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Ancient Chinese ritual vessels gain in popularity and set records at overseas auctions

Four ancient Chinese bronzes created quite a buzz among global treasure hunters when they sold for more than $125 million in total at a Christie's auction in New York on Friday. One wine vessel in particular sold for $37 million, setting a new record for the sale of an archaic bronze.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/22 18:03:39

Spring festival of Nowruz celebrations held in Kyrgyzstan

Spring festival of Nowruz celebrations were held in Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday to greet the coming of a new spring.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/3/22 7:51:18

More than 10,000 relics belonging to leader of a Ming Dynasty peasant revolt unearthed from underwater site in Sichuan Province

One autumn day in 1646, 1,000 ships carrying treasure belonging to the "King of the West" sank in the Minjiang River during a naval battle. Its owner, defeated, fled for his life, hoping that one day he could return for his treasure. However, he was killed before he could realize his dream. The treasure and its location soon passed into local legend, until 2005 when the discovery of seven silver ingots proved that the story of the King of the West's treasure was more than just a folk tale.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/21 17:53:39

UNESCO raises $75.5 m to protect cultural heritage from war, terror

Seven countries and a US donor on Monday pledged $75.5 million to a UNESCO-backed fund aimed at protecting the world's cultural heritage against war and terrorism.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/21 17:43:39

ITU adopts Chinese-made interactive content format as new global standard

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has adopted a new file structure for interactive mobile comic and animation content designed independently in China as its global standard on March 16, China's Ministry of Culture announced on Monday.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/20 18:53:39

China to hold first heritage expo in Fujian

To fully publicize China’s UNESCO World Heritage sites and traditional culture, and to facilitate communication and cooperation among the countries along the One Belt and One Road initiative, China will hold its first-ever World Heritage-themed Cultural Expo from August 11 to 15 in Fuzhou, capital of East China’s Fujian Province, China News Service reported Friday.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/19 22:23:39

"Marriage ceremony" held for Newar girls and bael fruits in Nepal

Little girls from Newar community attend a Bel Bibaha ceremony in Kavre,on the outskirts of Kathmandu,capital of Nepal, March 15, 2017. Bel Bibaha, or Ihi, is a marriage ceremony in the Newar community of Nepal in which pre-adolescent girls are "married" to the bael fruit (wood apple). Normally Newar girls marry thrice in their life as first marriage with Bael fruit, second with sun and third with human.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/3/16 14:32:44

Traditional Chinese festival celebrated in 'hanfu' garb

A sacrificial ceremony to honor the flower god was held in Beijing on March 12 by enthusiasts of hanfu, the traditional dress of the Han people. The participants gathered to celebrate Huazhao Festival, which commemorates the birth of flowers.
Source: People's Daily Online | 2017/3/14 10:21:51

Iran to celebrate "fire festival" as new year looms

Iranians will celebrate on Tuesday the Chaharshanbeh Suri, or the fire festival, bidding farewell to the old year and welcoming the new year.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/3/14 7:47:23

Restoration efforts underway at the Pingwu Bao’en Temple in Sichuan

Originally, the Pingwu Bao'en Temple was built to rival the beauty and grandeur of the Forbidden City, but it was never wise to try and one up the emperor.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/13 17:33:39

World's first museum of polar lands opens in France

As global warming reshapes the Arctic and Antarctic, a new museum built by the son of a renowned French explorer aims to show “the beauty of polar landscapes” and illustrate the consequences of climate change.
Source: AFP | 2017/3/12 16:43:39

Inner Mongolia takes measures to protect Great Wall

North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region will take measures to preserve its stretch of the Great Wall, the regional culture department said Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/3/9 7:55:27

‘Kung Fu Panda’ franchise gives foreign tourism boost to Mount Qingcheng

The basis for the mountains where Po from DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda practices martial arts, Mount Qingcheng, has become a tourist hot spot for foreigners looking to explore the culture behind yin-yang and tai chi.
Source: Global Times | 2017/3/8 18:38:35

Women present Qipao in east China's Anhui

Women present Qipao at a scenic area of Feixi County, east China's Anhui Province, March 6, 2017.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/3/7 10:42:00

Carnival of Basel 2017 held in Switzerland

Revellers participate in the carnival procession during the Carnival of Basel 2017 in Basel, Switzerland, March 6, 2017. The Carnival of Basel, which is the biggest carnival in Switzerland, started on Monday early morning and will last 72 hours.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/3/7 10:33:12

Chinese political academy holds first seminar for Catholic clergy

The Central Institute of Socialism (CIS) held its first seminar for Catholic clergy in China to discuss Chinese culture and religious policies.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/3/4 22:27:34

Children at Warsaw kindergarten get taste of Chinese culture

More than 30 preschoolers at a Warsaw kindergarten had their first contacts with the Chinese culture on Friday, as the kindergarten staged "Chinese Day" activities with assistance from the Chinese embassy.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/3/4 7:14:32

"Gyalpo Lhosar" festival celebrated in Nepal

People from Sherpa Community perform a traditional dance in celebration of "Gyalpo Lhosar" festival at Boudha in Kathmandu, Nepal, March 1, 2017.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/3/2 9:46:52