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Traditional Chinese music: instruments and tuning

Many traditional instruments underwent changes in the early to mid 20th century which has a profound effect on the performance and sound of Chinese...
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Dizi: the Chinese transverse flute

The dizi  is a Chinese transverse flute. These names are likely to have multiple spellings, too, depending on the transliteration used to convert from Chinese...

Chinese cloisonne

Chinese cloisonné is amongst the best known enamel cloisonné in the world. Cloisonné, also called copper padding thread weaving enamel, is a kind of traditional...

Four Pillars of Destiny

The Four Pillars of Destiny (四柱命理) is a Chinese, Japanese and Korean conceptual term describing the four components that supposedly create a person's destiny...

Love these ancient Chinese painters?

Gu Kaizhi, courtesy name Changkang, was a celebrated painter of ancient China. He was born in Wuxi and first painted at Nanjing in 364....

Traditional Chinese Musical Instruments

Ancient Chinese believed that the music could purify people's minds. More than 3,000 years ago, ancient China had some 70 types of musical instruments....

How Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Became an Enemy of the State

Ai Weiwei's provocative art has gotten him harassed by police, thrown in detention and driven out of China. But in order to be relevant,...

About Mahjong

Mahjong (麻将) also spelled majiang and numerous other variants, is a tile-based game that originated in China during the Qing dynasty. It is commonly...

Chinese Folding Screens was once Popular in European Royal Palaces

Folding screens were introduced in the late Middle Ages to Europe.In the 17th and 18th centuries, many folding screens were being imported from China...

Chinese kite and Qingming Festival

The Qingming Festival (April 4th) is a good time for kite flying. Some folklorists hold that one of the main reasons ancient people invented...

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