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Lacquer Thread Sculpture, a delicate handicraft in southeast China
Lacquer Thread Sculpture is a traditional folk handicraft in southeast China which uses well-tempered lacquer threads to build decorative patterns. It is especially popular in Xiamen and Quanzhou in Fujian Province. Originated in the mid-17th century, lacquer thread sculpting is listed as one of Ch...
Tie-dyeing, a traditional art in Dali
Tie-dyeing is a traditional textile dyeing technique in the Southwest China, which is done by the ethnic people in Yunnan and Guizhou Province. This method appeared in the 3rd to 4th century in China and is still used today. The craft of tie-dyeing is a precious legacy in Zhoucheng Village in Dal...
Chinese Lanterns, symbols of joy and good fortune
Throughout the ages, the Chinese have used lanterns not only as sources of light or simple paper decoration, they symbolize vitality, social status and good luck. Around the world, the round, red lantern remains one of the most easily recognized trademarks of Chinese culture. What are lanterns ma...
Tri-colored glazed pottery, originated in Tang Dynasty
Tang Tri-colored glazed pottery was discovered in 1899, when a railway was under construction. At that time, many pieces of exquisite pottery were unearthed from tombs of the Tang Dynasty near Luoyang, Henan Province. The pieces of pottery were in yellow, green and white colors or in yellow, green ...
Chinese Lacquer ware, precious old art
Lacquer ware is a traditional Chinese craft which has a long history of 7,000 years. In 1978, when some red lacquer bowls and tubes of the Hemudu Culture were found in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province, scientists found the coatings are natural lacquers, and finally proved the history of lacquer. After th...
Chinese Bonsai, art of mini plant
Chinese Bonsai (called Penzai or Penjing in Chinese), inspired by nature, was originated in China around 1300 years ago. It is an art of designing miniature trees or flowers in a shallow pot or container. Chinese Bonsai can be classified into several groups according to their sizes, places of origi...
Porcelain, glory of ancient China
Porcelain is an important invention of ancient China. Although not as famous as the four great inventions of ancient China (gunpowder, compass, paper and printing), porcelain was title="Shanghai">Shanghai and Hong Kong, there you could have a detailed knowledge of Chinese porcelain and enjoy some e...
Chinese calligraphy, art of writing
Chinese calligraphy, also called Shu fa in Chinese is regarded as a traditional art of writing which is existed in Asian cultures. In the history of Chinese art, calligraphy has always been held in equal importance to painting. The calligraphy artists are capable of producing variety styles and ...
Snuff Bottle, an exquisite traditional art
Snuff bottle is originally a kind of container used for storing snuff. Now, as nobody takes snuff any more, they have become simply a kind of exquisite craft made of crystal or glass (and, more rarely, other materials such as agate or hair crystal). Different from common bottles, snuff bottle is pa...
Bronze Vessels, Art of Banquet and Sacrifice
As the alloy of copper, stannum and plumbum, Chinese bronze is invented 5000 years ago. Bronze prevailed immediately and led our ancestors into a new stage, which is the bronze era. Generally speaking, bronze culture underwent three stages, the forming period, the thriving period, and the turning...