travelers by The New York Times, Ningxia is also an ideal choice for people who love photography and leisure sports. In 2019, it received about more than 40 million visitors from home and abroad.

Approximately 60 photographic works were featured in the exhibition, displaying Ningxia’s landscapes, natural resources and cultural heritage to local people.

The event is a part of the Visiting China Online series of virtual shows.


The China Cultural Center in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region on its website and social media platforms on June 22, 2020. [Photo/provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region on its website and social media platforms on June 22, 2020. [Photo/provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region on its website and social media platforms on June 22, 2020. [Photo/provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region on its website and social media platforms on June 22, 2020. [Photo/provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region on its website and social media platforms on June 22, 2020. [Photo/provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region on its website and social media platforms on June 22, 2020. [Photo/provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region on its website and social media platforms on June 22, 2020. [Photo/provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Seoul launched an online exhibition featuring Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region on its website and social media platforms on June 22, 2020. [Photo/provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-06-23 14:32:01
<![CDATA[Karaoke app hits the right note anywhere]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/24/content_1481451.htm

Indie folk duo The Landlord's Cat performs in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang province during the launch ceremony of a new karaoke app, Yin Jie, on June 16.[Photo provided to China Daily]

With karaoke bars closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, streaming platform NewEase Cloud Music has launched a new app to allow fans to sing at home with their smartphones.

Titled Yin Jie, "music street", the new app targets younger users and combines multiple functions, including singing, scoring and producing. One of the highlights of the new app is that users can remix songs and create something new.

"The KTV experience is a great part of the entertainment scene for Chinese music enthusiasts. Many people like singing as a way of relaxing and entertaining. You can sing alone or sing with your friends online. You can also create your own stories or songs. It's like writing a diary every day," says Zhu Yiwen, CEO of NetEase Cloud Music. He says their goal, since the founding of the company, was to help more people fall in love with music. With the new app, they hope more people can enjoy singing.

Ever since its introduction in the 1980s, karaoke has been a hugely popular form of entertainment. Now, soundproofed private booths, usually in public venues, such as shopping malls, offer a space for friends to hang out together.

Karaoke apps have also been developed on major online streaming platforms, including Changba and We Sing, which enable users to sing via a "portable solo KTV booth".

The new app, according to Zhu, has added two new functions in an effort to win over more fans-remixing music and hunting for singing talent.

During the testing process of the app, he found that over 90 percent of the users of the app were born after 1995.

"For the younger generation, they have lots of access to music from all over the world. They love to create and share their ideas on social media platforms," Zhu says.

By August 2019, the company had over 800 million registered users and over 30 million songs. The large user base helped the company to analyze young Chinese music fans.

Zhu says that the users not only love singing with the original version but also like to remix songs with various music styles.

The large song lists also benefit the new app's users, who can not only perform the latest hits but also offer their interpretations of classic songs.

On May 12, Warner Chappell Music, a division of the Warner Music Group, announced a partnership with Zhu's company, which has enabled the streaming platform to obtain the copyright to 1.3 million songs. In March, the company also announced a licensing partnership with long-established record label Rock Records.

Besides offering music lovers a platform to sing on, the new app functions as an opportunity to discover new talented singers. Zhu says that the company will invest 200 million yuan ($28 million) into the app, aimed at supporting 100 indie musicians' budding careers within three years.

"We want to build up a new connection with our users. The app will offer a stage for everyone to display themselves, no matter whether they sing well or not," Zhu adds.

According to Li Yin, vice-president of the company, there are 160,000 indie musicians who share their original material on the platform.

Indie folk duo The Landlord's Cat performed at the launch ceremony of the app in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province on June 16. It was formed by two friends in 2013. Guitarist Wu Peiling and lead vocalist Wang Xinyi both went to Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, in Wuhan, Hubei province. When they decided to take their music career seriously, they started by promoting and selling their albums through NetEase Cloud Music. They released their self-titled debut album in 2017 and now they have become one of the most popular acts that play live house venues and outdoor music festivals nationwide.

"We didn't have academic training in music. We just love singing and writing songs. There are many young people like us, who need support to fulfill their dreams," says Wang.

Li also shares another successful example. A 23-year-old Chinese singer with the handle MaiLajiao Yeyongquan, who, along with her friend, Mi Guo, adapted a Japanese song written and performed by Takahashi Yuu. With the help of Net-Ease, they obtained the copyright of the song and released a Mandarin version, titled The Wind Blows.

"The song has been played about 1.2 billion times on the platform and topped the music charts. It's an inspiring case of a young amateur music lover transforming into a full-time singer-songwriter," Li says.

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2020-06-24 07:32:39
<![CDATA[Televised reality show break the mold]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/24/content_1481455.htm

Actress Ning Jing, 48, prepares to go on the show. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Thirty female contestants, all older than 30, took part in a televised reality show this month, competing for five places in a performance group.

The program immediately became a hot topic nationwide, as the entertainment industry in China traditionally favors women in their early 20s or even younger.

Named Sisters Riding the Winds and Breaking the Waves, the show premiered on June 12 on Hunan Television and Mango TV, a livestreaming platform.

Actresses Ning Jing, 48, and Christy Chung, 50, along with singers Zhang Hanyun, 31, and Yu Kewei, 37, were among the contestants. A panel of coaches joined the show, including a well-known actor, the head of a music company, a celebrity manager, a music director and a stage director.

Actress Christy Chung, 50 [Photo provided to China Daily]

The first episode attracted more than 15 million viewers and sparked heated debate online. The contestants demonstrated their dancing and singing abilities with solo and group performances.

Yang Chang, who works for a media company in Beijing, said: "Bringing these women together arguably contributed to making the most interesting reality show of the year. It sends a message that although we live in a youth-obsessed culture, there's still something to be said for the enduring appeal of women who are established and experienced."

Molly Tang, another fan of the show, who is approaching 30, said: "The women are very cool, fashionable and attractive. They have their own styles, rather than following a trend. I really admire their courage in breaking conventional stage or screen stereotypes."

She added that after watching the show, she is no longer afraid of becoming older.


Singer Yumiko Cheng, 39. [Photo provided to China Daily]

In addition to the contestants' performances, the frank and outspoken comments they made about their age, life experiences and careers also caused a stir online.

Singer Yumiko Cheng, who appeared on the show and is based in Hong Kong, said: "I am 39 years old and at the best time of my life. I know myself better and I am much wiser."

She began her career in Hong Kong as a dancer/singer 18 years ago and has released albums in Cantonese and Mandarin.

In 2012, she was involved in an accident in which a tree branch pierced a lung. She slowed her career, married in 2014 and gave birth to her daughter the following year.

"I have been in the industry for a very long time and many young people may never have heard of me, but I am confident about my performances. They will be surprised," she said.

Actress Bai Bing, 34, performs on the show. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Actress Bai Bing, 34, said during the show: "Many people think that I live a life of luxury as a wife and mother who doesn't need to work, but I divorced several years ago and am now a single mom. Thanks to my family, who help care for my daughter, I still have the chance to pursue my career as an actress."

Bai is known for her roles in The Myth, a 50-episode TV drama broadcast in 2009, and Winter Begonia, a 49-episode drama shown this year.


Aduo prepare to appear on Sisters.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Aduo, 40, a pop singer from the Tujia ethnic group who took part in the show, said that when she was first approached by the production team, she turned down an invitation to perform on the program.

Finding fame after appearing on the annual CCTV Spring Festival Gala in 2005 and singing the dance number Goodbye, Carmen, Aduo was signed by the Chia Tai Music Group in 2001 and has released two albums. Her increasing popularity has brought her many opportunities to perform.

When she was in her early 20s, Aduo, like many younger women, enjoyed pop music and loved to appear on reality shows to promote herself.

But in 2011, she lost interest in the music scene and changed her career path. From 2012 to 2016, she spent her time in remote villages in Hunan, Yunnan and Guizhou provinces, where the Miao and Tujia people live.

"In 2012, I stopped listening to and performing pop songs. For the past eight years, I have been focusing on my own project involving ethnic music. One of the biggest challenges for me in appearing on the show was that I had to return to pop music," Aduo said.

"The judges are younger than I am. Many young fans don't know about me. They are not familiar with my style of music. I don't want to appeal to anyone in particular-I just let my performance speak for me."

Aduo added that she was impressed by the other female performers, who she said were not only attractive but also full of confidence.

Aduo [Photo provided to China Daily]

"Public opinion of women has changed. People are willing to accept various types of women, rather than defining them by age. We are just showcasing ourselves in our own ways-being ourselves," she said.

Veteran music producer, director and songwriter Zhao Zhao said: "These veteran female performers are not afraid of breaking new ground onstage. They are versatile and creative."

Zhao, who has worked with celebrity singers such as Karen Mok and Mao Buyi, was a member of the team that provided the music for the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

"The reality show will see the emergence of a new female pop group different from the others. Each performer has a unique style," Zhao added.


Singer Li Yuchun appears as a performing guest on the reality show Youth With You Season 2 on May 30. [Photo provided to China Daily]

In 2005, Hunan Television produced Super Girl, one of the first reality shows of its kind in China.

The competition was won by Li Yuchun-then a student at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu-with her gender-neutral style and solid singing and dancing skills. As a result, Li became a national pop icon.

The show attracted a nationwide audience of 400 million, with many fans voting for Li, who wore her trademark short hair and sang in a deep, soulful voice.

She also appeared on the cover of Time magazine's Asian edition, which described her as an "Asian hero". Now 36, she is still one of the best-selling female pop stars in the country.

On May 30, Li appeared as a performing guest on the hit reality show Youth With You Season 2, singing All the Girls, which she wrote in just three days.

She was also invited to write a theme song for Sisters, which was released on Thursday. Titled Ms Priceless, the electro-pop number delivers a message about breaking stereotypes attached to women from birth. A video of the song has been viewed some 10 million times on Li's social media platform.

"My face, my fingers are priceless. My ideas, my talents are priceless," she sings. "I choose my lipsticks, my handbags and I create my own life and dreams. Protect the truest smile and I am priceless."

Li said, "Like many people, I was looking forward to a totally different reality show about women and their performances, proving that they have far more than just physical beauty."


Singer Zhang Hanyun, 31. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Before Sisters premiered, Youth With You Season 2 had just ended on the video streaming platform iQiyi on May 30, with the birth of The 9, a new girl pop group. Since premiering on March 12, topical news and articles relating to Youth With You Season 2 have been viewed more than 2 billion times.

The public voted for the nine finalists out of 109 contestants, including Liu Yuxin, the overall winner with 17 million votes, and Yu Shuxin, who finished second with 13 million votes.

The finalists were born from 1995 to 1997, and the average age of all the contestants was just 22.

Instead of a typical sweet-girl image, Liu Yuxin, 23, wears her hair short and dyed, rather than long, straight or curly. She also favors pantsuits rather than miniskirts, and is shy but aggressive onstage.

She learned street dance when she was 10 and stood out among her peers with her singing, dancing and rap performances.

Liu took part in Up! Juniors on Hunan TV in 2012, and the following year appeared on a dance reality show produced by Dragon TV in Shanghai. In 2015, she joined the seven-member girl group Lady Bees, releasing an album two years later, which failed to receive much attention.

Wu Han, producer of Youth With You Season 2, said: "The show focuses on the concept of creating infinite possibilities. We don't define. In auditions, we look for a contestant's personality and attitude.

"There is heightened awareness of women's independence in Chinese society. The show aims to present young Chinese women from different perspectives. They are more than cute or sexy, and we want to show their diversity," Wu said.

In recent years, major streaming platforms have produced male and female pop groups through reality shows, providing new blood for the entertainment industry.

For example, the 11-member female group Rocket Girls 101, fronted by Wu Xuanyi and Meng Meiqi, started life in 2018 on video platform Tencent's reality show Produce 101, in which 11 finalists were selected from 101 contestants.

Cai Xukun, who was born in 1999, shot to stardom after winning the iQiyi reality show Idol Producer in 2018. He now has more than 30 million followers on his Sina Weibo account and is a coach and judge on Youth With You Season 2.

When Wang Ju appeared on Produce 101 in 2018, she generated a huge buzz on social media platforms. Instead of looking like a typical female pop idol, with a slim figure and pale complexion, Wang, who was 25 at the time, was tanned and had a fuller figure.

Although she wasn't among the 11 finalists, she won a large fan base with her comments such as, "Being yourself is what makes a girl beautiful."

Jimmy Guo, founder of a cultural company in Beijing that trains aspiring pop stars, said: "Pop groups have the same dance moves. What helps them stand out is their personalities and distinctive features. The goal is to let people see you. You have to have something to be remembered by.

Actress Adia Chan, 49. [Photo provided to China Daily]

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2020-06-24 09:37:02
<![CDATA[Chinese brocade silk shines in Bangkok]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/22/content_1481403.htm

The China Cultural Center in Bangkok has launched a series of online exhibitions to display the beauty of outstanding representatives of Chinese brocade since June 13, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

In Chinese language, there are 14 characters to classify the silk. In other words, the family of silk has 14 members, and one of them is brocade - a rich fabric with raised patterns in gold and silver.

Since June 13, the China Cultural Center in Bangkok has launched a series of online exhibitions to display the beauty of outstanding representatives of Chinese brocade. These exquisite textures include Yunjin brocade and Songjin brocade, either made in Nanjing and Suzhou in Jiangsu province, and Shujin brocade from Chengdu in Sichuan province.

The exhibition showcases the thousand years of history of the fabric and its making technique which has been listed as national intangible cultural heritage.

The China Cultural Center in Bangkok has launched a series of online exhibitions to display the beauty of outstanding representatives of Chinese brocade since June 13, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Bangkok has launched a series of online exhibitions to display the beauty of outstanding representatives of Chinese brocade since June 13, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Bangkok has launched a series of online exhibitions to display the beauty of outstanding representatives of Chinese brocade since June 13, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Bangkok has launched a series of online exhibitions to display the beauty of outstanding representatives of Chinese brocade since June 13, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Bangkok has launched a series of online exhibitions to display the beauty of outstanding representatives of Chinese brocade since June 13, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Bangkok has launched a series of online exhibitions to display the beauty of outstanding representatives of Chinese brocade since June 13, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Bangkok has launched a series of online exhibitions to display the beauty of outstanding representatives of Chinese brocade since June 13, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Bangkok has launched a series of online exhibitions to display the beauty of outstanding representatives of Chinese brocade since June 13, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Bangkok has launched a series of online exhibitions to display the beauty of outstanding representatives of Chinese brocade since June 13, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-06-22 14:12:11
<![CDATA[Shandong, an ancient civilization]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/22/content_1481407.htm

Shandong province sits on the lower reaches of the Yellow River and the coast of eastern China, with Jinan as its capital.

Magnificent mountains and vast sea nurture her 7,000-year history. It is the place where Confucius was born, where Mount Tai rose skyward, where the Yellow River empties into the sea and where the Olympic Sailing Games took place.

Home to the ancient states of Qi and Lu, it was within the political and economic center of China from the pre-Qin period (c.2100-221 BC) to the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127).

It is a land of ceremony and propriety, with a perfect combination of ancient and modern civilization. 

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2020-06-22 16:55:38
<![CDATA[China Cultural Center in Israel displays charm of China's Nanjing via online photo exhibition]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/19/content_1481339.htm

Qinhuai Lantern Festival is a highlight of Nanjing's cultural landscape.[Photo/Xinhua]

The China Cultural Center in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv launched on Wednesday an online exhibition that displays the fascination of Nanjing, capital city of East China's Jiangsu province.

Under the collaboration between the cultural center and the Nanjing Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism, the photo exhibition, titled "Beautiful Ancient Capital, Amazing Nanjing," presents a total of 55 photos, showing both ancient and modern Nanjing.

The photos thoroughly depict the history, heritage and culture of Nanjing with the spectacular natural landscape and modern society, Tao Chen, director of the China Cultural Center, told Xinhua in an interview.

With more than 2,500 years of history as a city and over 500 years as a capital, Nanjing features remarkably rich cultural heritage, said Tao.

Nanjing is also famed for its intangible cultural heritage such as the Nanjing cloud brocade, Qinhuai lanterns, local art of gold leaf making, Nanjing scripture engraving and paper-cutting.

Tao said thousands of years of cultural development has laid a solid foundation for science and technology in Nanjing, and now the city is home to national well-known universities as well as diverse types of cultural sites and museums.

Israel is well known as a start-up nation and various innovation-led companies are being operated in Tel Aviv, an economic and cultural center of the country.

Through the exhibition, the Israelis can increase their understanding about Nanjing and identify the common characteristics of the two cities, Tao said.

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2020-06-19 15:47:41
<![CDATA[Smart Cinema to release Chinese hits in South Korea]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/19/content_1481341.htm

Sheep Without a Shepherd [Photo provided to China Daily]

Smart Cinema, a mobile cinema app, recently signed a deal with the 24th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival to "screen" acclaimed domestic movies in South Korea.

Somewhat like a cinema in your pocket, the app streams theatrically released new films, with one purchase permitting a person to watch one film one time.

Chinese films, which will be released via the app as an online sector of the festival, include crime thriller Sheep Without a Shepherd, the suspense film The Shadow Play, and the sci-fi romance Gone with the Light.

An annual event initiated in 1997, the festival ?which will start online presales on July 3 -- will be held from July 9 to 16 in Puchon, South Korea, with a combined online and offline presence.

Chul Shin, the festival's director, says it marks the first time for quality Chinese films to be released online as a special sector of the festival.

In addition, the South Korean version of Smart Cinema will also be launched in South Korea amid the festival, becoming a new path for Chinese films to go abroad.

South Korea, with a population of more than 50 million and over 4,000 theaters, has a per capita annual moviegoing attendance of 4.3 visits to the cinema, far surpassing the 1.24 visits in China.

Jack Gao, founding partner and CEO of Smart Cinema, says he believes South Korean audiences have a strong interest in watching films, making the country one of the most important film markets in the world.

Besides, it could create huge potential in the market as more and more Chinese have studied or worked in South Korea in recent years, and Smart Cinema could be an efficient platform to watch movies in their mother tongue, adds Gao.

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2020-06-19 17:40:41
<![CDATA[Photos of Beijing's Daxing Intl Airport fly to South Korea]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/17/content_1481314.htm

Interior of the Beijing Daxing International Airport. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX), located on the border of Beijing and Langfang, North China's Hebei province, is the biggest airport in the world. Nicknamed "starfish", the terminal building is one of the largest single-structure airport terminals in the world, with an area of more than 700,000 square meters.

It is an exciting collaboration between ADP Ingeniérie (ADPI) and the architecture team of late Zaha Hadid. It was completed last June. Now many visitors take a daily trip here to appreciate the architecture.

With an online photo exhibition, the impressive design of this newly built Beijing landmark is able to reach South Korea. Featuring more than 50 images, the event is accessible through Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

The new mega-airport hub is expected to handle up to 45 million passengers per year by 2021 and reach 100 million in the future.


Traditional Chinese gardens at the end of each of the airport's five corridors for passengers to rest. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


Interior of the Beijing Daxing International Airport. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The subway heading toward the Beijing Daxing International Airport. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


Interior of the Beijing Daxing International Airport. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


Interior of the Beijing Daxing International Airport. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


Poster of the online event showing the Beijing Daxing International Airport. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-06-17 17:15:00
<![CDATA[Beijing's major parks further limit visitors]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/18/content_1481304.htm

Beijing's 11 municipal parks have limited visitor numbers to no more than 30 percent of their total capacity as the city upgraded its emergency response to COVID-19 from level III to II starting Tuesday.[Photo/Xinhua]

Beijing's 11 municipal parks and the Museum of Chinese Gardens and Landscape Architecture have limited visitor numbers to no more than 30 percent of their total capacity, local authorities said Wednesday.

The decision was announced after the city strengthened disease prevention and control measures in response to the resurgence of domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases.

The parks and the museum have also shut down indoor exhibition halls and will continue to require online reservations for tours, according to the Beijing Municipal Administration Center of Parks.

A spokesperson of the administration center said visitors must undergo temperature screening, show health code upon arrival, and wear masks during their visit.

Beijing reported 31 newly confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases and six new asymptomatic cases Tuesday, the municipal health commission said Wednesday.

The city upgraded its emergency response to COVID-19 from level III to II starting Tuesday.

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2020-06-18 15:24:33
<![CDATA[Cultural center brings taste of China to Fiji]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/18/content_1481307.htm

Table tennis skills display.[Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

The China Cultural Center in Fiji and Suva International School recently cooperated to carry out a series of online activities. The center has adopted video contact to help students visit the exhibition hall of the cultural center. During the activity, the staff showed books related to festivals, nationalities and food in the library, displayed table tennis skills in the activity room and played the cartoon Monkey King: Hero is Back and the documentaries China Icons and Art Baptism. Finally, the director of the center, together with staff and local employees, demonstrated Taiji eight movement with the students.


TaijiTeaching.[Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Shao Dan, a teacher at the school, said the activity was very creative and greatly enriched the content of online classes. Some students who participated have just begun to interact with Chinese culture, and others have been to China. Although students cannot experience culture in person, the rich and colorful content makes children excited. They not only can understand the function of the cultural center, but also enjoy all aspects of Chinese culture.


Calligraphy display.[Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Some children gave feedback for the online class."Cultural centers are beautiful, interesting and informative," Hanniv said. "I hope we can visit often. " "My brother brought me a brush when he went to China, and I used it to write at school," Larson said. "I really enjoyed this online trip, because I saw a lot of things I never tried before," Rader said. "It's wonderful and interesting to know these Chinese cultures, and I hope I can go there myself," Dahar said.


Show hall.[Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Since the outbreak in March in the country, the cultural center has actively carried out social media online exhibition and interactive communication activities. The China Cultural Center in Fiji has long been committed to sending Chinese culture into Fiji's campuses. This online activity was supported and praised by teachers and students at the international school. In the future, China Cultural Center in Fiji will continue to develop ideas and strengthen online communication.


Online library.[Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-06-18 17:17:45
<![CDATA['Swans' dance in Shanghai again after lockdown]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/19/content_1481316.htm

The classic Swan Lake, featured by the Shanghai Ballet, is put on at the Shanghai Grand Thearter, Shanghai, June 18, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, theaters were closed, concerts canceled and performances rescheduled over the past five months. As people are seeing the light at the end of tunnel, they could also go to theaters again to enjoy the shows.

On June 18, the classic Swan Lake, performed by the Shanghai Ballet, found its way on the stage of the Shanghai Grand Theater, kicking off live performances after months of lockdown.

There was less than 30 percent attendance for each performance as the theater strictly controlled the number of audience members. Attendees were required to sit at intervals with their information pre-checked by a management system.


The classic Swan Lake, featured by the Shanghai Ballet, is put on at the Shanghai Grand Thearter, Shanghai, June 18, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


The classic Swan Lake, featured by the Shanghai Ballet, is put on at the Shanghai Grand Thearter, Shanghai, June 18, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


The classic Swan Lake, featured by the Shanghai Ballet, is put on at the Shanghai Grand Thearter, Shanghai, June 18, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


The classic Swan Lake, featured by the Shanghai Ballet, is put on at the Shanghai Grand Thearter, Shanghai, June 18, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


The classic Swan Lake, featured by the Shanghai Ballet, is put on at the Shanghai Grand Thearter, Shanghai, June 18, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


The classic Swan Lake, featured by the Shanghai Ballet, is put on at the Shanghai Grand Thearter, Shanghai, June 18, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


The classic Swan Lake, featured by the Shanghai Ballet, is put on at the Shanghai Grand Thearter, Shanghai, June 18, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-06-19 10:16:10
<![CDATA[Designing to drink across time and cultures]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/17/content_1481289.htm

Swiss designer Didier Rudolf Quarroz's love of Chinese tea culture has inspired him to design innovative new items to brew the beverage.

The graduate of the renowned Swiss design school, ECAL (University of Art and Design Lausanne), developed an interest in Chinese tea after working at a Shanghai-based design company, where he was by chance engaged in a tea project.

His research helped him hone a deep understanding of the differences between Chinese and Western tea products. And this made him think about designing items for foreigners to brew Chinese tea.

"I hope to design easy-to-use and modern tea-making tools to help foreigners try Chinese traditional tea and give them an interesting experience in brewing tea," Quarroz says.

In 2017, he moved to Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang province and a major tea-production base, to explore the possibilities of applying Western concepts in designing wares for Chinese tea.

"I want to focus on the tea industry, and Hangzhou is a great fit because of the long history and profound culture of tea here," Quarroz says.

He opened his design company, Shateso, with the help of local incubator Nihub in the city's Binjiang district.

Quarroz began to concentrate on the design of a tea infuser to make brewing easier for foreigners.

It's a cone-shaped container with frosted glass and a silicone lid. All users need to do is to put the leaves inside, place it in a cup and add hot water.

"The infuser can be taken out from the cup easily without (users') fingers being scalded by the hot water," Quarroz says.

He adds that the container with tea inside can be brewed several times by putting it in and taking it out of the water, and the flavor's strength can be sustained at the same time.

Hangzhou boasts a booming tea industry, which has offered the Swiss designer many opportunities to cooperate with local plantations and companies.

"Driven by the love of Chinese tea, I cooperate with local companies and help them to develop new kinds of tea products. Also, we sometimes organize workshops to introduce different teas to the public," Quarroz says.

Hangzhou also enables smooth business operations, he adds.

"In general, it is easy to start a business in Hangzhou. And the government and agencies are ramping up efforts to help and support young entrepreneurs, including us from foreign countries," he adds.

Quarroz says he plans to design 10 innovative tea-related products by combining Chinese tea culture with international elements.

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2020-06-17 12:18:07
<![CDATA[Explore a vigorous Guangdong]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/16/content_1481253.htm

South China's Guangdong province, one of the major starting points of China's ancient Maritime #SilkRoad, has recorded generations of prosperity.

Between the mountains, oceans, people and cities of Guangdong, the deepest mysteries of Lingnan culture are concealed, waiting for people to explore and experience.

From the must-visit Canton Tower in Guangdong's capital, Guangzhou, to the famous Overseas Chinese Town in Shenzhen - a tech hub in today's China - in the midst of the colorful hustle and bustle, there is growing prosperity for a group of international cities in the southern Chinese province.

There is an old saying that goes, "Eat in Guangdong, taste the world". Cantonese people begin their day with morning tea. An old fire gently cooks soup and the delicacies of Chaoshan are made by hand. 

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2020-06-16 18:32:16
<![CDATA[Online events mark Cultural and Natural Heritage Day in Pakistan]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/16/content_1481245.htm

The Chinese embassy to Pakistan and the China Cultural Center in Pakistan launched a series of online activities on social media platforms to celebrate China's Cultural and Natural Heritage Day that fell on June 13 in 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

As this year’s Cultural and Natural Heritage Day fell on June 13, the Chinese embassy to Pakistan and the China Cultural Center in Pakistan launched a series of online activities on social media platforms to celebrate the festival.

The digital activities included online photo exhibitions on intangible cultural heritage from Sichuan province, ancient Chinese Buddhist art, Shanghai velvet embroidery and photographer Li Shaobai’s works on the Forbidden City.

These events helped local people in Pakistan know more about China and Chinese cultural heritage in a more convenient way during the COVID-pandemic.

For 2020, the theme of the festival is intangible cultural heritage inheritance and a healthy life. Most of the activities focused on traditional physical education, traditional Chinese medicine and healthy cuisine. Due to the epidemic, 70 percent of the activities have taken place online.


The Chinese embassy to Pakistan and the China Cultural Center in Pakistan launched a series of online activities on social media platforms to celebrate China's Cultural and Natural Heritage Day that fell on June 13 in 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The Chinese embassy to Pakistan and the China Cultural Center in Pakistan launched a series of online activities on social media platforms to celebrate China's Cultural and Natural Heritage Day that fell on June 13 in 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-06-16 14:39:59
<![CDATA[Instant Chinese delicacies a big hit]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/15/content_1481197.htm

Chinese foodies are exploring different flavors of instant delicacies.[Photo/Xinhua]

Instant hot and sour rice noodles, instant snail rice noodles, self-heating hotpots -- China's slew of instant delicacies are stimulating the country's economy.

On Thursday, Baijia Food, a Sichuan-based foodstuff maker, announced that it had managed to secure a funding of almost 200 million yuan (about $28 million). The company said it had received cooperation invitations from more than 50 venture capital firms since February.

Baijia has seen steady growth. Its average growth rate over the past three years stands at 45 percent. Last year, the company's sales revenue exceeded 700 million yuan, making it one of the biggest instant food makers in China.

Behind this fervor is the rising popularity of instant local delicacies in the country. According to a 2019 report about e-commerce giant Taobao, in 2018, Chinese people purchased 18 million self-heating hotpots, 28 million snail noodles and 21 million grilled cold noodles.

Chinese foodies are also exploring different flavors of instantly-edible snacks. A report by CBNData and Tmall.com last year showed that the favorite delicacy of local Beijingers was Yangzhou fried rice, while Shaanxi noodles were the most preferred choice among the people in the southern island province of Hainan.

Over the past few years, instant food products have upgraded and diversified, according to Simon Zhang, global CEO and China chairman of Ries Positioning Strategy & Consulting.

"The Chinese youth love fresh and better-flavored products, and the convenience of eating is also an important factor that drives them toward instant food," Zhang said.

Zhang believed that the coronavirus epidemic popularized many lesser-known food items, such as instant clay pot rice and self-heating hotpots.

"After trying once, many people became regular consumers, and this would have a positive impact on such products," Zhang said.

Traditional instant noodles once faced a crisis in China. A Euromonitor International report showed that the instant noodle market in China was marred by years of decreasing sales since 2014. From 2014 to 2019, the compound annual growth of instant noodles in China was minus 4.1 percent.

"As people's life gets increasingly better, so does their disposable income," said Miranda Zhou, a senior analyst with Euromonitor International. "Their demand has changed from eating enough to eating well."

Chen Zhaohui, president of Baijia Food, believes it is important to seize the opportunity of the emerging market of instant Chinese delicacies.

He has worked with suppliers of many restaurants and found ways to make instant food, featuring fresh ingredients such as fresh noodles and fresh rice noodles, instead of the traditionally dry, fried noodles.

He also upgraded the seasonings. Bamboo shoots, bean products, peanuts and vinegar have now replaced the dry vegetables. He expanded the range of his products by including distinctive delicacies, such as the snail noodles of Guangxi and beef noodles of Guizhou, in his food line.

Chen's company is not the only one trying to grab a share in the instant delicacy market. Hotpot chains like Haidilao and Xiaolongkan have introduced their own self-heating hotpot products, and used livestreaming to promote these varieties.

"As the pace of life gets faster, consumers need more convenient food; and when they don't want to cook, instant food is the best option," said Simon Zhang. "From this perspective, instant food would always enjoy a long dominance and stable market."

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2020-06-15 13:52:37
<![CDATA[Tsinghua launches website to show art and design majors' graduation projects]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/15/content_1481202.htm

Tsinghua University's Academy of Arts and Design recently launched the website where people can take virtual tours of works by over 1,000 graduates. [Photo provided to China Daily]

June is normally the time when art academies stage exhibitions of art and design majors' graduation projects. But the pandemic has kept colleges shut down and students at home for months since the winter break. So, online showrooms have emerged.

Tsinghua University's Academy of Arts and Design recently launched the website, exhibition.ad.tsinghua.edu.cn, where people can take virtual tours of works by over 1,000 graduates.

Unlike the real showrooms where students simply install their works, the online venue allows them to design the individual spaces assigned to them and to curate a mini solo show of their creations. It also provides visitors with diverse interactive experiences to learn about the students.

Many graduates' works convey concerns about social issues, such as aging society, the reclamation of abandoned industrial sites and health, especially problems emerging during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Tsinghua University's Academy of Arts and Design recently launched the website where people can take virtual tours of works by over 1,000 graduates. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Tsinghua University's Academy of Arts and Design recently launched the website where people can take virtual tours of works by over 1,000 graduates. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Tsinghua University's Academy of Arts and Design recently launched the website where people can take virtual tours of works by over 1,000 graduates. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Tsinghua University's Academy of Arts and Design recently launched the website where people can take virtual tours of works by over 1,000 graduates. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Tsinghua University's Academy of Arts and Design recently launched the website where people can take virtual tours of works by over 1,000 graduates. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Tsinghua University's Academy of Arts and Design recently launched the website where people can take virtual tours of works by over 1,000 graduates. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Tsinghua University's Academy of Arts and Design recently launched the website where people can take virtual tours of works by over 1,000 graduates. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Tsinghua University's Academy of Arts and Design recently launched the website where people can take virtual tours of works by over 1,000 graduates. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Tsinghua University's Academy of Arts and Design recently launched the website where people can take virtual tours of works by over 1,000 graduates. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Tsinghua University's Academy of Arts and Design recently launched the website where people can take virtual tours of works by over 1,000 graduates. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Tsinghua University's Academy of Arts and Design recently launched the website where people can take virtual tours of works by over 1,000 graduates. [Photo provided to China Daily]

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2020-06-15 17:14:30
<![CDATA[Gallery to launch virtual tours of 15 artists' worlds]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/15/content_1481201.htm

Red God, by Yayoi Kusama. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Leading galleries and art fairs have sought to use online platforms to strengthen connections among art lovers and buyers, as the COVID-19 pandemic has brought great uncertainties to the art world.

David Zwirner, a gallery with locations in New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong, will put an online-only exhibition on public view on its website from June 17 to 26.

Basel Online: 15 Rooms will provide virtual walk-throughs of the works and extensive information about 15 artists, including Giorgio Morandi and Yayoi Kusama.

The exhibition will also be available on Art Basel's website, as part of the fair's online-viewing-rooms initiative launched in March.


(Untitled) Surge, by Oscar Murillo. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Olivia, by Alice Neel. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Untitled (Blot), by Kerry James Marshall. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Untitled, by Josh Smith. [Photo provided to China Daily]

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2020-06-15 17:04:23
<![CDATA[1st Lianhuashan summer life festive activity kicks off in Changchun city, Jilin province]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/15/content_1481200.htm

People tour Kuanhouli commercial street at Shimaolianhuashan town in Changchun city, northeast China's Jilin province, June 13, 2020. The first Lianhuashan summer life festive activity kicked off here on Saturday, this year's Cultural and Natural Heritage Day. People can stroll at leisure while viewing the exhibitions of intangible cultural heritages.[Photo/Xinhua]


People tour Kuanhouli commercial street at Shimaolianhuashan town in Changchun city, northeast China's Jilin province, June 13, 2020. The first Lianhuashan summer life festive activity kicked off here on Saturday, this year's Cultural and Natural Heritage Day. People can stroll at leisure while viewing the exhibitions of intangible cultural heritages.[Photo/Xinhua]


People tour Kuanhouli commercial street at Shimaolianhuashan town in Changchun city, northeast China's Jilin province, June 13, 2020. The first Lianhuashan summer life festive activity kicked off here on Saturday, this year's Cultural and Natural Heritage Day. People can stroll at leisure while viewing the exhibitions of intangible cultural heritages.[Photo/Xinhua]


People tour Kuanhouli commercial street at Shimaolianhuashan town in Changchun city, northeast China's Jilin province, June 13, 2020. The first Lianhuashan summer life festive activity kicked off here on Saturday, this year's Cultural and Natural Heritage Day. People can stroll at leisure while viewing the exhibitions of intangible cultural heritages.[Photo/Xinhua]


People tour Kuanhouli commercial street at Shimaolianhuashan town in Changchun city, northeast China's Jilin province, June 13, 2020. The first Lianhuashan summer life festive activity kicked off here on Saturday, this year's Cultural and Natural Heritage Day. People can stroll at leisure while viewing the exhibitions of intangible cultural heritages.[Photo/Xinhua]


People tour Kuanhouli commercial street at Shimaolianhuashan town in Changchun city, northeast China's Jilin province, June 13, 2020. The first Lianhuashan summer life festive activity kicked off here on Saturday, this year's Cultural and Natural Heritage Day. People can stroll at leisure while viewing the exhibitions of intangible cultural heritages.[Photo/Xinhua]

 

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2020-06-15 16:50:55
<![CDATA[Exhibition showcases exported artworks of Qing Dynasty]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/15/content_1481198.htm

Visitors tour an exhibition in Nanhai museum, Hainan province, June 14, 2020. The exhibition features 184 pieces of exported artworks of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), with the works on display of various genres and artistic style, which is a vivid reflection of the prosperity of sea trade during the Qing Dynasty and how Eastern and Western culture blended together during that period. The exhibition will run until July 19. [Photo/Xinhua]


The exhibition held in Nanhai museum lately features 184 pieces of exported artworks of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), with the works on display of various genres and artistic style, which is a vivid reflection of the prosperity of sea trade during the Qing Dynasty and how Eastern and Western culture blended together during that period. The exhibition will run until July 19. [Photo/Xinhua]


Visitors tour an exhibition in Nanhai museum, Hainan province, June 14, 2020. The exhibition features 184 pieces of exported artworks of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), with the works on display of various genres and artistic style, which is a vivid reflection of the prosperity of sea trade during the Qing Dynasty and how Eastern and Western culture blended together during that period. The exhibition will run until July 19. [Photo/Xinhua]


Visitors tour an exhibition in Nanhai museum, Hainan province, June 14, 2020. The exhibition features 184 pieces of exported artworks of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), with the works on display of various genres and artistic style, which is a vivid reflection of the prosperity of sea trade during the Qing Dynasty and how Eastern and Western culture blended together during that period. The exhibition will run until July 19. [Photo/Xinhua]


Visitors tour an exhibition in Nanhai museum, Hainan province, June 14, 2020. The exhibition features 184 pieces of exported artworks of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), with the works on display of various genres and artistic style, which is a vivid reflection of the prosperity of sea trade during the Qing Dynasty and how Eastern and Western culture blended together during that period. The exhibition will run until July 19. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

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2020-06-15 14:14:26
<![CDATA[Experience the sights and sounds of Guangdong]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/15/content_1481199.htm

Guangdong is situated at the southernmost tip of the Chinese mainland, neighboring Hong Kong and Macao. For thousands of years it has flourished.

Guangdong is the origin point of China's Maritime Silk Road. The culture of the ocean civilization has shaped an open and inclusive land of entrepreneurship that nourishes commerce.

It's the window to China's economic reform and one wing of the Greater Bay Area of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao. It's one of China's most economically developed places and most important tourist destinations.

Watch this video to learn more about the scenery, culture and major tourism resources in Guangdong.

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2020-06-15 14:16:50
<![CDATA[Cultural and Natural Heritage Day celebrated in Guilin]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/13/content_1481163.htm

The main events marking China's annual Cultural and Natural Heritage Day were hosted in Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, on Saturday.

Co-initiated by the National Cultural Heritage Administration and local government of the autonomous region, the main theme of this year's Cultural and Natural Heritage Day is "let cultural heritages bring colors to the all-round well-off society."

A major forum was held in Guilin on Saturday to share outstanding cases nationwide showing how protection of cultural heritages boosts local tourism and helps fight against poverty.

[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Fifteen outstanding individuals who contributed to protection of cultural heritages were bestowed awards in Guilin. The list includes police officers who solved main tomb-robbery cases, volunteers patrolling around cultural heritage sites, a conservator of cultural relics within military bases, and the director of Hubei Provincial Museum who stayed in the museum for months to ensure safety of staff and museum collections during COVID-19 outbreak.

A four-hour livestreaming broadcast was also organized on Saturday to offer tours "on the cloud" for netizens of key cultural heritage sites, archaeology sites, and museums not only in Guilin, but also in Beijing, Shanghai, Hubei province, Shaanxi province, among others.

To mark the special day, season three of documentary If National Treasures Could Talk will be released by China Central Television on Saturday night. The previous two seasons of the documentary, using humorous tone to explain milestone Chinese cultural heritages through short videos, were overwhelmingly welcomed online.

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2020-06-13 14:04:32
<![CDATA[Chinese plays join Sibiu Intl Theater Festival online]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/15/content_1481169.htm

Poster of the 2020 edition of Sibiu International Theater Festival. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Like many cultural events moving online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Sibiu International Theater Festival (FITS) has also choosen to go virtual, covering 138 events and artists from 30 countries.

Taking place from June 12 to June 21, the festival will be streamed on its official website (www.sibfest.ro), YouTube and Facebook pages, from 9 am until midnight.

Shakespearean play A Midsummer Night's Dream performed by China's National Centre for the Performing Arts. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

This year marks the second Chinese Season of FITS. The global audiences can watch A Midsummer Night's Dream by the National Centre for the Performing Arts of China, Yue Opera Coriolanus and Du Liniang and The Metamorphosis by Chinese playwright Cao Yu.

"The world's big international events need to continue and during this lonely period, we need art more than ever - whether it is theatre, dance, music, literature - to soothe and empower us to trust the future," Constantin Chiriac, president of FITS, said in his opening address.

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2020-06-15 10:47:12
<![CDATA[A virtual tour of cultural heritage in Sichuan]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/12/content_1481148.htm

In celebration of China Cultural and Natural Heritage Day, which falls on Saturday, the Sichuan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism joined hands with China Cultural Centers overseas to launch an online exhibition featuring intangible cultural heritage from Sichuan province.

Titled "The Beauty of Living Wealth of Sichuan", the exhibition takes internet users on a virtual tour of major heritages of the Southwestern Chinese province, known worldwide as the home of giant pandas.

The exhibition features a wide array of heritage, such as Sichuan Opera, Shu embroidery, dazzling ethnic costumes, traditional festivals and local culinary culture.

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2020-06-12 17:38:45
<![CDATA[A time to heal old wounds of racial inequality in the world]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/12/content_1480964.htm The death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, in police custody in Minnesota on May 25 sparked multiracial protests across the United States demanding an end to racial inequality.

Protests, solidarity marches and vigils were held in other countries such as Germany, Britain, Canada, Brazil, Australia and Japan.

While the events have led to a moment of reckoning in the US, they also pried open old wounds of inequality in other parts of the world.

Black people are of African or aboriginal lineage. Our common ancestor, the first human, appeared in Africa, research shows. Egypt, among the earliest civilizations, flourished there.

Black is also a color. It is commonly viewed as one, like white, although neither is technically defined as such in physics due to the lack of specific wavelengths.

Outside of science, the color binary has taken forms of association-good and bad-enabled by literature, language and folklore over centuries, and popular culture in the past decades. The use of stereotypical terms related to the colors, for instance, has been overlooked for long.

The role of society is central in fighting racism.

US civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter, Bernice King, said in a TV interview last week that people need not be colorblind, Black people want to be identified by their culture, but racism is wrong.

Her father's work behind immigration laws, passed in the 1960s, had paved the way for people from elsewhere to settle in the US, some young Indian Americans and Chinese Americans pointed out on social media when educating their own communities about why they should now support the movement for racial equality.

Prince Spells, an American photographer in Beijing, told me this week he would be submitting images for a Black Lives Matter online art exhibition to be held on Sunday.

The advocacy group by the same name as the campaign was founded in the US in 2013.

Spells said his son, who is in elementary school, does not have the experience, growing up here, as he would-related to his identity (biracial)-in the West. But that he would still talk to the child about how he might be perceived by people, as a reality check.

He said there should be more education on racial equality in schools in different countries.

In Floyd's case, a white former police officer has been charged with second-degree murder, and three others at the scene with aiding and abetting, according to US media.

This is also a time to have a conversation in Asia on the topic of anti-Blackness.

Incidents of discrimination against Black people have been reported earlier. A racist advertisement for laundry detergent was taken down. Some top celebrities have endorsed skin-whitening products, seemingly without caring about the effects on consumers, one of which correlates beauty with skin color. In films from the continent, the female lead is often of light skin. Apps that alter skin tone or facial features in photos to conform to artificial standards are, sadly, popular.

Korean-pop band BTS showed initiative by announcing a donation of $1 million to the Black Lives Matter campaign and got their fans to raise another $1 million.

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2020-06-12 07:33:57
<![CDATA[Taste Buds | Medicine by mocktail]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/11/content_1480943.htm

Reimagining herbal drinks into fruity mocktails.

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2020-06-11 14:34:22
<![CDATA[Out in Wuxi: making Huishan clay figurines]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/10/content_1480898.htm

Have you ever tried sculpting clay? Wuxi in Jiangsu province is famous for its unique Huishan clay figurines. Check out the latest episode of Out In Wuxi as our two hosts, James and Qianwen, have a go at making their own figurines!

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2020-06-10 08:40:29
<![CDATA[All the sun, all the fun!]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/09/content_1480887.htm

Hainan, the only tropical island province in China, has more than 300 days of sunshine a year. It boasts a 1,823 kilometers-long coastline, dotted by over 70 picturesque bays and more than 50 islands. A wide array of water sports and activities are offered in Hainan, including scuba diving, deep sea fishing, surfing, sailboarding, motorboating ?/p>

You also can take a ride on a luxury cruise ship, enjoy hot springs, taste culinary delights from the world, or enjoy themed parties with swimming. Have fun as much as you can! 

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2020-06-09 14:58:41
<![CDATA[Hit artifacts documentary to return in season three]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/09/content_1480876.htm

The highly acclaimed artifacts documentary, If National Treasures Could Talk, will return on June 13, the Cultural and Natural Heritage Day, being aired on China Central Television's documentary channel.

The production team has released a group of posters and a trailer which feature some notable artifacts to be introduced in the documentary's third season.

First launched in 2018, the documentary has introduced 50 specimens of cultural heritage in its previous two seasons, each containing 25 episodes.

Each episode mentions one artifact of historical importance and aesthetic value in only five minutes, allowing people to learn something about China's rich past.

The documentary has garnered much praise, especially from young people, for presenting archaeology, history and heritage in a light and pleasant way.

Related: Well-acclaimed artifact documentary makes a comeback

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2020-06-09 11:21:11
<![CDATA[Chinese celebrity photographer turns lens on Forbidden City]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/09/content_1480856.htm

[Photo provided by Li Shaobai]

Chinese celebrity photographer Li Shaobai has devoted himself to photographing the Forbidden City for more than 40 years. With exquisite images, he expresses a photographer's understanding and interpretation of the Forbidden City.

"In choosing a subject, my first concern is aesthetics. My work is not to present news events or convey knowledge, but to present aesthetic objects. To show a confidence in Chinese culture from the aesthetic point of view, there is no better choice than the Forbidden City of China. It is not only a magnificent piece of architecture, but also representative of Chinese culture. It shows the idea of the unity of man and nature. So I chose to shoot the Forbidden City," he said.


[Photo provided by Li Shaobai]

In 2020, the 600th anniversary of the Forbidden City, Li has launched a large-scale art album The Forbidden City of China and a small-scale art album The Forbidden City in My Heart, to pay homage to the traditional Chinese culture represented by the Forbidden City.

Li employed a unique perspective to show the magnificent architectural beauty of the Forbidden City and present a vivid image of it to people all over the world. The album contains exclusive photographs being published for the first time.

The two albums are designed and produced by Artron Art Group (Artron), a Chinese art company, and are made with the world’s most advanced printing technology.


[Photo provided by Li Shaobai]

The Forbidden City of China demonstrates the imperial palace courtyard through a one-day cycle. It begins at a still night and ends at a starry sky. The change of four seasons, and the joy and sorrow of the human beings there, are all concentrated between the walls of the Forbidden City in a space of 720,000 square meters, making the audience feel the Forbidden City is a living world. The Forbidden City of China has 600 limited edition copies signed by the artist.

The Forbidden City in My Heart is a mixture of pictures and text. It shows Li's photography skills and views in the form of interviews and images, and will be cherished by photography lovers.


[Photo provided by Li Shaobai]

Born in 1942 in Chongqing, Chinese celebrity photographer Li Shaobai was an editorial board member of magazines such as Popular Photography and Chinese Photography, a visiting professor of Minzu University of China and Nanjing University of Science & Technology, as well as a photographer for magazines, including Chinese National Geography and Civilization.

Li has held several exhibitions including The Mysterious Forbidden City (Beijing, 1992), The Invisible Forbidden City (Beijing, 2007) and The Forbidden City (Shenzhen, 2007). Li’s works on the Great Wall and the Forbidden City have been exhibited in the United States, France, Germany, Estonia, Switzerland and other countries.


[Photo provided by Li Shaobai]


 

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2020-06-09 09:14:18
<![CDATA[China launches promotional events for intangible cultural heritage]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/05/content_1480769.htm The Ministry of Culture and Tourism is set to launch a series of promotional events for intangible cultural heritage (ICH) as Cultural and Natural Heritage Day, which falls on June 13 this year, draws near.

Over 3,700 events are estimated to be organized across the country under the theme "healthy life," focusing on ICH in the fields of traditional sports, medicine and cuisine, according to the ministry.

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, the events will mainly be staged online in youth-friendly formats, said an official with the ministry.

Over 1,000 documentaries on ICH will be broadcast free online. China's major e-commerce platforms will also jointly hold an online shopping festival to promote the sales of products related to ICH.

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2020-06-05 10:36:07
<![CDATA[FANTASTIC | Lai Chi Wo in Hong Kong]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/05/content_1480766.htm

This well-preserved Hakka village tells you what rural settlements looked like 300 years ago in Hong Kong.

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2020-06-05 09:00:00
<![CDATA[FANTASTIC | Sunset at Ha Pak Nai]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/04/content_1480755.htm

A little-known gem for the perfect sunset in Hong Kong.
PS- Mosquito repellent needed!

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2020-06-04 16:31:28
<![CDATA[Shanghai Grand Theatre to reopen on June 18]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/04/content_1480738.htm

Shanghai Grand Theatre will give its first public performances on June 18 and 19, presenting Shanghai Ballet's production of Swan Lake. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Shanghai Grand Theatre will give its first public performances on June 18 and 19, presenting Shanghai Ballet's production of Swan Lake.

The theater was closed for 147 days because of COVID-19 and will only able to open one third of its 1,768 seats to audiences to ensure sufficient space between each person.

"We will adhere to the municipal regulations regarding the containment of the novel coronavirus and try to serve audiences better," said Gao Lei, the PR manager of the theater.


Shanghai Grand Theatre will give its first public performances on June 18 and 19, presenting Shanghai Ballet's production of Swan Lake.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Shanghai Grand Theatre has installed a new gate machine which allows audiences to enter the premise more efficiently. According to Gao, the machine can automatically scan people's health QR codes and measure body temperatures.

Shanghai Ballet's Swan Lake was directed by British choreographer Derek Deane. The production, which premiered in 2015, features a large ensemble of 48 swans and has in the past years been performed more than 100 times on international tours to Germany, Australia and the US.

"Now that all the international productions are unable to come to China, we will focus on presenting domestic shows," Gao said.

On July 1, an original opera production, Chen Zhong (The Morning Bell), by Shanghai Opera House, will be performed at Shanghai Grand Theatre in celebration of the 99th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.


Shanghai Grand Theatre will give its first public performances on June 18 and 19, presenting Shanghai Ballet's production of Swan Lake. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Shanghai Grand Theatre will give its first public performances on June 18 and 19, presenting Shanghai Ballet's production of Swan Lake. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Shanghai Grand Theatre will give its first public performances on June 18 and 19, presenting Shanghai Ballet's production of Swan Lake. [Photo provided to China Daily]

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2020-06-04 15:57:37
<![CDATA[Coin museum reflects nation's history]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/04/content_1480737.htm

Coins in the collection of the Xiji County Coin Museum in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region. [Photo by Ma Wenhai/For chinadaily.com.cn]

With more than 30,000 types of ancient coins from different stages of Chinese history, Xiji county in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region is widely accepted in the academic world as the richest trove in the country.

The Xiji County Coin Museum has more than 200,000 coins used from the Xia Dynasty (c. 21st century BC-16th century BC) until today and presents the full story of coins in China.


Coins in the collection of the Xiji County Coin Museum in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region. [Photo by Ma Wenhai/For chinadaily.com.cn]

The museum, located in western Ningxia, was established in 1996. It is China's first county-level museum.

One of its most precious relics is the qianlongbao, a type of coin produced by the Xinjiang Coin Bureau during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). It is listed as a national first-class cultural relic.


Coins in the collection of the Xiji County Coin Museum in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region. [Photo by Ma Wenhai/For chinadaily.com.cn]

Bai Xiaolong, head of the museum, said coins reflect the politics of their day.

"If a country is unified and stable, the coins of the regime or dynasty are unified, such as the dynasties of the Han, Tang, Song and Ming," Bai said.


Coins in the collection of the Xiji County Coin Museum in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region. [Photo by Ma Wenhai/For chinadaily.com.cn]


Coins in the collection of the Xiji County Coin Museum in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region. [Photo by Ma Wenhai/For chinadaily.com.cn]


Coins in the collection of the Xiji County Coin Museum in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region. [Photo by Ma Wenhai/For chinadaily.com.cn]


Coins in the collection of the Xiji County Coin Museum in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region. [Photo by Ma Wenhai/For chinadaily.com.cn]


Coins in the collection of the Xiji County Coin Museum in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region. [Photo by Ma Wenhai/For chinadaily.com.cn]

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2020-06-04 15:47:26
<![CDATA[Bookshops to host late-night reading festival]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/04/content_1480735.htm

Sinan Books in downtown Shanghai will open 50 late night desks for readers every weekend during the festival from June 5 to 30. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

About 30 bookshops in downtown Shanghai will collaborate to launch a late-night reading festival from June 5 to 30.

During this period, the bookstores will host special sales, book signings, lectures and other events every Friday and Saturday night.

Sinan Books, located in a vintage building at Sinan Mansions on Fuxing Road Middle, will open 50 late night desks for readers between 8 pm and midnight every weekend.


Sinan Books in downtown Shanghai will open 50 late night desks for readers every weekend during the festival from June 5 to 30. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Another bookstore, The Space of Light, which is under the Xinhua Bookstore franchise, will put up pavilions and create a marketplace of books.

Other shops of the Xinhua group will also extend their opening hours during the weekends.

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2020-06-04 13:18:48
<![CDATA[China Post puts its own stamp on children's cartoon]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/04/content_1480734.htm

A child enjoys his time at Legoland Discovery Center Beijing. [Photo provided to China Daily]

China Post recently issued a set of six stamps on the classic children's cartoon, Gourd Brothers, to commemorate the International Children's Day. A total of 7.5 million sets were issued, and each costs 6.4 yuan ($0.90).

In an event that paid tribute to the cartoon, children made small gourds from Lego bricks with their parents at the Legoland Discovery Center Beijing.

The cartoon is popular among those born in the 1980s and 1990s and the event allowed them to share their childhood memories with their children.

Besides enjoying a range of miniature landmark architecture made from Lego bricks, children took part in training classes in the center and made their own works based on their imagination.

In an event that paid tribute to the cartoon Gourd Brothers, children made small gourds from Lego bricks with their parents at the Legoland Discovery Center Beijing. [Photo provided to China Daily]

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2020-06-04 13:13:57
<![CDATA[Visiting China Online: Guizhou]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/03/content_1480710.htm

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Lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets. Southwest China's Guizhou, a place with fresh air and a pleasant climate, is a hot summer tourist destination in China.


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2020-06-03 10:57:53
<![CDATA[Guilin landscape showcased through photos in Seoul]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/03/content_1480698.htm

An online photo exhibition featuring the landscape of Guilin, Southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Seoul. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

"Guilin's scenery is the best under heaven," a popular Chinese saying goes. It's a city in Southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, situated on the west bank of the Li River and borders Hunan province to the north.

In addition to the astonishing karst landscape, Guilin also boasts a long history that can be traced back 10,000 years. Home to many ethnic groups in China, such as the Zhuang, Miao, Yao and Dong, Guilin continues to be a top destination for tourists around the globe.

During an online exhibition launched by the China Cultural Center in Seoul, 60 photographs taken around Guilin show its unique beauty to the South Korean people. In 2019, a total of 292,000 South Korean visitors travelled to Guilin, making the country Guilin's largest international market.


An online photo exhibition featuring the landscape of Guilin, Southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Seoul. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online photo exhibition featuring the landscape of Guilin, Southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Seoul. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online photo exhibition featuring the landscape of Guilin, Southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Seoul. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online photo exhibition featuring the landscape of Guilin, Southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Seoul. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online photo exhibition featuring the landscape of Guilin, Southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Seoul. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-06-03 16:30:00
<![CDATA[Colorful Guizhou, an eco-tourism destination]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/02/content_1480663.htm

With the goal of building an internationally renowned mountain tourism destination, Guizhou has entered a new period of tourism development.

For those seeking eco-tourism destinations, Guizhou will be a decent choice. In 2016, Guizhou became one of the first National Ecological Civilization Pilot Zones in China. Eco Forum Global Guiyang is the only Chinese high-end international meeting with ecological civilization as its subject. #VisitingChinaonline

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2020-06-02 15:53:10
<![CDATA[A letter from Chinese youth to friends in Malaysia]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/01/content_1480616.htm

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread globally, young people in China are deeply coancerned for the well-being of their young friends across the world and are trying to deliver messages of love and care in various ways.

As a part of the project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe", a new program was recently launched by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which has collected 85 letters written by students from 17 middle schools in Beijing to young people in pandemic-stricken countries such as Hungary, Japan, Pakistan and Greece. These letters are displayed in the form of sand paintings and have been made into a series of short videos titled A Letter to Friends.

The project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe" is hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and China Public Diplomacy Association, and is supported by the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People. More videos will be produced by Chinese young people in the near future to send support and blessings to more countries.

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2020-06-01 11:10:00
<![CDATA[A letter from Chinese youth to friends in Cambodia]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/01/content_1480615.htm

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread globally, young people in China are deeply coancerned for the well-being of their young friends across the world and are trying to deliver messages of love and care in various ways.

As a part of the project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe", a new program was recently launched by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which has collected 85 letters written by students from 17 middle schools in Beijing to young people in pandemic-stricken countries such as Hungary, Japan, Pakistan and Greece. These letters are displayed in the form of sand paintings and have been made into a series of short videos titled A Letter to Friends.

The project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe" is hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and China Public Diplomacy Association, and is supported by the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People. More videos will be produced by Chinese young people in the near future to send support and blessings to more countries.

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2020-06-01 11:00:00
<![CDATA[A letter from Chinese youth to friends in South Korea]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/01/content_1480613.htm

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread globally, young people in China are deeply coancerned for the well-being of their young friends across the world and are trying to deliver messages of love and care in various ways.

As a part of the project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe", a new program was recently launched by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which has collected 85 letters written by students from 17 middle schools in Beijing to young people in pandemic-stricken countries such as Hungary, Japan, Pakistan and Greece. These letters are displayed in the form of sand paintings and have been made into a series of short videos titled A Letter to Friends.

The project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe" is hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and China Public Diplomacy Association, and is supported by the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People. More videos will be produced by Chinese young people in the near future to send support and blessings to more countries.

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2020-06-01 10:55:00
<![CDATA[A letter from Chinese youth to friends in the Philippines]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/01/content_1480612.htm

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread globally, young people in China are deeply concerned for the well-being of their young friends across the world and are trying to deliver messages of love and care in various ways.

As a part of the project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe", a new program was recently launched by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which has collected 85 letters written by students from 17 middle schools in Beijing to young people in pandemic-stricken countries such as Hungary, Japan, Pakistan and Greece. These letters are displayed in the form of sand paintings and have been made into a series of short videos titled A Letter to Friends.

The project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe" is hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and China Public Diplomacy Association, and is supported by the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People. More videos will be produced by Chinese young people in the near future to send support and blessings to more countries.

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2020-06-01 10:50:00
<![CDATA[A letter from Chinese youth to friends in Spain]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/01/content_1480611.htm

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread globally, young people in China are deeply concerned for the well-being of their young friends across the world and are trying to deliver messages of love and care in various ways.

As a part of the project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe", a new program was recently launched by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which has collected 85 letters written by students from 17 middle schools in Beijing to young people in pandemic-stricken countries such as Japan, Pakistan and Greece. These letters are displayed in the form of sand paintings and have been made into a series of short videos titled A Letter to Friends.

The project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe" is hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and China Public Diplomacy Association, and is supported by the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People. More videos will be produced by Chinese young people in the near future to send support and blessings to more countries.

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2020-06-01 11:15:14
<![CDATA[A letter from Chinese youth to friends in Thailand]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/01/content_1480610.htm

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread globally, young people in China are deeply concerned for the well-being of their young friends across the world and are trying to deliver messages of love and care in various ways.

As a part of the project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe", a new program was recently launched by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which has collected 85 letters written by students from 17 middle schools in Beijing to young people in pandemic-stricken countries such as Japan, Pakistan and Greece. These letters are displayed in the form of sand paintings and have been made into a series of short videos titled A Letter to Friends.

The project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe" is hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and China Public Diplomacy Association, and is supported by the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People. More videos will be produced by Chinese young people in the near future to send support and blessings to more countries.

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2020-06-01 11:12:20
<![CDATA[A letter from Chinese youth to friends in Hungary]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/01/content_1480576.htm

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread globally, young people in China are deeply concerned for the well-being of their young friends across the world and are trying to deliver messages of love and care in various ways.

As a part of the project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe", a new program was recently launched by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which has collected 85 letters written by students from 17 middle schools in Beijing to young people in pandemic-stricken countries such as Hungary, Japan, Pakistan and Greece. These letters are displayed in the form of sand paintings and have been made into a series of short videos titled A Letter to Friends.

The project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe" is hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and China Public Diplomacy Association, and is supported by the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People. More videos will be produced by Chinese young people in the near future to send support and blessings to more countries.

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2020-06-01 11:06:53
<![CDATA[A letter from Chinese youth to friends in Greece]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/01/content_1480575.htm

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread globally, young people in China are deeply concerned for the well-being of their young friends across the world and are trying to deliver messages of love and care in various ways.

As a part of the project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe", a new program was recently launched by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which has collected 85 letters written by students from 17 middle schools in Beijing to young people in pandemic-stricken countries such as Hungary, Japan, Pakistan and Greece. These letters are displayed in the form of sand paintings and have been made into a series of short videos titled A Letter to Friends.

The project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe" is hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and China Public Diplomacy Association, and is supported by the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People. More videos will be produced by Chinese young people in the near future to send support and blessings to more countries.

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2020-06-01 11:09:37
<![CDATA[A letter from Chinese youth to friends in Pakistan]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/01/content_1480574.htm

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread globally, young people in China are deeply coancerned for the well-being of their young friends across the world and are trying to deliver messages of love and care in various ways.

As a part of the project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe", a new program was recently launched by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which has collected 85 letters written by students from 17 middle schools in Beijing to young people in pandemic-stricken countries such as Hungary, Japan, Pakistan and Greece. These letters are displayed in the form of sand paintings and have been made into a series of short videos titled A Letter to Friends.

The project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe" is hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and China Public Diplomacy Association, and is supported by the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People. More videos will be produced by Chinese young people in the near future to send support and blessings to more countries.

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2020-06-01 11:00:33
<![CDATA[A letter from Chinese youth to friends in Iran]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/01/content_1480573.htm

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread globally, young people in China are deeply concerned for the well-being of their young friends across the world and are trying to deliver messages of love and care in various ways.

As a part of the project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe", a new program was recently launched by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which has collected 85 letters written by students from 17 middle schools in Beijing to young people in pandemic-stricken countries such as Hungary, Japan, Pakistan and Greece. These letters are displayed in the form of sand paintings and have been made into a series of short videos titled A Letter to Friends.

The project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe" is hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and China Public Diplomacy Association, and is supported by the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People. More videos will be produced by Chinese young people in the near future to send support and blessings to more countries.

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2020-06-01 11:03:13
<![CDATA[A letter from Chinese youth to friends in Japan]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/01/content_1480572.htm

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread globally, young people in China are deeply concerned for the well-being of their young friends across the world and are trying to deliver messages of love and care in various ways.

As a part of the project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe", a new program was recently launched by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which has collected 85 letters written by students from 17 middle schools in Beijing to young people in pandemic-stricken countries such as Japan, Pakistan and Greece. These letters are displayed in the form of sand paintings and have been made into a series of short videos titled A Letter to Friends.

The project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe" is hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and China Public Diplomacy Association, and is supported by the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People. More videos will be produced by Chinese young people in the near future to send support and blessings to more countries.

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2020-06-01 10:55:07
<![CDATA[A letter from Chinese youth to friends in France]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/01/content_1480571.htm

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread globally, young people in China are deeply coancerned for the well-being of their young friends across the world and are trying to deliver messages of love and care in various ways.

As a part of the project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe", a new program was recently launched by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which has collected 85 letters written by students from 17 middle schools in Beijing to young people in pandemic-stricken countries such as Hungary, Japan, Pakistan and Greece. These letters are displayed in the form of sand paintings and have been made into a series of short videos titled A Letter to Friends.

The project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe" is hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and China Public Diplomacy Association, and is supported by the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People. More videos will be produced by Chinese young people in the near future to send support and blessings to more countries.

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2020-06-01 10:57:52
<![CDATA[A Letter from Chinese youth to friends in Serbia]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/01/content_1480570.htm

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread globally, young people in China are deeply concerned for the well-being of their young friends across the world and are trying to deliver messages of love and care in various ways.

As a part of the project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe", a new program was recently launched by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which has collected 85 letters written by students from 17 middle schools in Beijing to young people in pandemic-stricken countries such as Japan, Pakistan and Greece. These letters are displayed in the form of sand paintings and have been made into a series of short videos titled A Letter to Friends.

The project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe" is hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and China Public Diplomacy Association, and is supported by the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People. More videos will be produced by Chinese young people in the near future to send support and blessings to more countries.

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2020-06-01 10:58:00
<![CDATA[A Letter from Chinese youth to friends in the UK]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/01/content_1480568.htm

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread globally, young people in China are deeply concerned for the well-being of their young friends across the world and are trying to deliver messages of love and care in various ways.

As a part of the project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe", a new program was recently launched by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which has collected 85 letters written by students from 17 middle schools in Beijing to young people in pandemic-stricken countries such as Hungary, Japan, Pakistan and Greece. These letters are displayed in the form of sand paintings and have been made into a series of short videos titled A Letter to Friends.

The project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe" is hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and China Public Diplomacy Association, and is supported by the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People. More videos will be produced by Chinese young people in the near future to send support and blessings to more countries.

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2020-06-01 10:50:28
<![CDATA[A letter from Chinese youth to friends in Poland]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/01/content_1480567.htm

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread globally, young people in China are deeply coancerned for the well-being of their young friends across the world and are trying to deliver messages of love and care in various ways.

As a part of the project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe", a new program was recently launched by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which has collected 85 letters written by students from 17 middle schools in Beijing to young people in pandemic-stricken countries such as Hungary, Japan, Pakistan and Greece. These letters are displayed in the form of sand paintings and have been made into a series of short videos titled A Letter to Friends.

The project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe" is hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and China Public Diplomacy Association, and is supported by the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People. More videos will be produced by Chinese young people in the near future to send support and blessings to more countries.

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2020-06-01 10:50:38
<![CDATA[A Letter from Chinese youth to friends in Italy]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/01/content_1480566.htm

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread globally, young people in China are deeply concerned for the well-being of their young friends across the world and are trying to deliver messages of love and care in various ways.

As a part of the project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe", a new program was recently launched by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which has collected 85 letters written by students from 17 middle schools in Beijing to young people in pandemic-stricken countries such as Hungary, Japan, Pakistan and Greece. These letters are displayed in the form of sand paintings and have been made into a series of short videos titled A Letter to Friends.

The project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe" is hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and China Public Diplomacy Association, and is supported by the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People. More videos will be produced by Chinese young people in the near future to send support and blessings to more countries.

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2020-06-01 10:53:53
<![CDATA[A letter from Chinese youth to friends in Germany]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/01/content_1480565.htm

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread globally, young people in China are deeply coancerned for the well-being of their young friends across the world and are trying to deliver messages of love and care in various ways.

As a part of the project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe", a new program was recently launched by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, which has collected 85 letters written by students from 17 middle schools in Beijing to young people in pandemic-stricken countries such as Hungary, Japan, Pakistan and Greece. These letters are displayed in the form of sand paintings and have been made into a series of short videos titled A Letter to Friends.

The project "We Are Always Together in Weal and Woe" is hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and China Public Diplomacy Association, and is supported by the China Soong Ching Ling Science & Culture Center for Young People. More videos will be produced by Chinese young people in the near future to send support and blessings to more countries.

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2020-06-01 10:54:41
<![CDATA[Coming up: Watch Mozart's masterpiece 'The Marriage of Figaro' online]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/29/content_1480506.htm

Le Nozze di Figaro, or The Marriage of Figaro, is considered the acme of Mozart's opera works. Here's a chance for you to explore this stagecraft at home.

The National Center for Performing Arts of China will host a compact concert edition of this opera at 7:30 pm in Beijing on May 30, as part of the Sound of Summer Blooms online series.

The performance is supported by seven actors and a band composed of 11 artists.

Stay tuned to the China Daily app to watch the opera live.

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2020-05-29 17:09:29
<![CDATA[Fascinating Guizhou: A Heaven of myriad mountains]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-06/01/content_1480532.htm

Southwest China's Guizhou is famous for the beauty of its mountains. As a typical representative of the karst landform, Guizhou has over 90 percent of its area covered by mountains and hills and is therefore the only Chinese province without a plain.

Lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets. As highway and high-speed rail networks were completed and improved in recent years, Guizhou, a place with fresh air and a pleasant climate being neither too cold in winter nor too hot in summer, is becoming an important tourist destination in China. 

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2020-06-01 10:26:35
<![CDATA[Happy Children's Day!]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/31/content_1480524.htm

Yip yip hooray! Let's celebrate! Happy International Children's Day! For all the kids and all who are forever young at heart, we would like to send our best wishes to you on this special day! No matter what, keep smiling!

Video provided by Bamboo Culture Corporation

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2020-05-31 11:12:36
<![CDATA[Happy Children's Day!]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/31/content_1480521.htm

Yip yip hooray! Let's celebrate! Happy International Children's Day! For all the kids and all who are forever young at heart, we would like to send our best wishes to you on this special day! No matter what, keep smiling!

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2020-05-31 11:12:36
<![CDATA[Campaign to drive up car sales with new exhibition]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/29/content_1480470.htm

Yang Rui, curator of Beijing Auto Museum, shows off the museum's vehicle collection to viewers during a livestream on May 18. [PHOTO/XINHUA]

Beijing Auto Museum has launched a series of activities to boost crowds and link the development of culture with the automobile industry.

The museum began the 2020 automobile culture campaign on May 18, which marked the 44th International Museum Day.

"The theme for this year's International Museum Day is 'Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion'and we launched the development concept of multiculturalism bringing warmth to museums in 2016," said Yang Rui, curator of the museum.

The museum works on the integrated development of diverse cultures, including automobile culture, popular science, tourism, patriotic culture and international communications, Yang added.

The 2020 automobile culture campaign, scheduled to last through December, covers a raft of activities. It includes exhibitions on the history of the automobile industry and its notable figures and simple motor maintenance activities.

The campaign also includes online services. Using livestreaming technology, the event allows people to visit the museum and even purchase a vehicle online.

The livestreaming activities launched on May 18 attracted nearly 2 million real-time online views to the museum, a record number.

The vehicle maintenance activity focuses on the standards for privately owned cars. It aims to promote scientific vehicle maintenance methods and concepts, and guides people to use and maintain their cars properly.

To improve its connection with the tourism industry and promote auto culture's role in daily life, the museum is developing cultural derivatives of the automobile industry.

For example, the museum offers a design platform for amateurs to create vehicle models and designs.

Visitors can use discarded auto parts and components to create their "dream cars". The finished products will be showcased at the museum, which not only promote the concept of environmental protection, but also help add an artistic touch to the exhibition.

In addition, the campaign is aimed at enabling automobile culture to aid consumption and boost the development of culture and industries, Yang said.

The aim is in line with the country's efforts in stabilizing and helping automobile consumption.

Several central government departments-including the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology-jointly released a notice about stabilizing and expanding automobile consumption at the end of April.

By adjusting emission standards, subsidies on new energy vehicles and phasing out obsolete diesel trucks, the notice aims to help create a friendly market environment for automobile consumption.

To explore a new era of cultural integration in automobile industry marketing, the museum takes advantage of livestreaming technology to provide visitors with multiple channels to learn about auto brands and their cultures in an attempt to promote automobile consumption.

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2020-05-29 08:56:02
<![CDATA[8 children films for International Children's Day]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/29/content_1480471.htm  Editor's note:

International Children's Day is around the corner and we have selected eight children's movies for you to enjoy this special day with your kids. Free online access to these films will be available for a limited period of time (from June 1st-June 7th), feel free to pick them up.

The films are all provided by www.1905.com

Good Boy and Kungfu(2019) [Photo/1905.com]

Good Boy and Kung Fu (2019)

The film follows Li Le, a boy deeply in love with Chinese martial arts who has been learning it from his grandfather since childhood. He tries to win a martial arts contest to get a free family tour in Macao to bring together his divorced parents. His grandpa discovers his plot and tries to persuade the grandson to quit the contest, yet is convinced otherwise. They try to fake a "kidnapping", but the consequences are beyond their original plan.

Click here to watch the film https://www.1905.com/vod/play/1422326.shtml


A Journey to the Seaside(2019)[Photo/1905.com]

A Journey to the Seaside (2019)

A driver, Shen Tong, played by actor Sha Yi, receives an order sending an 8-year-old boy and his dog from Beijing to Zhoushan in Zhejiang province. Shen reluctantly accepts the order just for the payment. On the way, he and the boy go through many experiences together, which changes their attitudes. At the end of the journey, Shen finds there might be some relations between him and the boy. This is a journey that heals two lonely hearts——one of an adult, the other a child.

Click here to watch the film https://www.1905.com/vod/play/1451546.shtml


Little Tigers(2013)[Photo/1905.com]

Little Tigers (2013)

Winning many awards, the film features some children helping to deliver important messages during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1931-45). The main actors, chosen from about 30,000 children in auditions, had little acting experience but successfully portray the characters with natural and vivid performances.

Click here to watch the film https://www.1905.com/vod/play/689905.shtml


Animal Rescue Squad(2019)[Photo/1905.com]

Animal Rescue Squad (2019)

A ship carrying highly toxic raw material is robbed by pirates. Besides a parrot, all crew members mysteriously died. Despite this, the ship is still heading to port at a full speed, which will cause a huge disaster. A girl who can talk to animals happens to learn about the accident and tries to save the sea, the port and the people with her animal friends.

Click here to watch the film https://www.1905.com/vod/play/1411518.shtml


Running Like Wind(2017)[Photo/1905.com]

Running Like Wind (2017)

Adapted from a true story, this inspirational film tells a tale of a group of girls from the Li ethnic group who never encountered soccer before, but who manage to fulfill a soccer dream with tears and laughter after overcoming all sorts of difficulties.

The film is full of conflicts between tradition and modernity, and apart from displaying sportsmanship and youthful energy; it also stresses the significance of friendship and kinship.

Click here to watch the film https://www.1905.com/vod/play/1458181.shtml


My Football Dream(2016)[Photo/1905.com]

My Football Dream (2016)

Yingchao's father is a big fan of football but was injured in a match. He puts all his expectations on his son, to whom football is not only a sport, but also a way to gain insights into the big world. Another character is the headmaster, Mr Ding, who intends to combine academic study with football training. Finally a football team is established in school, which carries hope for the future of Chinese soccer.

Click here to watch the film https://www.1905.com/vod/play/1032342.shtml


Mai Mai Ti's 2008(2008)[Photo/1905.com]

Mai Mai Ti's 2008 (2008)

"Mai Mai Ti's 2008" is an Olympics promotional film about a children's soccer team in North China. Shawei village is near the Taklimakan Desert; people here are fascinated with soccer and are very talented in the sport.

The protagonist Mai Mai Ti, who was accidentally assigned to be a PE teacher at a local school, actually dreams of performing Dawazi (an ethnic art of tightrope walking) at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But to go back to the city to create his own art troupe, he has to help the village win a local soccer match. So he sets up a children's soccer team in the village and tries to train these kids to win.

Click here to watch the film https://www.1905.com/vod/play/85669.shtml


Kung Fu Boys(2016)[Photo/1905.com]

Kung Fu Boys (2016)

A Chinese boy born in the US is sent back to China to live with his uncle. The boy has excellent kung fu skills and always dreams of being a big hero, but he continues to run into tricky situations in China and brings a lot of trouble to himself and his uncle and even gets himself involved in an international crime.

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2020-05-29 09:17:15
<![CDATA[NPC deputy: Digital Dunhuang brings people at home closer to art]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/27/content_1480417.htm

As a famous world heritage site, Dunhuang Mogao Grotto has 45,000 square meters of wall paintings and more than 2,000 sculptures. Su Bomin, vice-president of Dunhuang Academy, shares the steps the academy has taken in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, including the launch of two new projects.

One is online tour of Dunhuang and another is Digital Dunhuang Project. Both of these projects focus on people who want to learn about Dunhuang wall paintings' characteristics, so that people can stay home and learn about the Dunhuang wall paintings.

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2020-05-27 17:34:20
<![CDATA[Visiting China Online: Yunnan]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/27/content_1480369.htm

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There are many renowned scenic spots in Yunnan province, such as Lijiang Old Town, Hani Terrace, Yulong Snow Mountain, Erhai Lake, Dianchi and Xishuangbanna. Enjoy a slower pace of life in picturesque Yunnan province.


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2020-05-27 10:00:00
<![CDATA[Artists perform man-and-puppet show in Lin'gao county, Hainan]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/27/content_1480368.htm

Artists perform man-and-puppet show at Meilang Village in Lin'gao county, South China's Hainan province on May 24, 2020. The man-and-puppet show, a local art originating in Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), was listed as a national intangible cultural heritage. Accompanied by traditional instruments, puppeteers and lifelike puppets perform on stage together.[Photo/Xinhua]


Artists perform man-and-puppet show at Meilang Village in Lin'gao county, South China's Hainan province on May 24, 2020. The man-and-puppet show, a local art originating in Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), was listed as a national intangible cultural heritage. Accompanied by traditional instruments, puppeteers and lifelike puppets perform on stage together.[Photo/Xinhua]


Artists perform man-and-puppet show at Meilang Village in Lin'gao county, South China's Hainan province on May 24, 2020. The man-and-puppet show, a local art originating in Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), was listed as a national intangible cultural heritage. Accompanied by traditional instruments, puppeteers and lifelike puppets perform on stage together.[Photo/Xinhua]


Artists perform man-and-puppet show at Meilang Village in Lin'gao county, South China's Hainan province on May 24, 2020. The man-and-puppet show, a local art originating in Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), was listed as a national intangible cultural heritage. Accompanied by traditional instruments, puppeteers and lifelike puppets perform on stage together.[Photo/Xinhua]


An artist perform man-and-puppet show at Meilang Village in Lin'gao county, South China's Hainan province on May 24, 2020. The man-and-puppet show, a local art originating in Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), was listed as a national intangible cultural heritage. Accompanied by traditional instruments, puppeteers and lifelike puppets perform on stage together.[Photo/Xinhua]

 

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2020-05-27 09:51:54
<![CDATA[Cultural sector finds new ways to tell stories]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/27/content_1480367.htm

Tourists visit the Palace Museum in Beijing this month. As the COVID-19 curve flattens in China, more museums are opening to the public. CHEN ZHONGHAO/XINHUA

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced performers and venues to innovate. Chen Nan, Xu Fan and Wang Kaihao report.

Actor Feng Yuanzheng used to spend most Spring Festival holidays at his workplace, The Beijing People's Art Theatre.

Founded in 1952, the well-regarded venue is a 20-minute walk from Wangfujing, a popular shopping street that missed the usual Spring Festival crowds this year because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

On Jan 15, the theater began staging Family Reunion, in which Feng played the lead role of Wang Mantang, who devoted his life to repairing and protecting ancient buildings. The play spans four decades and centers on Wang's family life in a traditional alley in the capital.

Feng, who leads the theater's acting troupe, has played the role every Spring Festival for the past 15 years.

This year's performances were due to run until Jan 30. However, on Jan 23, the day before Lunar New Year's Eve, Feng received a call from a colleague who told him the run was being canceled.

"At the time, I didn't know how serious the virus was. I noticed that many audience members were wearing face masks and the actors looked concerned," recalled Feng, a member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

He spent the holiday at home in Beijing with his wife, but the usual family gatherings were canceled.

The performing arts market pressed the "pause" button as a result of the pandemic. Theaters nationwide were closed to prevent the spread of the virus, with actors seeing jobs canceled and productions postponed.

"It was not until mid-February that we restarted our actor training courses, such as script readings, via online programs," Feng said.

"The pandemic not only forced us to undergo hardship but also caused theatergoers to avoid theaters. It has been a challenging experience for everyone."


A Peking Opera singer livestreams at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. [Photo/China News Service]

Curtains lifted

Now, good tidings have appeared as the virus has largely been contained in China.

According to a May 12 guideline issued by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, theaters and cinemas in places deemed at low risk of coronavirus transmission can put on small commercial performances, providing they obtain government permission.

Audience members must book tickets in advance and numbers must be limited to 30 percent of the full seating capacity.

"Though it still poses a challenge for us, things are getting better," Feng said. He said his theater will reopen with some new free events, such as actors reading classic works, for the troupe's 68th birthday on June 12.

"What we want to do first is to usher audiences back into theaters. They have been waiting for a long time," he said, adding that some low-budget programs will be produced with fewer actors and creative team members onstage.

Feng said that in recent years, audiences have regarded attending plays as a new lifestyle choice. However, without revenue, some theaters and performing arts companies have closed down.

Consequently, as a top-level political adviser, Feng's proposals at this year's two sessions focus on the use of government funds to rescue the performing arts.

According to his research, Beijing has more than 5,000 theaters and companies qualified to stage performances, with 80 percent of them privately owned.

"Those companies need financial support to get through this," he said. "Next year will see the performing arts recover from this loss."


Actor Feng Yuanzheng and colleagues rehearse at The Beijing People's Art Theatre in January. ZOU HONG/CHINA DAILY

Tribute

Shows are returning in various formats. On May 18, 2001, UNESCO proclaimed Kunqu Opera a "masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity".

On May 16, the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe launched an online show as part of a series of events to mark the anniversary. The Zhejiang Kunqu Opera Troupe and the Suzhou Kunqu Opera Troupe also participated. Over 600,000 people watched the performance online.

"We have not performed in our theater since January, which has been very difficult," said Gu Haohao, president of the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe. "But we are now busy preparing more free online shows."

Despite the disrupted schedule, the Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center has announced a performance plan for the second half of the year.

The Eternal Wave, a dance drama, will be staged by the Shanghai Dance Theatre from Aug 13 to 16, while the Mandarin version of the Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde will be staged from Nov 5 to 15.

The Eternal Wave, adapted from a classic 1950s film, revolves around an underground Communist telegrapher who works in the shadows to fight enemies. Since its premiere in 2018, the show has been staged more than 100 times nationwide, according to its director Zhou Liya.

"Many fans shared their anticipation of the theater reopening," Zhou said. "Though some shows have moved onto livestreams, we still need the intimate experience of sitting in a theater with actors performing onstage."


Film director Jia Zhangke uses a smartphone to shoot Visit, a threeminute short movie, in his office. CHINA DAILY

Silver screen reset

From the 100-plus day closure of nearly 70,000 screens nationwide, China's film and TV industry has seen blockbusters withdrawn and shooting suspended.

The China Film Administration estimates that box offices will face a loss of more than 30 billion yuan ($4.2 billion) this year, nearly half last year's total take.

But China-the second-largest market in terms of annual box-office revenue-is seeing signs of recovery, as noted by some industry insiders attending the two sessions.

Film director Jia Zhangke, a deputy to the 13th National People's Congress from Shanxi province, has a positive take on the suspension of business.

"China's film industry had maintained a high annual growth rate for many years, drawing floods of hot money but also creating a waste of resources," he said.

In recent years, China produced over 1,000 feature-length films annually, but most couldn't be screened in theaters due to fierce competition, he added. He predicted that the suspension will "squeeze out bubbles and shift the filmmakers' pursuit of quantity to quality".

Jia is one of China's most acclaimed directors internationally, particularly for Still Life, which won the Golden Lion at the 2006 Venice Film Festival. He said the pandemic has provided inspiration.

In March, he was invited to join six other directors to make short films for a project at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece, held online last month.

Seeing the project as a way to support fellow filmmakers amid the pandemic, Jia used a smartphone to shoot Visit, a three-minute short, in just one day. It has just three actors-Jia and two friends.

" (In the film), you'll see how social etiquette like shaking hands, easygoing atmospheres and getting along with acquaintances have been forced to change," he said.

"But the film ends with on a hopeful note, reflecting the fact that I really miss the days when people got together."

Speaking about the Pingyao International Film Festival in Shanxi, scheduled for Oct 10 to 19, Jia-the organizer-said his team has started preparing a video connection plan with foreign filmmakers in case the outbreak has not been globally contained by then.


A string quartet practices for an online concert last month in Beijing. LI YIBO/XINHUA

Exemptions

The development of the internet may rewrite the rules of China's showbiz industry, as some films have premiered on online streaming platforms recently.

Nevertheless, Zhang Guangbei, a veteran actor and member of the 13th National Committee of the CPPCC, believes watching films in cinemas will survive. "Cinema is a special art form that provides an immersive experience, and needs the audience to sit quietly in a confined space," the 60-year-old said.

The Ministry of Finance and the China Film Administration recently announced that Hubei province, one of the places hardest hit by the outbreak, would be exempt from paying the National Film Industry Development Special Fund levy-amounting to 5 percent of box-office revenue-this year.

The policy will apply to the rest of the country for the January to August period. In addition, all cinemas have been exempted from paying value-added tax?.3 percent of gross box-office receipts-this year.

Zhang is excited to see policies enacted to boost the beleaguered industry. In addition to this stimulus, shooting is gradually resuming.

Before the two sessions began, he was in Anhui province to shoot his new film, the poverty alleviation-themed Great Things. Filming of the movie, based on a true story, was scheduled to start in early February, but it was postponed.

Zhang said the industry is recovering. "Most of the greatest films (in China) were born in historic moments," he said.

"I heard that groups of filmmakers and TV workers have already started scripting (coronavirus-themed) stories," he said. "If I am invited to join in, I will not hesitate."


A museum guide introduces an exhibition via a livestream in Handan, Hebei province, this month. HAO QUNYING/FOR CHINA DAILY

Online museums

Last year, the 5,535 museums registered on the Chinese mainland saw a combined 1.23 billion visits, setting a record, according to statistics released by the National Cultural Heritage Administration on May 18, International Museum Day.

The number of visits will inevitably fall this year.

Before Spring Festival, museums nationwide closed their doors almost overnight to contain the virus. Though many have reopened since March, caps on the number of daily visitors and restrictions on the areas allowed to reopen are being strictly observed by institutions nationwide.

For example, the Palace Museum in Beijing, aka the Forbidden City, received a record-breaking 19 million visits last year-more than any other museum in the world.

It began reopening to tourists on May 1 after a 98-day hiatus, but only 8,000 visitors are allowed to enter the compound every day-from 80,000 before the outbreak.

In addition, online platforms have changed how people digest museum exhibitions.

"Thanks to the fast development of technology, exhibitions 'in the cloud' boomed during the physical closure of venues," said Liu Yuzhu, director of the National Cultural Heritage Administration and a member of the 13th National Committee of the CPPCC.

According to Liu, more than 2,000 online exhibitions were organized by museums nationwide during the Spring Festival season.

Using virtual reality, livestreamed guides, lectures and other online methods, they attracted over 5 billion views-more than four times the number of visits to China's museums last year.

"The people's warm welcome shows that physical closure never means losing the amazement prompted by cultural heritage as museums have marched toward 'smart formats' in recent years," Liu said.

He Yun'ao, a professor of history and archaeology at Nanjing University in Jiangsu province, believes that while the pandemic brought great inconvenience to museums, it also uncovered people's enthusiasm for cultural heritage.

For example, in March, He, a member of the 13th National Committee of the CPPCC, delivered a lecture about Nanjing's history via a museum's social media account. It was viewed by 460,000 people.

"I'm used to lecturing to up to 200 students in class. How could it be that so many people were interested in a topic which even I thought was a little bit too academic?" He said.

"Before, many museum operators, who are also scholars, were reluctant to adopt online formats. But now they have to look for ways to embrace change and get in touch with the people."

The attraction of cultural heritage has also gone far beyond the professionals' expectations in some areas previously considered less attractive to nonprofessionals.

During the May Day holiday, daily livestreams were organized to show the final round of appraisals to choose the country's 10 best archaeological discoveries last year.

Since the first annual list, dubbed "The Oscars of Chinese Archaeology", was issued in 1990, the appraisal had always been done behind closed doors.

However, as the experts judged the 20 finalists through online Q&A sessions packed with archaeological terminology, the live broadcasts attracted over 28 million views.

"Chinese people's scientific literacy and knowledge have greatly improved," He said.

"The surprising popularity also reminded museum operators that the visitors they'll receive are no longer tourists rushing from one stop to the next. New ways have to be continuously created through high-tech channels to make cultural relics understood on a deeper level."

Many museums have invited He to deliver online speeches. For many venues, initial trials of livestreams or social media became regular events within a few months.

"Once triggered, the 'going online' trend will not stop when the coronavirus situation is over," He said.

"As such, the spaces offered by museums can be greatly expanded."

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2020-05-27 09:18:37
<![CDATA[A crafty concept]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/27/content_1480364.htm

Displayed on the variety show, Qiaoshou Shentan: an origami work featuring elephants by Liu Tong. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Celebrities turn detective for a creative TV show which lauds the spirit of China's craftsmen and women in a fresh new way, Li Yingxue reports.

A special, exquisite invitation made of chocolate, bearing an enigmatic challenge, lured the five "detectives" to the wedding. The challenge stated that four items made of chocolate were hidden somewhere at the wedding venue, disguised as everyday objects. The challenge was to find them all.

Maybe it was the skill of the chocolatiers, or perhaps it was the work of a secret saboteur, but the detectives failed to discover any of them.

It turns out that the desk at the entrance to the venue, a plate holding some candy, a ticking clock and a statue of Cupid were deftly disguised confectionary.

It was a scene from an episode of a new variety show that premiered on April 18 on Hunan Satellite TV named Qiaoshou Shentan (meaning "the craft detectives"), which aims to show the audience how magical handicrafts can be.

Five episodes in and the show is already a hit on micro-blogging platform Sina Weibo, having been discussed more than 12 million times, in posts that had been read 1.4 billion times. Numerous viewers have been impressed by the craftsmen's work and showed interest in trying their hand at recreating some of the handiwork demonstrated on the show themselves.

Xu Qing, 49, producer of the show, came up with the idea for the show at the beginning of last year.

"Our team was inspired by popular short videos of craftsmen, and we noticed that handicrafts have become a new trend among young people, so we were thinking how we could do something that covers this niche field," Xu says.

"This field is a trail set for blazing, but also a challenge at the same time."

The most difficult of which is how to present the craftwork while holding the audience's interest for more than an hour.


An egg-carving piece by Yang Xingguo. [Photo provided to China Daily]

After several rounds of brainstorming, the team decided to use deduction stories as the narrative to attract the audience and pull them in-connecting the craft with a bit of mystery. The craftsmen's work is hidden in the storyline and set among the objects at the location for the detectives to uncover.

The craftsmen come from a wide range of specialty fields, mainly of the traditional Chinese arts and handicrafts, such as dough modeling, embroidery and jade carving.

There are also more contemporary crafts on show as well, such as high-tech gadgetry and objects, like bionic animals and special effects props.

"We invited craftsmen of traditional skills, who inherit them or innovate with them, and we also invited some who are leading domestic trends that will be fresh to a young audience," Xu explains.

In each episode, the production team builds three themed rooms to illustrate the crafts that fit the story. "It's like small exhibitions for each craftsman," she says.


A miniature Chinese musical instrument, ruan, made by Huang. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Patience is a virtue

According to Xu, there are some crafts that the team has not managed to figure out a proper way to exhibit yet, but the team is working on it for the next season of the show.

"All the pieces of craftwork presented in our show are tailor-made for us by the craftsmen, which makes the preparation time of the show longer," Xu says.

That additional time, however, can pay dividends in the quality of the production and the effect the team is trying to achieve.

For instance, when the film crew brought back the rushes of the episode featuring wax statue maker Zhou Xuerong, the work was so good that Xu mistook the wax statue of Zhou's grandmother in the video for Zhou herself.

"It was so real, from the skin texture to each individual hair," Xu says. "Because she only makes wax statues of people close to her, with whom she is so familiar and has deep feelings for, she puts her heart into the creation."

"It breaks our fixed impression that wax statues are only for celebrities," Xu adds.

The celebrity detective group is another highlight of the show-anchor Du Haitao, singer Zhou Zhennan, director and actor Xiao Yang, actresses Tan Zhuo and Angelababy-they are all so different from one another, but have subtle chemistry together. For example, the director Xiao, 40, a graduate from the School of Fine Art under the Beijing Film Academy in 2005, brought his fine art background to bear in the show, revealing a side to him with which the audience may not be familiar.

"Each detective displays elements of their personality that are new to the audience, because this show is different to others they have participated in before," Xu says.

"They are all so devoted to the show, and every craftwork interests them, so they are like the eyes through which the audience see the delicacy of each piece."

Xu says that, as the group members get more familiar with one another, the show is getting funnier.

Angelababy, she notes, has an eye for detail and she is interested in making craftwork herself.

Tan, it turns out, is a fan of card game The Werewolves of Millers Hollow-a game in which players' roles are sometimes obfuscated for nefarious purposes-which as Xu points out "is similar to the show, because in each episode one of the detectives has the secret role of hindering the team to help the craftsmen".

Du, meanwhile, has taken to social media to praise the production, posting on his Sina Weibo account that the show is made by TV craftsmen to tell the stories of the craftsmen around them.


A miniature painting by Huang Genbao, of Chinese classic, The Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Popular influence

The show has received 7.5 out of 10 points on review site Douban. User Weizhuang expressed surprise at how designer Wei Minghui turned waste into shimmering fashion-from the model's clothes and accessories to bags-for a catwalk show.

"It's not only the display of a creative idea, but also the process of recycling resources, and the fact that the uniqueness of the materials can satisfy the youth's pursuit of personality," the user comments.

Origami master Liu Tong impressed another user, named Think, with his paper folding skills, which use precise calculation, including analytical geometry, calculus and mathematical analysis.

From a vase, a three-foot vessel to the Archangel Gabriel, art of all shapes and sizes can be realized by Liu's magic hands.

"It turns out that mathematics, plus paper folding, can really 'fold' the whole world," Think writes on Douban.

Leng Song, a video reality show specialist, says the success of Qiaoshou Shentan is due to the creative way that it pays tribute to craftsman spirit by creating suspense and uncovering the secrets of the crafts on display.

"Xu's team is always at the forefront of tackling the topics that others dare not. The show combines the best of a variety show, interactive experience and the craftsman spirit," Leng says of the show.

Xu considers it a show that looks up to the craftsmen it portrays. "They can bear the loneliness and hard work," she says.

Unlike the documentary Craftsman of Great Powers, made by China Central Television's news channel in 2015, Qiaoshou Shentan is aimed more precisely at young people, the main audience of Hunan Satellite TV.

"We want to show the youth that there is not only elite education, but also a blue collar education, which can turn their interests into a successful career and bring them happiness," Xu says.

"Also, we often neglect the craft skills in our daily life, but if we have the interest, it can be part of the high-quality life we pursue."

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2020-05-27 08:45:25
<![CDATA[The rhythm of hope rings out]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/27/content_1480361.htm

Indie rock band Miserable Faith performs in their first show after the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei province, on May 15. The concert was livestreamed as a pay-to-watch gig and was warmly welcomed by nationwide music fans. [PHOTO BY HASONG/FOR CHINA DAILY]

The show, as they say, must go on and, as recovery blooms, bands take to the stage, Chen Nan reports.

The beat goes on. Guitars, drums, the rhythm of life. The electronic pulse of recovery is beating strong. Chinese indie rock band Miserable Faith livestreamed a concert on May 15. This was their first show after the COVID-19 outbreak. Nearly 400,000 people watched the online concert which cost 18 yuan ($2.52) per ticket. More than 4,400 people watched at 29 live-music venues in 23 Chinese cities.

The band performed their hits, including West Lake, Sing for You and Road Song during the 90-minute gig. They also expressed their gratitude and respect for health workers who fought against the pandemic with May Love Be Without Worries.

But the emotional best was saved to last. At the end of the concert, lead vocalist Gao Hu asked: "Do you know where we are? The Yangtze River is right behind us. We are performing in Wuhan." The location of the concert had been kept a secret. The reaction could have been picked up on the Richter scale.

On April 8, Wuhan, the city hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak, lifted outbound travel restrictions after 76 days of lockdown. People in Wuhan are embracing the city's rebirth, as daily life-restaurants, shopping malls, transportation, delivery services and manufacturing-gradually recovers.

"We've been fighting together and everything will be fine," Gao said on stage. The band donated medical supplies worth 1 million yuan to Wuhan on Jan 24.

"I really miss the atmosphere of watching a rock show at a live-music venue," says 23-year-old Liu Xiao, one of the audience members who watched the show online from Beijing. "Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, there have been no shows for months. When Miserable Faith announced their online concert, I was very excited and bought the ticket. Although it was not a real concert, where I could enjoy their music live, I still felt great. Live music is going to come back when everything gets back to normal."


Gao Hu, lead vocalist of Miserable Faith, performs at a recent concert held in Wuhan, Hubei province. [PHOTO BY HASONG/FOR CHINA DAILY]

According to China's indie record label Modern Sky, organizer of Miserable Faith's Wuhan concert, it has released a series of online concerts with a pay-per-view model to support indie rock musicians with all the revenue going to the bands. The project, titled Strawberry Nebula 2020, also collaborated with over 60 live-music venues across the country to invite people to watch online shows with a limited capacity.

"We chose Wuhan not only because the city has been so strong during the fight against the pandemic but also because it's a must-go place for indie rock bands when they launch nationwide tours," says Zhang Chongshuo, who is in charge of Strawberry Nebula 2020. He adds that Wuhan is known for its vibrant indie music scene, especially punk rock.

Veteran drummer Zhu Ning, who is also the owner and founder of Vox, Wuhan's first live-music venue for indie music, joined in Miserable Faith's Wuhan concert as a drummer.

"Since January, we have canceled all our shows at Vox. It was not until April 8 that we went back to work," says Zhu, 48, who was a drummer of Wuhan punk rock band Shengming Zhi Bing (literally meaning "bread of life"). He left the band in 2000 and the band was renamed SMZB afterward. He named the venue Vox, referring to the voice of youth and freedom.

On May 15, over 100 fans watched Miserable Faith's Wuhan concert at Vox together.


Ouyang Haopeng of another group, Jiulian Zhenren, performs in the band's first virtual concert on May 17. [PHOTO BY ZHOU CHEN/FOR CHINA DAILY]

According to Zhang, live-music venues have been affected severely by the pandemic, and it's unclear when they will begin to recover. Since February, some live-music venues have closed due to the lack of income, such as Tu Space in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, and DDC in Beijing.

Strawberry Nebula 2020 also aims at helping live-music venues to recover from the heavy blow of the pandemic.

"Live-music venues gave birth to many great Chinese indie rock bands. With the pay-to-watch model, those live-music venues will get some income when people watch those online shows together," Zhang says.

Besides Miserable Faith, other Chinese indie bands have tried to reconnect with their fans by holding pay-to-watch online shows.

On May 17, the three-piece rock band from Lianping county, Guangdong province, Jiulian Zhenren, gave their first ever online show, which attracted about 120,000 audience members. The show cost 12 yuan per ticket.

"Since all the ticket revenues are given to the bands, it guarantees the bands' income during the pandemic," says music critic Deng Ke.

The young band, which sings in a combination of Mandarin and the Hakka dialect, celebrated their second anniversary on May 4. Band members are lead vocalist, guitarist and singer-songwriter Ouyang Haopeng, vocalist and trumpet player Mai Haipeng and bassist Ye Wanli.

They rose to instant fame after making their debut appearance on the reality show, The Big Band.

"We've been planning to perform our first concert for a long time but our plans were disturbed by the COVID-19 outbreak, which was very disappointing," says Ouyang, 26, who's also a primary school art teacher. Three years ago he quit his job at a film and television company in Shenzhen to return to his hometown. "The first show was very special to all of us."


Veteran drummer Zhu Ning, performs at a recent concert held in Wuhan, Hubei province. [PHOTO BY HASONG/FOR CHINA DAILY]

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2020-05-27 08:19:38
<![CDATA[Colorful Yunnan with diverse ethnic features]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/26/content_1480329.htm

China has 56 ethnic groups, and 26 of them have been living in Yunnan for generations. With a unique blend of dozens of ethnic groups, Yunnan is a place where you can experience a variety of folk customs, festivals, ethnic arts and local foods.

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2020-05-26 10:57:43
<![CDATA[Visiting China Online: Hubei]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/25/content_1480309.htm

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As the COVID-19 ebbs, Hubei's culture & tourism industry sees a recovery. Let's take on an online journey to the central Chinese province to find its beautiful landscapes, age-old Chu culture & mouthwatering foods.


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2020-05-25 14:41:15
<![CDATA[NPC deputy: Spinning bamboo into gold]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/25/content_1480307.htm

Yang Changqin, middle, teaches trainees techniques of bamboo weaving at the training center in Chishui, Southwest China's Guizhou province, in May 2020. [Photo by Wang Hong/provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

NPC deputy Yang Changqin, an inheritor of Chishui bamboo weaving, an intangible cultural heritage (ICH), proposes tapping distinctive local resources as a shot in the arm for rural vitalization.

What Yang, a member of the Miao ethnic group from Chishui, Southwest China's Guizhou province, has been doing over the past decade is exactly in line with her proposal.

Supported by the local government, Yang founded her bamboo weaving company in 2012 and named it "Hand in Hand" in the hopes she could hold more locals' hands, pull them out of poverty and help them get rich.

Founded with only four employees, the company now has more than 100 full-time employees, mostly "left-behind" women from poor households, Yang said.

Delicate and creative bamboo products including vessel covers, bags and paintings, are sold under the brand Absolute Bamboo through physical stores, expos and e-commerce platforms.

"Last year, our company's sales exceeded six million yuan ($843,063), two million ($281,021) more than that in 2018," Yang said, adding 60 percent of her company's products were sold overseas.


Yang Changqin sits by a table on which bamboo-weaving handicrafts are displyed, in Chishui, Southwest China's Guizhou province, in May 2020. [Photo by Wang Hong/provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Aside from adding jobs and increasing her country fellows' incomes, the boom of Yang's company is further shared by the local community.

As her company was invested with the government's special poverty alleviation funds, 177 registered poor households can enjoy the company's dividends.

"So far nearly 120,000 yuan has been paid as dividends to our village," Yang told China Daily website on May 21.

Yang's success sets an example. Neighboring villages have also started developing their own bamboo-weaving industries.

In 2019, Yang transformed the premises of a relocated school into a production and training base in her hometown Datong township.

So far, more than two thousand people, young and old, from near and afar, have "graduated" from the center and acquired fundamental bamboo weaving techniques, Yang said.


Yang Changqin, middle, shows a bamboo-weaving painting at her workshop in Chishui, Southwest China's Guizhou province, in May 2020. [Photo by Wang Hong/provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Chishui city has currently about 200,000 people engaged in bamboo planting, processing and tourism, nurturing an industrial chain underpinned by 88,553 hectares of bamboo groves, according to a report from Xinhua News Agency.

To keep the progress sustainable, the NPC deputy pointed out several more things need doing to strengthen the city's hard-earned poverty reduction results.

"For example, I've had a really hard time seeking marketing channels, taking our handicrafts on the road to various expos around the country for potential customers."

The inheritor also emphasized the significance of subsidizing inheritors.

"Acquiring the craft takes months, and becoming adept, years. To ease the financial burden of inheritors and keep them motivated, direct subsidies are indispensable."

Born in 1990, Yang was recognized as a provincial-level inheritor of Chishui bamboo weaving in 2015, making herself the youngest inheritor of this heritage.


Yang Changqin teaches trainees techniques of bamboo weaving at the training center in Chishui, Southwest China's Guizhou province, on Nov 12, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]


Yang Changqin splits bamboo in Chishui, Southwest China's Guizhou province, on Nov 12, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]


A local learns to weave a cover for a vessel with bamboo threads at the training center in Chishui, Southwest China’s Guizhou province, on Nov 12, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]


Yang Changqin gathers bamboo in Chishui, Southwest China's Guizhou province, on Nov 12, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]


Yang Changqin processes bamboo in Chishui, Southwest China's Guizhou province, on Nov 11, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-05-25 12:39:49
<![CDATA[Traditional Tibetan musical resumes public performance]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/25/content_1480305.htm

Actors perform a traditional Tibetan musical in Hailuowan theater, Xiahe county, Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture of Northwest China's Gansu province, May 24, 2020. The musical resumed public performance under strict epidemic-control measures, signaling a gradual recovery of local culture and tourism industry. [Photo/Xinhua]


Actors perform a traditional Tibetan musical in Hailuowan theater, Xiahe county, Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture of Northwest China's Gansu province, May 24, 2020. The musical resumed public performance under strict epidemic-control measures, signaling a gradual recovery of local culture and tourism industry. [Photo/Xinhua]


Actors perform a traditional Tibetan musical in Hailuowan theater, Xiahe county, Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture of Northwest China's Gansu province, May 24, 2020. The musical resumed public performance under strict epidemic-control measures, signaling a gradual recovery of local culture and tourism industry. [Photo/Xinhua]


Actors perform a traditional Tibetan musical in Hailuowan theater, Xiahe county, Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture of Northwest China's Gansu province, May 24, 2020. The musical resumed public performance under strict epidemic-control measures, signaling a gradual recovery of local culture and tourism industry. [Photo/Xinhua]


Actors perform a traditional Tibetan musical in Hailuowan theater, Xiahe county, Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture of Northwest China's Gansu province, May 24, 2020. The musical resumed public performance under strict epidemic-control measures, signaling a gradual recovery of local culture and tourism industry. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

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2020-05-25 11:29:21
<![CDATA[Yunnan, a popular tourism destination]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/25/content_1480281.htm

Yunnan province in Southwest China, known as South of the Colored Clouds, has been a popular destination for tourists from China and abroad. It has delightful weather, magnificent natural scenery, numerous historical sites and colorful folk customs, attracting many visitors.

 

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2020-05-25 15:48:13
<![CDATA[Splendid landmarks of Hubei through all four seasons]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/25/content_1480279.htm

Hubei province is a popular tourist destination in Central China, and the core area of the Yangtze River International Golden Tourism Belt. A four-hour high speed rail ride from Hubei can reach over 70 percent of cities across China.

People visit the area to admire cherry blossoms in spring, red lotus flowers that dot lakes and ponds in summer, the sweet-scented Osmanthus flowers that fill the air in autumn and the early plum blossoms that usher in another year of hope in winter.

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2020-05-25 15:01:56
<![CDATA[Experiencing the charm of Hubei in Central China]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/25/content_1480278.htm

Central China's Hubei province is the cradle of the ancient Chu culture, and a place with rich tourism resources and profound cultural heritage.

There are many rivers there, including the magnificent Yangtze River, and the long, clear and rippling Han River.

It's home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Shennongjia National Park, an ancient building complex in Wudang Mountain and the Xianling Mausoleum of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

It's also known for mouthwatering delicacies such as Wuchang fish, steamed pork, hot dry noodles and crayfish - a summer must-try .

As the spread of COVID-19 gradually comes under control in the once hard-hit area, let us take you on an online journey there.

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2020-05-25 15:00:27
<![CDATA[China selects technological innovation projects in culture, tourism industry]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/23/content_1480224.htm BEIJING, May 22 (Xinhua) -- China has launched a national campaign to select outstanding scientific and technological innovation projects in the country's culture and tourism industry in 2020, soliciting recommendations from society, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The move is to further promote scientific and technological innovation and invigorate the development of the industry, according to a circular released by the ministry.

Projects conducive to industrial innovative development, epidemic control and the resumption of work and production should be recommended in the fields of artistic creation and production, public cultural and tourism services, the protection and inheritance of intangible cultural heritage and beyond, said the circular.

Noting that applications and recommendations should be submitted through the website of the ministry, the circular said the deadline for recommendations is July 7, 2020.

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2020-05-23 17:14:11
<![CDATA[Bring a touch of drama to your wardrobe]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/25/content_1480229.htm

 

 

Bring a touch of the dramatic to your wardrobe with these statement-makers for men and women.

Zahara 70mm ankle boots, Gucci [Photo provided to China Daily]


White Moon square sunglasses, Anna-Karin Karlsson [Photo provided to China Daily]


Skeleton cufflinks, Paul Smith [Photo provided to China Daily]


Baby Ghizlan mini bag, Rosantica [Photo provided to China Daily]


Logo plaque colour block belt, GCDS [Photo provided to China Daily]


Mismatched pearl and gold-plated hoop earrings, Timeless Pearly [Photo provided to China Daily]


Striped seersucker tie, Thom Browne [Photo provided to China Daily]

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2020-05-25 09:25:06
<![CDATA[Larger than life]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/25/content_1480228.htm

[Photo/Szilveszter Makó/Courtesy of Manish Arora]

Manish Arora makes some of fashion's most artful creations ?and his AW20 collection is gallery-worthy.

 

 

Although not a household name, India's Manish Arora is one of the most inspiring designers in the world of contemporary fashion. Sometimes referred to as South Asia's John Galliano, he's known for a butterfly-like color palette ?especially his signature pink and gold ?and kitsch motifs in clothing that combines his astute workmanship in traditional Indian crafts like embroidery and beading with Western silhouettes.

Despite being independent since launching his own label in 1997, Arora spent two seasons as creative director for womenswear at Paco Rabanne in 2011 and 2012, where his out-there designs were worn by the likes of Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez. At the time, the brand said Arora was brought in to relaunch it with some "wow" factor. Having delivered the necessary pizzazz, Arora moved on.

[Photo/Szilveszter Makó/Courtesy of Manish Arora]

Arora's work is beloved by institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Brands such as Swatch, Reebok and MAC Cosmetics have sought out his innovative flair. His remarkable "circus dress" formed part of last year's Camp: Notes on Fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York, while his "flower dress" was also an animated talking point last year, in which all the petals and stems on one outfit swayed independently as if they were alive on the model.

For his autumn 2020 ready-to-wear show at Paris Fashion Week (pictured), Arora was on an inimitable style high. There was everything from Yayoi Kusama dottiness to futuristic flying saucers hovering over Claude Monet-like floral gardens. The cuts were asymmetrical and global, referencing Rei Kawakubo, Miuccia Prada and even Elsa Schiaparelli.

Of course, the Instagram outpouring was immediate, with admirers likening Arora's patterns to Hungarian-French op-art pioneer Victor Vasarely and contemporary Swiss pop artist Sylvie Fleury. "Bewitching" and "otherworldly" encapsulated the feelings and reactions to the collection. It was a reminder that Arora makes art you can wear and display in a gallery with equal flair.


[Photo/Szilveszter Makó/Courtesy of Manish Arora]


[Photo/Szilveszter Makó/Courtesy of Manish Arora]


[Photo/Szilveszter Makó/Courtesy of Manish Arora]


[Photo/Szilveszter Makó/Courtesy of Manish Arora]

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2020-05-25 08:30:57
<![CDATA[Toiling away through blankets of sand]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/23/content_1480265.htm

The Xinjiang Yuli to Qiemo Desert Highway is under construction.[Photo/Xinhua]

Inspiring feat of engineering is being created by construction workers across the desert in Xinjiang

The wind is still blowing in the eastern hinterland of the Taklimakan Desert, the second largest mobile desert in the world. The all-invading fine sand particles float in the wind, while the construction site of the desert road from Yuli to Qiemo in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region is still roaring with machines. Large bulldozers are lined up to level the sand hills.

According to the China Communications Construction, the desert highway from Yuli to Qiemo has entered the final stage, and the largest sand hill in the project is currently being excavated. It is about 70 meters high, with a sand mass of 1.2 million cubic meters, and the construction takes about three months.


A worker drives a bulldozer to level the sand hill.[Photo/Xinhua]

At present, the workers involved in the construction do not seize the duration of relaxation, advancing in an orderly manner, and fighting against the wind in the depths of the vast sea of sand. To facilitate construction, the workers set up the camp beside the sand hills, and live and eat in the desert. Everyday necessities and oil supplies for machinery and equipment are regularly distributed.

The Xinjiang Yuli to Qiemo Desert Highway, with a total length of more than 330 kilometers, is the third highway that runs through the north and south of the Taklimakan Desert. After completion, it will help improve the travel conditions of the people in southern Xinjiang and promote local development.


Li Mingyou climbs the sand dunes at the construction site.[Photo/Xinhua]


Chef Yang Yunming watches the workers take away their meals.[Photo/Xinhua]


Large bulldozers are lined up to level the sand hills.[Photo/Xinhua]


The workers rest and chat in their camp. They plant some garlic sprouts in the room.[Photo/Xinhua]


At the construction site, surveyor Liu Yaojun (right) and his assistant cross a 40-meters-high sand hill.[Photo/Xinhua]


 

Liu measures and marks a construction line beside the sand hill.[Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-05-23 11:48:35
<![CDATA[School in Hunan cultivates rural students' interest in art]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/23/content_1480263.htm

Students practice playing the flutes at the No. 5 Middle School in Wuxi Town of Luxi County in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao autonomous prefecture, Central China's Hunan province, May 22, 2020. The school has set up various art courses free of charge since 2006 to help cultivate rural students' interest in art.[Photo/Xinhua]


Students practice playing the flutes at the No. 5 Middle School in Wuxi Town of Luxi County in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao autonomous prefecture, Central China's Hunan province, May 22, 2020. The school has set up various art courses free of charge since 2006 to help cultivate rural students' interest in art.[Photo/Xinhua]


Students practice playing the flutes at the No. 5 Middle School in Wuxi Town of Luxi County in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao autonomous prefecture, Central China's Hunan province, May 22, 2020. The school has set up various art courses free of charge since 2006 to help cultivate rural students' interest in art.[Photo/Xinhua]


Students practice playing the flutes at the No. 5 Middle School in Wuxi Town of Luxi County in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao autonomous prefecture, Central China's Hunan province, May 22, 2020. The school has set up various art courses free of charge since 2006 to help cultivate rural students' interest in art.[Photo/Xinhua]


Students practice playing the flutes at the No. 5 Middle School in Wuxi Town of Luxi County in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao autonomous prefecture, Central China's Hunan province, May 22, 2020. The school has set up various art courses free of charge since 2006 to help cultivate rural students' interest in art.[Photo/Xinhua]

 

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2020-05-23 15:48:46
<![CDATA[Arabic song saluting Sino-Egyptian ties released in Cairo]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/25/content_1480255.htm

Recently, the Arabic song Hand in Hand was released by the China Cultural Center in Cairo. The song is an Arabic version of Xie Shou Bing Jian, a new song dedicated to the 64th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Egypt on May 30.

Created together by the Chinese embassy to Egypt, the China Cultural Center in Cairo and an Egyptian music production company Vibration for Technical Services, the song also aims to encourage those individuals in both countries who are fighting against the COVID-19 epidemic.

With a vivid Arabic-style melody, the song praises the long-term friendship between China and Egypt dating back 2,000 years. It also portrays touching stories about the two nations' common efforts during the epidemic.

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2020-05-25 11:05:29
<![CDATA[China celebrates first International Tea Day]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/21/content_1480155.htm

May 21 this year marks the first International Tea Day, which was designated by the UN on Nov 27, 2019.

As a large producer of tea in the world, China began tea consuming about 5,000 years ago and is a home to a variety of teas.

To celebrate the festival, a series of events took place at the Chinese Businessman Museum in Beijing on Thursday.

The China Culture Promotion Society, The Tea Road (China) Cooperative (TRC) and the China Chamber of Commerce of I/E of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-products (CFNA) jointly launch a series of event to celebrate the first International Tea Day at the Chinese Businessman Museum, Beijing, May 21, 2020. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Guided by the China NGO Network for International Exchange, the event was jointly launched by the China Culture Promotion Society, The Tea Road (China) Cooperative (TRC) and the China Chamber of Commerce of I/E of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-products (CFNA). It also received support from about 50 embassies and tea-related organizations, including the Mongolian Embassy in China, China Tea Science Society, European Tea Association and 30 cities at home and abroad, such as Moscow and Melbourne.

The FAO Intergovernmental Group on Tea delivered congratulations to the event and praised the organizers' efforts to promote the tea industry development between countries and regions.

The China Culture Promotion Society, The Tea Road (China) Cooperative (TRC) and the China Chamber of Commerce of I/E of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-products (CFNA) jointly launch a series of event to celebrate the first International Tea Day at the Chinese Businessman Museum, Beijing, May 21, 2020. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Wang Shi, chairman of the China Culture Promotion Society, addressed the opening ceremony.

"As a main promoter of the International Tea Day, the birthplace of tea and the largest tea-producing country, China has a responsibility to work with peers in the world to promote the healthy and sustainable development of the tea industry and exchange of tea culture. It can help to build a community of shared future for mankind," Wang said.

At the ceremony, TRC's executive chairman Guo Jie issued the "First International Tea Day Tea Road Cooperative (Beijing) Initiative" on behalf of the organizer at the ceremony. The initiative calls for people working in the tea industry to come together to uphold the purpose of International Tea Day, and promote international cooperation and cultural exchanges for a better life in the future.

The China Culture Promotion Society, The Tea Road (China) Cooperative (TRC) and the China Chamber of Commerce of I/E of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-products (CFNA) jointly launch a series of event to celebrate the first International Tea Day at the Chinese Businessman Museum, Beijing, May 21, 2020. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Cao Derong, president of CFNA, responded positively to the initiative and said the process of integrating Chinese tea with the international market will be accelerated, with more help provided to the tea industry in developing countries.

A four-year tea promotion -- International Tea Day Tea Road Cooperative Plan -- was also launched at the ceremony in response to the initiative. The plan includes the Tea Road Cooperative's Tea Farmer Support Program, and China-Mongolia-Russia Tea Road Cooperative City Cooperation Conference. The plan aims to promote China's tea industry's new development and international cooperation. Many cities in China, Russia and Australia have joined the plan.

To strengthen the connection with the youngsters and promote tea among young people, the event included a series of public promotional activities on social media, such as Weibo and TikTok, inviting 29 tea professionals from around the world to have 36 hours of uninterrupted live broadcasts, launching interactive topics such as "International Tea Day, Please Drink This Cup of Tea".

The Chinese Ancient Tea Museum, located on the banks of the Tonghui River in Beijing, is officially unveiled at the ceremony of the event to celebrate the first International Tea Day, Beijing, May 21, 2020. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The Chinese Ancient Tea Museum, located on the banks of the Tonghui River in Beijing, was officially unveiled at the ceremony, opening its first exhibition: The Avenue of Truth: A Special Exhibition of Pu'er Tea in the Collection.

The launch ceremony of the event was also set up on the same day in Yichang in Hubei province, Pu'er in Yunnan province, Inner Mongolia, Melbourne and several other places.

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2020-05-21 17:35:23
<![CDATA[Documentary flies high once again to capture China's beauty]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/21/content_1480136.htm

Have you ever wanted a bird's-eye view of China's splendid landscapes?

While such an opportunity may only be possible in flight, the third season of serial documentary Aerial China offers audiences the next best way to enjoy the beauty and geographical diversity of China from high in the sky.

Consisting of 10 episodes with each lasting 50 minutes, the latest season has aired on China Central Television's flagship CCTV-1 channel and documentary channel CCTV-9, as well as new media platforms since May 20.

With a crew of over 300 members, the photography relied on 18 helicopters and 118 drones, flying more than 250,000 kilometers in total.

Xue Jijun, a member of the editors' committee of the China Media group, which shot the series, says the documentary - which broadcast its first season in 2017 - has traveled across 23 provinces and autonomous regions, displaying the perseverance of the Chinese people and the country's civilization from a unique perspective, during a news conference on May 20.

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2020-05-21 15:56:44
<![CDATA[Taste Buds | Heathy desserts exist]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/20/content_1480095.htm

It turns out that sweet and healthy desserts can be derived when Cantonese people look towards Traditional Chinese Medicine as a guide to eating.

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2020-05-20 16:49:03
<![CDATA[Video: This is Hubei]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/20/content_1480034.htm

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2020-05-20 10:31:59
<![CDATA[80 pictures show wonder of Shaanxi in South Korea]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/19/content_1479988.htm

The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, featuring Shaanxi’s cultural heritage and natural wonder on May 19, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

If someone wants to learn the history of China, Shaanxi is a must-visit place. As one of the cradles of Chinese civilization, it was the capital city of 14 dynasties in ancient China.

The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, featuring Shaanxi’s cultural heritage and natural wonder through 80 photos and videos on May 19. 

The province is a favorite destination for South Korean people. In 2019, Shaanxi received 627,000 South Korean tourists, an increase of 12.02 percent year-on-year. Accordingly, many large enterprises of South Korea have opened branches in Shaanxi.


The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, featuring Shaanxi’s cultural heritage and natural wonder on May 19, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, featuring Shaanxi’s cultural heritage and natural wonder on May 19, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, featuring Shaanxi’s cultural heritage and natural wonder on May 19, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, featuring Shaanxi’s cultural heritage and natural wonder on May 19, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, featuring Shaanxi’s cultural heritage and natural wonder on May 19, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, featuring Shaanxi’s cultural heritage and natural wonder on May 19, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, featuring Shaanxi’s cultural heritage and natural wonder on May 19, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, featuring Shaanxi’s cultural heritage and natural wonder on May 19, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition, featuring Shaanxi’s cultural heritage and natural wonder on May 19, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-05-19 14:59:20
<![CDATA[Online show on ancient Shu Kingdom launched in Sydney]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/19/content_1479989.htm

The China Cultural Center in Sydney launched an online exhibition featuring the ancient Shu civilization to celebrate International Museum Day on May 18, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

To celebrate International Museum Day on May 18, the China Cultural Center in Sydney launched an online exhibition featuring the ancient Shu civilization.

The ancient Shu Kingdom is representative of the early civilizations of the upper reaches of the Yangtze River in China.

Bearing both mystery and history, the relics displayed at the online exhibition are the very manifestation of the ancient Shu civilization.


The China Cultural Center in Sydney launched an online exhibition featuring the ancient Shu civilization to celebrate International Museum Day on May 18, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney launched an online exhibition featuring the ancient Shu civilization to celebrate International Museum Day on May 18, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney launched an online exhibition featuring the ancient Shu civilization to celebrate International Museum Day on May 18, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney launched an online exhibition featuring the ancient Shu civilization to celebrate International Museum Day on May 18, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney launched an online exhibition featuring the ancient Shu civilization to celebrate International Museum Day on May 18, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-05-19 15:20:39
<![CDATA[Seeking 'A Stitch in Time' at post-COVID art show]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/18/content_1479941.htm

Palestinian artist Bashir Makhoul's installation, Fata Morgana, is on show at The 4th Today's Documents ?A Stitch in Time, at the Today Art Museum in Beijing on May 16, 2020. [Photo by Yang Xiaoyu/chinadaily.com.cn]

After remaining off-limits to the general public for months, the nation's public venues, including art spaces, have finally opened their doors to people seeking cultural enrichment, diversion and recreation in a post-pandemic era.

The past weekend saw visitors stream into the Today Art Museum in Beijing, eager to view its 4th triennial Today's Documents, which opened on Dec 13 but had been put on hold due to the viral outbreak.

Today's Documents, launched in 2007, has evolved to be a major exhibition of international contemporary art, committed to showcasing and promoting the experimental and academic value of contemporary Chinese art, as well as reflecting the latest advances of art in Asia and beyond, said Gao Peng, producer of the art show and the museum's former director.


A visitor views Palestinian artist Bashir Makhoul's installation, Fragile Line at The 4th Today's Documents ?A Stitch in Time, at the Today Art Museum in Beijing on May 16, 2020. [Photo by Yang Xiaoyu/chinadaily.com.cn]

The 2019 triennial, co-curated by Chinese art critic Huang Du and British art historian Jonathan Harris, is themed A Stitch in Time, a saying meaning "it is better to deal with problems early than to wait until they get worse".

Artwork by 37 artists and art groups from 16 countries were brought together to expose the complex social, political, economical and cultural changes fracturing the world and threatening the future of mankind. The show aims to inspire visitors to join hands to "stitch up the fissures" in the world, according to the curators.

The exhibition runs through June 25.

If you go:

10:00-18:00, Tuesday to Sunday. Building 4, Pingod Community, No 32 Baiziwan Road, Chaoyang district, Beijing. 010-58760600北京市朝阳区百子湾路32号苹果社?号楼今日美术?/em>


Chinese artist Jiang Zhi's video installation, Poetry, is on show at The 4th Today's Documents ?A Stitch in Time, at the Today Art Museum in Beijing on May 16, 2020. [Photo by Yang Xiaoyu/chinadaily.com.cn]


Project 1336: Life in the Lane, an installation by Nepalese artist Manish Lal Shrestha, is on display at the Today Art Museum in Beijing, on May 16, 2020. [Photo by Yang Xiaoyu/chinadaily.com.cn]


A visitor pauses to view Chinese artist Shen Yuan's installation, Homework, at the Today Art Museum in Beijing on May 16, 2020. [Photo by Yang Xiaoyu/chinadaily.com.cn]


Visitors look at Chinese artist Shang Yang's installation, Remaining Water, at the Today Art Museum in Beijing on May 16, 2020. [Photo by Yang Xiaoyu/chinadaily.com.cn]


Translocation No. 18, an installation by Chinese artist Xiao Yu, is on view at The 4th Today's Documents ?A Stitch in Time, at the Today Art Museum in Beijing on May 16, 2020. [Photo by Yang Xiaoyu/chinadaily.com.cn]


Chinese artist Liu Xiaodong's oil painting, Steel 1, is on display at The 4th Today's Documents ?A Stitch in Time, at the Today Art Museum in Beijing on May 16, 2020. [Photo by Yang Xiaoyu/chinadaily.com.cn]


South Korean artist Cody Choi's Episteme Sabotage series is on show at The 4th Today's Documents ?A Stitch in Time, at the Today Art Museum in Beijing on May 16, 2020. [Photo by Yang Xiaoyu/chinadaily.com.cn]


Chinese artist Zhang Kechun's photograph, People Doing Morning Exercise Under a Dragon Lamp, is on show at the Today Art Museum in Beijing on May 16, 2020. [Photo by Yang Xiaoyu/chinadaily.com.cn]


Chinese artist Zhang Kechun's photograph, People Fishing by the River, is on show at the Today Art Museum in Beijing on May 16, 2020. [Photo by Yang Xiaoyu/chinadaily.com.cn]

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2020-05-18 17:00:09
<![CDATA[Exhibition showcases beauty of Wudang Mountains]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/18/content_1479940.htm

The Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition on China's Wudang Mountains on May 18 to celebrate International Museum Day. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

China's scenery is renowned for many reasons. One major attraction are the great mountains that lay across the country's land mass.

The Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition on China's Wudang Mountains on May 18 to celebrate International Museum Day.

Located near the city of Danjiangkou in central Hubei province, the Wudang Mountains are home to a famous complex of ancient palaces, temples and Taoist buildings dating back to the 7th century.


The Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition on China's Wudang Mountains on May 18 to celebrate International Museum Day. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

The area represents the highest standards of Chinese art and architecture over a period of nearly 1,000 years.

The exhibition displays about 100 photos capturing the beauty of the mountains in four seasons and its cultural heritage, including ancient architecture, Taoist culture and martial arts.


The Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition on China's Wudang Mountains on May 18 to celebrate International Museum Day. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition on China's Wudang Mountains on May 18 to celebrate International Museum Day. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition on China's Wudang Mountains on May 18 to celebrate International Museum Day. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition on China's Wudang Mountains on May 18 to celebrate International Museum Day. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition on China's Wudang Mountains on May 18 to celebrate International Museum Day. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The Tourism Office in Seoul launched an online exhibition on China's Wudang Mountains on May 18 to celebrate International Museum Day. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-05-18 16:50:58
<![CDATA[Cultural relics exhibited at Nanjing Museum]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/18/content_1479929.htm

A journalist takes photos of the exhibits during a special exhibition with a selection of cultural relics dating from the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) to the Qin and Han Dynasty (221 BC-220 AD) at the Nanjing Museum in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu province, May 17, 2020. The special exhibition will kick off on May 18.[Photo/Xinhua]


Photo taken on May 17, 2020 shows the bronze chariot and horse of Han Dynasty during a special exhibition with a selection of cultural relics dating from the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) to the Qin and Han Dynasty (221 BC-220 AD) at the Nanjing Museum in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu province, May 17, 2020. The special exhibition will kick off on May 18.[Photo/Xinhua]


A journalist takes photos of the exhibits during a special exhibition with a selection of cultural relics dating from the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) to the Qin and Han Dynasty (221 BC-220 AD) at the Nanjing Museum in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu province, May 17, 2020. The special exhibition kicks off on May 18.[Photo/Xinhua]


A journalist watches the exhibits during a special exhibition with a selection of cultural relics dating from the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) to the Qin and Han Dynasty (221 BC-220 AD) at the Nanjing Museum in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu province, May 17, 2020. The special exhibition kicks off on May 18.[Photo/Xinhua]

 

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2020-05-18 16:27:45
<![CDATA[New museum celebrating history of Chinese in Australia planned for Sydney]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/18/content_1479928.htm A new museum dedicated to the history of Chinese people in Australia will open soon in the heart of Sydney, exploring and preserving the two countries' centuries-old shared past.

Plans for the Museum of Chinese in Australia (MOCA) were highlighted by City of Sydney officials on Monday, coinciding with International Museum Day.

"The museum will play an important role in promoting and sharing the story of Chinese settlers and their descendants, as well as understanding and celebrating their challenges, contributions and achievements," Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

It will occupy a Victorian-era three-story sandstone building on the edge of the city's Chinatown in Haymarket, recently vacated by the suburb's library.

"Haymarket is the home of our city's oldest and largest Chinatown, so it's fitting that this is where we will create a centre for the preservation of our Chinese history," Moore said.

MOCA will feature rotating exhibitions, a collection of historic reference materials including books and journals, community spaces for meetings and events and a studio area for artistic programs.

There will also be an attached cafe and shop featuring Chinese-Australian inspired baked goods.

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2020-05-18 15:39:42
<![CDATA[Online photos show Silk Road in Seoul]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/18/content_1479916.htm

The China Cultural Center in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition on the Silk Road on May 15, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

On May 15, the China Cultural Center in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition on the Silk Road, part of the Visiting China Online series of virtual shows.

About 40 photos taken by more than 10 photographers are on display at the exhibition, showing a series of provinces in China along the Silk Road. The enduring look of these places shows the long-lasting vitality of the Silk Road.

Once bridging the ancient world through commercial and cultural exchanges, the Silk Road echoes the spirit of China's Belt and Road Initiative that aims to improve connectivity and cooperation on a transcontinental scale.

Click here http://suo.im/6lWhrF to learn more about the exhibition.


The China Cultural Center in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition on the Silk Road on May 15, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition on the Silk Road on May 15, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition on the Silk Road on May 15, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition on the Silk Road on May 15, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition on the Silk Road on May 15, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-05-18 14:49:11
<![CDATA[Three Beijing hotels offer free stay for front line medics]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/18/content_1479879.htm

Hotels affiliated to China World Trade Center in Beijing will offer free stay for medic workers who have worked on the front line fighting COVID-19. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Three hotels affiliated to China World Trade Center in Beijing will offer free stay for nearly 3,000 medical workers who once worked on the front line fighting COVID-19.

Starting from May 15, doctors and nurses who stayed in this virus-battling campaign, either in Beijing-based hospitals or as part of the medical teams from Beijing supporting Hubei province, have been or will be invited to have VIP experiences in China World Hotel, Shangri-La China World Summit Wing, and Hotel Jen Beijing, as well as China World Mall, the shopping mall.

Tang Wei, general manager of China World Trade Center Co Ltd, said the bonus project was to express gratitude toward medical workers who made sure people's safety and would like them to relax and take a good rest in the resorts.

Zhao Yu from Xiaotangshan Hospital was one of the earliest medical workers checking in Shangri-La China World Summit Wing in this program. She once stayed away from home for over 40 days and remained glued to her working position.

"Though the virus has been largely contained in China, it's not the end," she said. "People still need to follow rules to protect themselves well. I wish COVID-19 could pass sooner, and people can thus freely enjoy their time staying with their families."

Hotels affiliated to China World Trade Center in Beijing will offer free stay for medic workers who have worked on the front line fighting COVID-19. [Photo provided to China Daily]

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2020-05-18 13:29:10
<![CDATA[Ceramist works on replica of Bakohan in Longquan, Zhejiang province]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/18/content_1479869.htm

Liu Jie works on the replica of Bakohan at his studio in Longquan, East China's Zhejiang province, May 7, 2020. Liu Jie, 35 and a renowned ceramist in Longquan, began to replicate Bakohan since 2019. He has so far made over 500 replicas in an effort to approach perfection. "I wish to replicate its beauty." said Liu. Bakohan is a tea bowl made in Longquan, China, and gifted to Japan during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). During the era of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Bakouhan was found to have cracks and was then sent to China to be fixed. The bowl is now displayed in the Tokyo National Museum.[Photo/Xinhua]


Photo taken on May 17, 2020 shows Liu Jie's replica of Bakohan. Liu Jie, 35 and a renowned ceramist in Longquan, began to replicate Bakohan since 2019. He has so far made over 500 replicas in an effort to approach perfection. "I wish to replicate its beauty." said Liu. Bakohan is a tea bowl made in Longquan, China, and gifted to Japan during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). During the era of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Bakouhan was found to have cracks and was then sent to China to be fixed. The bowl is now displayed in the Tokyo National Museum.[Photo/Xinhua]


Liu Jie works on the replica of Bakohan at his studio in Longquan, East China's Zhejiang Province, May 7, 2020. Liu Jie, 35 and a renowned ceramist in Longquan, began to replicate Bakohan since 2019. He has so far made over 500 replicas in an effort to approach perfection. "I wish to replicate its beauty." said Liu. Bakohan is a tea bowl made in Longquan, China, and gifted to Japan during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). During the era of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Bakouhan was found to have cracks and was then sent to China to be fixed. The bowl is now displayed in the Tokyo National Museum.[Photo/Xinhua]


Photo taken on May 17, 2020 shows Liu Jie's replica of Bakohan. Liu Jie, 35 and a renowned ceramist in Longquan, began to replicate Bakohan since 2019. He has so far made over 500 replicas in an effort to approach perfection. "I wish to replicate its beauty." said Liu. Bakohan is a tea bowl made in Longquan, China, and gifted to Japan during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). During the era of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Bakouhan was found to have cracks and was then sent to China to be fixed. The bowl is now displayed in the Tokyo National Museum.[Photo/Xinhua]


Photo taken on May 17, 2020 shows Liu Jie's replica of Bakohan. Liu Jie, 35 and a renowned ceramist in Longquan, began to replicate Bakohan since 2019. He has so far made over 500 replicas in an effort to approach perfection. "I wish to replicate its beauty." said Liu. Bakohan is a tea bowl made in Longquan, China, and gifted to Japan during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). During the era of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Bakouhan was found to have cracks and was then sent to China to be fixed. The bowl is now displayed in the Tokyo National Museum.[Photo/Xinhua]


Bakohan is a tea bowl made in Longquan, China, and gifted to Japan during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). During the era of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Bakouhan was found to have cracks and was then sent to China to be fixed. The bowl is now displayed in the Tokyo National Museum.[Photo/Xinhua]

 

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2020-05-18 11:07:13
<![CDATA[Cultural revenue stream]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/18/content_1479843.htm

Scenes from Love Forever, a Chinese musical adapted from The Legend of the White Snake, in which Fahai, a Buddhist monk, tries to capture the snake's spirit; Xu Xian, a kind young man, marries Bai Suzhen, the White Snake spirit, which is played by Sun Yuan, a singer with the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater.[Photo provided to China Daily]

In a bid to beat the effects of the pandemic, two Chinese theater institutions have teamed up with streaming platform Youku to premiere their first online musical, Chen Nan reports.

Months after being forced to shut its doors to the public to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater and China Performing Arts Agency Theaters launched a Chinese musical, titled Love Forever, which will premiere on Youku, China's major streaming platform, on Tuesday.

Based on the famous Chinese fairytale, The Legend of the White Snake, which is the love story between a male human and a female snake spirit, the musical is directed by Mao Weiwei from the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater, written by composer Li Xiaobing, who is also a professor of the Central Conservatory of Music, and Chen Xiaoqi, a renowned music producer.

The Legend of the White Snake has been adapted into plays, Peking opera productions, television shows and films. The story is well-known among Chinese audiences.


Scenes from Love Forever, a Chinese musical adapted from The Legend of the White Snake, in which Fahai, a Buddhist monk, tries to capture the snake's spirit; Xu Xian, a kind young man, marries Bai Suzhen, the White Snake spirit, which is played by Sun Yuan, a singer with the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater.[Photo provided to China Daily]

"For the first time, we premiere a theatrical production online rather than in a theater, which is very exciting and fresh for all of us," says Tian Yan, head of the opera troupe of the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater, adding that the idea of the musical started three years ago and it has been postponed due to the viral outbreak. "We had no idea if the audiences would accept the new way of premiering a show online or not, but once the news of the musical's premiere was released, they reacted warmly."

According to One World Culture Communication Co Ltd, a company under CPAA Theaters, the musical will cost 6 yuan ($0.85) for viewers who have a Youku membership and 12 yuan for non-members.

"When they reopen, we will take the musical back to the theaters, with shows touring around the country," says Yu Tingting, deputy general manager of One World Culture Communication, adding that the online premiere wouldn't affect the ticket revenues of theaters. "For theatergoers, watching a show inside a theater is an experience which cannot be replaced by watching shows online. When the outbreak ends, everything will be up and running again and will soon get better."


Scenes from Love Forever, a Chinese musical adapted from The Legend of the White Snake, in which Fahai, a Buddhist monk, tries to capture the snake's spirit; Xu Xian, a kind young man, marries Bai Suzhen, the White Snake spirit, which is played by Sun Yuan, a singer with the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Singer Zheng Qiyuan, who has gained a large fan base with his appearances in popular reality show Super Vocal Season II and performance at the CCTV Spring Festival Gala on Jan 24, will play the leading role of Xu Xian, a humble and kind young man. He falls in love with, and gets married to, the White Snake, which transforms into a woman. However, the marriage is opposed by Fahai, a Buddhist monk in Jinshan Temple, who maintains that coexistence of the human and the evil spirit is not allowed. He then imprisons the snake spirit under Leifeng Pagoda on the bank of the West Lake and the couple have to overcome many obstacles to be together.

"Performing in front of empty seats is challenging, yet fulfilling. I missed the feeling of performing on-stage when I had to stop performing due to the pandemic. It's a creative solution for theaters to get through this difficult time," says Zheng, 40, who graduated from Shenyang Conservatory of Music and joined the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater in 2002.

Singer Sun Yuan will play the role of the White Snake (Bai Suzhen), while her fellow vocalist, Chen Mengzi, will play the role of her companion, the Green Snake, another snake spirit who transforms into a woman.

Tian notes that the dancers and singers of the theater had to get used to training and keeping in shape at home when the outbreak began. They shared their training sessions with fans online in a bid to help satisfy the audiences' thirst for cultural content during the lockdown.

"Of course, it's a very difficult time for us. We really rely on performances to keep in touch with our audience," Tian says. "The first attempt at staging online performances might help and offer us a different way of sharing our work. As for the audiences, they will be recharged with art."

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2020-05-18 08:15:39
<![CDATA[Restorers of Xumishan Grottoes prove to be picture of dedication]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/18/content_1479844.htm

Relic restoration experts repair murals in the No 48 cave of Yuanguang Temple at the Xumishan Grottoes in Ningxia on April 27. It's the first repair and recovery project carried out at the 1,500-year-old grottoes since the Qing Dynasty.[Photo/Xinhua]

Even during the scorching summer, the team of seven had to wear layers of thick clothes and knee pads to stay warm in a freezing and damp grotto. The dark space is dimly illuminated by their headlights and is home to wall paintings dating back hundreds of years.

They are not adventurers, but seven restorers who are helping to bring back the luster of the artwork found in more than 160 grottoes that dot the red cliffs of Xumishan in Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region.

The Xumishan Grottoes, first built in the late period of the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534), house 162 caves and more than 1,000 statues, along a main stretch of the ancient Silk Road.

The murals, which total 185 square meters, are now in dire need of repair due to destructive human behavior and natural factors such as erosion that have occurred over the course of a millennium.

"I got goosebumps when the whole pattern of the painting showed up clearly after we had spent some 20 days cleaning it," says 60-year-old Wang Minquan, an expert in the group who has been participating in the year-long repair program-the largest of its kind since the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)-since April.

The work can be tedious and demanding, Wang says, adding that young people these days do not have the patience to climb up and down the scaffolds, fix cracks and clean flaky walls all day.

On some steep rocky slopes, the team has to scramble a few dozen meters to reach a higher stone statue, with ropes tied around their waist like a climber.

Years of work in the freezing and dark grottoes has resulted in cervical spondylosis and cold legs for Wang and his colleagues.


Relic restoration experts repair murals in the No 48 cave of Yuanguang Temple at the Xumishan Grottoes in Ningxia on April 27. It's the first repair and recovery project carried out at the 1,500-year-old grottoes since the Qing Dynasty.[Photo/Xinhua]

To take the chill off their bodies, they usually take a break every two hours to bathe in the sunshine and sip a cup of hot tea. "Over an hour of work in the cave can chill one to the bone," 69-year-old Wang Xiaosheng says.

Wang Xirong, 40, son of Wang Xiaosheng, is the youngest member of the team. He started his career in his 20s, around the same age that his father followed in the steps of his grandfather.

"It was not easy for me to stick to the job at the very beginning, as we often spend months or years away from our families, and sometimes it is like living in the wilderness," says the 40-year-old.

Together with his father, Wang has traveled half of the country to repair mural paintings, including in the relic-rich Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces, as well as Sichuan province after the 2018 earthquake.

"The past decades have polished my edges, as I have been truly impressed by the craftsmanship and patience of the ancient artisans who left the treasures for us," he says.

"Those who make it a lifelong career are those who have a passion for cultural relics and history," says Wang's father.

Decades of life in grottoes make it hard for the seven experts to keep up with the pace of modern life, but they always keep themselves updated with the latest knowledge and techniques of their craft.

"It's my dream to repair works at the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang (Gansu province) which is heaven for craftsmen like me," Wang says.

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2020-05-18 08:15:06
<![CDATA[Ballerinas unite to help lessen impact of outbreak on fellow dancers]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/18/content_1479845.htm

Misty Copeland  performs The Dying Swan, from a video to support the global community of dancers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Thirty-two dancers from 14 countries came together to give a performance for a virtual audience, in a bid to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on members of the ballet community.

They performed the iconic piece, The Dying Swan, set to the music of Le Cygne (The Swan) written by Camille Saint-Saens and performed by cellist Wade Davis.

The video, titled Swans For Relief, saw ballerinas in their pointed shoes dancing indoors and outdoors, against the varying backgrounds of living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens and garden lawns.

"Today, my fellow ballerinas and I launch Swans For Relief, a fund to support the many dancers in our global community that are no longer able to work due to the coronavirus," said American Ballet Theater principal dancer Misty Copeland, on her Twitter account on May 6. She came up with the initiative with her former colleague, Joseph Phillips.

Copeland was also the first ballerina featured in the video, who, in her tutu and toe shoes, performed the dance near her TV and couch.

"I made a point to name it by its original name, Le Cygne, The Swan. The significance of this iconic variation is in the choreography. The purpose of the dance is not to display technique but to create the symbol of the everlasting struggle in this life and all that is mortal," she said on her Twitter account.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in San Pedro, California, Copeland began her ballet studies at 13. She joined the American Ballet Theater as a member of the corps de ballet in 2001, and in 2007, she became the company's second African-American female soloist and the first in two decades, according to Copeland's official website. In June 2015, she was promoted to principal dancer, making her the first African-American woman to ever achieve the position in the company's 75-year history.


Chinese dancer Xu Yan performs The Dying Swan, from a video to support the global community of dancers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.[Photo provided to China Daily]

The dancer wanted to have a diverse group for the video, so the 32 ballerinas represent 22 companies from all around the world, including China, Russia, Europe, Cuba, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, Canada and the United States.

One of the ballerinas featured in the video is Xu Yan, a 25-year-old Chinese dancer with the National Ballet of China, who performed the piece at the company's rehearsal rooms in Beijing.

"About two weeks ago, I was invited to join in the project through a friend. Since the performance venues are closed due to the outbreak, the performing arts market is suffering. It's a great idea to interact with ballet fans and raise funds for ballet dancers, who are facing challenges now," says Xu, who joined the National Ballet of China in 2011 after she graduated from the dance school affiliated to the Shanghai Theater Academy the same year.

The dancer plays leading roles in the productions of the National Ballet of China, such as Dunhuang, inspired by the Mogao Grottoes in Northwest China's Gansu province, and Russian choreographer George Balanchine's classic three-act ballet, Jewels.

According to Xu, though Copeland has never performed with the National Ballet of China, she is well-known among Chinese dancers since she is a star ballerina.

The National Ballet of China and the American Ballet Theater have held cultural exchange events, which enabled the two companies to build a friendship. In 2015, dancers of the two companies performed Swan Lake at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

"Art brings people together. This project certainly proves how powerful art is when we are experiencing shared emotions resulting from the spread of COVID-19," Xu says.

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2020-05-18 08:14:33
<![CDATA[High-class service back on menu for guests to reopened Ritz-Carlton]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/16/content_1479842.htm

The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin reopens on April 24. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin has seen a steady rise in room bookings and guests to its luxury restaurants and open-kitchen restaurant, Zest, since reopening on April 24.

"Though the May Day holiday period was not what it has been in the past, we did reach an occupancy above 50 percent with respectable rates," said Radek Cais, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton Tianjin Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton Executive Residences. "The performance was not supported by discounted products," he added.

"At The Ritz-Carlton, we prefer not to work with discounts," he said. "We pledge to provide the finest personal service and facilities for our guests who will always enjoy a warm, relaxed yet refined ambience."

To show the hotel's appreciation for dedicated medical professionals around the globe who are fighting the novel coronavirus, "we have carefully prepared a special complimentary lunch for two at Zest, available to all of the superheroes who choose to stay overnight at our hotel," Cais said.

Located in the heart of Tianjin, the hotel has architecture that reflects the city's long history and robust modern development. It has become a landmark hotel in Tianjin.

With the COVID-19 outbreak well under control in China, the hotel is giving priority to its commitment to working harder under the company's motto "we are ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen". It is part of the Ritz-Carlton Gold Standards, which were created in 1983, the general manager said.

"Service is our profession and we are proud of our profession. It stresses hospitality is a people-oriented business?from deep in the hearts of our ladies and gentlemen. We care about our guests and we care about each other," he noted.


Radek Cais, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton Tianjin Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton Executive Residences [Photo provided to China Daily]

For example, the hotel's executive Chinese chef Goh Wooi-cheat and Tianjin cuisine chef Zhang Weijin collaborated to create a modern, luxurious interpretation of traditional baozi steamed stuffed buns during the closure of the hotel in late January.

They tried many times and finally created recipes that provide guests with an unforgettable dining experience. By combining high-end ingredients, such as Australian scallops, and Black Angus beef with foie gras, the culinary artists at the hotel have crafted comfort food and the "gourmet signature buns" of the hotel.

"We want to bring our services and products to the next level," the general manager emphasized.

During its closure, the hotel has spent a lot of time on training its staff members to work in the "ladies and gentlemen" spirit and provide a safe environment for guests.

"In addition, we have expended tons of effort to create a new dining experience," Cais said.

At Zest, each culinary station is a cooking showcase of visual experiences as chefs prepare fresh dishes. Several signature dishes are presented to guests at the table, creating a storytelling and refined-dining experience.

"We have open kitchens so that the guests can see how the dishes have been prepared," Cais said. "Instead of guests going to get their own food, such as with a traditional buffet, our chef will bring the dishes to the guest and tell the story of each dish so that the guest understands the authenticity behind each one."

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2020-05-16 10:50:00
<![CDATA[Major hotels now open for business after virus brought under control]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/16/content_1479841.htm International hospitality groups are gradually resuming trade in China as the country has entered a phase of regular epidemic prevention and control.

As of May 8, all of Hilton's 250 hotels in the Chinese mainland had resumed business, said Qian Jin, area president for Hilton Greater China and Mongolia. He added that there were 150 Hilton hotels temporarily closed to new bookings during the COVID-19 outbreak.

"Reopening all our hotels in the Chinese mainland is the first step in a measured global recovery process," said Chris Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton. "We are confident that there are brighter days ahead."

Many of Hilton resorts were fully booked during the May Day holiday earlier this month. They also reported an improvement in their daily occupancy rate, Qian told Beijing Business Today newspaper.

More than 98 percent of the 470-plus hotels owned by InterContinental Hotels Group in China have been operating since May 5. This is despite nearly one-third of them being temporarily closed due to the epidemic, said Jolyon Bulley, CEO of IHG Greater China. Other hotels in the pipeline have also resumed construction work, Bulley added.

"China is IHG's second-largest market and the fastest growing one. We're confident of the long-term outlook of China's hospitality industry," he said. According to Bulley, the development of urbanization, growing disposable income of residents, and the improvement of tourism infrastructure and other factors will promote the continuous growth of China's hotel market demand.

Catering services offered by hotels, including Hyatt Regency Beijing, Wangjing; Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing; and China World Summit Wing, have also begun to resume, Beijing Business Today reported. Out of health, safety and operation cost concerns, buffet dinner services are suspended, according to the newspaper.

Zhao Huanyan, chief knowledge officer at Huamei Consulting, told the newspaper that on the global hotel industry landscape, China is expected to be among the first rallying markets, because of the country's effective control of COVID-19.

However, foreign travelers have long been a key targeted client group for most international franchised business hotels in the country. Such operations have been affected by overseas developments of the pandemic, Zhao said. As a result, the entire hospitality industry still has a long way to go before a full recovery so cost control still remains a crucial issue for hoteliers, he added.

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2020-05-16 10:10:00
<![CDATA[Culinary marvels]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/16/content_1479839.htm

[Photo provided to China Daily]

An author, lawyer and wine critic, Ch'ng Poh Tiong writes about cuisine from a cultural and historical point of view. In his 100 Top Chinese Restaurants of the World 2020, just published as its second edition, the restaurants aren't ranked. However, there are accolades for Restaurant of the Year, Dish of the Year (for Dong Shunxiang at Wei Zhuang Hangzhou and his braised sliced pork pyramid), Chinese Cuisine Ambassador of the Year (for Alfred Leung Chi-wai, the founder of Imperial Treasure Restaurant Group), and separate lists for the Top 10, Top 20 and Top 30.

What's fascinating about this book is that it explores Chinese restaurants around the world-and not just the ones you'd expect in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Among the cities represented are New York, London, Paris, Mumbai, Yokohama, Bangkok, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Foshan, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Yangzhou, Suzhou ?the list goes on.

Beyond the restaurants themselves, the reader will discover numerous things they may not know: that xiao long bao didn't originate in Shanghai but was already very popular in Kaifeng during the Northern Song dynasty; that the best char siew may actually be in Malaysia; and that there's a teahouse in Yangzhou that makes up to 50,000 bao a day. Time to plan a road trip.

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2020-05-16 09:45:00
<![CDATA[Overseas Museum re-opens with postcard exhibition]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/18/content_1479878.htm

[Photo by Wang Kaihao/China Daily]

The Overseas Chinese Museum of China reopened on May 15 after a closure lasting over three months due to COVID-19, starting things off with a major exhibition of old postcards.

The 200-odd exhibited postcards, old photos and other articles mostly dating back to the early 20th century, and the exhibition combines them all to show the history of Chinatown in San Francisco.

[Photo by Wang Kaihao/China Daily]

Curators of the exhibition aim to lead through the early history of Chinese immigrants to the city and reflect their contribution to local communities. Particular focus is also brought to their devotion to rebuild the city after it was hit by a devastating earthquake in 1906, as well as bravery during World War II.

Many scenarios from daily life were portrayed in postcards, which serve as important references for historical studies.

[Photo by Wang Kaihao/China Daily]

About 100 pieces were collected by Herby Lam, a Chinese-American who permanently donated 17 of them to the museum.

The exhibition is set to run through July 19.

[Photo by Wang Kaihao/China Daily]

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2020-05-18 13:11:55
<![CDATA[Museums rise to COVID-19 challenge]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/18/content_1479846.htm

A guide at the Memorial Museum of Lao She joins an online host in a livestreaming program in Beijing on Saturday. [Photo/Xinhua]

Museums in many Chinese cities are holding a variety of events to promote culture and get closer to the public, echoing the theme of the 2020 International Museum Day, which is "Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion".

As part of the activities held during International Museum Day, which falls on Monday, more than 20 of China's most renowned museums are providing access on digital platforms to virtual exhibitions from Sunday to Tuesday.

Starting at 9 am on Monday, six major attractions, including the Maiji Mountain Grottoes and Mogao Caves, will be shown on a livestreaming platform for the first time.

Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, will host the main event of this year's event in China. Scholars from foreign countries and organizations, including the United Kingdom, the United States and the International Council of Museums, will also join an internet symposium in Nanjing on the future development of the world's museums in the context of cultural diversity.

Wu Xiaolin, deputy director of the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, said the province has 302 registered museums that provide diversified and professional exhibitions. The museums in the province received more than 100 million visitors last year.

On Monday, the Nanjing Museum is holding an exhibition showcasing about 200 cultural relics ranging from the Spring and Autumn period (770-476 BC) to the Han Dynasty (206 BC to AD 220).

Many curators of museums, including the Dunhuang Academy, the Nanjing Museum and the Hebei Museum, will also give detailed information about their top collections on livestreaming channels.

As China's cultural center, Beijing is building itself as a "city of museums" with its 187 registered museums.

On International Museum Day, the city's museums will launch 94 events, including 50 online exhibitions and 15 livestreaming broadcasts, to reduce the infection risks from face-to-face contact.

"The online exhibitions and livestreaming can overcome the limits of time and space to provide content equally for all," said Chen Mingjie, head of the Beijing Administration of Cultural Heritage.

"We have organized experts to give high-quality museum interpretations to all online and offline audiences."

He said that cultural heritage authorities in Beijing want to create an atmosphere in which local residents and visitors can access a museum anytime and from any location.

The events will allow people to closely observe cultural relics without being physically present at the museums.

Museums have also adopted popular tools and high-tech to enrich internet-based event experiences.

A group of museums such as the China National Film Museum, the Memorial Museum of Lao She and the Overseas Chinese History Museum of China hold livestreaming broadcasts, while some others such as the China Media Museum will adopt virtual reality technology to provide a more vivid experience.

"Even though we are in the special period of COVID-19 epidemic prevention, we can still connect closely with our audience with the help of VR technology," said Pan Li, head of the China Media Museum.

Owned by the Communication University of China, the China Media Museum focuses on the development of the country's media industry.

"Items in our exhibition are not something ancient. Most of them are just decades old, but they can evoke the memories and emotions of the visitors because these are related to people's lives in some way, which I believe is the most important meaning of museums," he said.

"Going to museums has become fashionable nowadays as the public has a growing appetite for culture."

To enhance communication with the audience, the Capital Museum will launch "Me and Museum" educational projects, soliciting works such as videos, audio recordings, paintings and photography from the public, and the winning entries will be exhibited at the Capital Museum.

Navigation service provider AutoNavi will also provide descriptions of about 600 items that belong to 20 national museums.

Citizens can open the updated AutoNavi app and listen to the descriptions wherever they are.

Guo Ning, vice-president of the company, said the app can play the role of a "smart carrier" to bring culture to a wider audience.

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2020-05-18 09:15:14
<![CDATA[China's Best Museum Exhibitions of 2019]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/18/content_1479852.htm

China's Best Museum Exhibitions of 2019 Awards are unveiled today. Twenty-nine winners distinguish themselves in five categories. The annual event, dubbed the Oscar Awards in China's cultural relics realm, has now completed its 17th run since its inception in 1997, receiving 114 applications from various types of museums.

The winning exhibitions cover a wide range of themes, including art, science, history, natural history, and modern revolutionary history, and offer various perspectives on and interpretations of artistic, historical, or scientific collections. Notably, two categories of awards are dedicated to international joint exhibitions to promote cross-cultural understandings between China and the rest of the world. [BGM from AGM]

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2020-05-18 10:14:42
<![CDATA[Ancient Shu civilization reveals unsolved mysteries]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/18/content_1479848.htm Exploration of museums in ancient Shu ---- unsolved mysteries of thousand-year-old relics

The ancient Shu civilization, originating in Sichuan and environs through the early Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC), is an ancient civilization distinct from the Central Plains civilization but still related to it.

Before the excavation of the Sanxingdui and Jinsha sites, there were no reliable written materials recording the ancient Shu civilization, shrouding this society in mystery. With the excavation of many cultural relics, that mystery has only deepened.

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2020-05-18 09:44:35
<![CDATA[How can a hot soup cool you off?]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/15/content_1479804.htm

How does Traditional Chinese Medicine inform the way Cantonese people eat? Let’s look at their love for soup first.

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2020-05-15 10:07:49
<![CDATA[China's world heritage highlighted in online show in New Zealand]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/14/content_1479763.htm

The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a 14-day online display of world heritage in China. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

The 14-day online display of world heritage in China, launched by the China Cultural Center in Wellington, saw its end on May 11.

As a part of the Visiting China Online series of virtual shows, the event introduced a variety of world natural and cultural heritage sites in China, attracting many New Zealanders and local Chinese.

A screenshot of the Facebook page of the China Cultural Center in Wellington. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

A Facebook user Simon Meikle expressed his fondness of those wonders in China and expected the center could have more similar events to show the beauty of China.

The local Chinese were also amazed by the shows. Some said it is a pity that they haven't visited these heritage sites in the mainland, and they would add them to their future travel plans.

Guo Zongguang, director of the center, said more online events will be launched later on.


A screenshot of the Facebook page of the China Cultural Center in Wellington. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a 14-day online display of world heritage in China. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a 14-day online display of world heritage in China. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a 14-day online display of world heritage in China. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a 14-day online display of world heritage in China. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a 14-day online display of world heritage in China. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a 14-day online display of world heritage in China. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a 14-day online display of world heritage in China. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a 14-day online display of world heritage in China. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a 14-day online display of world heritage in China. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a 14-day online display of world heritage in China. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a 14-day online display of world heritage in China. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a 14-day online display of world heritage in China. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Wellington launched a 14-day online display of world heritage in China. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-05-14 13:52:29
<![CDATA[Online exhibition showcases splendid Hubei in South Korea]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/13/content_1479704.htm

The China Tourism Office in Seoul recently launched an online exhibition on Hubei's natural wonders and cultural heritage. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

After living in the shadow of the COVID-19 epidemic for months, Central China's Hubei province is finally enjoying spring with vigorous and fresh looks.

Under such circumstances, the China Tourism Office in Seoul recently launched an online exhibition on Hubei's natural wonders and cultural heritage, trying to help local people to appreciate the beauty of Hubei in a most convenient way.

As one of the important cradles of Chinese culture, Hubei has developed its unique culture and customs.


The China Tourism Office in Seoul recently launched an online exhibition on Hubei's natural wonders and cultural heritage. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Part of the Visiting China Online series of virtual shows, the exhibition features Hubei in about 60 pictures, from which viewers can see its landscapes, natural resources and cultural heritage.

Dai Shishuang, director of the office, said the event also aims to let more local people know travel in China now is safely guaranteed under strict hygienic measures, preparing for their future visits to China.


The China Tourism Office in Seoul recently launched an online exhibition on Hubei's natural wonders and cultural heritage. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul recently launched an online exhibition on Hubei's natural wonders and cultural heritage. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul recently launched an online exhibition on Hubei's natural wonders and cultural heritage. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Tourism Office in Seoul recently launched an online exhibition on Hubei's natural wonders and cultural heritage. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-05-13 15:55:23
<![CDATA[Hairdresser steps up to make the most out of life]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/02/content_1479240.htm

Fan Guozhi runs at a park in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. [Photo provided to China Daily]

A 46-year-old hairdresser is enjoying the thrill of living different identities in his day-to-day life by being a marathon runner, fitness fanatic and volunteer.

"Just live a happy and bold life. This has always been my motto," said Fan Guozhi who gets fun from workouts besides his ordinary role as a hairdresser.

Fan recently shared his attitude toward life via WeChat Moments on April 21, after finishing a 111.11-kilometer race.

But it wasn't always this way. Fan, who has been working in the hairdressing industry for almost three decades in Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang province, knew nothing about fitness or workouts six years ago.

"As a hairdresser, I used to work very late at night and usually had midnight meals after work," he recalled. "In 2014, my weight was only 55 kilograms, but I had a pot belly.

"At that time, I felt tired from time to time, but couldn't find any diseases when I went to the hospital."


Fan and his friend pose after running 111.11 km on April 21.[Photo provided to China Daily]

His poor state of health made him decide to make some changes and he started to go to the gym.

"Today, no one can imagine that I had no interest in any exercise in the first 40 years of my life," Fan said. "But I always believe that people should do something we don't like to strengthen our wills."

Driven by a thirst for change and purpose, Fan kept exercising through self-study. Now, he has reached the weight of 61 kilograms and a body fat ratio of less than 10 percent. In October 2018, Fan joined a running event by accident which led to him keeping fit by running.

In the past one and a half years, he has grown into an excellent runner in the eyes of his peers.

"I once participated in an ultra-marathon event, which took me 12 hours to finish the whole race, and also joined some 100-km trail-running competitions," Fan said.


Fan displays his build after a morning exercise. [Photo provided to China Daily]

He added that not long ago, he and his friends ran from Hangzhou to Huzhou, a Zhejiang city 80 km away, in less than seven hours, which usually takes more than two hours by car.

On April 21, Fan and two others decided to run around a 550-meter track in a sports park. They started at around 3 am, when the sky was still dark, and spent 10 and a half hours completing 200 laps, which amounted to 111.11 km.

"We prepared enough food and water to stay energized and this was also the first time that I wore a pair of sandals for such a long distance," said Fan.

Despite the feat, he returned to work at his salon the next morning after a night of rest.

In addition to his roles of hairdresser and runner, he has also done his part to serve society.

Fan has kept a tradition in his salon that people older than 65 are welcome to have free haircuts every Monday morning.

"Some elderly people will wait before the doors open, so we usually open the business earlier on Mondays," he said. "I don't know the exact number of people that we've served, but I will keep offering the service as long as the salon is open."

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2020-05-02 09:52:56
<![CDATA[App helps ring in a better life]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/06/content_1479261.htm

Young entrepreneurs of the Yi ethnic group (from left) Mise Achang, Leku Wuniure and another colleague work in the office of their startup, Yayou app, which offers a series of Yi-language services.[Photo provided to China Daily]

A modern phone can put the world at the user's fingertips. Calls, messaging, photos and information access, all make for an enhanced lifestyle. But sometimes, these phones are of little practical use. Leku Wuniure's 63-year-old mother communicates in the Yi language. She can't read Chinese or speak Mandarin and is unable to read numbers. Consequently, a simple, taken-for-granted feature of any modern phone, say finding a contact, can prove to be difficult. Whenever she wants to call her son, she has to ask someone to help her to dial his number.

Leku, 25, a young man of the Yi ethnic group, naturally, wanted to help. So he created an app that responds to his mother's request to "call my son" in the Yi language. Once this is said, the app will automatically dial his number. The app is called Yayou. It turned out to be a fantastic aid for his mother and has also benefited many among the more than 8 million Yi people in China.

"With the app, I wanted to help my mom, as well as the Yi people," says Leku, a college student at Southwest Petroleum University in Chengdu, the capital of Southwest China's Sichuan province. "Besides my mother's plight, I've also witnessed some villagers, who left to make a living as migrant workers in cities, suffering financial losses or misunderstanding due to the obstacles in communication."

The dream is becoming bigger-after more than two years' development, Leku and his partner Mise Achang are ready to launch an updated version of their app in May. The 2.0 version of Yayou will have several new functions, providing news and entertainment content, as well as online shopping services, in both the Yi and Chinese languages. What's more exciting, some users will be able to test the new voice assistant function and interact with their smartphone in the Yi language, before its final release.


A store run by the company under construction in Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture, Sichuan province.[Photo provided to China Daily]

The two entrepreneurs hope that, like the name of the app-Yayou meaning "potato" in the Yi language, a common, indispensable ingredient for the Yi people living in the Daliangshan area, Sichuan province-the app could be a helpful tool in people's lives.

Four years ago, Leku enrolled in Southwest Petroleum University in Chengdu, majoring in surveying and mapping engineering. Leaving Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture where he has lived for more than two decades, Leku missed cultural richness and the singing and dancing of his people in his hometown.

Leku's childhood friend, Mise, 24, who graduated last year from a vocational school in Chongqing, has felt the same pangs of loneliness when he stayed in the metropolis to study hospitality administration.

The duo decided to develop the app initially to gather audio and video materials of Yi songs. They took a year to create the app and released the first version in December 2018.

More than 6,000 people registered on Yayou in the first three months, which encouraged the duo to further develop their app to serve more people.

While Leku studied in Chengdu and began the startup there over two years ago, his mother could only wait for his call once a week to chat with him for a short time. Leku felt an urgency to develop a voice assistant function to help his mother, and other people in his hometown.

With the app, users could listen to more Yi-language songs, and read news presented on the app. They can watch videos in the Yi language about how to fight against the novel coronavirus.


 

The app provides news feeds for users, and is also a platform where users can enjoy listening to songs in the Yi language.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Thinking big

 

The app, apart from bringing greater convenience, can also serve as an important cultural tool. It can be used as a database to collect oral and written records of Yi culture and help preserve it.

"We will ask Yi singers to record songs," Mise says.

"Moreover, for the elderly people who still remember our traditional songs, we will help them have the old songs recorded or filmed.

"For example, there are some beautiful songs that I heard shepherds singing when I was a kid. I hope such songs will be recorded and passed down to future generations."

Currently, their automatic speech recognition for the Yi language only has 60 to 70 percent accuracy. Technicians have to update the program when sentences can't be recognized by the system. The team now has 12 technicians.

"My plan is to develop this Yi language voice assistant in two or three years, and we will only launch it when it's ready. We don't want to provide any half-done products," Leku says.

Their work and goals were ably assisted by the Yi people. Singers and directors promised to support the app by posting their audio and video materials for free. Some Yi students also volunteered to help test the voice assistant function and offer their version of Yi oral materials.

Professors of the Yi language from Southwest Minzu University and Minzu University of China also helped them check on the translation into Mandarin. "New words keep coming, especially recently concerning COVID-19," Leku says.

The app now boasts more than 400,000 registered users. "Most of them are Yi people, but some are people who want to know more about Yi culture," Leku says.

Money is always an issue for any entrepreneur. So far they have accumulated debts of more than 200,000 yuan ($28,230) each in order to keep their team running.


The app provides news feeds for users, and is also a platform where users can enjoy listening to songs in the Yi language.[Photo provided to China Daily]

"Our resources are limited. If we can have some investment, the development of the app, especially the voice assistant function, can be sped up," Leku says.

Each month brings a paycheck day, and that can be stressful. He has to take some part-time photography work to get extra income, and sometimes, he has to borrow money from friends, to pay the team's wages.

Luckily the Yayou app has won him several college venture capital contests with some prize money that can help him ease the financial stress.

He says he won't give up even if there is no investment, and he believes that what he's been doing has benefited many.

Besides the voice assistant function, Leku also added an online shopping function on the app, through which he hopes to help his hometown sell its products to a wider market. "Our wooden lacquerware is well-crafted, and our buckwheat is also quite good," Leku says.

He also started to open brick-and-mortar stores in his village and plans to open one in each large village in Daliangshan.

"It has been an impoverished area for a long time and the country has helped us a lot. I feel that I have a responsibility to contribute to the process as well, by doing something for my hometown," he says.

 

 


The app provides news feeds for users, and is also a platform where users can enjoy listening to songs in the Yi language. CHINA DAILY

 

 

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2020-05-06 09:00:07
<![CDATA[Culinary guide reveals best Chinese cuisine around the planet]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/09/content_1479411.htm

The 100 Top Chinese Restaurants of the World guide publishes its second edition, giving the reader a chance to explore Chinese cuisine all over the planet.

 

An author, lawyer and wine critic, Ch'ng Poh Tiong writes about cuisine from a cultural and historical point of view. In his 100 Top Chinese Restaurants of the World 2020, just published as its second edition, the restaurants aren't ranked. However, there are accolades for Restaurant of the Year, Dish of the Year (for Dong Shunxiang at Wei Zhuang Hangzhou and his braised sliced pork pyramid), Chinese Cuisine Ambassador of the Year (for Alfred Leung Chi-wai, the founder of Imperial Treasure Restaurant Group), and separate lists for the Top 10, Top 20 and Top 30.

What's fascinating about this book is that it explores Chinese restaurants around the world –and not just the ones you'd expect in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Among the cities represented are New York, London, Paris, Mumbai, Yokohama, Bangkok, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Foshan, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Yangzhou, Suzhou?the list goes on.

Beyond the restaurants themselves, the reader will discover numerous things they may not know: that xiao long bao didn't originate in Shanghai but was already very popular in Kaifeng during the Northern Song dynasty; that the best char siew may actually be in Malaysia; and that there's a teahouse in Yangzhou that makes up to 50,000 bao a day. Time to plan a road trip?/p>

Print versions of100 Top Chinese Restaurants of the World 2020(in English and Traditional Chinese) are available at 13 major bookshops across Hong Kong, while e-versions (English, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese) are available at 100chineserestaurants.com.

Made in China, Beijing

[Photo provided to China Daily]


Dong Shun Xiang's pyramid of braised sliced pork

[Photo provided to China Daily]


Steamed egg white stuffed with crabmeat

[Photo provided to China Daily]


Imperial Treasure, Paris

[Photo provided to China Daily]

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2020-05-09 09:06:00
<![CDATA[China's tourism market sees strong recovery: official]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/09/content_1479406.htm

Visitors take photos inside the Palace Museum in Beijing, on May 6, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

China's tourism market saw a strong recovery during the five-day May Day holiday, an official said Friday.

With regular epidemic control measures in place, the tourism market basically recovered to 50-percent of the level in same period last year, Wang Xiaofeng, an official with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, said at a press conference.

China received a total of 115 million domestic tourists during the holiday, generating a revenue of 47.56 billion yuan (about $6.72 billion), he said.

During the holiday, scenic spots across the country were asked to control the number of visitors to no more than 30 percent of their maximum capacity, while launching an online reservation system to receive visitors at staggered time periods and timely dispersing crowds at key areas, Wang said.

The official added that the ministry also urged the strict implementation of control measures including checking temperature and health QR codes, as well as keeping social distancing.

With measures carried out in a prompt and proper manner, scenic areas maintained safe and orderly operation in the five-day holiday, Wang said.

No epidemic outbreaks occured at tourist attractions during the holiday, and no major safety accidents related to holiday travel or major complaints were reported, he said.

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2020-05-09 08:40:00
<![CDATA[Self-driving trips popular in holiday as Chinese embrace outdoors]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/08/content_1479354.htm Self-driving trips have become an increasingly popular choice for Chinese during the past May Day holiday as they embraced the open air after a relaxation of travel restrictions amid the waning COVID-19 epidemic, a report showed.

The index measuring the enthusiasm toward self-driving trips on the first day of the five-day holiday has doubled the level recorded on the first day of the Qingming Festival holiday in early April, according to a report jointly compiled by Kuaishou, a popular short-video sharing platform, and Chinese mapping service provider AutoNavi, or Gaode Map.

This indicates a recovery to 60 percent of the level in the same period last year, according to the report.

The report said visitors were more enthusiastic about traveling by car as they believe it would be safer to visit wide-open outdoor sites due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

During the holiday that ended Tuesday, Chinese tourism authorities required indoor tourist sites to remain closed while setting a 30-percent cap on the daily visitor capacity for outdoor sites that have resumed operations.

Inter-city traveling has also been popular for car trips, the report said, citing city clusters in regions such as the Yangtze River Delta, the Pan-Pearl River Delta and the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area.

A surge in short videos posted online also indicated a rebound in overall tourism. On May 1, the number of sightseeing-themed short videos posted on Kuaishou jumped 45 percent compared with the first day of the Qingming Festival holiday.

An earlier survey jointly carried out by the China Tourism Academy and Trip.com Group, a leading Chinese online travel agency, showed 41 percent of the respondents would choose to travel by car once the COVID-19 epidemic came to an end, while more than 90 percent of them would choose domestic tours.

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2020-05-08 09:15:00
<![CDATA[Remake of Leslie Cheung's 1987 classic film an online hit]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/08/content_1479352.htm

A still image of The Enchanting Phantom features the protagonist Ning Caichen, starring actor Chen Xingxu. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The fantasy film The Enchanting Phantom, a remake of late Hong Kong megastar Leslie Cheung's 1987 classic A Chinese Ghost Story, has become a runaway hit on streaming sites during the just-concluded Labor Day holiday.

Authorized to use the 1987 film's theme song, sung by Cheung, the new film has stirred up a storm of nostalgia, earning around 18 million yuan ($2.5 million) at the online box office -- revenue shared between streaming sites and producers -- in merely four days since its release on the streaming giant Tencent Video on May 1.

Exemplifying its popularity, the film has been ranked in the most-searched topics list on the Twitter-like Sina Weibo six times, seeing its soundtrack broadcast over 100 million times online and accumulating 460 million clicks on related topics on Sina Weibo.


Actress Li Kaixin stars Nie Xiaoqian, the ghost protagonist in The Enchanting Phantom. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Costing a total of around 40 million yuan, the film -- which was shot in a soundstage covering 8,000 square meters in Zhejiang province and featured 1,423 special-effect shots -- has raised the bar of online films, which have surged in recent years thanks to the fast development of the internet industry in China.

Liu Chaohui, the film's producer and CEO of Jinhua Wudao Nanlai Culture Media Co Ltd, released a public letter yesterday to express his gratitude to those dedicated to online films, a sector that had been looked down upon for a long time.

Online films, or movies tailored for streaming platforms, usually involve a much lower budget and a cast receiving less pay than films targeting cinemas.


Hong Kong veteran Norman Chui plays a cruel demon in The Enchanting Phantom. [Photo provided to China Daily]

As some such films portray clichéd stories with lousy visual effects, or even borrow ideas from hit movies, some domestic industry insiders have developed a bias, unfairly believing online films mostly want to make money fast instead of creating quality works, says Liu.

"But I believe the online film industry is new, interesting and full of vitality. In some sense, it's like a game for daredevils, as it is very challenging and unprecedented. Besides, producers are facing a completely C2C, or customer-to-customer, market, making it more difficult and financially risky than the traditional business," explains Liu.

A veteran who has worked in the film and television industry for more than two decades, Liu recalls he shifted to the emerging market of online content since late 2015.

He says he believes online films have big potential in the future, wishing the industry will attract more talent and produce more popular titles to change the industry bias.


Poster of The Enchanting Phantom. [Photo provided to China Daily]

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2020-05-08 09:00:33
<![CDATA[Nonprofit so wing a literal seed for children]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/07/content_1479318.htm

Zhang Mingzhou, president of the International Board on Books for Young People.[Photo provided to China Daiy]

With schools closed, no playing with friends allowed and parents working at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many youngsters around the world have a lot of questions about what's going on.

To help them better understand and cope with the situation, as well as learn about the people on the front line fighting against the virus, a website called Life Tree Books (www.lifetreebooks.org.cn) was launched on April 2-International Children's Book Day-offering free access to quality children's books.

Eleven children's books have so far been translated into more than 10 languages and are available on the website. They can help to explain COVID-19 and the long and complicated relationship between humans and viruses, and offer practical advice about how to prevent the disease from spreading.

Within its first week, the website was visited about 20,000 times by visitors from 53 countries and regions.

"We hope that the platform can answer children's questions about the disease and help them become lifetime readers and learners," says Zhang Mingzhou, the project's initiator and president of the International Board on Books for Young People.

Established in 1953 in Switzerland, IBBY is a nonprofit organization committed to bringing books and children together. With its secretariat in Basel, it is known for inaugurating the Hans Christian Andersen Awards, the world's highest recognition for children's literature creators, IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Award and IBBY-iRead Outstanding Reading Promoter Awards. IBBY is also known as the organizer of the International Children's Book Day and the International children's literature journal, Bookbird. Elected in September 2018, Zhang is the first Chinese person to chair the organization.

A recent UN report shows that as of mid-April, more than 1.5 billion youngsters have been affected by the school closures that have been enacted in around 188 countries.

"Facing the unprecedented challenge, we must take action to protect our children. We are family, and they are our future," Zhang says.

"Our global project can help children worldwide get through the coronavirus and enhance international communication and understanding," Zhang says.

When explaining the website's name, he says the website has been created because of the pandemic, but "like a seed, it will grow into a giant tree when the coronavirus is over". As for the website's poster and logo, he feels very grateful to the designer, Brazilian illustrator Roger Mello, laureate of the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award, for his excellent work, his passion and generosity.

Zhang says that, as time goes on, more children's books on COVID-19 are being sent to him for multiple language translation.

Iranian writer Ali-Asghar Seyyedabadi's Hannah, Our Hero is one example, teaching children how to take care of themselves during the pandemic.

Elena Perikleous, writer and president of IBBY Cyprus, has translated her latest children's book into English and emailed it to Zhang, hoping the book can be translated into multiple languages to reach more children.

"As the pandemic spreads across the world, an increasing number of publishers and writers are creating books full of color and life to help children understand and get through the pandemic," Zhang says.


The poster and logo for the Life Tree Books' website designed by Brazilian illustrator Roger Mello.[Photo provided to China Daiy]

Joint efforts

As the first country to report the disease, Chinese publishers have swung into action, creating many coronavirus-themed children's books, which is impressive, Zhang says.

Inspired by these books, Zhang initiated the program on Feb 29, calling for Chinese publishers to donate their international copyrights of the published COVID-19 children's books and calling for translators to help translate the books for free.

Within a week, Zhang received copyright donations for around 60 books from more than 50 publishers, writers and illustrators. More than 400 translators applied, with about 200 from Shanghai International Studies University.

"I have been deeply touched by their devotion in the past month. We have 'fought' shoulder-by-shoulder in our way to combat the virus," Zhang says, adding that it is "a miracle" for the website to be launched with just a month's preparation.

For the translation work, Wu Gang, deputy dean of the Graduate Institute of Interpretation and Translation of Shanghai International Studies University, is the head of the program's translation team.

"All the students and teachers from the Graduate Institute of Interpretation have taken part in the project. Using their translation skills, they have made their own contribution in the global fight against the virus," Wu says.

Zhang Yanran, head of the Spanish translation group and a student at the Institute, says she has always believed that children's books have a magic power to give readers the courage to conquer difficulties.

Ma Ainong, well-known for her translation of the Harry Potter series, translated Virus, Virus, You Cannot Scare Me!, which is a pop-up book, enabling parents and children to learn about how viruses spread and what people can do to protect themselves effectively.

She tells Beijing Daily that books always provide children the best company, especially during difficult times, such as the pandemic.

"These books, in diverse ways, help children gain knowledge and power in the face of the crisis," Liu Lei, a senior publisher and leader of the program's design team, tells China Press Publication Radio Film and Television Journal.

The project will be promoted in IBBY's 81 national sections, Zhang says, adding that there will also be promotion activities at major book fairs, including Bologna Children's Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair and Beijing International Book Fair.

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2020-05-07 11:24:01
<![CDATA[The wind of change]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/13/content_1479580.htm

Asheng from Liaoning province, like Lin, is among a group of musicians who contributed to the growing popularity of the ancient instrument.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Traditional Chinese musical instrument, the suona, is enjoying a popular revival thanks to the power of social media, Chen Nan reports.

On Oct 21, a student of the Middle School Affiliated to Xi'an Conservatory of Music, Shaanxi province, shared a video on the internet, in which he performed the iconic piece, Summer, composed by Japanese musician Joe Hisaishi. The piece, which was featured in Japanese director Takeshi Kitano's 1999 movie, Kikujiro, was adapted by the Chinese student for suona, a Chinese traditional wind instrument with a double-reed mouthpiece.

The video became popular online and it inspired another player, Lin Shenli, a Shenzhen-based electrical engineer, to pick up the suona again, an instrument he had learned as a child, but which he had not played for some time.

"In the video, there were other students playing musical instruments, such as piano and the zhongruan (a plucked long-necked lute-like stringed instrument), but the sound of the suona is the most piercing and memorable," says Lin, 29. "After watching the video, I took out my suona and tried to perform the same piece with my own interpretation."

On Nov 4, Lin posted his first video playing the suona on social media platforms, such as video-sharing platform Bilibili and microblogging platform Sina Weibo. His rendition of Hisaishi's Summer received over 1 million views.

"I didn't expect the video to be so popular among the viewers. I did it just for fun," says Lin, who has made several more videos of himself playing his suona since then.

He has performed a variety of musical works, such as the hit song, Ordinary Road, written and performed by Chinese singer-songwriter Pu Shu, and the nostalgic soundtrack of 1992 TV drama, The Legend of White Snake.

Fans applauded at his suona technique and were surprised by the versatility of the musical instrument, commonly seen as one with a bright, full sound and high pitches that can produce mirthful or heartbreaking melodies at both weddings and funerals in rural northeastern China. Although now a traditional instrument, it was introduced into China from Persia or the Arab world in the third century.

Throughout the novel coronavirus pandemic, Lin has been uploading videos every week, hoping to offer entertainment for people who had to stay at home and might be bored. The pieces he selected were usually tracks found on the music charts released by major music streaming platforms, such as QQ Music and NetEase Cloud Music.

"The process of adapting those music works is easy for me because the suona has a wide tonal range," says Lin, who records his content at home after work.

Many viewers left comments for Lin saying that his videos are hilarious. "What makes me happier is that some viewers have gained a different perspective about the age-old musical instrument," Lin says.


Lin Shenli, a Shenzhen-based electrical engineer, plays the suona onstage.[Photo provided to China Daily]

One of the most impressive comments he received is: "The stereotype is wrong. The suona is so commonly seen that its sounds have been ignored. In fact, it's a beautiful musical instrument rather than something simply making a high-pitched sound."

Born and raised in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, Lin graduated with his master's degree in electronic engineering from Zhejiang University in 2017 and has been working in Shenzhen as an electrical engineer since.

Music has always been a part of his life, although Lin never considered taking it as a career.

He learned to play bamboo flute 10 years ago and he also plays the suona and sheng (a traditional Chinese wind instrument).

"It was hard to play the right tones when I learned these traditional instruments, but I played them for fun, so the learning process was full of joy because I was under no pressure," Lin says.

Traditional Chinese musical instruments, such as the suona, have gained a new fan base among the younger generation thanks in part to social media platforms, such as Chinese short video-sharing platform Douyin.

From April 10 to 13, Douyin launched an electronic music festival titled DouLand, during which several young Chinese suona players displayed their musical talent by illustrating what the musical instrument can do.

One of them, named Chuanzi, in his early 30s, adapted a remastered vocal version of Norwegian music producer Alan Walker's hit, The Spectre. To Chuanzi's surprise, Walker left him the message "brilliant, love this" after watching his suona version of the song.

Another suona player who goes by the stage name, Asheng, has been covering hit songs with the instrument since 2016. In one of his videos, clad in a hoodie and cap, Asheng played American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish's Bad Guy with a saxophone and a suona, which was watched over 800,000 times.

In another performance, the 27-year-old from Shenyang, Liaoning province, adapted Lemon, the chart-topping song by Japanese music star Kenshi Yonezu, on the suona, which garnered over 2 million views.

Asheng, who studied in Taiwan, graduating with a major in traditional Chinese music in 2018, learned to play suona when he was in high school.

He admits that people's prejudice against traditional Chinese musical instruments has limited the development of the suona.

"Few people want to learn it, because they consider it 'unfashionable'. Many people don't know the capability of the musical instrument," says Asheng.

He mentions Song of the Phoenix, the final film released in 2016 of the late director Wu Tianming (1939-2014), which depicts a young suona apprentice who wants to form his own musical troupe at a time when the presence of traditional instruments is in decline in contemporary Chinese society.

"The suona is good at depicting joyful, noisy, and grand scenes," Asheng says. "Song of the Phoenix is also the name of the best-known classic piece featuring the suona, which uses the instrument to imitate the sounds of various birds, depicting dynamic nature and a joyous mood. It shows the instrument's versatility."

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2020-05-13 07:59:56
<![CDATA[Theaters adapt to dramatic change of scene]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/13/content_1479579.htm

Gao Xiaopan, left, founder of the Hip-hop Crosstalk Club, performs xiangsheng in Beijing before the pandemic. [Photo/China Daily]

Audiences warm to online shows as venues remain closed

Imagine owning a small theater in downtown Beijing staging xiangsheng, or crosstalk, shows-the most popular comedy performance genre in China. The venue attracts audiences of about 200 every night during the week, and more on the weekends.

More than 100 performers are on the books, and you are making a profit thanks to loyal audiences and xiangsheng fans, who see the theater as a place for fun, relaxation and a chance to meet friends.

Then the novel coronavirus pandemic arrives. Suddenly, your business-and many others like it-has to close to help contain the virus. Even if it could stay open, people self-quarantining at home and practicing social distancing are not going to the theater.

This situation confronted Gao Xiaopan, the owner of a small theater in Beijing and founder of the Hiphop Crosstalk Club in the capital. The xiangsheng performer, who has been practicing the art since he was 8, eventually decided to close the theater.

On April 19, Gao bid farewell to the venue, which he founded at the end of 2013. He shared a photo on his Sina Weibo account, which has more than 2 million followers, of himself sitting on the stage.

The theater is situated in Jiaodaokou-a populous hutong, or alleyway, area near the Gulou, or Drum Tower and Nanluoguxiang, both popular tourist attractions.

"I was depressed when all the shows were canceled due to the viral outbreak. However, I didn't expect the situation to worsen," Gao, 35, said.

He added that the last show his troupe staged was at the Minzu Theater in Beijing on Jan 18, which attracted an audience of more than 1,000. Performances were planned for after Lunar New Year's Eve, which fell on Jan 24.

Gao said he has asked himself several crucial questions in recent weeks, such as what will happen to his business and colleagues? Will they be able to pay their rent? Will the theater business survive the impact of the virus?


The Drum Tower West Theatre in Beijing remains closed during the outbreak. [Photo by Wang Zhuangfei/China Daily]

Born in Baoding, Hebei province, Gao enjoyed watching comedy movies as a child, and one of his favorite film stars is Hong Kong-born Stephen Chow.

His mother took him to a local arts training center, where Gao studied xiangsheng as a form of entertainment. However, she did not expect him to choose it as a career, as the prospects did not appear promising at the time.

Xiangsheng was first staged in Beijing in 1862, when performers began attracting audiences in the Tianqiao area of the capital, a place where street players gathered to perform a variety of shows, such as acrobatics, Peking Opera and pingshu, a traditional Chinese form of storytelling.

Performances of xiangsheng usually feature two performers clad in traditional long robes, standing behind a wooden table and engaging in witty banter, although there are solo productions and those involving three players or more.

Familiar issues, including troubled family relationships and social topics, usually form the main theme of the humorous conversations, the aim being not only to entertain but also to educate. A xiangsheng performer's reservoir of talent runs deep and includes allusions, innuendo, puns, songs, tongue-twisters and liberal doses of fantasy.

Classmates gave up

Young players study with a xiangsheng master for three to five years and perform with the teacher to gain experience in mastering onstage techniques and communicating with an audience. They then strike out on their own. The art form's basic skills include shuo (talking), xue (imitation), dou (teasing) and chang (singing).

"I enjoy making people laugh, and I learned fast," said Gao, who started studying xiangsheng at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in 2003.

After graduating, 80 percent of his classmates gave up performing xiangsheng, but Gao persevered. To make a living, he did part-time work as a shopping guide, wedding host and house painter.

In 2004, he started to perform xiangsheng regularly at the Chaoyang Cultural Center in Beijing, where he gained a large fan base. With his original pieces, Gao combines the traditional wit with jokes inspired by daily life. His onstage improvisation appeals to young audiences.

In 2008, he founded the Hip-hop Crosstalk Club, along with a dozen young xiangsheng performers, including You Xianchao, Gao's longtime partner. Gao found fame and more fans through appearances in television shows, movies and reality productions.


The Hiphop Crosstalk Club in the Jiaodaokou area of the capital is also closed. [Photo by Wang Zhuangfei/China Daily]

He formed the idea of staging shows at his own theater after his troupe began performing regularly every week. In 2013, he secured a bank loan to launch his first theater in Jiaodaokou, which started to make a profit a year later. In 2017, Gao opened his second venue, a 300-seat theater in Wukesong, western Beijing.

"Although I have other work, such as acting in movies and appearing in reality shows, I really love performing xiangsheng at the two theaters and this has never changed," he said.

During the coronavirus pandemic, many of those working in the performing arts industry have turned to staging shows online, the Hip-hop Crosstalk Club being no exception.

On March 28, Gao and xiangsheng performers from the club held their first online show on Douyin, one of the country's most popular short-video platforms. The debut performance was watched by more than 1.2 million people, way beyond Gao's expectations.

"It was all new to me, as I had rarely watched shows streamed online before I started to do it myself," he said. "But when I realized that this was a way to connect with audiences, I decided to do it every day."

Along with his colleagues, Gao writes scripts for each day's online show. However, unlike theater, where audience reaction provides immediate feedback to his jokes, he adjusts the tempo for online shows and the way of telling stories. He also answers questions from audiences, bringing him closer to fans.

"It's not just me and my company facing a crisis as a result of the virus. Some of my friends, who run film and advertising companies, face the same dilemma-pay the rent or eat first?" Gao said. "The sudden changes to the business made me think about my company's future. If we can survive this, I'll be all the better for it."

He added that staging xiangsheng shows online can never match theater shows, a sentiment with which Yang Lin, a performer from Tianjin, agrees.

"Xiangsheng performances rely on facial expressions and body language to communicate with audiences. It is hard to keep the attention of an audience watching in front of a screen," said Yang, who heads a five-year-old xiangsheng troupe in Tianjin, and faces a similar situation to Gao.


The exterior of the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. [Photo/China Daily]

Beijing and Tianjin are the two most important centers for xiangsheng. The capital is the hometown of renowned exponents such as Hou Baolin (1917-93), while masters like Ma Sanli (1914-2003) were born in Tianjin. Because of the cities' proximity, performers frequently compare and exchange styles and techniques, and have a common audience base.

Yang's troupe faces no pressure from rental payments, as he leads it in performances at teahouses in Tianjin.

"Obviously, we may gain a fan base with online performances, but I think that theaters are still the main venues to keep xiangsheng alive," he said.

Meanwhile, Li Yangduo, who owns the Drum Tower West Theatre, tucked away in hutongs near the Gulou area of Beijing and which stages contemporary plays, was planning to celebrate its sixth anniversary last month, but had to cancel the arrangements due to the outbreak.

On April 17, Li posted an open letter on the venue's social media platform, stating that it was facing a severe financial struggle, as all shows had been canceled and it had no income.

She then decided to save the theater by selling cherries online, an idea inspired by her friend Li Ge, a theatre producer from a small village in Yantai, Shandong province, which is known for growing and selling the fruit.

With the outbreak affecting the fruit trade, Li Ge uses social media platforms to sell cherries for her family.

Li Yangduo said: "Like many small theater owners, I'm pretty devastated by what's happening. We are all facing extremely difficult circumstances due to COVID-19. We literally don't have a penny of revenue coming through the door.

"The news about selling cherries caught my attention and I was drawn to the idea immediately. I am a big fan of (Russian playwright Anton) Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. When I saw the pictures of real cherry trees posted by Li Ge, I was touched." She added that she named a bookstore at the Drum Tower West Theatre the Cherry Orchard Bookstore.

"There's never been a situation like this. It's unclear when we will be able to stage shows again, but we will do whatever we can to keep the theater alive," Li Yangduo said.

The theatre's supporters warmed to the idea, and within three days, more than 1,500 kilograms of cherries were sold.


A Peking Opera singer livestreams at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. [Photo/China News Service]

"It was beyond my hopes. We had never sold fruit before. We knew that people wanted to show their support for us and to return to watch plays at the theater, just as we do," Li Yangduo said. "For all of us, the theater is a land full of imagination and joy."

Recruitment plan

The Drum Tower West Theatre has produced 12 plays in the past six years, including The Pillowman, adapted from award-winning Irish playwright and director Martin McDonagh's eponymous story, and Thunderstorm, written by renowned Chinese playwright Cao Yu.

Last year, nearly 300 performances were staged at the theater, attracting total audiences of about 60,000. Plays produced by the venue also toured nationwide, with more than 60 performances drawing some 60,000 people.

To keep in touch with audiences, Li Yangduo has also launched online programs, including those in which theatergoers share their favorite scripts and read them together. She also plans to recruit actors for her theater, in the hope of preparing new works for when it reopens.

"We think we're doing something unprecedented. What we do now is for the future of the theater. The viral outbreak will end, and we just don't want to abandon our dream," Li Yangduo said.

The government has drawn up plans for small theaters and independent cultural companies to weather the pandemic, such as providing subsidies and allowances to performing arts venues as well as increasing loans to cultural enterprises.

Large venues, such as the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the Shanghai Grand Theatre, are also connecting with audiences during the outbreak.

According to a report on April 29 by the Beijing Association of Performing Arts, the average operating cost of larger venues in China is about 25 million yuan ($3.53 million) a year. They depend on financial sources such as government support, ticket sales and donations.

On May 2, 100 days after it closed, the Shanghai Grand Theatre launched an online performance featuring the Jin Xing Dance Theatre, China's leading contemporary dance company, the Shanghai Ballet and the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra.

Media platform The Paper quoted Zhang Xiaoding, general manager of the Shanghai Grand Theatre, as saying, "It's heartening to see the warm audience feedback at a time when the performing arts industry remains under enormous pressure as it struggles with the uncertainty of the coronavirus.

"There's still no clear idea of how long the closures will last, but the tradition of going to the theater will never die."

On May 8, the State Council announced that entertainment venues such as cinemas and theaters will be opened gradually, and online appointments will be needed for admission.

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2020-05-13 06:49:50
<![CDATA[Drama rekindles interest in Chinese Renaissance]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/12/content_1479499.htm

The poster for the costume drama Serenade of Peaceful Joy features a number of calligraphy pieces and paintings of the Song Dynasty in the background. [Photo/douban.com]

Serenade of Peaceful Joy (Qing Ping Yue), a historical TV drama about the life of an emperor of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), has become an unexpected hit among viewers of the Chinese mainland.

Unlike the Qing Dynasty (1664-1901), which is more familiar due to its proximity to modern times and has often been used as a backdrop for beloved historical dramas, the Song Dynasty (960-1279), often dubbed the Chinese Renaissance, has somehow become lesser known by today's Chinese viewers, especially younger generations.

But the show, released on April 7, has racked up more than 3.26 billion views online as of Monday, reported Maoyan, a major Chinese TV and film database.

The costume drama -- which stars the popular and seasoned actor Wang Kai, and perfectly blends romance and politics -- has drawn much attention from viewers for its depiction of refined Song culture, local media say.

Chronicling the four-decade reign of the fourth Song Emperor Renzong (1022-1063), the drama offers a glimpse into the arts, culture and social life of his time in a compelling portrayal that has sparked millions of posts and comments on social media.

Now let's take a close look at Serenade of Peaceful Joy and savor the brilliance of the culture and arts that radiate throughout the drama.


A still from Serenade of Peaceful Joy features a lotus-shaped wine-warming bowl, a wine ewer, plates and candle holders, which are all celadon. [Photo/douban.com]

Song ceramics

Many viewers have marveled at the beautiful and elegant porcelain featured in the show. The Song Dynasty saw a great leap in both ceramic art and technology. History holds that there were more than 1,000 kilns around the country. Craftsmen competed with one another to advance kiln technologies as well as search far and wide for fine and new types of clay as well as exotic glaze colors.

A still from Serenade of Peaceful Joyfeatures a celadon incense burner and several celadon utensils. [Photo/douban.com]

Among all the kilns, five –Ru ware, Jun ware, Guan ware, Ding ware, and Ge ware ?stood out for producing the best porcelain for royals to use. Influenced by the aesthetic prevailing among scholar-officials who valued minimalism and nature, Song ceramics are known for their straightforward shapes, muted coloration, glazes in subtle hues, and nature-inspired decorative motifs.

Distinct for its rare light bluish-green glaze, fine craftsmanship and jade-like gloss, Ru ware celadon is heavily featured in the drama along with a smattering of the black-glazed porcelain from the Ding ware.

A still from Serenade of Peaceful Joy features a number of celadon pieces on the table. [Photo/douban.com]


Actors playing famous Song poets –Yan Shu (right) and Fan Zhongyan (left) -- are seen along with the famous lines of their works, which are still familiar to modern people. [Photo/Official Weibo Account of Qing Ping Yue]

Song Ci

The lyric poetry Ci, which enjoys the same renown as another artistic expression form Shi, originated in the late Tang Dynasty (618-907), but flowered and reached its zenith in the Song Dynasty.

Each piece of Ci is based on one of some 800 Ci Pai, originally titles of tunes, which specify the particular fixed pattern of tone, rhythm, number of characters per line and number of lines. Hence, it is common to come across several Ci penned by different poets about different topics sharing the same title.

Qing Ping Yue, the drama's title in Chinese, is a common Ci Pai used in Song poetry. Accomplished Song poets who were also important officials -- such as Yan Shu, Fan Zhongyan and Ouyang Xiu -- were featured in the drama, with several scenes dedicated to portraying them reading their own pieces.


A still from Serenade of Peaceful Joy features a screen painted with a landscape painting of the Song Dynasty in the background. [Photo/douban.com]

Song painting

When it comes to masterpieces in ancient Chinese painting, no connoisseurs would avoid mentioning Along the River During the Qingming Festival (Qingming Shanghe Tu) or A Panorama of Rivers and Mountains (Qian Li Jiang Shan Tu).

Both were created during the Song Dynasty, an era in which, as many scholars believe, Chinese painting reached its pinnacle, with Huizong (1082-1135), the eighth Song emperor, an accomplished painter himself and also a patron of the arts.

A still from Serenade of Peaceful Joy shows a Song Dynasty flower-and-bird painting hung on the wall for decoration. [Photo/douban.com]

With the prevalent aesthetic in that period emphasizing being true to the physical world, landscape and portrait paintings all come across as highly descriptive and even realistic.

In the drama, landscape paintings and portraits of auspicious animals are placed on walls or used as screens, giving an artistic and animated air to the palace's décor.

A poster for the costume drama Serenade of Peaceful Joy features a part of a landscape painting of the Song Dynasty. [Photo/douban.com]


A scene from Serenade of Peaceful Joy features the Fei Bai Shu written by Emperor Renzong of the Song Dynasty. [Photo/douban.com]

Song calligraphy

Along with poetry, calligraphy in Chinese culture is an important means for personal and creative expression. Overshadowing painting, it is also hailed as the supreme visual art form in Chinese culture.

By absorbing merits of legendary calligraphers from earlier times, famed Song calligraphers including Su Shi (1037-1101), Huang Tingjian (1045-1105), Mi Fu (1051-1107) and also Emperor Huizong, invented their own styles, widely imitated by calligraphy buffs even today.

In the drama, Emperor Renzong is keen on practicing calligraphy and excels at the lesser-known but rather characteristic calligraphy style called Fei Bai Shu, aka Flying White, which requires a flat painting brush. As its name suggests, this style places an emphasis on the moving force of the brush and the abundance of the streaks of white within strokes.

A poster for Serenade of Peaceful Joy features a calligraphy piece as the backdrop. [Photo/douban.com]


A scene from Serenade of Peaceful Joy shows Princess Huirou, Emperor Renzong's daughter, arranging flowers. [Photo/douban.com]

Flower arrangement

Flowers delicately arranged in porcelain vases in the drama are also a huge delight for the eyes.

Traditional Chinese flower arrangement originated from the Northern and Southern dynasties (420-589) and bloomed in the Tang and Song dynasties (607-1279).

Aside from serving the purposes of palace rituals and worship in temple, floral arrangement was revered by Song literati as one of "the four arts of life" along with incense burning, tea drinking and painting appreciation, which they used to express emotions, cultivate character and amuse themselves.

A scene from Serenade of Peaceful Joy shows Empress Cao, Emperor Renzong's wife, arranging flowers. [Photo/douban.com]


A still from Serenade of Peaceful Joyfeatures a hollowed-out copper incense burner. [Photo/douban.com]

Incense burning

Unlike modern people who spray perfume to scent the air and body, ancient Chinese people were fond of burning incense made of fragrant wood and herbs, for an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere and naturally perfumed bodies.

That's why scenes with incense smoke curling upwards from animal-shaped copper burners or porcelain ones are pervasive in the drama.

Dating from the Shang Dynasty (c. 17th-11th BC), incense burning was initially and also essentially a part of worshipping practices to show respect to gods and ancestors.

In addition, ancient Chinese also burnt incense to tell time, repel insects and promote health with medicinal aromatic blends. Furthermore, literati in the Tang and Song dynasties held incense appreciation gatherings where they might also sip tea, listen to zither tunes, compose poetry and discuss painting.

A scene from Serenade of Peaceful Joy features a copper incense burner and a porcelain one. [Photo/douban.com]


A scene from Serenade of Peaceful Joy features dian cha, a popular tea drinking method during the Song eras. [Photo/v.qq.com]

Innovative tea drinking (dian cha)

Chinese culture has been steeped in tea drinking ever since the legendary Shennong (god of agriculture) serendipitously discovered this drink some five millennia ago.

Built on the rapid progress in tea plantation, tea processing and tea culture studies in previous dynasties, the Song eras saw a huge breakthrough in the way of tea drinking.

A scene from Serenade of Peaceful Joy features the tea-whisking contest during dian cha, a popular tea drinking method during the Song eras. [Photo/v.qq.com]

Unlike the Tang people who cooked tea with spices and ate the tea leaves afterwards, Song people revolutionized the practice with a new tea drinking method called dian cha, which was enjoyed as a recreation by people from all walks of life, as evidenced by a large number of tea houses depicted in the famed painting Along the River During the Qingming Festival (Qingming Shanghe Tu), which reenacted the bustling street scenes of the Northern Song (960-1127) capital Dongjing, today's Kaifeng in Henan province.

Dian cha, which inspired Japan's matcha tea ceremony, involves whipping the mixture of water and ground tea powder with a bamboo brush in a bowl to create a fine frothy drink. Tea connoisseurs were often drawn to tea-whisking contests where the winner was the one whose froth lasted the longest.

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2020-05-12 11:09:16
<![CDATA[Xi's article on cultural protection, exchange to be published]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-02/01/content_1474804.htm BEIJING -- An article by President Xi Jinping on the protection and exchange of the Chinese culture, especially the Dunhuang culture, will be published Saturday on Qiushi Journal, a flagship magazine of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

The article is the transcript of a speech by Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, at a symposium at the Dunhuang Academy in August, 2019.

The article hails the Dunhuang culture as a result of the long-term cultural exchanges and mutual learning between Chinese civilization and other civilizations, and points out that the Dunhuang culture shows the Chinese nation's confidence in its culture.

It also emphasizes the need for advancing the study of Dunhuang culture to serve the joint construction of the Belt and Road.

Efforts should be made to further promote the Chinese culture, cultural exchanges between China and countries along the Belt and Road, as well as people-to-people exchanges, says the article.

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2020-02-01 17:14:30
<![CDATA[Over 1,000 scenic spots waive entry fees for medics]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-02/28/content_1476376.htm

A visitor takes photos at Baotu spring, Jinan city, Shandong province, Feb 27, 2020. Some tourist attractions in low-risk regions of the novel coronavirus outbreak have gradually reopened to the public.[Photo/Xinhua]

After the novel coronavirus outbreak, many scenic spots in China have decided to waive entrance fees for the country's medical workers in a gesture of gratitude for their efforts and sacrifices at the front line of the epidemic fight.

According to statistics released by Ctrip, China's biggest online travel agency, as of Feb 20, over 1,000 tourist attractions around China have adopted the free-entry policy for the nation's medical workers. The move involves nearly 200 cities and covers a large variety of sightseeing attractions ranging from natural wonders and heritage sites to theme parks, museums and cruise liners.

But specific measures have varied in different regions. Hubei province, the center of the novel coronavirus outbreak, has granted all medical teams that aided the province free admission to its top tourist sites for five years.The provincial cultural and tourism department will issue a card to all outside medical team members that can provide unlimited free visits to the top-rated Class-A tourist sites in the province before Dec 31, 2024. Local medical staff can visit these sites for free using their medical credentials for two years, the department said.

In Southwest China's Sichuan province, a growing number of scenic areas including the Leshan Giant Buddha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, announced they would open free of charge to the nation's doctors and nurses within a year after they resume business.

Guilin, a southern Chinese city known for its picturesque karst mountains and beautiful rivers, announced that it would waive the entrance fees to 80 tourist sites for medical workers this year, according to the city's culture, radio and television and tourism bureau.

In Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu province, the free-entry policy will cover 23 scenic areas, four museums and the ancient city wall. Medical workers can take sightseeing buses free of charge in the city.


Fragrant Hills in suburban Beijing witnessed traffic jams last weekend after a large number of tourists swarmed into the forest park. Its management bureau later shut down indoor areas and closed five parking lots from Monday in an effort to limit the number of tourists.[Photo/Xinhua]

Carefully reopening

Some tourist attractions in low-risk regions of the novel coronavirus outbreak have gradually reopened to the public, Liu Kezhi, an official with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, said Wednesday.

Liu further stressed that scenic spots often host large numbers of people, so the resumption should be guided by local governments after an overall assessment of conditions and necessity.

Liu said reopening tourist attractions in regions with a lower risk of infection should be approved by local governments and that such attractions in high-risk areas should remain closed for now.

On Tuesday night, the ministry issued a set of guidelines requiring real-name ticketing along with tourist contact and transportation information and encouraging full use of big data-powered technology to monitor tourist information in real time as scenic attractions have gradually started reopening.

The guidelines also noted that scenic spots that are set to reopen should strictly control the daily maximum capacity and offer online ticket booking services to avoid crowds. Tourists should have their temperatures taken and wear masks before entering as well.

The ministry also required scenic spots to monitor and report their employees' health conditions and beef up hygiene and epidemic control at major sites. Venues or activities that could draw large crowds should remain shut.

Statistics from the online travel agency Ctrip showed that, nationwide, more than 300 major scenic spots were open to the public this week, more than 10 times the previous week.

Fragrant Hills in suburban Beijing witnessed traffic jams last weekend after a large number of tourists swarmed into the forest park. Its management bureau later shut down indoor areas and closed five parking lots from Monday in an effort to limit the number of tourists.

Shanghai also rolled out a guideline for the municipality's A-grade tourist attractions to combat the novel coronavirus epidemic.

Tourist attractions will reopen gradually depending on the city's epidemic prevention and control situation. Temporary isolation spots should be set up and materials such as face masks, gloves, medical alcohol and disinfectant should be prepared in scenic areas, according to the guideline.

Scenic spots are encouraged to introduce an online prebooking system and limit the flow of tourists. The daily maximum capacity should be halved, and relevant information should be made public, the guideline said.

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2020-02-28 15:47:44
<![CDATA[China moves to bail out culture, tourism enterprises hit by virus outbreak]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-02/27/content_1476231.htm Chinese authorities have rolled out multiple measures to help enterprises weather the storm as the country put on hold all public art, cultural and tourism activities due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, said an official Wednesday.

Halting these activities has helped effectively curb the virus spreading, but also put culture and tourism enterprises in a difficult situation, said Liu Kezhi with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism at a press conference.

The ministry has worked with other authorities to bail out these enterprises, offering special funds, favorable financial policies, tax exemption, cost-reducing measures and better administrative services, he said.

The ministry also worked with the National Development and Reform Commission to earmark nearly 3.34 billion yuan (about $475.98 million) in the central government budget for investment to support 343 projects of tourism infrastructure and public-service facilities, according to Liu.

Liu said the ministry also improved online services to make it more convenient for the enterprises to learn about bail-out measures rolled out by the central and local governments.

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2020-02-27 09:00:00
<![CDATA[China beefs up scenic area management amid coronavirus epidemic]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-02/26/content_1476149.htm China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism has asked scenic areas nationwide to continue implementing epidemic control measures and closely monitor tourist information, according to a set of guidelines issued Tuesday by the ministry.

The guidelines required real-name ticketing, registration of tourists' contact and travel information and big data-powered monitoring of tourist information as scenic attractions have gradually started reopening to the public.

Scenic spots in regions with a high risk of the novel coronavirus epidemic, however, should remain closed for the time being, the guidelines read.

The scenic spots that are to reopen should strictly control tourist volume and avoid crowds. Tourists should have their temperatures taken and wear masks before entrance.

The ministry also required scenic spots to monitor and report their employees' health conditions and beef up hygiene and epidemic control at major venues.

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2020-02-26 08:55:00
<![CDATA[China issues guideline on public libraries reopening amid virus battle]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-02/26/content_1476151.htm China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued a guideline Tuesday to direct steady efforts made by public libraries and cultural centers for epidemic prevention and control and their reopening.

There is no "one size for all" policy for site reopenings, of which procedures vary depending on if a site's location is deemed to be a region of high, medium or low epidemic risk, according to the guideline.

In high-risk regions, public libraries and cultural centers will remain closed, while in medium- or low-risk regions, opening sites will be decided by local authorities.

The sites are required to continue to give priority to and make unremitting efforts in epidemic prevention and control.

Venues preparing to reopen should make plans in advance and put in place sound measures, which are subject to timely and dynamic adjustments in accordance with the latest guidance on epidemic prevention and control from local authorities to ensure security, according to the guideline.

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2020-02-26 09:05:00
<![CDATA[Reopening of museums postponed in high-risk outbreak regions]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/02/content_1476464.htm

Museums, memorials and cultural heritage sites in low-risk outbreak regions will be allowed to gradually resume operations with the prior permission of local authorities,according to a circular recently issued by the National Cultural Heritage Administration.[Photo/Xinhua]

All sorts of museums, memorials and cultural heritage sites in high-risk regions of the COVID-19 epidemic should postpone reopening to the public, according to a circular recently issued by the National Cultural Heritage Administration.

The administration also called for implementing strict epidemic prevention measures amid work resumption and avoiding a sweeping approach in resuming the operation of museums and cultural heritage sites.

Museums, memorials and cultural heritage sites in low-risk outbreak regions will be allowed to gradually resume operations with the prior permission of local authorities. And open areas of cultural heritage sites and ruins-based museums in medium-risk regions can resume opening to the public in an orderly manner, while their indoor areas shall remain closed, read the circular.

The circular advised related cultural institutions to employ real name online reservations to control the number of visitors and continue providing a range of online services to the public.

Major cultural heritage protection projects related to the Great Wall, the Grand Canal and the Long March, as well as the urgent salvaging of cultural relics, will be given priority in work resumption after being granted clearance by local authorities, according to the circular.

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2020-03-02 16:03:04
<![CDATA[UNESCO holds first virtual conference with ministers]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/26/content_1478990.htm

Culture ministers from across the world attend a UNESCO meeting to discuss the current challenges brought upon the creative industry by the COVID-19 pandemic, on April 22, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

On April 22, culture ministers from over 130 countries shared, through an online meeting organized by UNESCO, their remarks on the impact of the COVID-19 health emergency on the cultural sector, as well as on the responses being initiated within their respective policies frameworks.

UNESCO's Director-General Audrey Azoulay said culture plays a vital role in coping with crisis and reviving economy after the pandemic. She called for deeper international cooperation and an open dialogue sharing experience and knowledge.

Zhang Xu, Chinese vice-minister of Culture and Tourism, introduced the current improvement in China under the most comprehensive prevention and control measures.

According to Zhang, China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism has taken timely steps to soften the blow of coronavirus outbreak in the cultural sector, which include postponement of cultural activities, financial support for culture and tourism businesses, bringing cultural events online, and cultivation of digital culture.

Over the eight-hour session, ministers spoke passionately about the need for global collaboration to ensure the creative sector survived the pandemic. Many considered online operations a crucial pivot for the culture industry, which could now be a permanent fixture for many institutions.

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2020-04-26 10:20:00
<![CDATA[Thai host teaches Mandarin online in Bangkok]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/11/content_1479483.htm

The China Cultural Center in Bangkok launched an online Mandarin class on Facebook, Line, WeChat and other social media platforms on May 10, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

On May 10, the China Cultural Center in Bangkok launched an online Mandarin class on Facebook, Line, WeChat and other social media platforms.

The 100 classes will be successively held as a general introduction to Mandarin. The course is designed by a professor specialized in Chinese language teaching from a Thailand Mandarin school, based on his decades of teaching experience and the preferences of Thai people.

The China Cultural Center in Bangkok launched an online Mandarin class on Facebook, Line, WeChat and other social media platforms on May 10, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Presented by a well-known host in Thailand, the content of the class is humorous and easy to follow, suitable for people to learn Chinese at home.

The center has produced seven online classes about Chinese language, three on guzheng (Chinese zither) for the convenience of the local people to learn Mandarin and Chinese culture during the COVID-19 epidemic.


The China Cultural Center in Bangkok launched an online Mandarin class on Facebook, Line, WeChat and other social media platforms on May 10, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Bangkok launched an online Mandarin class on Facebook, Line, WeChat and other social media platforms on May 10, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Bangkok launched an online Mandarin class on Facebook, Line, WeChat and other social media platforms on May 10, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Bangkok launched an online Mandarin class on Facebook, Line, WeChat and other social media platforms on May 10, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-05-11 11:18:48
<![CDATA[NCPA launches series of online concerts]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/09/content_1479468.htm

The NCPA has launched a series of online concerts. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The National Centre for the Performing Arts has launched a series of online concerts, which kicks off on May 9.

Titled Sound of Summer Blossoms, the series of online concerts will be held till June 27.

The first online concert on May 9 will have NCPA Orchestra perform under the baton of conductor Lyu Jia, featuring repertories by Ludwig van Beethoven, including Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 Pastoral and Symphony No. 1 in C major, in celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of the German composer.

It will be the first concert held at the NCPA concert hall since Jan 22 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The concert will also be broadcast live through online streaming by 22 art organizations, including theaters, opera houses and symphony orchestras from 16 countries, including Wiener Staatsoper, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Alexandrov Ensemble.

Conductor Lyu Jia. [Photo provided to China Daily]

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2020-05-09 18:15:41
<![CDATA[Mosaic lamps in Hong Kong]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/13/content_1479583.htm

Learning about Turkey through their famous lamps.

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2020-05-13 09:00:00
<![CDATA[Chinese bamboo culture delights Fijians]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/12/content_1479498.htm

"Oriental Aesthetics ?Bamboo Culture", an online photo exhibition, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Fiji on its accounts on Facebook, Twitter and WeChat. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

The China Cultural Center in Fiji has recently put a photo exhibition on its new media platforms highlighting bamboo, a plant that has played a significant role in Chinese culture and people's daily lives since ancient times.

Titled "Oriental Aesthetics ?Bamboo Culture", the show is centered around four different aspects of bamboo: Realm, Voice, Art and Use. Dozens of photographs taken around the country over the past decades showcase how bamboo has evolved into a unique "bamboo culture" in China.

Realizing the diverse practicality of bamboo, Chinese people have made the plant an indispensable part in their daily lives, where it is widely used in food, clothing, housing and transportation.

Bamboo is also valued as a symbol of moral integrity, modesty and loyalty, making it a frequent motif in Chinese literature, music, painting and decorative art.

The photo show, part of the Visit China Online series launched by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism, can be viewed on the center's accounts on Facebook, Twitter and WeChat.


"Oriental Aesthetics ?Bamboo Culture", an online photo exhibition, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Fiji on its accounts on Facebook, Twitter and WeChat. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


"Oriental Aesthetics ?Bamboo Culture", an online photo exhibition, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Fiji on its accounts on Facebook, Twitter and WeChat. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


"Oriental Aesthetics ?Bamboo Culture", an online photo exhibition, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Fiji on its accounts on Facebook, Twitter and WeChat. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


"Oriental Aesthetics ?Bamboo Culture", an online photo exhibition, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Fiji on its accounts on Facebook, Twitter and WeChat. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


"Oriental Aesthetics ?Bamboo Culture", an online photo exhibition, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Fiji on its accounts on Facebook, Twitter and WeChat. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


"Oriental Aesthetics ?Bamboo Culture", an online photo exhibition, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Fiji on its accounts on Facebook, Twitter and WeChat. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


"Oriental Aesthetics ?Bamboo Culture", an online photo exhibition, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Fiji on its accounts on Facebook, Twitter and WeChat. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


"Oriental Aesthetics ?Bamboo Culture", an online photo exhibition, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Fiji on its accounts on Facebook, Twitter and WeChat. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


"Oriental Aesthetics ?Bamboo Culture", an online photo exhibition, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Fiji on its accounts on Facebook, Twitter and WeChat. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


"Oriental Aesthetics ?Bamboo Culture", an online photo exhibition, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Fiji on its accounts on Facebook, Twitter and WeChat. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


"Oriental Aesthetics ?Bamboo Culture", an online photo exhibition, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Fiji on its accounts on Facebook, Twitter and WeChat. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


"Oriental Aesthetics ?Bamboo Culture", an online photo exhibition, is being held by the China Cultural Center in Fiji on its accounts on Facebook, Twitter and WeChat. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-05-12 13:36:40
<![CDATA[Visiting Beijing online launched in Mauritius]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/11/content_1479495.htm

A girl walks in the Palace Museum. [Photo/Xinhua]

The China Cultural Center in Mauritius recently launched a series of online exhibitions and film shows about Beijing.

Locals are able to get to know about the capital city's traditional architecture, cuisine, medicine, and its modern look, for example the newly-built Daxing International Airport, from these virtual shows.

As a part of Visiting China Online, the Beijing culture series was very popular on social media and received high praise from the people of Mauritius.

Later, the center will launch other series about more places in China, including Central China's Hubei and Henan provinces, and South China's Guangdong province and Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

The Palace Museum. [Photo/Xinhua]


Peking Opera. [Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-05-11 15:00:53
<![CDATA[Nanjing to host International Museum Day activities]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/12/content_1479503.htm

Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, will become the host city for China's main activities during International Museum Day, which falls on May 18. It was announced by the National Cultural Heritage Administration in Beijing on Monday.

Nanjing Museum, one of the biggest provincial-level museums in China, will become this year's home venue and is about to launch a highlighted exhibition on that day showcasing about 200 cultural relics ranging from the Spring and Autumn period (770-476 BC) to Han Dynasty (206 BC to AD 220) on loan from collections across the country. Other special exhibitions will be staged around the city starting that day.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, this year's International Museum Day events were once planned to be entirely held "on cloud", but China's containment of the virus enabled the original plan to be largely maintained.

Nevertheless, the number of participants at activities will be controlled, and essential measures will be taken to ensure visitors' safety.

On May 18, a donation ceremony will be held in Nanjing Museum commemorating its collection of artifacts related to the COVID-19 outbreak. A digital platform providing easy access for virtual museum exhibitions around the country will also go online that day.

International Museum Day was initiated by International Council of Museums, or ICOM, in 1977. Since 2009, China has annually chosen a host city for a national celebration of museums in modern life.

For this year's event, a symposium is to be held in Nanjing on the future development of world's museums in the context of cultural diversity. It will also be "attended" by scholars from ICOM, the United Kingdom, South Korea and the United States through webcam.

This is in keeping with this year's theme for the celebration ?"Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion".

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2020-05-12 10:10:01
<![CDATA[Kintsugi in Hong Kong]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/12/content_1479502.htm

This ancient art from Japan revitalizes broken potteries and turns them into something more beautiful.

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2020-05-12 10:41:13
<![CDATA[Murray House in Hong Kong]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/11/content_1479496.htm

This fine granite structure is one of Hong Kong's oldest and longest surviving buildings.

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2020-05-11 15:20:44
<![CDATA[Chinese embassy to Pakistan sends health packages to students]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/12/content_1479500.htm

The Chinese embassy to Pakistan sends health packages to Chinese students in the country, May 9, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

On May 9, the Chinese embassy to Pakistan sent health packages to Chinese students in the country. This is the third time the embassy provided the students with necessities to fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.

Representing the Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing, Zhang Heqing, cultural counselor from the embassy and director of the China Cultural Center in Pakistan, and other Chinese officials and representatives from cultural exchange institutions attended the package handover.

The 600 packages to students included masks, disinfection supplies and patented Chinese medicine, such as Lianhua Qingwen Capsule.

Zhang said the health and safety of the Chinese students in Pakistan is always a concern of the government. He hoped the students could enhance self-protection and keep a sanguine attitude during the epidemic.


The Chinese embassy to Pakistan sends health packages to Chinese students in the country, May 9, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

 

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2020-05-12 13:28:47
<![CDATA[Remembering Tagore on his birth anniversary]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/12/content_1479505.htm

Chinese and Indian students and scholars take part in a micro-documentary to mark the 159th birth anniversary of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore on Friday.[Photo provided to China Daily]

A micro-documentary that went online on Friday showed students and scholars from various cities in China singing in Bengali and Indian students and academics doing the same in Mandarin. They were marking the 159th birth anniversary of the poet Rabindranath Tagore and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-India diplomatic ties.

It seems a befitting tribute to a man regarded as "a father figure of India-China cultural relations in the modern era".

The poet was born on May 7, 1861, but his birth anniversary is usually marked according to the Bengali calendar, which fell on Friday.

The micro-documentary, aptly titled Gitanjali, was produced in a week. It's an ensemble of poetry, song, music, dance and art dedicated to a man who was himself a poet, novelist, playwright, musician and artist, and who played a pivotal role in building a golden bridge between the two ancient civilizations and neighbors.

The program was directed by Beijing-based author and media professional Suvam Pal. It has been produced by Pandit Sarit Das, a percussionist who is also a visiting faculty at China's Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He has composed or arranged a major portion of the music for the program, complete with popular Indian string instruments like the sitar, percussion instrument tabla, a rare string instrument predominantly used in Rabindra Sangeet called esraj, and a slew of traditional Chinese instruments like pipa, guzheng and yangqin, apart from popular Western instruments like the piano and guitar.


Chinese and Indian students and scholars take part in a micro-documentary to mark the 159th birth anniversary of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore on Friday.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Beijing-based Bharatnatyam exponent Jin Shanshan has specially created dance moves in the mould of Rabindra Nritya, a dance genre from Santiniketan, for the independent project, while an Indian classical dancer and Tsinghua University scholar, Reshmita Nath, dances to a Tagore classic sung by a group of Chinese students who are studying Bengali.

Shenzhen-based graphics designer Qin Xiaoping, who studied fine arts at Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan a couple of decades ago, has used the Chinese pen drawing style to draw a portrait of Tagore, who began painting after the age of 60.

The project is a result of the collaboration among students, scholars and faculty members from China's Peking University, Tsinghua University, the Communication University of China, Yunnan Minzu University, the United Kingdom's University of Bath, and India's Visva-Bharati and Doon University, as well as professionals from different cities in India, China and the UK.

The program was separately shot by the performers using their cellphone cameras in Delhi, Mumbai, Dehradun, Bengaluru, Bolpur, Jorhat, Bath, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Yuncheng and Kunming.

The performers are aged from 9 to 91, indicating how Tagore's works transcend age and generations. Portions of a poem from one of Tagore's anthologies, Stray Birds, a Mandarin translation of which is popular in China, have been recited in Mandarin by Deborshmi Nath, a 9-year-old Indian student from Beijing, while 91-year-old Tan Chung, an eminent historian and son of late professor Tan Yun-Shan, the founder of Cheena Bhavan at Visva-Bharati, shared his thoughts on Tagore, who visited China in 1924 and 1929 and was given the Chinese name Zhu Zhendan by Chinese scholar Liang Qichao.

"This is a special tribute to Tagore by his admirers in both India and China as we have also made an effort to recalibrate our story-telling process under the new normal due to COVID-19," says Pal.

The program's creative producer and editor is Showbhik Chowdhury and advisor is professor Yukteshwar Kumar.

 


Chinese and Indian students and scholars take part in a micro-documentary to mark the 159th birth anniversary of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore on Friday. CHINA DAILY

 

 

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2020-05-12 09:29:54
<![CDATA[National Art Museum of China to reopen with daily cap of visitors]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/12/content_1479509.htm The National Art Museum of China will reopen from Wednesday with a daily cap of 500 visitors, as the country is opening up its public venues in an orderly manner after the coronavirus epidemic eases.

Reservations via the museum's official website and its WeChat account are essential, and visitors are required to present their identity cards, personal health codes and reservation records for entry, according to a notice issued by the museum on Monday.

During their visits, visitors need to wear masks, keep a distance of at least one meter from others and avoid gatherings, read the notice.

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2020-05-12 08:23:51
<![CDATA[Tai Tam Reservoirs in Hong Kong]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/09/content_1479413.htm

This is the largest water facility built more than a century ago in Hong Kong to help with the urbanization of the island.

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2020-05-09 09:50:44
<![CDATA[Exoskeleton delivery may lead future of industry]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/08/content_1479402.htm

Wearing a robot exoskeleton, a worker for food delivery service Eleme appeared on a Shanghai street on April 20. He carried three take-out boxes on his back. The hashtag "Robot exoskeleton for food delivery" has been viewed more than 20 million times on Sina Weibo as of Thursday.

It comes as no surprise then that a pilot testing program is underway, involving robot developer ULS Robotics and Eleme to explore the potential of exoskeleton suits in the delivery sector. 

Read more: Exoskeleton tech sheds light on future delivery

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2020-05-08 12:51:36
<![CDATA[Nan Lian Garden in Hong Kong]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/08/content_1479400.htm

A stroll in this serene garden will take you back to a thousand years ago.

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2020-05-08 12:27:47
<![CDATA[China's first horticulture documentary gains attention]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/07/content_1479398.htm

China's first such horticulture documentary, "The Signature of Flowers'' recently ran on CCTV­1 and CCTV­9 over May 1­5,and brought attention from gardening enthusiasts.

The five-episode documentary series revisits the historical chapters about some plants from China taken overseas a few centuries ago, as well as tracing the latest discoveries by top domestic botanists.

The production was shot over two years, with its crew traveling to 21 provinces and regions in China and nearly 20 cities in Britain, France, the United States, Japan and the Netherlands.

Focused on camellia, rhododendron, Chinese rose, chrysanthemum and peony in each episode, the series displays some scenarios not filmed by domestic television producers earlier.

Such shots include a 15-­day filming of the flowering process of Xueta (snow tower), a variety of camellia which is famous in China; and an expedition team's trek to the highlands of the Tibet autonomous region for rare rhododendrons.

Huang Yinghao, the chief director of the series, says he first had the idea to produce the documentary in 2017, when a friend presented him American writer Michael Pollan's "The Botany of Desire: A Plant's­Eye View of the World''.

"Pollan had a fresh perspective on plants," says Huang, adding that the book taught him to adopt an unprecedented way to observe plants. "Flowers have been on Earth before humans. It's interesting to imagine how they think about us, who appeared on the planet much later."

With the question haunting him, Huang with his TV crew members met Zhou Xiaolin, a self­made horticulturist who has leased a valley covering 800,000 square meters to plant various species of flowers on the outskirts of Chengdu in Sichuan province.

One night in a cabin inside Zhou's garden, Huang shaped the draft, planning to collect interesting stories about flowers that have bridged the East and West by tracing the plants' native areas in China and their presence in foreign lands.

From Paris to London, Huang interviewed some renowned European botanists and gardeners, including Roy Lancaster, vice-president of the Royal Horticultural Society, and Richard Deverell, director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

When Huang was shooting an episode of the series in Europe, his colleague, Han Zhen, director of the second episode, was with his team in Karma Valley on the eastern slopes of Qomolangma, or Mount Everest, in 2018.

As the most expensive journey for the documentary, Han had 13 yaks transporting tents and supplies for the filming team of more than 10 members.

In nine days, they hiked nearly 120 kilometers in the valley, climbing several peaks every day, with the highest altitude reaching around 5,300 meters.

The "Signature of Flowers'' marks Han's first attempt at directing a documentary on plants, and it has changed his view of the world.

"Gardening is a way to understand time. You have to slow down to taste the beauty of life and nature," he said.

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2020-05-07 23:50:57
<![CDATA[An ode to friendship between China and Egypt released]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/08/content_1479395.htm

Singer Chen Beibei performs the new song released by the China Cultural Center in Cairo. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

The China Cultural Center in Cairo released a new song,Xie Shou Bing Jian(Hand in Hand), dedicated to the coming 64th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relation between China and Egypt on May 30.

Composed by Chinese celebrated musician Wang Li, the song's lyrics were written by Minister Counselor of the Chinese embassy in Egypt and the center's director Shi Yuewen. Singer Chen Beibei sang the song.

The piece highlights not only the long-lasting friendship between the two nations but also the moving stories concerning the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic in both countries.

An Arabic version of the song will be released soon.

Xie Shou Bing Jian ( Hand in Hand), a new song dedicated to the coming 64th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relation between China and Egypt on May 30. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-05-08 15:01:18
<![CDATA[New Zealand China Culture Center’s tai chi classes go online]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-05/07/content_1479322.htm

The Online Taichi Chains class launched by the China Culture Center in Wellington shows students practicing taijiquan at home during the epidemic.[Photo/Chinaculture.org]

Since "staying at home" has become normal for New Zealanders, the tai chi class at the China Cultural Center in Wellington has moved its teaching activities into an online classroom. The Online Tai Chi Chains activity initiated by the center is quietly spreading on Tiktok in the form of short videos.

Zhang Jianyong, the martial arts teacher at the China Cultural Center in Wellington, uploaded the short videos of tai chi, which he shot and edited, to many social media platforms, such as Tiktok and Youtube and won a lot of praise. The cultural center launched two rounds of Online Tai Chi 24 Moves Chains activities for Chinese and English tai chi classes.

Each tai chi participant first signs up in a WeChat work group, and each person receives designated moves according to the number who signed up, and then makes a short video of his practice and sends it to the work group. Zhang, the person in charge of the online classroom will edit a complete short video of the 24 tai chi moves, which will be uploaded to each major social platform. Zhang Jianyong said that the 24 tai chi moves is a set of entry-level taijiquan compiled by the Chinese martial arts circle. It is simple and suitable for all ages and is an excellent course for strengthening the body during the epidemic period.


David Mackenzie of Wellington practices taijiquanduring the epidemic.[Photo/Chinaculture.org]

Many students have changed into training clothes, some of which are white and some are red. Tai Chi participants practice in their backyards and living rooms, completing the 24 moves.

David Mackenzie, one of the most active students in tai chi class, loves Chinese tai chi and traditional Chinese medicine culture. He believes that he can continuously improve his immunity through tai chi sports and is more confident in dealing with this unexpected epidemic.

The overseas Chinese leader of Wellington, Zhang Hanhua, is generally fond of taiji sports and tea culture. This time, he not only actively participates in taiji jielong, but also uploaded personal practice videos on Facebook and made a speech: "What should I do to stay like this? Of course, tai chi is the best choice!"


Fen Mackenzie, one of the heads of the Wellington Tai Chi Association, loves Chinese tai chi and practices taijiquanduring the epidemic.[Photo/Chinaculture.org]

At present, it is not only tai chi teaching that has been moved online by the Wellington China Culture Center. During the outbreak, the center’s official Facebook displays not only the landscape, customs, flavors, customs of South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, but also updates many world heritage sites in China every day, so that New Zealand audiences can browse these relics.

Guo Zongguang, director of the China Cultural Center in Wellington, said that the current global state of "staying at home" is a challenge and opportunity for cultural communication and tourism promotion to explore new ways of communication. It is hoped that with the help of the internet, China's rich cultural and tourism resources can effectively spread to all places.


Yi Shusen, a tai chi student at the China Cultural Center in Wellington, insists on practicing taijiquanat home during the epidemic.[Photo/Chinaculture.org]


Zhang Hanhu, Wellington overseas Chinese leader, insists on practicing taijiquanat home during the epidemic.[Photo/Chinaculture.org]


Zhang Jianyong, teaching director of the Wellington China Culture Center, makes short online teaching videos of "online tai chi".[Photo/Chinaculture.org]

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2020-05-07 16:32:55
<![CDATA[Chinese ethnic costumes dazzle in online exhibition]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/30/content_1479213.htm

An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29.

People can access the show on the center's WeChat account and other social media sites, such as Facebook and Instagram.


An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

China is a diverse country home to 56 different ethnic groups, each with their own distinctive cultural heritage, which is often beautifully reflected in their costumes.

The exhibition aims to spotlight Chinese ethnic groups and their culture through the embroidery, accessories and patterns on the costumes.


An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

 

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2020-04-30 14:24:29
<![CDATA[Chinese ethnic costumes dazzle in online exhibition]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/30/content_1479198.htm

An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29.

People can access the show on the center's WeChat account and other social media sites, such as Facebook and Instagram.

China is a diverse country home to 56 different ethnic groups, each with their own distinctive cultural heritage, which is often beautifully reflected in their costumes.

The exhibition aims to spotlight Chinese ethnic groups and their culture through the embroidery, accessories and patterns on the costumes.


An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online exhibition featuring Chinese ethnic costumes was launched on the website of the China Cultural Center in Sydney on April 29. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

 

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2020-04-30 14:24:29
<![CDATA[Bird-watching festival to open on Labor Day in Ningxia]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/28/content_1479140.htm

Migratory birds are spotted at the Sand Lake scenic area in Shizuishan, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region. From March to October, the region becomes a sanctuary for many species such as sandpipers, herons and pochards. The 9th International Bird Watching Festival will begin during the Labor Day holiday. [Photo/Xinhua]


Migratory birds are spotted at the Sand Lake scenic area in Shizuishan, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region. From March to October, the region becomes a sanctuary for many species such as sandpipers, herons and pochards. The 9th International Bird Watching Festival will begin during the Labor Day holiday. [Photo/Xinhua]


Migratory birds are spotted at the Sand Lake scenic area in Shizuishan, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region. From March to October, the region becomes a sanctuary for many species such as sandpipers, herons and pochards. The 9th International Bird Watching Festival will begin during the Labor Day holiday. [Photo/Xinhua]


Migratory birds are spotted at the Sand Lake scenic area in Shizuishan, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region. From March to October, the region becomes a sanctuary for many species such as sandpipers, herons and pochards. The 9th International Bird Watching Festival will begin during the Labor Day holiday. [Photo/Xinhua]


Migratory birds are spotted at the Sand Lake scenic area in Shizuishan, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region. From March to October, the region becomes a sanctuary for many species such as sandpipers, herons and pochards. The 9th International Bird Watching Festival will begin during the Labor Day holiday. [Photo/Xinhua]


Migratory birds are spotted at the Sand Lake scenic area in Shizuishan, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region. From March to October, the region becomes a sanctuary for many species such as sandpipers, herons and pochards. The 9th International Bird Watching Festival will begin during the Labor Day holiday. [Photo/Xinhua]


Migratory birds are spotted at the Sand Lake scenic area in Shizuishan, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region. From March to October, the region becomes a sanctuary for many species such as sandpipers, herons and pochards. The 9th International Bird Watching Festival will begin during the Labor Day holiday. [Photo/Xinhua]


Migratory birds are spotted at the Sand Lake scenic area in Shizuishan, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region. From March to October, the region becomes a sanctuary for many species such as sandpipers, herons and pochards. The 9th International Bird Watching Festival will begin during the Labor Day holiday. [Photo/Xinhua]


Migratory birds are spotted at the Sand Lake scenic area in Shizuishan, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region. From March to October, the region becomes a sanctuary for many species such as sandpipers, herons and pochards. The 9th International Bird Watching Festival will begin during the Labor Day holiday. [Photo/Xinhua]


Migratory birds are spotted at the Sand Lake scenic area in Shizuishan, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region. From March to October, the region becomes a sanctuary for many species such as sandpipers, herons and pochards. The 9th International Bird Watching Festival will begin during the Labor Day holiday. [Photo/Xinhua]


Migratory birds are spotted at the Sand Lake scenic area in Shizuishan, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region. From March to October, the region becomes a sanctuary for many species such as sandpipers, herons and pochards. The 9th International Bird Watching Festival will begin during the Labor Day holiday. [Photo/Xinhua]


Migratory birds are spotted at the Sand Lake scenic area in Shizuishan, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region. From March to October, the region becomes a sanctuary for many species such as sandpipers, herons and pochards. The 9th International Bird Watching Festival will begin during the Labor Day holiday. [Photo/Xinhua]


Migratory birds are spotted at the Sand Lake scenic area in Shizuishan, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region. From March to October, the region becomes a sanctuary for many species such as sandpipers, herons and pochards. The 9th International Bird Watching Festival will begin during the Labor Day holiday. [Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-04-28 15:00:00
<![CDATA[Homemade bento box lunches popular with those returning to work]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/28/content_1479138.htm

[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

People all over China have gradually returned to the workplace after a long period of home confinement due to the outbreak of COVID­19.

Although people can, for the most part, once again dine at restaurants and order food delivery like they did before the pandemic cut a swath through daily life, some people are choose to make their own lunch ?a practice that started as a safety measure, but has now become a habit. These homemade meals please the eye and the taste buds, as creative cooks use ingredients in imaginative ways.

Zhang Lulu, an office worker from Beijing, believes preparing her bento box has made her more self disciplined. "It's never too late to make a change," she said.


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2020-04-28 17:14:20
<![CDATA[Video: How to make traditional steamed grouper]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/28/content_1479096.htm

Ingredients

1 fresh grouper

(approx. 900g)

2 dried mushrooms

approx.70g lean pork meet

5 - 6 juliennes of ginger

1 stalk each of coriander and scallion

4 - 5 Tbsps cooking oil

Marinade

1 tsp Shaoxing wine

1/2 tsp oyster sauce

1/2 tsp light soy sauce

1 tsp corn starch

1/2 tsp granulated sugar

1 tsp cooking oil

Instructions

1. Scale the grouper with a paring knife. Rinse inside and out and pat dry. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on both sides. Sprinkle the ginger julienne on top.

2. Soak the dried mushrooms in hot water for 1 hour until soft. Remove the stem and julienne.

3. Rinse the pork and cut into shreds. Mix with the mushrooms and marinade in a large bowl. Marinade for 10 mins.

4. When done, briefly stir fry in pan (no need to add oi) and pour on top of the plate of fish.

Traditional steamed grouper. [Photo by Grace Choy/provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

To Steam

1. Using electric steamer, steam for 8 mins (whole process); or

2. On the stovetop: wrap in heat resistant cling wrap and put in wok when the water boils, steam on high heat for 8 mins.

3. While steaming the fish, rinse and chop the coriander and scallion.

4. When time is up, take out the fish. Remove the accumulated liquid on the plate. Lay the chopped coriander and scallion on the fish and pour hot oil on top. Finally, drizzle some sweet soy sauce and serve.

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2020-04-28 14:00:00
<![CDATA[Chinese and Egyptian musicians]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/26/content_1478991.htm

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2020-04-26 10:56:39
<![CDATA[Documentary on Wuhan's COVID-19 battle broadcast in Kazakhstan]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/26/content_1478989.htm

The documentary Epicenter ?24 Hours in Wuhan, depicting the arduous battle against novel coronavirus in Central China's Hubei province, was translated into Kazakh language and aired on prime time TV on April 18.

Nussipzhanov Yertay, a Kazakhstan producer and translator, led his team to finish the final translated version within only four days, offering Kazakhstani people first-hand information on virus prevention.

Focusing on ordinary Chinese such as medical workers, deliverymen, and volunteers, the documentary celebrates the compassion and immense courage of people in the time of great challenge and difficulty.

"The rigorous precautionary measures adopted by Chinese doctors left a profound impression on me," Yertay said. "China's experience in anti-virus battle proves to be a great asset for other countries."

In the past few month, Sinologists, translators and publishers around the world have been introducing China's effective medical strategy to their own countries, via books, pamphlets and videos. Many, including Nussipzhanov Yertay, are members of the Culture Translation and Studies Support Network.

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2020-04-26 10:30:00
<![CDATA[Solidarity is most powerful weapon against pandemic]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/21/content_1478860.htm

This film is dedicated to someone who has dedicated himself to the epidemic!

After the night, the sun rises as usual!

The COVID-19 epidemic has affected 200 countries and regions in the world. Many countries have declared a state of emergency and upgraded prevention and control measures. The global fight against the epidemic is urgent.

People in Northwest China’s Gansu province have given help in a timely manner, and donated protective clothing, surgical masks and other medical supplies to the autonomous region of Navarra, Spain, Alba county in Romania, Italy, Qom province in Iran, Germbois city in France, Grodno state in Belarus and other international friendly locations.

Solidarity is the most powerful weapon in the global campaign against COVID 19. China is working with the rest of the world to help each other overcome difficulties, and people will win in the end win against the global epidemic.

The Gansu provincial Department of Culture and Tourism in China released a promotional film, We are the World, to salute and greet anti-epidemic workers from all over the world.

Right now, we can't go out and enjoy the beautiful spring light given by nature. We look forward to an early end of the epidemic.

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2020-04-21 17:43:13
<![CDATA[Free online English course on Shakespeare now available]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/21/content_1478846.htm

British Council, the UK's international organization for promoting cultural relations and educational opportunities, launched a free, six-week online English course earlier this month to look at the life, works and legacy of William Shakespeare, while giving participants the chance to practice their English language skills.

The course, titled Exploring English: Shakespeare, started on April 6. It was created in partnership with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and looks at Shakespeare's life and works, including five of his most popular plays: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamletand The Tempest.

Each week the course looks at the plays with the help of actors and experts from around the world, then examines their lasting influence on the English language, as well as talking about modern songs and films that have been influenced by them. Participants can do listening and reading practice via this online course, and they can also record themselves speaking some of Shakespeare's lines.

This is the seventh run of the course. The program was first launched in 2016 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, as part of the global Shakespeare Lives celebration. To date, more than 230,000 people from all over the world have enrolled in this online course.

To learn more about the course, please click here 

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2020-04-21 14:10:56
<![CDATA[Strings sing online in spring]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/21/content_1478827.htm

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2020-04-21 08:44:18
<![CDATA['A Sunny Day']]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/20/content_1478767.htm

Video provided to China Daily

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2020-04-20 10:10:38
<![CDATA[Zither player strikes right chord in videos of music]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/17/content_1478690.htm

Adorned in traditional Chinese red clothing and seated in front of a guzheng, or a Chinese zither, a young Chinese woman in the streets of France softly yet swiftly strokes her fingers on the traditional Chinese musical instrument and fills the atmosphere with bouncing notes from the song Shanghai Bund, attracting a group of bystanders who tap their feet and enjoy the music.

Such videos by the Chinese internet user Pengpengpengpengpeng have gone viral on the internet, sweeping up more than 6 million fans and 60 million likes.

"That's just amazing, it filled my soul with vitality. I loved the pieces she played, I've only heard this kind of music in Chinese films," a foreign user commented. "So beautiful like a sea glittering in sun and fishes making piruets. For me this sounds like a happy music. The performer is beautiful like a dream and her clothes and the instrument too. Endlessly thanks," commented YouTube user Magdalena.

The 25-year-old zither player, whose name is Peng Jingxuan, is a master's degree candidate in France. The videos were shot prior to the COVID-19 outbreak and she posted them in hopes of cheering people up in these tough times. "Many may be anxious or sad because of the outbreak and I wanted to post some videos to ease the tension. Music can always heal," Peng said.

Peng, a native of Central China's Hunan province, began studying for her master's degree in music in 2017 at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux after graduating from Wuhan Conservatory of Music with a major in Chinese folk musical instruments.

"I've played the guzheng for many years. My studies now don't require me to play it but I didn't want to lose my touch, so I brought it over with me."

Each weekend, Peng would put on traditional Han Chinese garb and play her guzheng on the streets of France, leaving her footprints and notes in front of the Grand Theatre of Bordeaux, the Eiffel Tower and near the banks of the Seine. At first she only wanted to test her courage without ever knowing that the "habit" would accompany her for two years.

"I've played nearly 130 songs. When I hear people clapping for me at the end of a show, I am always filled with national pride. My motherland is strong and we have these cultural treasures. So I always proudly tell them 'This is a guzheng, and it's from China, with more than 3,000 years of history.'" Peng always prepares small pamphlets in front of her whenever she plays so her audiences can learn more about the ancient Chinese instrument.

During her interactions with local audiences, Peng realized that many foreign friends cannot distinguish the difference between Chinese culture and other cultures of Asia. "What I'm doing is miniscule but I hope more people can learn about this instrument. I mostly play traditional Chinese pieces that are pentatonic."

Among her repertoire of traditional pieces, she has also performed her own versions of modern songs, including Shanghai Bund, Descendants of the Dragon or soundtracks from films like Shimian Maifu and the online drama Chen Qing Ling.

When she played Hong Yan Jiu from the popular drama Nirvana in Fire, she was stopped by someone in the audience for a chat. "The granny said this song was full of emotions, reminding her of her friends and family too much, to the point that she could not bring herself to leave. She thanked me for bringing such beautiful Chinese music and clothing to them. They have never visited China and rely on their imaginations, but after seeing me perform, they feel like they've been to China themselves," Peng said.

Peng has studied the guzheng since she was 7 years old. She says she practiced for two hours daily, and when she was admitted to the Middle School affiliated with the Wuhan Conservatory of Music for professional training, she practiced nearly eight hours a day.

"If not for this outbreak, I would have been in Spain with my guzheng, playing during a prebooked show. Now I am home day after day." Peng says she received a care package from China with some masks, medication and disinfecting wet tissues. This made her feel proud and safe.

After the fight against COVID-19 is over, Peng says she wants to continue her journey around the globe with her guzheng. "I will continue the street shows, which I have been doing for two years. I will finish my studies in another year, and I hope I can get admitted as a doctoral candidate to carry on my academic work."

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2020-04-17 08:35:00
<![CDATA[Videos on Chinese cuisine popular in Egypt]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/14/content_1478582.htm

Chef Wang Guohua demonstrates the classic Chinese dish stir-fried eggs with tomato for the online cooking workshop Chinese Dining Hall. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

An online cooking workshop Chinese Dining Hall, launched on April 9 by the China Culture Center in Cairo and China Radio International, has ignited people's interest and appetite for Chinese dishes.

It will continue to post cooking demonstrations so viewers will be able to watch and learn to cook a variety of Chinese courses, such as black pepper beef.

The first online video received nearly 100 thousand clicks within 24 hours and reached more than 250 thousand audience members. Participation awards are also set for the most popular participants who post their own videos.

According to China Culture Center in Cairo, the workshop will upload new videos on a weekly basis.

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2020-04-14 16:50:00
<![CDATA[Trip.com Group CEO says revival of domestic travel first step to industry recovery]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/14/content_1478578.htm

Jane Sun (R), Trip.com Group CEO, speaks to CGTN Global Business program. [Photo/CGTN]

The travel and tourism industry, one of the global growth engines, is bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic's damage. To revive the industry, recovery of domestic travel businesses should be the first step, Jane Sun, Trip.com Group CEO shared with CGTN.

Trip.com Group is the largest online travel agency in China and one of the largest travel service providers in the world.

According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the travel and tourism sector accounts for 10 percent of total jobs and GDP globally. That's an estimated 8.8 trillion U.S. dollars annually. And the growth of the industry has been hindered by the pandemic.

Trip.com Group enjoyed surging growth in 2019 but projected a sharp decline of up to 50 percent for its revenue in the first quarter of this year due to the pandemic. "There are tens of millions of cancellations during the Chinese New Year and we would see any travel activity after the holidays," said its latest earnings call.

"In the first quarter, January was very strong, but February and March were almost zero. When we look back, we experienced the darkest moment of the travel industry," Sun recalled.

There are some estimates that the travel and tourism industry won't bounce back from the pandemic until 2023. But Sun expressed her belief in the long-term prospects of tourism.

"In the short term, people will naturally have concerns about safety for travel. But in the long run, the impact of the epidemic on travel will be very small. I'm positive that eventually, the whole world will be able to fall out from this crisis mode, moving to a positive zone," she told CGTN.

Revive the tourism sector methodically

Official data shows that China's tourism sector achieved 6.63 trillion yuan of revenue last year, increasing 11 percent compared to a year before, while domestic tourism totaled 5.72 trillion yuan, up 11.7 percent year on year.

To revive the industry, Sun highlighted the importance of domestic travel rebound by saying "we should do it step by step methodically. We need to recover the domestic travel industry as our first step."

With cities across China getting back to normal, some travel restrictions have been loosened and some tourist attractions have reopened. And given that a couple of holidays, including the Qingming Festival and a four-day May Day Holiday, are coming up, Sun is positive on the rebound of domestic travel in the second quarter, particularly from one-day and suburban tours.

"We've already seen the business volume recovering from zero to something ?People will start to travel within the same city first, and then one-day tour next, and then a short-term tour," she estimated.

And Sun told CGTN that Trip.com has launched a tourism revival V (victory) Plan, contributing over one billion yuan of resources to work with local destinations, travel bureaus, industry partners and other organizations to accelerate recovery in China.

She explained that incentives, such as well-discounted products, may help increase consumers' confidence. "Once customers are in the travel destinations, then the service element is very important," she added.

"You can offer free transportation, get customers from the high speed railway, bring them to the travel destinations and make sure there are no traffic jams ?[You should] make sure the service level is high. Those are very good to impress the consumers so that they can come back again," Sun detailed.

After kick-starting domestic travel in China, she said that the next step is to work with other countries thought to have a handle on the virus, such as Singapore, to discuss easing present travel restrictions.

"As the second step, I think it's important for these countries to work together to encourage the inter-exchange within nations so that we can send customers over there ?Asia probably can kick the lead in among the rest of the world to recover," she mentioned.

"Demand is there and buying power is there, as long as we smartly create a product that is suitable for the consumers, people will be encouraged to travel," Sun said.

(CGTN's Cheng Lei also contributed to the story.)

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2020-04-14 14:39:24
<![CDATA[Bocelli gives solo concert to empty Milan Duomo]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/14/content_1478545.htm

On Easter Sunday, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performed a solo concert (photos), titled Music for Hope, from an empty Duomo cathedral in Milan, Italy, streamed live to millions of people around the world amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Accompanied only by the cathedral organist, Emanuele Vianelli, Bocelli sung a chosen selection of pieces, specially arranged for solo voice and organ for the occasion, including the beloved Ave Maria by Bach/Gounod and Amazing Grace, opening completely unaccompanied ?an incredibly poignant moment in a city under continued lockdown, alongside a stirring programme of sacred music for one of the holiest days of the year. The recording was released digitally on audio streaming services within hours.

"I will cherish the emotion of this unprecedented and profound experience, of this Holy Easter which this emergency has made painful, but at the same time even more fruitful, one that will stay among my dearest memories of all time. That feeling of being at the same time alone ?as we all are in the presence of the Most High ?yet of expressing the voice of the prayer of millions of voices, has deeply impressed and moved me. Love is a gift. Making it flow is the primary purpose of life itself. And I find myself once again indebted to life. My gratitude goes to all those who made this possible, the City of Milan and the Duomo, and to all those who accepted the invitation and joined in a planetary embrace, gathering that blessing from Heaven that gives us courage, trust, optimism, in the certainty of our faith," Bocelli said of the event.

The singer, with the Foundation that carries his name, is currently involved in an emergency COVID-19 campaign. The Andrea Bocelli Foundation has started a fundraiser to help hospitals purchase instruments and equipment necessary to protect their medical staff.

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2020-04-14 08:35:56
<![CDATA[Chinese, Israeli singers sing tribute to medical workers]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/13/content_1478530.htm

Gilad Segev (left) and Esther Ha, recorded a song, Be There, paying tribute to medics working throughout the world during the novel coronavirus pandemic..[Photo/Chinaculture.org]

China and Israel encouraged and supported each other in the novel coronavirus outbreak. Gilad Segev, an Israeli singer, was moved by the efforts of the Chinese people, and wrote the song, Be There, and sang it with Esther Ha, a Chinese singer, to pay tribute to the brave medical workers in China and all over the world.

Segev loves Chinese culture and has visited China many times. After witnessing the hard work of the Chinese people, especially the medical workers, he was impressed. He wrote the song, Be There, to pay tribute to the Chinese medical workers and encourage the people of the world to join hands in fighting the epidemic.

"After the outbreak in Israel, Chinese friends sent masks to me and my family. It is the bravery and the friendship of the Chinese people that moved me and inspired me to create the song. I have created this song for the wonderful medical workers in China, Israel and the world, who have contributed themselves to help us in the dark," Segev said.


Gilad Segev (left) and Esther Ha performed at the stage.[Photo/Chinaculture.org]

Ha met Segev when performing in Israel 10 years ago and later performed on the same stage several times. This time when Segev invited her to sing the song together, she agreed. Although affected by the epidemic - they could not sing in the same place, or even find a good studio - but they shared the same mind and finally overcame the difficulties and completed the work.

"You can feel Gilad's love for the Chinese people, his compassion for the suffering of this nation, and his positive optimism. As the lyrics say, let's go together and let the sun light up the dark corner. So I think it's of great significance for this song to appear in this period. It uses the dialogue of songs between Israeli musicians and Chinese musicians to express love, " Ha said. "It represents the love and feelings that have never been extinguished between two nations."

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2020-04-13 16:05:24
<![CDATA[Counseling hotline comes to aid of Chinese people in South Korea]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/13/content_1478527.htm

The hotline offers psychological counseling service in Korean and Chinese. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

The novel coronavirus epidemic poses threat to people's physical health, and also psychological wellbeing. In early March, the China National Tourism Office in Seoul set up a psychological counseling hotline to ease the strain and fear among South Korea-based Chinese people.

Supported by nine licensed therapists, the hotline offers service during weekdays via cell phone, website (www.hwarin.org), WeChat, and Kakao Talk (a mobile messaging app in South Korea).

It has helped many people in the months-long battle against COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, with the service receiving nearly 200 phone calls, 70 messages on the website, 170 interactions through WeChat and 120 through Kakao Talk.

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2020-04-13 13:14:07
<![CDATA[Mission to redeem]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/10/content_1478463.htm

Blockbusters such as Detective Chinatown 3 are delaying release dates in response to the pandemic. The country's film industry is striving to get back on its feet. The first installment of the Fengshen trilogy is one of the films ready for theatrical release when cinemas reopen.[Photo provided to China Daily]

China's top film authority is working to introduce relief measures to help the domestic industry survive the COVID-19 crisis.

The China Film Administration, the country's top regulator for the sector, released a statement on its official website on April 3, announcing that it has coordinated with the Ministry of Finance, the National Development and Reform Commission, the State Taxation Administration and other related departments to research preferential fiscal and tax policies.

Such policies include exemption from a 5 percent levy on ticket revenues by the National Film Industry Development Special Fund.

Initiated in 1997, the fund was established to support quality film production, urban cinemas' maintenance and renovations, and filming in areas where ethnic groups reside.


Blockbusters such as Detective Chinatown 3 are delaying release dates in response to the pandemic. The country's film industry is striving to get back on its feet. The first installment of the Fengshen trilogy is one of the films ready for theatrical release when cinemas reopen.[Photo provided to China Daily]

The administration also says it will enhance support of the creation and promotion of major films, and provide guidelines to local authorities to help their film companies overcome difficulties.

It is also working to enrich content for internet platforms to meet Chinese demand for watching quality films at home.

Industry players are working hard to prepare for the resumption of operation of the country's more than 12,000 cinemas.

Bona Film Group founder and CEO Yu Dong suggests privately owned companies should not lay off employees, pointing out this is very important for the morale of the entire industry.

The group is one of China's largest privately owned film companies and is known for recruiting Hong Kong veterans to direct Chinese mainland action blockbusters, such as Tsui Hark's The Taking of Tiger Mountain and Dante Lam's Operation Mekong.


Blockbusters such as Detective Chinatown 3 are delaying release dates in response to the pandemic. The country's film industry is striving to get back on its feet. The first installment of the Fengshen trilogy is one of the films ready for theatrical release when cinemas reopen.[Photo provided to China Daily]

"Many companies have been facing cash-flow problems. But I believe it's the duty and responsibility of an enterprise to keep its employees, especially since some of them have strived to fight shoulder to shoulder with you (founders) in the early tough days," Yu said in a recent online meeting organized by the China Film Association.

Yu reveals the company's big-budget war epic, Bingxue Changjinhu (Frozen Chosin), has lost up to 150 million yuan ($21.2 million), mainly because of the suspension of production in Northeast China's Liaoning province.

The film portrays the story of the 17-day Battle of Chosin Reservoir in extremely cold weather on the Korean Peninsula in late 1950 that became a turning point of the Korean War.

Yu says filming was initially planned to start in late January. But the outbreak led to the suspension of filming after the 2,000 cast and crew members had gathered at the shooting sites in Liaoning.

Since the movie is set in winter, filming must be postponed until November.


Rao Shuguang, president, China Film Critic Association. Filmmakers and industry insiders discuss solutions at an online meeting organized by the China Film Association to cope with the huge losses caused by the pandemic.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Bona Film has produced several of China's highest-grossing films in 2019, including The Captain and The Bravest. But Yu says it would be a big challenge for the company to "rescue itself" in this special period.

He says he hopes the top film authority will consider exempting all Chinese films from the 5 percent levy for three years.

Song Ge, chairman of Beijing Culture, which is known for runaway hits like Wolf Warrior 2 and The Wandering Earth, says he hopes film companies receive tax relief this year.

He also reveals the company's four upcoming movies, including the first installment of director Wuershan's fantasy Fengshen trilogy and Lu Chuan's adventure film, Bureau 749, are preparing for theatrical release and could be ready when cinemas reopen.


Lu Shaoyang, dean, Peking University School of Journalism and Communication. Filmmakers and industry insiders discuss solutions at an online meeting organized by the China Film Association to cope with the huge losses caused by the pandemic.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Xu Tianfu, vice-president of Hengdian Group, which is based in Zhejiang province and owns the country's largest film-and-television shooting base, Hengdian World Studios, says 310 film crews totaling over 5,600 members were forced to suspend studio work during the lockdown, but around 20 crews have resumed shooting.

He reveals the group's over 400 cinemas, which have around 10,000 employees in 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, are all shut, causing huge losses.

Song predicts the epidemic's impact on the industry may last at least 18 months. He suggests the government reduces taxes and provides subsidies to support films released in the first six months after theaters reopen.

Detective Chinatown 3, the latest installment of director Chen Sicheng's blockbuster Detective Chinatown franchise, led presales among big-budget contenders before the Spring Festival holiday. Around 200 million yuan worth of tickets were sold before the "golden period" for Chinese cinemas. But all new theater releases were halted during the holiday, as the epidemic intensified.


Yu Dong, founder and CEO, Bona Film Group. Filmmakers and industry insiders discuss solutions at an online meeting organized by the China Film Association to cope with the huge losses caused by the pandemic.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Chen previously told media the film would instead be released during summer vacation or next Spring Festival.

He points out the sector is influential thanks to popular films rather than profits in China and suggests the China Film Association helps filmmakers with promising ideas or projects to get bank loans.

Last year, China produced over 1,000 features, grossing 64.3 billion yuan at the box office. The top 10 films earned nearly 28.6 billion yuan, or 44 percent of total receipts.

Some small and mid-sized film companies had struggled for a long time before the outbreak.

About 3,000 film and television companies went under last year, according to Qcc, a government-recognized enterprise credit rating system.


Chen Sicheng, director. Filmmakers and industry insiders discuss solutions at an online meeting organized by the China Film Association to cope with the huge losses caused by the pandemic.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Peking University School of Journalism and Communication dean Lu Shaoyang suggests major studios team up to create digital platforms to emulate the shift that has taken place in the United States before the pandemic.

Lu points out the global media-streaming market reached $44.8 billion last year, surpassing the global box-office gross of $42.2 billion. He suggests Chinese film companies also consider developing productions for streaming sites to reduce risks.

China Film Critic Association president Rao Shuguang estimates that domestic consumption will be different after the epidemic passes in China and that films that are around an hour, which is roughly half the length of silver-screen features, will become more common.

"In such a special period, Chinese filmmakers should not passively wait for support and help," Rao says.

"It's time to self-study to polish skills to create better films."


Song Ge, chairman, Beijing Culture. Filmmakers and industry insiders discuss solutions at an online meeting organized by the China Film Association to cope with the huge losses caused by the pandemic.[Photo provided to China Daily]

 

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2020-04-10 07:34:30
<![CDATA[Migrant birds at Momoge National Nature Reserve in N China]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/10/content_1478461.htm

Swans are seen at the wetland in Momoge National Nature Reserve in Zhenlai county, Baicheng city of Northeast China's Jilin province, April 9, 2020. In recent days, the nature reserve greets its peak season for migrant birds to return to the north. [Photo/Xinhua]


Migrant birds are seen at the wetland in Momoge National Nature Reserve in Zhenlai county, Baicheng city of Northeast China's Jilin province, April 9, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Migrant birds fly over the wetland in Momoge National Nature Reserve in Zhenlai county, Baicheng city of Northeast China's Jilin province, April 9, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Swans fly over the wetland in Momoge National Nature Reserve in Zhenlai county, Baicheng city of Northeast China's Jilin province, April 9, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Migrant birds fly over the wetland in Momoge National Nature Reserve in Zhenlai county, Baicheng city of Northeast China's Jilin province, April 9, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


White cranes fly over the wetland in Momoge National Nature Reserve in Zhenlai county, Baicheng city of Northeast China's Jilin province, April 9, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Migrant birds fly over the wetland in Momoge National Nature Reserve in Zhenlai county, Baicheng city of Northeast China's Jilin province, April 9, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


White cranes are seen at the wetland in Momoge National Nature Reserve in Zhenlai county, Baicheng city of Northeast China's Jilin province, April 9, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-04-10 09:29:04
<![CDATA[Chinese and Italian opera stars join forces to lift spirits]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/09/content_1478415.htm

While the world is struggling with the coronavirus outbreak, opera singers from China and Italy recorded a song, Together, which will be released on Chinese social media platforms. It is a song that delivers a message of love, hope and healing.

The song, adapted by Chinese composer Ma Jiuyue, is based on two famous songs from China and Italy: Chinese folk song Jasmine Flower and Nessun Dorma (None Shall Sleep), an aria from the final act of Giacomo Puccini's opera Turandot.

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2020-04-09 16:23:19
<![CDATA[Performers use talents to fight pandemic, raise spirits]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/08/content_1478370.htm

It has been more than 80 days since theaters across the nation shut their doors at the end of January. For actors and singers who were born to perform on stage, some may find there is more than enough energy in them waiting to burst out.

After seeing a group of Broadway artists deliver a "cloud performance" of One Day More from the musical Les Misérables, the Chinese counterparts decided to create their own version of a show. Within one week, 23 professionals from more than 10 cities sent clips of SOS and Dancing Queen from Mamma Mia! and compiled them into one video. The actors and singers want to deliver joy and hope through their performances, while expressing their longing to return to the theater and stage.

Many workers in the musical industry are freelancers. With cancellation of shows and theater closings, their work schedule has lessened, but their spirits were high. Many were using this time efficiently to study and create, and some are trying out performing online.

Their work has been shared not just on China's social media but also on YouTube and Instagram, showcasing the proactive attitude and strong spirit of Chinese performers in fighting the pandemic.

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2020-04-08 16:17:55
<![CDATA[Festive China: Qingming]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/05/content_1478237.htm

Qingming is not only one of China's 24 solar terms, but also an occasion for Chinese people to honor lost family members.

The solar term Qingming is observed in early April when the temperature begins to rise and rainfall increases. It is also the right time for spring cultivation and sowing. At the same time, Chinese people will visit tombs of their ancestors around Qingming to pay respect to the deceased. Most families will go to cemeteries with offerings, clean up weeds around the tombs and pray for family prosperity.

Watch this episode of Festive China to find out more.

Festive China is a series of short clips focusing on traditional Chinese festivals and festivities, the cultural connotations of traditional holidays, their development and changes, and how they manifest in today's China.

Previous episodes:

Festive China: Spring

Festive China: Spring Festival

Festive China: 24 Solar Terms

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2020-04-05 12:25:31
<![CDATA[Terraced field in Guizhou shows prosperity, beauty]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/01/content_1478084.htm

Located deep in the mountains of Congjiang county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, the irrigated terraced fields indicate a good sign for spring farming, on April 1, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Located deep in the mountains of Congjiang county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, the irrigated terraced fields indicate a good sign for spring farming, on April 1, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Located deep in the mountains of Congjiang county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, the irrigated terraced fields indicate a good sign for spring farming, on April 1, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Located deep in the mountains of Congjiang county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, the irrigated terraced fields indicate a good sign for spring farming, on April 1, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Located deep in the mountains of Congjiang county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, the irrigated terraced fields indicate a good sign for spring farming, on April 1, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Located deep in the mountains of Congjiang county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, the irrigated terraced fields indicate a good sign for spring farming, on April 1, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Located deep in the mountains of Congjiang county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, the irrigated terraced fields indicate a good sign for spring farming, on April 1, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Located deep in the mountains of Congjiang county, Southwest China's Guizhou province, the irrigated terraced fields indicate a good sign for spring farming, on April 1, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-04-01 15:11:59
<![CDATA[Shanghai Museum reopens with extended exhibition]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/01/content_1478082.htm

The exhibition, showcasing the cultural exchange between China and Japan, runs through April 5 at the Shanghai Museum. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Shanghai Museum has been reopened to visitors since March 13. According to the museum's announcement, the special exhibition A Blessing over the Sea: Cultural Relics on Jianzhen and Murals by Higashiyama Kaii from Toshodaiji will extend its duration until April 5.

The exhibition highlights 11 relics from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and 68 contemporary paintings from the temple's collection, testifying to the long tradition of Sino-Japanese cultural exchanges.

In the Tang Dynasty, Jianzhen, a bonze of the Daming Temple, embarked on an overseas endeavor to introduce Buddhism to Japan. After six agonizing voyages, he succeeded in 753. There, he founded the Toshodaiji Temple, head vihara of Japan's Ritsu Buddhism.


The exhibition, showcasing the cultural exchange between China and Japan, runs through April 5 at the Shanghai Museum. [Photo/Xinhua]


The exhibition, showcasing the cultural exchange between China and Japan, runs through April 5 at the Shanghai Museum. [Photo/sipaphoto.com]


The exhibition, showcasing the cultural exchange between China and Japan, runs through April 5 at the Shanghai Museum. [Photo/sipaphoto.com]


The exhibition, showcasing the cultural exchange between China and Japan, runs through April 5 at the Shanghai Museum. [Photo/sipaphoto.com]


The exhibition, showcasing the cultural exchange between China and Japan, runs through April 5 at the Shanghai Museum. [Photo/sipaphoto.com]


The exhibition, showcasing the cultural exchange between China and Japan, runs through April 5 at the Shanghai Museum. [Photo/sipaphoto.com]


The exhibition, showcasing the cultural exchange between China and Japan, runs through April 5 at the Shanghai Museum. [Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-04-01 15:06:46
<![CDATA[In pics: Giant pandas in Shaanxi]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/01/content_1478080.htm

Giant panda "Yuan Yuan" plays at the Qinling research center of giant panda breeding in Northwest China's Shaanxi province on March 31, 2020. In 2019, three giant panda cubs "Jia Jia", "Yuan Yuan" and "Qin Kuer" were born in the Qinling research center of giant panda breeding. The three giant pandas grew up healthily with the care of the staff. [Photo/Xinhua]


Giant panda "Jia Jia" plays at the Qinling research center of giant panda breeding in Northwest China's Shaanxi province on March 31, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A member of staff interacts with giant pandas at the Qinling research center of giant panda breeding in Northwest China's Shaanxi province on March 31, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Giant panda "Jia Jia" plays at the Qinling research center of giant panda breeding in Northwest China's Shaanxi province on March 31, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Giant panda "Yuan Yuan" plays at the Qinling research center of giant panda breeding in Northwest China's Shaanxi province on March 31, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Giant panda "Qin Kuer" plays at the Qinling research center of giant panda breeding in Northwest China's Shaanxi province on March 31, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Giant panda "Yuan Yuan" plays at the Qinling research center of giant panda breeding in Northwest China's Shaanxi province on March 31, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Giant panda "Jia Jia" plays at the Qinling research center of giant panda breeding in Northwest China's Shaanxi province on March 31, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Giant panda "Qin Kuer" plays at the Qinling research center of giant panda breeding in Northwest China's Shaanxi province on March 31, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Giant panda "Qin Kuer" plays at the Qinling research center of giant panda breeding in Northwest China's Shaanxi province on March 31, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-04-01 12:36:45
<![CDATA[A modern fairy tale]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-04/01/content_1478059.htm

Children's paintings inspired by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, The Bottle Neck, show their wish to contain the novel coronavirus.[Photo provided to China Daily]

The work of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen can inspire people today, be they young or old, says Beijing-based director, Wang Kaihao reports.

As with so many things in life, children can get to the heart of the matter often quicker than adults. So, they call him "Logger Vick" due to this amiable man's bald-headed appearance resembling the leading character in popular Chinese animation Boonie Bears.

Though now based in Beijing with his family, William Yip, a 43-year-old Hong Kong drama director and educator, took more than 200 flights across China in 2019 alone to usher drama into classes, in places ranging from first-tier metropolises to small towns in the west.

Yip describes his busy itinerary as "bittersweet". It's exhausting but worth it. His passion and humor shine through. Drama is like "vitamin C" to Yip: You can survive without it for some time, but it is ultimately essential to sustain health.

This energetic man is meeting a challenge familiar to everyone. Periods of self-quarantine at home due to the outbreak of COVID-19 can plunge people into depression.

"Many children said they are fed up being isolated at home in spite of online courses," Yip recalls. "I want to do something to help them."


A poster design by Guo Xinyao, a 12-year-old participant of the "H.C. Andersen award initiative", explores the bottleneck of life, which is ambivalent to kindness and evil.[Photo provided to China Daily]

In 2018, Yip took his students to Denmark, home of the great fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen. They presented the drama The Nightingale, adapted from the only China-themed story under Andersen's pen, to local audiences at an arts festival.

He was there again in early February, when the novel coronavirus had not yet become so disruptive in Europe. He discussed with Danish artists how to cheer people up during the crisis and Andersen's name kept cropping up.

"Talking about Andersen, people thought initially that he was just for children as I did years ago," Yip tells China Daily in a telephone interview. "But his stories include a philosophy for life. Adults can also feel connected when they read them."

Cooperating with the Chinese-Danish Cultural Alliance and the Hans Christian Andersen Foundation in Denmark, Yip soon drafted the "H.C. Andersen award initiative" after returning to Beijing.

In the project, which kicked off in late February, Yip uses The Bottle Neck, a lesser-known fairy tale written by Andersen in 1857, as the theme, and asks people to upload their own literary or artistic works inspired by that story. Participants can freely choose their favored genre or format.

Lisa Johansen, co-founder of the Chinese-Danish Cultural Alliance, tells China Daily via email that "our common interest is to share the originality of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales and to open up the creativity and imagination of children-and adults, too".

The Bottle Neck follows the story of a wine bottle. It is a tale told by the bottleneck about how it remembers being crafted and filled with quality wine, before being opened during an engagement celebration. It relates how a sailor took the bottle with him on a sea journey and how the ship was wrecked in a storm. The bottle traveled around the world and returned home, with only the bottle's neck intact. An old lady picks it up and she doesn't realize that she drank wine from this bottle at her engagement party.

"The old bottle didn't know her either, partly-in fact, chiefly-because it thought only of itself." The ending of the story, for example, seems to be pertinent for today's world.


Children's paintings inspired by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, The Bottle Neck, show their wish to contain the novel coronavirus.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Pause for a cause

As father of a 1-year-old baby, Yip can relate to this story.

"The pandemic has disrupted many people's lives," he says. "But we may be able to settle down and spend more time with our families.` is a good story for us to understand the meaning of life and it leads us to think: When life is no longer usual, what should we do?"

Yip deliberately avoids Andersen's more famous stories like The Emperor's New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, or The Little Match Girl. He explains that sometimes it is difficult to set the imagination free when the story is too familiar.

Deadline for uploading submissions will be April 2, fittingly, Andersen's birthday. More than 600 pieces have been handed to Yip so far.

The works presented cover various genres-paintings, video clips with dancing, singing and even short dramas, poems and short stories.

Andersen was not only a writer, but also cultivated in drama, drawings, singing and many other genres of art, Johansen says.

"Alongside his work as a writer, he is probably best known for his paper-cuts," Johansen says.

She was pleasantly surprised to see how this project has developed "in such a short time".

"It is so amazing to see the many creative works the Chinese children have sent in," she adds. "It shows that the stories and the values of the fairy tales are just as relevant today as they were 200 years ago."


Yip teaches drama and plays with his students during classes held in Shanghai in 2019.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Many works handed in to the project have combined the bottle story with that of COVID-19, calling for a strong spirit to conquer the pandemic and more caring hearts during the crisis. In children's paintings the team received, some chose to contain the virus in the bottle, some made it into a superhero or a spaceship to fight against the alien-like and villainous virus, and others imagined the bottle as a protective shield for medical workers.

Parodies and sequences of The Bottle Neck keep popping up as well. In a story titled The Towel, written by 11-year-old candidate Liu Zihan, a towel at first envies a mask, which is a newcomer to the family and a rival who always touches the master's face. But "one day, the mask never comes back and no one knows where it has gone".

"Like the four seasons, our life has gains and losses," Qiao Zhongliang, a 32-year-old participant, who sent in a video clip, writes in an attached short paragraph. "When life is experiencing loss, wait for a moment. Everything will revive in the end."

Yip soon found the themes of the work "too abundant to be closely connected with The Bottle Neck". He recounts that a child wrote about a floating cloud that brings rain to thirsty lands. "That echoes our feelings today," Yip says. "Sometimes we're incapable of really helping others (in the outbreak of COVID-19), but we still want to spread hope in a gentle way-like a cloud."

Autistic children are encouraged to join in. Their paintings may not be themed on bottles, but they let their imagination drift through amazing colors and patterns. "Any work is welcome as long as it can be loosely linked with the drifting bottle," Yip says.


Yip teaches drama and plays with his students during classes held in Shanghai in 2019.[Photo provided to China Daily]

More than rewarding

At the end of the project, three winners will be given round-trip tickets from China to Denmark to visit the writer's hometown, but Yip does not see the project as a competition. "It's more like encouragement for creativity," Yip says. "The works by the winners may not be that exquisitely-made, but they will offer a fresh angle."

All of the submissions may have the chance to be exhibited in the future when the outbreak ends, Yip says, adding that "it will be meaningful for us to look back upon our life in the days of the crisis".

They are already being "exhibited" in digital form on Yip's official public WeChat account.

"It's hard to compare different art genres, but people can view all the works on this open platform and have their own opinions," he says, adding that a judging group comprising 15 leaders from the education sector and different fine art genres were invited to choose the winners.

Qian Zhilong, a veteran independent researcher on education, is one of them. He places priority on "reflection of true emotions". Qian believes that the Andersen award project will have a lasting legacy for Chinese children.

"Andersen was mediocre at school, but his achievements finally attracted worldwide attention due to the power of dreams," Qian says. "In today's schools, children are still faced with a ubiquitous judging system that is based on test papers, which often nips in the bud children's power to dream."

Qian says he hopes that by participating in this program, people will be more inspired after they learn more about Andersen's own story.

The judge also says that the pandemic has given society a chance to re-evaluate the current education system, when the pause button of this "assembly line" is finally pushed after becoming overheated.


William Yip, 43, a Beijing-based Hong Kong drama director and educator, takes part in an arts festival held in Hjorring, Denmark, in 2019, mixing with his students and international friends.[Photo provided to China Daily]

"Our pedagogies and goals of education will be reformed, replaced or will evolve into new ones," he says. "The epidemic gives us time to think what we've done right and what was done wrong. It may enable an earlier evolution."

And the changing situation of COVID-19 attaches a greater global significance to the project.

"When the idea was started in February, the purpose was to encourage Chinese children and families during a difficult time," says Johansen from the Chinese-Danish Cultural Alliance. "Now just one month later we are in the same situation in Denmark and Europe.

"The world is connected," she says. "We need each other?in order to strengthen solidarity and community. In situations like this, art offers hope and deepens understanding. It brings us closer together, both as families and countries. It's an eye-opener of what is important in life."

As Andersen once said: "Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale."

Yip likes saying that drama is not restricted to stage, when he brings it to schools.

"Fine art is not only concerned about the final results," he says. "Just like in this art project, we self-examine when we are playing. Play is empowerment."

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2020-04-01 08:29:09
<![CDATA[Health packages warm hearts of Chinese students in Bangladesh]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/31/content_1478016.htm

Chinese students in Bangladesh pose for a photo before the health packages sent from the Chinese embassy to Bangladesh, March 28, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Twenty-three Chinese students in Chittagong, a coastal city in southeastern Bangladesh, received health packages from the Chinese embassy to Bangladesh on March 28.

The packages included masks, hand soap, food and a letter from cultural counselor Sun Yan and his colleagues from the embassy's cultural department.

Sun expressed the Chinese government's concern for the health and safety of Chinese students in the letter. He also advised the students to take care of themselves and stay calm facing COVID-19.

The students were deeply moved by the packages and expressed their thanks to the embassy in a letter. They said their worries and confusion gave them a lot of pressure as they were far from their home and families. Yet the help and concern from the embassy greatly comforted them.


Chinese students in Bangladesh hold the health packages sent from the Chinese embassy to Bangladesh, March 28, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-03-31 11:15:48
<![CDATA[Chinese embassy to Pakistan sends health packages to Chinese students]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/31/content_1478015.htm

The Chinese embassy to Pakistan sends health packages to Chinese students who are studying in the country, March 25, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

On March 25, the Chinese embassy to Pakistan sent health packages to Chinese students who are studying in the country.

Yao Jing, Chinese ambassador to Pakistan, Pang Chunxue, minister of the embassy, Zhang Heqing, director of the China Cultural Center in Pakistan and student representatives attended the ceremony.

Yao said Chinese students and workers need to enhance self-protection facing the rapid growth of COVID-19 in Pakistan. He suggested they keep in contact with their families and have more communication with people in China.

According to Yao, China will be fully committed to help Pakistan to fight the epidemic. Chinese doctors and medical supplies are arriving to Pakistan in succession, with more continued assistance from China.


The Chinese embassy to Pakistan sends health packages to Chinese students who are studying in the country, March 25, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


The Chinese embassy to Pakistan sends health packages to Chinese students who are studying in the country, March 25, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-03-31 11:02:14
<![CDATA[UK city of music silenced by COVID-19 in worst crisis since WWII]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/30/content_1477918.htm

[Photo/sipaphoto.com]

As a UNESCO City of Music the beat notches up a few octaves during a typical weekend when thousands of people converge on Liverpool. But recently the normally crowded Cavern Quarter, centered around the iconic club where the Beatles rose to fame, has remained silent.

Birthplace of the rock band the Beatles in the 1960s, music remains the heartbeat of this northern English city. Normally crowded bars which in pre-coronavirus days were a magnet for tens of thousands of revellers and music lovers from across the city and across the world, are deserted.

The turntables are not spinning, look-alike Beatles impersonators have no stage on which to perform, the statue of the late Beatles member John Lennon, looks like a lonely figure in Mathew Street.

The main downtown area, known as Liverpool One, is in sleep mode with the department stores, fashion shops and restaurants put on hold by command of the British government.

Liverpool, says Mayor Joe Anderson, is a city in crisis due to the virus, adding: "the number of our people with the virus is increasing dramatically."

Almost 80 years after the World War II, coronavirus has brought out a community spirit in Liverpool rarely seen since those dark days of the Blitz.

Communities are working day and night to keep people who are trapped in their homes fed with food as well as emotional support. A food parcel is as welcome as a cheerful hello from thousands of friends and neighbors who have formed a "people's army" to help the needy.

Anderson has organised the so-called "people's army", and so far thousands have volunteered to help with tasks ranging from shopping, delivering food, or just to check on people who live alone. The mayor has also arranged for homeless people, many of them sleeping rough in shop doorways, to be moved into hotels to help protect them from the invisible enemy.

"We are continuing to support each other in Liverpool," said Anderson who has set up a command center in his home, away from the iconic Cunard Building, the waterfront home of City Hall.

Anderson said the city is taking a painful hit to its economy because of the virus.

"Tourism employs 38,000 people in Liverpool and is worth 3.3 billion pounds to the city economy every year. The hospitality section, which includes hotels that provide 10,000 rooms has so far lost half of its 30 million pounds a week income," he told Xinhua.

Hotel rooms in Liverpool are like gold dust when either of the two big Premier League clubs, Liverpool and city rivals Everton, have home matches. With the football season on hold, rooms booked months ago are no longer needed.

Cruise ships that would have sailed up the River Mersey to Liverpool's famous UNESCO World Heritage Site waterfront will not be calling this year. Each of the floating palaces that ties up at Liverpool Pier Head is worth a million pounds (about $1.25 million) to the local economy.

The losses caused by COVID-19 pile on the agony for Anderson, a staunch Labour politician, grappling with an austerity-fuelled attack on the city coffers since the financial crisis over a decade ago.

"Cuts to our support grant by the national government over the last 10 years have left us around 440 million pounds worse off," said Anderson.

"Fortunately, Liverpool is a city that has always pulled together. We have faced a number of difficult periods over the last few decades, and always come through," he said.

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2020-03-30 09:25:00
<![CDATA[China's TV drama industry begins to resume operation]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/30/content_1477917.htm

A still image of the hit TV drama  I Will Find You a Better Home. [Photo/Mtime]

China's TV drama industry, which has been dormant for months due to the COVID-19 outbreak, is resuming work and production in an orderly manner, according to the National Radio and Television Administration Friday.

Major film and television program production centers in Xiangshan and Hengdian have reopened their studios. More than 90 percent of 42 major film and television enterprises in East China's Jiangsu province have resumed work on a limited scale.

Meanwhile, about 50 percent of Shanghai's film and television companies have returned to work, but have barely resumed filming. And over 90 percent of the 155 members of the Capital Radio & TV Program Producers Association in Beijing have gone back to work.

The administration will support the creation of TV series with themes of the country's fight against COVID-19 and poverty reduction this year, it said in a statement.

The administration issued a circular to promote production resumption of the TV drama industry earlier this month, detailing 12 measures such as funds support, developing online services, key projects support and adjusting the schedule of exhibitions and festivals.

In addition, a video conference held by the administration recently has discussed the production of several TV series on topics ranging from the epidemic fight, poverty alleviation, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China to the Belt and Road Initiative.

Local agencies around the country have introduced measures on work resumption as well, the administration said, adding that provincial-level regions including Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Beijing and Shanghai have specified plans to facilitate TV series creation on major themes.

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2020-03-30 09:15:00
<![CDATA[Exhibition showcases Chinese people’s battle against epidemic]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/30/content_1477922.htm

The poster of the online exhibition featuring Chinese people’s fight against COVID-19. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Recently, the China Cultural Center in Seoul launched an online photo exhibition featuring the cooperation between China and other countries on the fight against COVID-19.

The images capture how Chinese people bravely faced the COVID-19 and their perseverance in the difficult period.

The event aims to express the idea that only through cooperation can different nations conquer the epidemic.

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2020-03-30 10:02:44
<![CDATA[Online travel to Xinjiang’s Kuqa opens]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/26/content_1477794.htm

An online photo exhibition featuring Kuqa county in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region was launched by the China Cultural Center in Seoul on March 26, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Organized by the China Cultural Center in Seoul, a photo exhibition featuring Kuqa county in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region was launched on the internet on Thursday. Seventy pictures, capturing the grand landscape and historical heritages of Kuqa, are on display for the local people.

Kuqa, once called Kizil in ancient times, was the cradle of the world famous Kizil culture. As a bridge between Asia and Europe, it served as a political, economic, military, cultural and commercial center on the ancient Silk Road. Kuqa was also deemed a "Western Music Capital" as early as the Han (206 BC-AD220) and Tang (618-907) dynasties for its representative Western style of music and dance.

An online photo exhibition featuring Kuqa county in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region was launched by the China Cultural Center in Seoul on March 26, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

The splendid natural wonders in Kuqa were beautifully captured by photographers, such as the Tianshan Mysterious Grand Canyon and populous euphratica forest. Pictures featuring cultural heritages recommended by Lonely Planet, including Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves and Kuqa's Great Mosque, are also available.

The event is part of "Online Travel in China", a series of exhibitions designed by the center for people unable to visit exhibitions due to COVID-19.

More online shows about Chinese papercutting, Chinese Lunar New Year and Peking Opera will open soon.


An online photo exhibition featuring Kuqa county in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region was launched by the China Cultural Center in Seoul on March 26, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online photo exhibition featuring Kuqa county in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region was launched by the China Cultural Center in Seoul on March 26, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]


An online photo exhibition featuring Kuqa county in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region was launched by the China Cultural Center in Seoul on March 26, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-03-26 10:56:06
<![CDATA[Xiabu making industries in Chongqing resume production]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/25/content_1477782.htm

A technician makes Rongchang Grass Linen, also called Rongchang Xiabu, at a workshop in Rongchang district of Chongqing, Southwest China, March 23, 2020. Rongchang Grass linen is a traditional Chinese handicraft with a rich history. It is a kind of cloth made of ramie purely by hand, and famous for its soft, thin, flat texture and fine quality. Because this cloth usually keeps the body cool in the hot summer, it is also named Xiabu (literally meaning summer cloth). With comprehensive epidemic prevention measures, Xiabu making industries here have resumed production. [Photo/Xinhua]


A technician makes Rongchang Grass Linen, also called Rongchang Xiabu, at a workshop in Rongchang district of Chongqing, Southwest China, March 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A woman makes Rongchang Grass Linen, also called Rongchang Xiabu, at a workshop in Rongchang district of Chongqing, Southwest China, March 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A woman makes Rongchang Grass Linen, also called Rongchang Xiabu, at a workshop in Rongchang district of Chongqing, Southwest China, March 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A woman makes Rongchang Grass Linen, also called Rongchang Xiabu, at a workshop in Rongchang district of Chongqing, Southwest China, March 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Customers select products of Rongchang Grass Linen, also called Rongchang Xiabu, at a store in Rongchang district of Chongqing, Southwest China, March 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A woman makes Rongchang Grass Linen, also called Rongchang Xiabu, at a workshop in Rongchang district of Chongqing, Southwest China, March 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A customer views a folding fan made with Rongchang Grass Linen, also called Rongchang Xiabu, at a store in Rongchang district of Chongqing, Southwest China, March 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Women make Rongchang Grass Linen, also called Rongchang Xiabu, at a workshop in Rongchang district of Chongqing, Southwest China, March 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Inheritor Yan Xianying (left) demonstrates as two learners observe to make Rongchang Grass Linen, also called Rongchang Xiabu, at a workshop in Rongchang district of Chongqing, Southwest China, March 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Customers select products of Rongchang Grass Linen, also called Rongchang Xiabu, at a store in Rongchang district of Chongqing, Southwest China, March 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-03-25 12:41:10
<![CDATA[Chinese and Austrian female artists exhibit their stories]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/25/content_1477733.htm

By Bronwyn Bancroft. [Photo by Xiao Xiayong/provided to Chinaculture.org]

An exhibition featuring Chinese and Australian female artists was scheduled to open to the public on March 23. But due to the continued rise of Covid-19 cases in Australia, the organizer, China Cultural Center in Sydney, will put the show on the internet for the convenience of visitors.

Curated by Austria’s well-known art critic Nicholas Tsoutas and Chinese artist Li Hong, the exhibition will display about 20 contemporary pieces, including paintings and sculptures, from six artists.


By Bronwyn Bancroft.[Photo by Xiao Xiayong/provided to Chinaculture.org]

Xiao Xiayong, director of the China Cultural Center in Sydney, said the works from six female artists would let people feel the interpretation of art in different cultures and their mutual respect and communication. The event aims to let Australians know more about female artists coming from diverse cultural backgrounds and provide a platform for cooperation between Chinese and Australian artists.

Tsoutas said the exhibit shows the gender difference and its impact on art creation in an increasingly complex society from the perspective of females. Visitors can get new ways of communication in the world from various points of view at the exhibition which also highlights female’s importance and equal status in the development of contemporary arts.


By Li Hong. [Photo by Xiao Xiayong/provided to Chinaculture.org]

“These artists tell the stories from the heart with their own style,?said Li, who expected the show will encourage people to fight against the epidemic together.

There will be access to the exhibition on the center’s official website, Facebook, Instagram and official accounts on other social media.


By Lindy Lee. [Photo by Xiao Xiayong/provided to Chinaculture.org]


By Nike Savvas. [Photo by Xiao Xiayong/provided to Chinaculture.org]


By Wang Lan.[Photo by Xiao Xiayong/provided to Chinaculture.org]


By Wang Lan. [Photo by Xiao Xiayong/provided to Chinaculture.org]


By Eugenia Raskopoulos. [Photo by Xiao Xiayong/provided to Chinaculture.org]


The China Cultural Center in Sydney. [Photo by Xiao Xiayong/provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-03-25 10:26:01
<![CDATA[Blooming spring flowers add delight to Anhui]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/20/content_1477578.htm

Blooming spring flowers in Hefei, Anhui province, are utterly delightful! The pink begonias growing across Yaohai district have made the area even more attractive. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Blooming spring flowers in Hefei, Anhui province, are utterly delightful! The pink begonias growing across Yaohai district have made the area even more attractive. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Blooming spring flowers in Hefei, Anhui province, are utterly delightful! The pink begonias growing across Yaohai district have made the area even more attractive. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Blooming spring flowers in Hefei, Anhui province, are utterly delightful! The pink begonias growing across Yaohai district have made the area even more attractive. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Blooming spring flowers in Hefei, Anhui province, are utterly delightful! The pink begonias growing across Yaohai district have made the area even more attractive. [Photo provided to China Daily]

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2020-03-20 16:46:08
<![CDATA[Spring tea harvest in village in Hunan]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/20/content_1477576.htm

The tea harvest season has arrived around the Spring Equinox. In Jishou, Xiangxi Tu and Miao autonomous prefecture of Central China's Hunan province, tea growers pick fresh tea leaves from the garden, on March 19, 2020. [Photo by Liu Zhenjun/For chinadaily.com.cn]


The tea harvest season has arrived around the Spring Equinox. In Jishou, Xiangxi Tu and Miao autonomous prefecture of Central China's Hunan province, tea growers pick fresh tea leaves from the garden, on March 19, 2020. [Photo by Liu Zhenjun/For chinadaily.com.cn]


The tea harvest season has arrived around the Spring Equinox. In Jishou, Xiangxi Tu and Miao autonomous prefecture of Central China's Hunan province, tea growers pick fresh tea leaves from the garden, on March 19, 2020. [Photo by Liu Zhenjun/For chinadaily.com.cn]


The tea harvest season has arrived around the Spring Equinox. In Jishou, Xiangxi Tu and Miao autonomous prefecture of Central China's Hunan province, tea growers pick fresh tea leaves from the garden, on March 19, 2020. [Photo by Liu Zhenjun/For chinadaily.com.cn]


The tea harvest season has arrived around the Spring Equinox. In Jishou, Xiangxi Tu and Miao autonomous prefecture of Central China's Hunan province, tea growers pick fresh tea leaves from the garden, on March 19, 2020. [Photo by Liu Zhenjun/For chinadaily.com.cn]


The tea harvest season has arrived around the Spring Equinox. In Jishou, Xiangxi Tu and Miao autonomous prefecture of Central China's Hunan province, tea growers pick fresh tea leaves from the garden, on March 19, 2020. [Photo by Liu Zhenjun/For chinadaily.com.cn]


The tea harvest season has arrived around the Spring Equinox. In Jishou, Xiangxi Tu and Miao autonomous prefecture of Central China's Hunan province, tea growers pick fresh tea leaves from the garden, on March 19, 2020. [Photo by Liu Zhenjun/For chinadaily.com.cn]


The tea harvest season has arrived around the Spring Equinox. In Jishou, Xiangxi Tu and Miao autonomous prefecture of Central China's Hunan province, tea growers pick fresh tea leaves from the garden, on March 19, 2020. [Photo by Liu Zhenjun/For chinadaily.com.cn]


The tea harvest season has arrived around the Spring Equinox. In Jishou, Xiangxi Tu and Miao autonomous prefecture of Central China's Hunan province, tea growers pick fresh tea leaves from the garden, on March 19, 2020. [Photo by Liu Zhenjun/For chinadaily.com.cn]

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2020-03-20 15:54:45
<![CDATA[Festive China: Spring Equinox]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/20/content_1477501.htm

There is a Chinese saying that goes, "The whole year's work depends on a good start in spring." As China has long been an agricultural country, for Chinese people spring means the beginning of a whole year's farming.

Start of Spring is the first of the 24 solar terms, which is considered the beginning of spring. As the weather warms up, spring awakens the earth, the rain falls, the thunder surges, and everything in the world wakes up from winter.

Watch this episode of Festive China to find out more.

Festive China is a series of short clips that focus on traditional Chinese festivals and festivities, the cultural connotations of traditional holidays, their development and changes, and how they are manifested in today's China.

Previous episodes:

Festive China: Spring Festival

Festive China: 24 Solar Terms

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2020-03-20 09:10:09
<![CDATA[Online Arts and Culture]]> https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/onlineartsandculture

 

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2020-03-19 16:54:02
<![CDATA[Jin Opera performers move stage to live streaming platform]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/18/content_1477445.htm

Wu Lingyun live streams a rehearsal of Jin Opera art in Taiyuan, North China's Shanxi province, March 9, 2020. Due to the epidemic risks of COVID-19, theater performances are suspended. Wu Lingyun moves his stage of Jin Opera to live streaming platform with his parents and his wife, who are all famous performers of Jin Opera. Jin opera is a traditional art form originated in Shanxi province during the early years of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), featured for its energetic singing style. [Photo/Xinhua]


Wang Chunmei, Wu Lingyun's wife, performs Jin Opera through live stream. [Photo/Xinhua]


Wu Zhong, center, Wu Lingyun's father, listens to Wu Lingyun's performance. [Photo/Xinhua]


Wu Lingyun is seen during a live streamed rehearsal of Jin Opera at the research center of Jin Opera art. [Photo/Xinhua]


Wu Lingyun (first right) and his family greet the audience through live stream. [Photo/Xinhua]


Wu Lingyun and his wife Wang Chunmei perform Jin Opera through live stream. [Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-03-18 13:10:00
<![CDATA[School opens online classes on cultural heritage]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/18/content_1477443.htm

A teacher livestreams leather carving techniques used in shadow puppetry, in Luanzhou, North China's Hebei province, on March 15, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Who ever said that heritage is boring? In a world imbued with technology and digital gadgets, traditional Chinese culture has found a way to recapture the imagination of China's youngsters in online classrooms.

Most Chinese schools, after the novel coronavirus breakout, turned to internet platforms to continue the new semester this spring. Teachers communicate with students through smart phones and livestream software.

Zhongshan Middle School in Luanzhou, North China's Hebei province, recently opened a series of culture courses, teaching students about traditional cultural heritage,such as shadow puppetry and paper-cutting.


Gao Hanyu, a fifth grader, learns to carve a shadow puppet through online classes at home in Luanzhou, North China's Hebei province, on March 15, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A teacher plays folk songs that are performed during a shadow puppet show on a traditional music instrument, in Luanzhou, North China's Hebei province, on March 15, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A teacher livestreams leather carving techniques used in shadow puppetry, in Luanzhou, North China's Hebei province, on March 15, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A teacher sings folk songs that are performed during a shadow puppet show in Luanzhou, North China's Hebei province, on March 15, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-03-18 11:30:00
<![CDATA[8 museums in Shenyang reopens to public with prevention measures]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/18/content_1477441.htm

People receive temperature checking before entering the Shenyang Palace Museum in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 17, 2020. Eight museums in Shenyang reopened to the public on Tuesday with measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.[Photo/Xinhua]


People visit Marshal Zhang's Mansion Museum in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 17, 2020. Eight museums in Shenyang reopened to the public on Tuesday with measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.[Photo/Xinhua]


People visit the Shenyang Palace Museum in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 17, 2020. Eight museums in Shenyang reopened to the public on Tuesday with measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.[Photo/Xinhua]


A visitor poses for photos at the Shenyang Palace Museum in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 17, 2020. Eight museums in Shenyang reopened to the public on Tuesday with measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.[Photo/Xinhua]


People visit the 9.18 Historical Museum in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 17, 2020. Eight museums in Shenyang reopened to the public on Tuesday with measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.[Photo/Xinhua]


People receive temperature checking before entering the 9.18 Historical Museum in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 17, 2020. Eight museums in Shenyang reopened to the public on Tuesday with measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.[Photo/Xinhua]


People visit the Shenyang Palace Museum in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 17, 2020. Eight museums in Shenyang reopened to the public on Tuesday with measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.[Photo/Xinhua]


People visit Marshal Zhang's Mansion Museum in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 17, 2020. Eight museums in Shenyang reopened to the public on Tuesday with measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.[Photo/Xinhua]


People receive temperature checking before entering the Marshal Zhang's Mansion Museum in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 17, 2020. Eight museums in Shenyang reopened to the public on Tuesday with measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.[Photo/Xinhua]


People visit the 9.18 Historical Museum in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 17, 2020. Eight museums in Shenyang reopened to the public on Tuesday with measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.[Photo/Xinhua]


People register before entering the 9.18 Historical Museum in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 17, 2020. Eight museums in Shenyang reopened to the public on Tuesday with measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.[Photo/Xinhua]


People register before entering the 9.18 Historical Museum in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 17, 2020. Eight museums in Shenyang reopened to the public on Tuesday with measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.[Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-03-18 10:55:51
<![CDATA[Rare footage of wild animals in SW China nature reserves]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/18/content_1477429.htm

The number of endangered wildlife in China is steadily rising. Enjoy some rare footage of these wild animals in Southwest China's Sichuan province. Can you recognize any?

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2020-03-18 13:05:00
<![CDATA[Italy finds sanctuary in music amid epidemic]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/18/content_1477425.htm

Music is flowing through the air in alleyways, rooftops and verandahs. Elegant notes played by pianos, trumpets and violins are filling in the void on empty streets. If no musical instruments are at hand, people join in as "percussionists" by clanging with their pots and pans.

This is not the scene at a concert hall. This is on the streets of Italy amid the epidemic.

The COVID-19 outbreak has sparked one of the most severe forms of a national crisis for many of the affected countries around the world. At the same time, it has also showcased the spirit and inner strength of many nations.

An artist sings from her balcony in Rome, Italy on March 14. [Photo/Xinhua]

As Italy carries forward with a national lockdown, Italian residents took to their balconies to perform the national anthem in a "flash mob" style as a way to express gratitude for the medical workers on the front line of the fight against COVID-19. Fratelli d'Italia, which in itself is a work about resisting oppression, calling for unity and fighting together, is now the country's declaration of war against the coronavirus, as families sang along and cheered to raise morale, show solidarity and enjoy a moment of respite in this tough time.

A YouTube video of Italians playing the Chinese national anthem in Rome to thank China for its aid has received more than 50,000 views.

The Italian man who played the Chinese national anthem said to the speakers: "I am not sure if there is a Chinese neighbor here. But I would like to sincerely thank China," according to CGTN.

Maurizio Marchini sings in Florence. [Photo/Facebook account of Maurizio Marchini]

Quarantined tenor Maurizio Marchini joined the game and serenaded the empty streets of Florence with his rendition of Giacomo Puccini's aria Nessun Dorma. His performance has since been viewed more than 4 million times on Twitter and nearly 3 million times on Facebook.

Another video widely shared on social media showed quarantined Italians singing a traditional song, Canto della Verbena.

Premier violinist Aldo Cicchini of Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI performed Manha de Carnaval on his balcony, which attracted many people from the neighborhood to come out on their own balconies to appreciate it.

In the capital of Rome, a neighborhood collectively sang Volare, an old tune from the 1950s, to boost the spirit of the united.

Residents participate in a "balcony concert" in Italy. [Photo/Sina Weibo]

Italy, known for its rich history of art and culture, has found sanctuary and asylum in music, rediscovering peace and happiness in this difficult time. This optimistic gesture was captured in videos, which encouraged the world, including netizens in China, who were amazed at how artistic the country can be.

"How romantic the Italians are!"

"Italy has proved itself once again as the land of the Renaissance. Art and culture are inscribed in their genes!"

"Give it another month, we will witness the second Renaissance!"

"Art is not the answer to disasters, but its powers are boundless."

China has shown support to Italy's fight on the battleground.

East China's Zhejiang province sent a team of 12 medical professionals to Italy on March 17, along with 9 tons of medical supplies, 10,000 nucleic acid detection reagents and 50,000 antibody test kits. To date, Zhejiang province has donated 35.4 tons of goods and materials to Italy.

Qiu Yunqing, executive vice-president of The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University, said he wanted to show Italy how to avoid unnecessary divergence in the fight against the epidemic.

"Overall, we wanted them to have more confidence in this battle," Qiu added.

The support and love of art is reflected in other actions China has taken. In Jack Ma's donation of medical supplies to Italy, the musical score and a line of lyrics taken from Nessun Dorma was written on a poster posted on the package.

Lyrics from Nessun Dorma are posted on the package of Jack Ma's donation of medical supplies to Italy. "Vanish, o night! At dawn, I will win!" The lyrics read. [Photo/Weibo account of Alibaba]

To date, Italy has 31,506 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections. Italy has imposed an unprecedented lockdown across all of Italy in an effort to slow down the outbreak of COVID-19. Sights of the hustle and bustle of the streets are nowhere to be seen, but optimism and love for arts are still there.

Video source: Sina Weibo

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2020-03-18 10:19:45
<![CDATA[Chinese performances shine at New Zealand festival]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/17/content_1477375.htm

New Zealand children perform Maori songs and dances.[Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The Newtown Festival, first held 24 years ago, was held in Wellington, New Zealand on March 8. Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, showed up at the market in the morning to interact with the public. The China Cultural Center in Wellington was invited to participate in the performance and deliver programs. The activity covered 11 blocks, and according to the statistics of the organizers, about 80,000 people participated this year.

The performances by the China Cultural Center in Wellington were warmly welcomed by the audience. Artistic programs included Chinese classical dance, mechanical dance, and flute and erhu solos.

Jenny, a resident of Wellington, says she has been to China many times and has always been fond of the bamboo flute. The sound of the flute made her feel like she was back in China, but she says the melody is also familiar to local people.


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (left) interacts with people attending the fair.[Photo/Chinaculture.org]

Katherine, a resident of Upper Hart, drives every year with her family to attend the fair. Seeing the Chinese artistic performances, she was very happy to say, "Both of my two children are learning Chinese. I hope that they can learn more about Chinese culture, which will be very helpful for learning languages."

Michael, who is over 70 years old, said that Chinese performances reminded him of the pandemic that has become widespread worldwide. He wishes that all patients could overcome the disease and get better as soon as possible.


Bamboo flute solo. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]

The organizers said that due to the outbreak, they strictly followed the Department of Health of New Zealand's recommendations and prepared enough hand sanitizer and relevant reminders for the general public while holding the event. It is hoped that all participants can enjoy the summer sunshine, art, food, culture and more in the activities while also preventing the epidemic.

As the annual and largest nonprofit public celebration in Wellington, the Newtown Festival is a landmark activity of multicultural and community culture. After being invited to this event last year, the China Cultural Center in Wellington has been integrated into it again this year, which will give New Zealanders more opportunity to experience and understand Chinese culture.


Chinese classical dance performance. [Photo/Chinaculture.org]


The New Zealand Capital Cultural Group participates in the fair performances.[Photo/Chinaculture.org]


New Zealand children perform Maori songs and dances.[Photo/Chinaculture.org]


The New Zealand Capital Cultural Group participates in the fair performances.[Photo/Chinaculture.org]


New Zealand children perform Maori songs and dances.[Photo/Chinaculture.org]


A Chinese erhu solo by the China Cultural Center.[Photo/Chinaculture.org]


People enjoy the fair.[Photo/Chinaculture.org]

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2020-03-17 13:01:01
<![CDATA[Sichuan panda says hello to you]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/17/content_1477364.htm

The universally beloved panda is a poster animal in Sichuan province, and also a famous brand for local tourism.

However, the home province of the adorable creature has many other attractions, as its slogan reminds us: “Sichuan, more than just pandas?

Now, the province is promoting a series of special programs to give visitors a more fulfilling travel experience, highlighting the local cuisine, intangible cultural heritage, and natural scenery and winter sports in Sichuan.

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2020-03-17 10:45:53
<![CDATA[Shanghai Natural History Museum reopens with coronavirus prevention measures]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/16/content_1477317.htm

People visit the Shanghai Natural History Museum in East China's Shanghai, March 13, 2020. The Shanghai Natural History Museum reopened to the public from Friday with measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.[Photo/Xinhua]


People visit the Shanghai Natural History Museum in East China's Shanghai, March 13, 2020. The Shanghai Natural History Museum reopened to the public from Friday with measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.[Photo/Xinhua]


People visit the Shanghai Natural History Museum in East China's Shanghai, March 13, 2020. The Shanghai Natural History Museum reopened to the public from Friday with measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.[Photo/Xinhua]


A child visits the Shanghai Natural History Museum in East China's Shanghai, March 13, 2020. The Shanghai Natural History Museum reopened to the public from Friday with measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.[Photo/Xinhua]


People visit the Shanghai Natural History Museum in East China's Shanghai, March 13, 2020. The Shanghai Natural History Museum reopened to the public from Friday with measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.[Photo/Xinhua]


People visit the Shanghai Natural History Museum in East China's Shanghai, March 13, 2020. The Shanghai Natural History Museum reopened to the public from Friday with measures taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.[Photo/Xinhua]

 

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2020-03-16 08:44:17
<![CDATA[Xi’an Symphony Orchestra schedules online concert]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/16/content_1477315.htm

Musicians from Xi’an Symphony Orchestra rehearse for an online concert on March 27 at the Xi’an Concert Hall, Shaanxi province, March 13, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

When there is a will, there is a way.

Though many performances and music concerts have been canceled due to the novel coronavirus, musicians from Xi’an Symphony Orchestra are preparing to livestream their music on March 27.

The online concert will feature string quartet, piano duet and percussion quartet.


Musicians from Xi’an Symphony Orchestra rehearse for an online concert on March 27 at the Xi’an Concert Hall, Shaanxi province, March 13, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Musicians from Xi’an Symphony Orchestra rehearse for an online concert on March 27 at the Xi’an Concert Hall, Shaanxi province, March 13, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Musicians from Xi’an Symphony Orchestra rehearse for an online concert on March 27 at the Xi’an Concert Hall, Shaanxi province, March 13, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Musicians from Xi’an Symphony Orchestra rehearse for an online concert on March 27 at the Xi’an Concert Hall, Shaanxi province, March 13, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Musicians from Xi’an Symphony Orchestra rehearse for an online concert on March 27 at the Xi’an Concert Hall, Shaanxi province, March 13, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Musicians from Xi’an Symphony Orchestra rehearse for an online concert on March 27 at the Xi’an Concert Hall, Shaanxi province, March 13, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Musicians from Xi’an Symphony Orchestra rehearse for an online concert on March 27 at the Xi’an Concert Hall, Shaanxi province, March 13, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Musicians from Xi’an Symphony Orchestra rehearse for an online concert on March 27 at the Xi’an Concert Hall, Shaanxi province, March 13, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-03-16 10:53:27
<![CDATA[Spring scenery along section of Yangtze River in Hubei]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/16/content_1477313.htm

Photo taken on March 14, 2020 shows scenery along the section of Yangtze River at Xiling Gorge in Zigui county, Central China's Hubei province.[Photo/Xinhua]


Photo taken on March 15, 2020 shows scenery along the section of Yangtze River in Zigui county, Central China's Hubei province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Photo taken on March 15, 2020 shows scenery along the section of Yangtze River in Zigui county, Central China's Hubei province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Photo taken on March 14, 2020 shows scenery along the section of Yangtze River at Xiling Gorge in Zigui county, Central China's Hubei province.[Photo/Xinhua]


Photo taken on March 14, 2020 shows scenery along the section of Yangtze River at Xiling Gorge in Zigui county, Central China's Hubei province.. [Photo/Xinhua]


Photo taken on March 15, 2020 shows peach blossoms at the Three Gorges Dam in Central China's Hubei province.. [Photo/Xinhua]


Photo taken on March 14, 2020 shows scenery along the section of Yangtze River at Xiling Gorge in Zigui county, Central China's Hubei province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Photo taken on March 14, 2020 shows scenery along the section of Yangtze River at Xiling Gorge in Zigui county, Central China's Hubei province. [Photo/Xinhua]

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2020-03-16 09:24:29
<![CDATA[Scenery of cherry blossoms in Guian New District, SW China]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/14/content_1477311.htm

Aerial photo taken on March 12, 2020 shows the scenery of cherry blossoms in Guian New District, Southwest China's Guizhou province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Aerial photo taken on March 12, 2020 shows the scenery of cherry blossoms in Guian New District, Southwest China's Guizhou province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Photo taken on March 12, 2020 shows the scenery of cherry blossoms in Guian New District, Southwest China's Guizhou province. [photo/Xinhua]


Aerial photo taken on March 12, 2020 shows the scenery of cherry blossoms in Guian New District, Southwest China's Guizhou province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Aerial photo taken on March 12, 2020 shows the scenery of cherry blossoms in Guian New District, Southwest China's Guizhou province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Aerial photo taken on March 12, 2020 shows the scenery of cherry blossoms in Guian New District, Southwest China's Guizhou province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Aerial photo taken on March 12, 2020 shows the scenery of cherry blossoms in Guian New District, Southwest China's Guizhou province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Aerial photo taken on March 12, 2020 shows the scenery of cherry blossoms in Guian New District, Southwest China's Guizhou province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Aerial photo taken on March 12, 2020 shows the scenery of cherry blossoms in Guian New District, Southwest China's Guizhou province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Photo taken on March 12, 2020 shows the scenery of cherry blossoms in Guian New District, Southwest China's Guizhou province. [photo/Xinhua]

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2020-03-14 14:15:15
<![CDATA[Houston Rodeo cancelled over COVID concerns]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/13/content_1477247.htm

[Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Organizers of the 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced Wednesday they would shut down the rest of this year's events out of concern for public health, according to instructions issued by the City of Houston and the Houston Health Department.

Though sad over the cancellation, organizers said tourists' health and safety is the top priority and the decision made by the local government was a precautionary measure to prevent people from contracting the virus.

The cancellation could result in economic losses worth up to tens of millions of dollars, Houston Chronicle reports. The 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo generated a total economic impact of $227 million and supported nearly 3,700 jobs, according to the Rodeo's 2019 Economic Impact Study.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has been an annual event since 1932, attracting about two million visitors each year from around the world. This year's festival opened on March 3 and was slated to run through March 22.

A CNN report reveals as of Wednesday, more than 1,200 COVID-19 cases had been confirmed in the US, giving rise to a large number of cancelled events across the country.

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2020-03-13 13:30:00
<![CDATA[Eggshell carving in Guangzhou]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/13/content_1477215.htm

You'd be walking on eggshells too if you had to carve an intricate design on it.

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2020-03-13 09:53:25
<![CDATA[Flowers and trees add colors to spring]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/12/content_1477202.htm

Flowers and trees are breathing new life into spring at Yantai, Shandong province, as weather warms up. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Flowers and trees are breathing new life into spring at Yantai, Shandong province, as weather warms up. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Flowers and trees are breathing new life into spring at Yantai, Shandong province, as weather warms up. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Flowers and trees are breathing new life into spring at Yantai, Shandong province, as weather warms up. [Photo provided to China Daily]


Flowers and trees are breathing new life into spring at Yantai, Shandong province, as weather warms up. [Photo provided to China Daily]

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2020-03-12 15:44:14
<![CDATA[China Cultural Center in Seoul holds online activities amid epidemic]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/12/content_1477178.htm

The website page designed by the China Cultural Center in Seoul shows the bilateral effort amid the novel coronavirus epidemic. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

In the face of novel coronavirus outbreak, China and South Korea reiterated firm support and friendship between governments, social organizations and people.

The China Cultural Center in Seoul organized a series of online educational and cultural activities. Meanwhile, a special online video and photo exhibition, displaying the close cooperation between the two countries, has been launched. Together, China and South Korea will witness the victory of the COVID-19 fight.

Photos and bilingual reports by the China Cultural Center in Seoul amid the novel coronavirus epidemic. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-03-12 14:09:19
<![CDATA[Nangang dace hotpot in Guangzhou]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/12/content_1477149.htm

Hotpots are popular during winter. And in Nangang, it’s all about the dace.

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2020-03-12 10:22:29
<![CDATA[Scientists discover smallest dinosaur of all time]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/12/content_1477137.htm

An international team of scientists recently discovered the skull of a tiny bird preserved in 100 million-year-old Myanmar amber dating to the Cretaceous period, according to a paper newly published in renowned scientific journal Nature.

The 14-millimeter-long skull is smaller than that of a bee hummingbird, the smallest living bird, making the new species, Oculudentavis khaungraae, the smallest bird ?and thus dinosaur ?ever found.

When Xing Lida, a paleontologist at the China University of Geosciences, who led the research, first saw the amber in 2016, he was amazed.

"It's awesome. It's like a tiny arrow with a long beak and big eyes. Too strange. Only birds have such characteristics," he said.

"But it had too many teeth, much more than the common early Cretaceous birds," he said.

A bird-like dinosaur is clearly seen in the amber in which paleontologists found the new species, Oculudentavis khaungraae, the smallest dinosaur of all time. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The well-preserved fossil skull has rows of nearly 100 teeth that extend all the way under its big eyes that are supported by scleral rings (eye bones) of a unique structure. The unusually high number of teeth and the unique shape of the eye make it difficult for paleontologists to classify the specimen, nicknamed Teenie Weenie.

Scientists speculate that about 100 million years ago this bird-like animal lived in the tropical humid Hukawng Valley in northern Myanmar, where the amber was mined, and was unfortunately trapped by globs of resin that dropped from trees, leaving it exquisitely preserved in the amber through millions of years.

The most interesting thing about the specimen is its unusually small size, Xing said.

Paleontologists note that animals that become very small have to deal with new problems, like how to adjust all sensory organs in a very small head or how to maintain body heat. They call this process miniaturization, which commonly occurs in isolated environments like islands. During miniaturization, animals normally have lost teeth and enlarged eyes.

Image reconstruction of the living environment of Oculudentavis khaungraae shows it in the Hukawng Valley in northern Myanmar 100 million years ago. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Despite its small size, the specimen, Oculudentavis, has more teeth than any other fossilized bird. Its tooth row is also longer than that of other birds, extending all the way under the eye. The large number of teeth indicates that Oculudentavis was a predator, the paper said.

"Judging from its size, it might prey mainly on insects," Xing said.

Another odd thing is its eye, which is 4 mm in diameter. Birds are known to have a ring of bones that help support the eye. In most birds, the bones in the ring are simple and fairly square, but in Oculudentavis they are spoon-shaped, a morphology previously found only in some living lizards, which is one of the most confusing features paleontologists find in this specimen, the paper said.

The eye bones would have formed a cone, like those in owls, suggesting keen visual abilities. However, unlike owls, whose eyes face forward, Oculudentavis's eyes would have faced sideways, the paper said. The jugal, or cheekbone, is bowed in such a way that suggests Oculudentavis's eyes would have bulged out of its head sideways.

No living animal utilizes such a type of visual system so it is hard to understand how the eyes of Oculudentavis may have functioned. However, the small aperture of the eye bones (the inner diameter of the ring) indicates that Oculudentavis was active during the day.

Due to its unique structure of eye and tooth, paleontologists regard it as a new species and give it the name Oculudentavis, or eye-tooth-bird, "a dry scientific name referring to the teeth that extend under the eye", said Jingmai K O'Connor with Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, lead paleontologist on the research.

Because the fossil consists of only a skull, it is still unclear how to relate it with other birds.

"We think it's a bird. The skull has a shape that only occurs in birds and some dinosaurs. However, there are no specific skull morphological characters that define birds, therefore it could be a dinosaur or even something else," O'Connor said.

Xing added, "In fact, it has some characteristics that do not belong to birds or even dinosaurs. At present we think of it as a bird or a dinosaur, which is the most likely conclusion based on the characteristics of the skull."

"To us, the paleontologists, birds are dinosaurs. This specimen may represent the lowest limit of body size that dinosaurs could reach during the dinosaur age," he said.

The image of the skull of the Oculudentavis khaungraae is reconstructed with computed tomography techniques. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Analyses that explore the relationship between Oculudentavis and other fossil birds suggest that the tiny bird is very primitive, placed between Archaeopteryx, the oldest and most primitive bird, and Jeholornis, a long boney-tailed bird from the Early Cretaceous of China. As a result, like these two groups, Oculudentavis was very likely to have a long tail, like that in non-avian dinosaurs.

The full name of the bird is Oculudentavis khaungraae in homage to the collector who found it, Khaung Ra. Now the amber is kept in a private museum.

One of the biggest advantages of amber lies in its high quality preservation of the fine details in the skull, such as the bony rings that support the eyes, and soft tissue features that have not been preserved in other specimens, such as small bumps on the roof of the mouth that aided in gripping prey, said Ryan C McKellar, curator of Invertebrate Paleontology at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina, Canada, in an email to China Daily. McKellar helped with the interpretation of how the specimen was preserved in amber in the research.

"Amber gives us almost the only opportunity, to learn about tiny vertebrates from the dinosaur age. We were lucky to find non-avian dinosaurs and birds in these tiny vertebrates' records. Oculusdentavis is by far the smallest and most important specimen," Xing said.

McKellar said, "The specimen is important because it represents a size class that we have probably been overlooking in other fossil deposits, simply because the animals are too small to preserve as identifiable fossils."

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2020-03-12 00:00:00
<![CDATA[Italian culture minister praises Chinese artists' support]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/11/content_1477078.htm

The novel coronavirus has posed a challenge for countries around the world. Italy began a nationwide lockdown on Tuesday of 60 million people to contain the epidemic, as the number of cases elsewhere in Europe and the US increases.

Recently, Chinese tenor Mario Del Zhang, together with 14 Chinese vocal artists who have studied in Italy, performed the classic Nessun Dorma from the opera Turandot, to evoke confidence and hope for the future.

Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini posted the video on his Facebook page. "Thanks to these beautiful Chinese young people. The video moves and sends us a very strong message of hope," he commented.

The year 2020 marks the China-Italy Year of Culture and Tourism. As the current situation evolves, partners from both nations adjust plans to cope with the COVID-19 fight.

Beijing Design Week launched the initiative From Plan A to Plan @ to facilitate online exchange in the design industry. Within a week, it has gathered nearly a hundred endorsements from prestigious Italian designers, politicians and business figures.

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2020-03-11 13:57:12
<![CDATA[Handmade copperwares in Guangzhou]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/11/content_1477047.htm

Copperwares vanished from households in Guangzhou and were replaced by stainless steel products. But this man is trying to bring back copper in a different way.


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2020-03-11 09:00:00
<![CDATA[Freshwater pearl workshop in Guangzhou]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/10/content_1476967.htm

Freshwater pearls are mainly cultivated in eastern China. And this workshop has brought that experience to Guangzhou's pearl lovers.


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2020-03-10 09:52:29
<![CDATA[Chinese version of 'Reflection' released for upcoming 'Mulan']]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/09/content_1476895.htm

Actress Liu Yifei, who plays the female protagonist in Disney's upcoming live-action remake of "Mulan", has lend her voice to the Chinese version of the title song "Reflection", originally performed by Christina Aguilera for the 1998 animated film of the same name.

Video provided by Disney.

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2020-03-09 12:51:08
<![CDATA[China, Tanzania deepen ties in library development]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/09/content_1476907.htm

Wang Siping, cultural counselor of Chinese embassy in Tanzania and director of China Cultural Center in Tanzania, meets with Aisha Ngati, acting head of the Tanzania National Library. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

On March 4, the cultural counselor of Chinese embassy in Tanzania Wang Siping met with the acting head of the Tanzania National Library, Aisha Ngati, exchanging ideas in further cooperation between China and Tanzania.

The curator said China donated a large amount of books to the Tanzania National Library. The digital reading room designed by Chinese librarians has proven to be a valuable asset in elevating operation efficiency and reading experience.

In recent years, as the bilateral exchange strengthen, more Tanzanian people are becoming interested in China and Chinese culture. According to Wang Siping, China will keep supporting the cultural undertakings in Tanzania, through cultural program, book donation, staff training and also information sharing.

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2020-03-09 14:32:57
<![CDATA[Early-spring flowers bloom in Northwest China]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/09/content_1476863.htm

It's bloomin' marvelous in Northwest China as canola flowers carpet the river banks and other plants begin to flower.

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2020-03-09 08:48:43
<![CDATA[Famed waterfall in Yunnan province ideal for spring tour]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/09/content_1476880.htm

People raft in Jiulong Waterfall scenic area, Luoping county, Yunnan province, March 8, 2020. Rise of temperature in early spring brings out a scene of refreshing beauty around the Jiulong Waterfall, which is a hot destination in the province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Spring view of Jiulong Waterfall scenic area, Luoping county, Yunnan province, March 8, 2020. Rise of temperature in early spring brings out a scene of refreshing beauty around the Jiulong Waterfall, which is a hot destination in the province. [Photo/Xinhua]


People raft in Jiulong Waterfall scenic area, Luoping county, Yunnan province, March 8, 2020. Rise of temperature in early spring brings out a scene of refreshing beauty around the Jiulong Waterfall, which is a hot destination in the province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Spring view of Jiulong Waterfall scenic area, Luoping county, Yunnan province, March 8, 2020. Rise of temperature in early spring brings out a scene of refreshing beauty around the Jiulong Waterfall, which is a hot destination in the province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Spring view of Jiulong Waterfall scenic area, Luoping county, Yunnan province, March 8, 2020. Rise of temperature in early spring brings out a scene of refreshing beauty around the Jiulong Waterfall, which is a hot destination in the province. [Photo/Xinhua]


Spring view of Jiulong Waterfall scenic area, Luoping county, Yunnan province, March 8, 2020. Rise of temperature in early spring brings out a scene of refreshing beauty around the Jiulong Waterfall, which is a hot destination in the province. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

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2020-03-09 10:53:01
<![CDATA[All the beautiful color in spring]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/07/content_1476878.htm

More than 200 cherry trees blossom in Changsha's Wangyue Park, forming a scenery with the intersected lake. [Photo by Xu Xing/For China Daily]

No winter is insurmountable. Then comes the spring, with the explosiveness of longer days and songbirds returning to the willows along the river banks. The silent ground wakes from cold winter, everything is at its best.

As the spring comes, trees take on the green color, and the smell of the grass is flowing in the air.

In the heartland of Hunan province, the spring breeze comes through the fields and hills like a beating paintbrush. Wherever it dances, it paints in lush color. The birds fly out from home in a sunny blue sky.


In the Hengyang Ecological Park, a chickadee flies over plum blossoms. [Photo by Zhang Jingming/For China Daily]

It's an annual spring phenomenon that occurs with the blossoming of local poplar and willow trees. With the warmer weather emerges, the more discerning and lazier eater in us.

The land from every corner of the air is full of spring. With the wonder of your love for spring, the sun above always shines.


Farmers are busy ploughing in Mangtouzhai village, Daoxian county. [Photo by He Hongfu/For China Daily]


In Liaoshi village, Liaojiang town, Zixing, Hunan province, 10,000 acres of rapeseed flowers are in bloom, and the villagers plant the words "spring" in the fields. [Photo by Zhu Xiaorong/For China Daily]


Workers are busy picking sunflowers in a greenhouse at Longhualing village, Ansha town, Changsha. [Photo by Guo Liliang/For China Daily]


Farmers dig lotus roots in Siping village, Longshan county. [Photo by Feng Xianghui/For China Daily]


The plum trees bloom against a backdrop of green grass in the Orange Isle, a scenic spot in Changsha. [Photo by Li Jian/For China Daily]

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2020-03-07 10:00:00
<![CDATA[Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie becomes icy wonderland]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/07/content_1476876.htm

Glittering rime creates a wonderland at Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, Central China's Hunan province. [Photos by Qin Shaobo/for chinadaily.com.cn]

After several days' rainfall and drop in temperature, the national forest park of Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie has been transformed into a dreamlike destination with clouds and icy rime.

Viewed from the top of the mountain at an altitude of over 1,500 meters, the peaks and forests are covered with ice and snow, forming various shapes of rime ?a rare sight in March.

The scenic area has taken precautions amid the current epidemic, since its official reopening on March 2. Through April 30 all adult visitors get a 50 percent discount, and tickets are free of charge for medical workers during the entire year.


Glittering rime creates a wonderland at Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, Central China's Hunan province. [Photos by Qin Shaobo/for chinadaily.com.cn]


Glittering rime creates a wonderland at Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, Central China's Hunan province. [Photos by Qin Shaobo/for chinadaily.com.cn]


Glittering rime creates a wonderland at Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, Central China's Hunan province. [Photos by Qin Shaobo/for chinadaily.com.cn]


Glittering rime creates a wonderland at Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, Central China's Hunan province. [Photos by Qin Shaobo/for chinadaily.com.cn]


Glittering rime creates a wonderland at Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, Central China's Hunan province. [Photos by Qin Shaobo/for chinadaily.com.cn]


Glittering rime creates a wonderland at Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, Central China's Hunan province. [Photos by Qin Shaobo/for chinadaily.com.cn]


Glittering rime creates a wonderland at Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, Central China's Hunan province. [Photos by Qin Shaobo/for chinadaily.com.cn]

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2020-03-07 10:00:00
<![CDATA[China Cultural Center in Bangkok opens online classes]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/06/content_1476831.htm

A teacher working at the China Cultural Center in Bangkok gives a livestreamed class to his students amid the coronavirus outbreak. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Although the COVID-19 outbreak has caused a massive closure of schools, it has also urged schools to advance experiments with livestreamed classes to keep teaching and learning uninterrupted during this special time.

Since March 1, the China Cultural Center in Bangkok has also taken part in the experiment by moving all seven of its Chinese classes online, a measure to protect students' safety while maintaining their Chinese learning.

This screenshot shows students interacting with their teacher during an online Chinese class offered by the China Cultural Center in Bangkok. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Aside from preparation to guarantee a stable internet connection, the center's staff came up with methods in advance to cope with problems that may arise during the online courses. Furthermore, all online classes have been conducted in the same manner as offline ones and all homework, written or oral, is required to be sent to the teachers' email boxes for grading.

The online courses have proven popular among the center's students, who said they are happy to be able to attend classes amid the epidemic.

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2020-03-06 16:11:05
<![CDATA[Chinese books featured at Bangladesh's national book fair]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/06/content_1476850.htm

Li Jiming, Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh, gives souvenirs to local readers in front of the China Book House at the Ekushey Book Fair 2020 at Bangla Academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Feb 28, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Li Jiming, Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh, visited the China Book House, a booth at the Ekushey Book Fair 2020 on Friday at Bangla Academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The Ekushey Book Fair is Bangladesh's national book fair, held throughout February each year. The China Book House, co-organized by the Chinese embassy to Bangladesh and China Media Group, was unveiled on Feb 2, marking the first time Chinese books have been featured at the book fair.

About 1,000 Chinese books on culture, economics and politics, and China-Bangladesh bilateral ties were on display, attracting nearly 10,000 local readers throughout the event.


Li Jiming, Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh, gifts Chinese books to Bangla Academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Feb 28, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

Li talked to local readers and encouraged them to learn more about the real situation in Chinese society through these books.

The China Book House is the only foreign booth among the 560 booths featured at this year's book fair, and has opened a window through which Bangladeshi readers can know about China, said Habibullah Sirajee, director general of the Bangla Academy. He added that they look to keep this window open.


Li Jiming, Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh, poses for a group photo with local guests and readers at the Ekushey Book Fair 2020 at Bangla Academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Feb 28, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-03-06 11:55:00
<![CDATA[Chinese female painters in late imperial era]]> http://govt.chinadaily.com.cn/topics/cultureandarts/chinesefamalepainters/

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2020-03-06 17:03:19
<![CDATA[China's Original Ballet Productions]]> https://govt.chinadaily.com.cn/topics/cultureandarts/chinaoriginalballet/

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2020-03-06 16:53:10
<![CDATA[Bangladeshis send warm support to Chinese people]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/05/content_1476726.htm

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Bangladeshis have been extending love and support to the people in Wuhan and all around China, which shows the deep friendship between the two peoples.

Due to the unusual circumstances, many Bangladeshi students have stayed in China, including 240 currently in Wuhan, the center of the novel coronavirus battle. On Feb 26, a condolence letter was issued by Li Jiming, Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh, expressing his greetings to the students and confidence that the challenge will be overcome.

Warm comments from netizens in response to the letter from Chinese ambassador to the Bangladeshi students in China. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

The post, widely circulated online, has received a warm response and nearly 2,000 likes and comments. Netizens commended the strong sense of responsibility shown by the embassy and the Chinese government.

"Never seen such [a] caring message from the top most authority in order to make students feel safe wherever they are," said Asif H Rohed on Facebook. "We are always with China. [A t]rue friend doesn't leave her friend in a bad time," wrote Ariful Islam Adil.

The letter by Li Jiming, Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh, to the Bangladeshi students in China. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

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2020-03-05 13:30:00
<![CDATA[Professor promotes Henan Yu Opera via live streaming]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/05/content_1476715.htm

Li Jinling (L) communicates with a staff member before live streaming at the cultural center in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China's Henan province, March 3, 2020. Li Jinling is a professor working at the music and dance school of the Zhengzhou Institute of Technology. She is also a disciple of Henan Yu Opera, learning from the noted actress Chang Xiangyu's second daughter Chen Xiaoxiang since 14. For years she has been dedicated to the heritage and development of the art form, performing and teaching Henan Yu Opera for free as a volunteer. After the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in China, Henan cultural center launched a live streaming platform on line to promote culture and arts. Li Jinling began to perform and teach Henan Yu Opera as a volunteer again, but this time on line. She believes that this is a nice way to promote the cultural heritage to the audience during the special period.[Photo/Xinhua]


Li Jinling performs Henan Yu Opera "Hua Mulan" at the live streaming room of the cultural center in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China's Henan province, March 3, 2020. Li Jinling is a professor working at the music and dance school of the Zhengzhou Institute of Technology. She is also a disciple of Henan Yu Opera, learning from the noted actress Chang Xiangyu's second daughter Chen Xiaoxiang since 14. For years she has been dedicated to the heritage and development of the art form, performing and teaching Henan Yu Opera for free as a volunteer. After the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in China, Henan cultural center launched a live streaming platform on line to promote culture and arts. Li Jinling began to perform and teach Henan Yu Opera as a volunteer again, but this time on line. She believes that this is a nice way to promote the cultural heritage to the audience during the special period.[Photo/Xinhua]


Li Jinling performs Henan Yu Opera "Hua Mulan" at the live streaming room of the cultural center in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China's Henan province, March 3, 2020. Li Jinling is a professor working at the music and dance school of the Zhengzhou Institute of Technology. She is also a disciple of Henan Yu Opera, learning from the noted actress Chang Xiangyu's second daughter Chen Xiaoxiang since 14. For years she has been dedicated to the heritage and development of the art form, performing and teaching Henan Yu Opera for free as a volunteer. After the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in China, Henan cultural center launched a live streaming platform on line to promote culture and arts. Li Jinling began to perform and teach Henan Yu Opera as a volunteer again, but this time on line. She believes that this is a nice way to promote the cultural heritage to the audience during the special period.[Photo/Xinhua]


Li Jinling performs Henan Yu Opera "Hua Mulan" at the live streaming room of the cultural center in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China's Henan province, March 3, 2020. Li Jinling is a professor working at the music and dance school of the Zhengzhou Institute of Technology. She is also a disciple of Henan Yu Opera, learning from the noted actress Chang Xiangyu's second daughter Chen Xiaoxiang since 14. For years she has been dedicated to the heritage and development of the art form, performing and teaching Henan Yu Opera for free as a volunteer. After the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in China, Henan cultural center launched a live streaming platform on line to promote culture and arts. Li Jinling began to perform and teach Henan Yu Opera as a volunteer again, but this time on line. She believes that this is a nice way to promote the cultural heritage to the audience during the special period.[Photo/Xinhua]


Li Jinling performs Henan Yu Opera "Hua Mulan" at the live streaming room of the cultural center in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China's Henan province, March 3, 2020. Li Jinling is a professor working at the music and dance school of the Zhengzhou Institute of Technology. She is also a disciple of Henan Yu Opera, learning from the noted actress Chang Xiangyu's second daughter Chen Xiaoxiang since 14. For years she has been dedicated to the heritage and development of the art form, performing and teaching Henan Yu Opera for free as a volunteer. After the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in China, Henan cultural center launched a live streaming platform on line to promote culture and arts. Li Jinling began to perform and teach Henan Yu Opera as a volunteer again, but this time on line. She believes that this is a nice way to promote the cultural heritage to the audience during the special period.[Photo/Xinhua]


Li Jinling (L) communicates with a staff member before live streaming at the cultural center in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China's Henan province, March 3, 2020. Li Jinling is a professor working at the music and dance school of the Zhengzhou Institute of Technology. She is also a disciple of Henan Yu Opera, learning from the noted actress Chang Xiangyu's second daughter Chen Xiaoxiang since 14. For years she has been dedicated to the heritage and development of the art form, performing and teaching Henan Yu Opera for free as a volunteer. After the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in China, Henan cultural center launched a live streaming platform on line to promote culture and arts. Li Jinling began to perform and teach Henan Yu Opera as a volunteer again, but this time on line. She believes that this is a nice way to promote the cultural heritage to the audience during the special period.[Photo/Xinhua]


Li Jinling performs Henan Yu Opera "Hua Mulan" at the live streaming room of the cultural center in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China's Henan province, March 3, 2020. Li Jinling is a professor working at the music and dance school of the Zhengzhou Institute of Technology. She is also a disciple of Henan Yu Opera, learning from the noted actress Chang Xiangyu's second daughter Chen Xiaoxiang since 14. For years she has been dedicated to the heritage and development of the art form, performing and teaching Henan Yu Opera for free as a volunteer. After the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in China, Henan cultural center launched a live streaming platform on line to promote culture and arts. Li Jinling began to perform and teach Henan Yu Opera as a volunteer again, but this time on line. She believes that this is a nice way to promote the cultural heritage to the audience during the special period.[Photo/Xinhua]

 

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2020-03-05 08:59:50
<![CDATA[Chinese export porcelain at the heart of Milan exhibition]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/04/content_1476642.htm

An 18th-century porcelain model of a Dutch ship, from the Royal Academy of Arts collection, on show. [Photo by Richard Valencia for China Daily]

It is believed that China began to export porcelain to the rest of the world during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). These exquisite pieces, which feature semi-translucent illumination, were first transported to ports in Asia and Africa, and finally reached Europe in the 14th century. Large orders for Chinese ceramics from Europe led to booming trade between the two sides.

The Porcelain Room, an ongoing exhibition through Sept 28 at Fondazione Prada in Milan, explores this dynamic section of the economic and cultural exchanges between China and Europe by showing more than 1,700 vintage Chinese export ceramics.

Curated by Jorge Welsh and Luisa Vinhais, the exhibition looks into the historic background, scope and influence of Chinese ceramic exports between the 16th and 19th centuries.

It is a celebration of the creativity and efficiency of Chinese porcelain producers tailored to the needs of different markets that varied in taste, religion and social customs.


An 18th-century pair of chrysanthemum flower-shaped tureens, from the Royal Academy of Arts collection, on show. [Photo by Richard Valencia for China Daily]


An 18th-century crab-shape tureen, from the Royal Academy of Arts collection, on show. [Photo by Richard Valencia for China Daily]


A porcelain model of a ship manufactured in Jindezhen kilns, from the Royal Academy of Arts collection, on show. [Photo by Richard Valencia for China Daily]


A 17th-century cobalt blue qinghua bottle, from the Royal Academy of Arts collection, on show. [Photo by Richard Valencia for China Daily]


A 16th-century ewer from the collection of Fundação Carmona e Costa on show. [Photo by José Manuel Costa Alves for China Daily]

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2020-03-04 08:36:25
<![CDATA[A glimpse of spring vitality through paintings]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/04/content_1476640.htm

Silver Pheasants under Wisteria, a painting by Wang Xuetao. [Photo/Courtesy of Beijing Fine Art Academy]

Flower–and-birds paintings began to gain a position of increasing importance in the world of Chinese art in the seventh century. The works, which present lively scenes of birds flying between and resting on a variety of blossoms in a vibrant color scheme, bring viewers a touch of spring.

Beijing Fine Art Academy boasts a collection of fine flower-and-bird pieces produced by prominent painters active in the 20th century. Through these depictions of nature, one can also get a glimpse of the diversity of the art communities in Beijing and Shanghai at the time.


Peonies and Pomegranates, a painting by Wu Changshuo. [Photo/Courtesy of Beijing Fine Art Academy]

Featured figures included Wu Changshuo, recognized a leading reformer of art in South China, who integrated the forms of Chinese calligraphy into his body of work. His approach to painting became well-received among an emerging group of middle-class city dwellers.

Another noted painter at the time was Qi Baishi, who took Wu's advice to adopt a carefree style. His paintings juxtapose small insects drawn with meticulous brushwork and blooming green plants painted with loose strokes, thereafter achieving a poetic feeling in Qi's fans, mostly in North China.


Morning Dew, a painting by Cui Zifan. [Photo/Courtesy of Beijing Fine Art Academy]


Lotus and Halcyon, a painting by Wang Shensheng. [Photo/Courtesy of Beijing Fine Art Academy]


Ducks, a painting by Lou Shibai. [Photo/Courtesy of Beijing Fine Art Academy]


Crane, a painting by Qi Baishi. [Photo/Courtesy of Beijing Fine Art Academy]


Blossoms, a painting by Chen Banding. [Photo/Courtesy of Beijing Fine Art Academy]

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2020-03-04 08:35:18
<![CDATA[Egyptian heritage sites light up support for China]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/03/content_1476561.htm

This photo taken on March 1, 2020, shows the Citadel of Saladin at night in Cairo, the capital of Egypt. Three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Egypt's Cairo, Luxor and Aswan have been lit up in the colors and pattern of China's national flag. The light show aims to send support and blessings from the Egyptian people to China, which is currently fighting against the novel coronavirus outbreak.[Photo/Xinhua]


This photo taken on March 1, 2020, shows the temple of Karnak, Luxor, Egypt. Three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Egypt's Cairo, Luxor and Aswan have been lit up in the colors and pattern of China's national flag. The light show aims to send support and blessings from the Egyptian people to China, which is currently fighting against the novel coronavirus outbreak.[Photo/Xinhua]


This photo taken on March 1, 2020, shows the temple of Philae, Aswan, Egypt. Three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Egypt's Cairo, Luxor and Aswan have been lit up in the colors and pattern of China's national flag. The light show aims to send support and blessings from the Egyptian people to China, which is currently fighting against the novel coronavirus outbreak.[Photo/Xinhua]


This photo taken on March 1, 2020, shows the temple of Karnak, Luxor, Egypt. Three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Egypt's Cairo, Luxor and Aswan have been lit up in the colors and pattern of China's national flag. The light show aims to send support and blessings from the Egyptian people to China, which is currently fighting against the novel coronavirus outbreak.[Photo/Xinhua]


A man takes a selfie in front of the temple of Karnak, Luxor, Egypt, Mar 1, 2020.Three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Egypt's Cairo, Luxor and Aswan have been lit up in the colors and pattern of China's national flag. The light show aims to send support and blessings from the Egyptian people to China, which is currently fighting against the novel coronavirus outbreak.[Photo/Xinhua]

 

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2020-03-03 10:32:36
<![CDATA[Fashion industry in C China join online sales amid novel coronavirus outbreak]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/03/content_1476559.htm

A model shows clothes by live broadcast at a clothing store of a garment market in Zhuzhou, Central China's Hunan province, March 2, 2020. A large number of clothing stores and garment merchants in Zhuzhou have joined online sales to resume work during the fight against the novel coronavirus. [Photo/Xinhua]


A model shows clothes by live broadcast at a clothing store of a garment market in Zhuzhou, Central China's Hunan province, March 2, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A model shows clothes by live broadcast at a clothing store of a garment market in Zhuzhou, Central China's Hunan province, March 2, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A merchant takes photos of a model at a clothing store of a garment market in Zhuzhou, Central China's Hunan province, March 2, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A merchant marks the clothes for online sales at a clothing store of a garment market in Zhuzhou, Central China's Hunan province, March 2, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A model selects clothes for live broadcast at a clothing store of a garment market in Zhuzhou, Central China's Hunan province, March 2, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Merchants package clothes for online sales at a clothing store of a garment market in Zhuzhou, Central China's Hunan province, March 2, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


A model shows clothes by live broadcast at a clothing store of a garment market in Zhuzhou, Central China's Hunan province, March 2, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]


Staff register information of a man who wants to enter into a garment market in Zhuzhou, Central China's Hunan province, March 2, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

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2020-03-03 09:03:13
<![CDATA[Canada children's choir sings new song to cheer for Wuhan]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/03/content_1476527.htm

The C5 Canadian children's choir, a musical group of Chinese Canadian youngsters, performs a new song dedicated to the city of Wuhan. Completed and rehearsed within two weeks, the song sends love and support for the people fighting on the front line of the novel coronavirus disease.

The hearts and thoughts of children from Ottawa, Canada, are with China. Guan Yadong, composer of the song and founder of the choir, said Wuhan is a heroic city. "I'd like to introduce this beautiful place to all the children. We should be very proud of Wuhan," she said.

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2020-03-03 10:41:02
<![CDATA[Self-made sugarman]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/03/content_1476509.htm

Louis To, aka Sugarman, is a self-made sugar art master in Hong Kong. He is one of the very few artisans in the city that still perform the centuries-old folk art for people. Kneading out animal figures from hot sugar, Louis pursues the joy of exchanging happiness with every customer.

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2020-03-03 08:45:09
<![CDATA[Romanian children's choir supports China through music]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/02/content_1476465.htm

"Sing with your passion, stretch out your hands; let me embrace your dream and connect each other with sincerity." The melody goes on as the Allegretto children's choir performed a medley of Chinese songs Saturday to cheer China during the battle against the novel coronavirus.

The youngsters expressed their confidence and hope for the future through many beloved music pieces, including March of the Volunteers, Tomorrow Will Be Better and Sing and Laughter.

The choir has visited China many times in the past. The president of the Allegretto children's foundation said their songs embody their best wishes for China and hope all Chinese children grow happy and healthy.

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2020-03-02 16:29:09
<![CDATA[Santa sends best wishes in outbreak fight from Arctic Circle]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-03/02/content_1476415.htm

Santa Claus has sent his greetings ?a little bit early ?to his friends in China fighting against the COVID-19 outbreak.

The jolly old man, loved by children around the world, sat alongside Esko Lotvonen, mayor of Rovaniemi, and Sanna Karkkainen, managing director of Visit Rovaniemi from the official hometown of Santa Claus on the Arctic Circle in Lapland, to send their best wishes to China.

"We live on the other side of the world, but through our hearts, we are together with you," said Santa.

"Personally and on behalf of the city of Rovaniemi, I would like to express my support and sympathy for China, especially for those who have been infected with coronavirus. Things will get better for sure, and we (will) meet again," Lotvonen said.

"We understand the struggle and would like to offer the best possible support and assistance in this challenging time," Karkkainen said.

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2020-03-02 09:38:47
<![CDATA[British Council expresses solidarity and support for China]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-02/29/content_1476406.htm

With the support of the UK embassy in China, British Council, the UK's international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities, invited the UN messenger of peace Jane Goodall, opera actor John Owen-Jones, the Great Wall researcher William Lindsay, and teachers and students from across UK colleges and universities, to send through a short video their blessings and support for China's fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Click the video above to watch.

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2020-02-29 14:38:38
<![CDATA[Novel heroes: Iranian barista does his part in Wuhan]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-02/25/content_1476391.htm

Sina Karami from Iran is a barista at a café named Wakanda in Wuhan, Hubei province.

There are several hospitals near the café treating patients with novel coronavirus. His cafe delivers coffee to nearby hospitals free every day, offering support to medical staff.

This year is the second year Sina and his brother have lived in Wuhan. After the coronavirus outbreak, the Iranian government dispatched charter flights to Wuhan to repatriate nationals. Sina's brother decided to go back to Iran and wanted Sina to go with him, but Sina's choice was to stay. Xina said he would not leave Wuhan at this difficult moment.

Sina also said despite the risks brought by the epidemic, the fearlessness of medical staff also impresses him, and he will not retreat ?instead, he will continue to provide help to medical staff.

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2020-02-25 07:30:00
<![CDATA[Shanghai dancers voice reciprocal support for Japan]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-02/26/content_1476389.htm

Principal dancers with the Shanghai Dance Theatre Zhu Jiejing and Wang Jiajun made a short video voicing their support for people in Japan affected by the novel coronavirus breakout, in gratitude for Japanese dancers' support to China days ago.

The video clip was made and released on Feb 24 by the Shanghai People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the dance company. The three-minute video showed mutual visits between Chinese and Japanese dance artists, as well as the large amount of medical supplies donated by all walks of people in Japan.

Earlier this month one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the country, the Matsuyama Ballet Troupe, made a video of encouragement for China by singing in Chinese the National Anthem of China, and calling out, "I love China. Be strong, Wuhan. Be strong, China. Be strong, all humans!"

"Now the novel coronavirus breakout has become a disaster faced by not only China and Japan, but even people all over the world," Zhu said in the video, a reciprocal move from the Chinese dancing theater. "Everyone has to be brave, strong and fearless, protecting the earth, our shared home."

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2020-02-26 15:37:45
<![CDATA[Shanghai Ballet dancers resume practice and rehearsals]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-02/26/content_1476386.htm

Dancers of Shanghai Ballet have resumed their daily practice sessions despite the outbreak of novel coronavirus, which has resulted in the cancellation or postponement of the company's tours and performances for 2020.

"We decided to make use of this special period to practice and rehearse a new dance theater production named Fragments of the Memory," said Lu Jiashi, a spokesperson for Shanghai Ballet, on Feb 26.

The company, which celebrated its 40th birthday last year, had a successful tour in the United States in January, where it gave four performances of Swan Lake at the Lincoln Center.


Dancers of Shanghai Ballet have resumed their daily practice sessions despite the outbreak of novel coronavirus. [Photo by Gao Erqiang/chinadaily.com.cn]


Dancers of Shanghai Ballet have resumed their daily practice sessions despite the outbreak of novel coronavirus. [Photo by Gao Erqiang/chinadaily.com.cn]


Dancers of Shanghai Ballet have resumed their daily practice sessions despite the outbreak of novel coronavirus. [Photo by Gao Erqiang/chinadaily.com.cn]


Dancers of Shanghai Ballet have resumed their daily practice sessions despite the outbreak of novel coronavirus. [Photo by Gao Erqiang/chinadaily.com.cn]


Dancers of Shanghai Ballet have resumed their daily practice sessions despite the outbreak of novel coronavirus. [Photo by Gao Erqiang/chinadaily.com.cn]


Dancers of Shanghai Ballet have resumed their daily practice sessions despite the outbreak of novel coronavirus. [Photo by Gao Erqiang/chinadaily.com.cn]

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2020-02-26 17:58:31
<![CDATA[Retrospective on Silk Road in New Zealand photo show]]> http://www.1dki53.cn/2020-02/28/content_1476367.htm

The photo exhibition in Auckland and Wellington has attracted more than 50,000 visitors from Jan 25 to Feb 2, 2020. [Photo provided to Chinaculture.org]

To celebrate Chinese New Year, the China Cultural Center in Wellington cooperated with the government of Kucha in China's Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region and launched two photo exhibitions about the historical heritage of Kucha city.

With 70 photographs, the exhibits covers a wide range of Kucha's local history, including the Bu