On July 1 25 years ago, it was raining heavily in Hong Kong. Actor Simon Yam and actress Kara Wai, who grew up in the Wan Chai district, took the day off to watch the live ceremony marking Hong Kong's return to the motherland on TV.
The bird count gets underway - two members of the superb starling family, a Nubian woodpecker, and so on.
This exhibition in Chengdu, Southwest China's Sichuan Province is going to be an art feast for fans who love 19th-century Western paintings that focus on the European art hub that is France.
During a special appearance on the latest episode of Hunan TV variety show Infinity and Beyond that aired on Monday, well-known Hong Kong actor Au-yeung Chun-wah said he wants to leave behind the English name he has used for years: Bobby Au-yeung Chun-wah.
"The first time I went abroad after Hong Kong's return, I was finally able to write the word 'China' on the departure form. My tears started flowing right at that moment."
The natural patterns on a piece of birch bark are gradually transformed into a landscape painting containing tall trees, black dirt and a river. The finished scene is very similar to the local scenery in the hometown of Tao Dandan, the creator of the painting.
A drama about Zheng Guanying, a known Chinese figure in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) over a century ago, has been staged at a traditional Guangdong-style residential complex located in the central area of Macao.
A special one-off "East Meets West" classical music concert was held Saturday evening at Rome's iconic opera house, with Chinese and Italian musicians enthralling the audience with an impressive performance.
"There has long been a close connection between the palace museums in Beijing and Taipei. Now Hong Kong has joined to add another palace museum in the country, where there will be more communication among the three in the future," said Louis Ng, curator of the new Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM).
Dressed in an elegant maroon suit and shiny leather shoes, Hansnick Omondi electrified the audience at Kenya's oldest university auditorium with an eloquent speech in Chinese that extolled the virtues of friendship and hard work.
A non-fungible token (NFT) company in Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong Province, recently introduced an NFT limited edition of a blue-and-white porcelain dish plate from the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), a way to attract the attention in traditional Chinese food of young art collectors.
Young people from China's various ethnic minority groups, especially Gen Z, are making themselves heard on social media. They not only display breathtaking ethnic art, local delicacies and exquisite ethnic clothing, but also presenting the best from their hearts like festivals and local customs. As the number of online celebrities in China grow, these figures are showing off trendy and cool lifestyles.
"The surgical treatment of heart failure in China has entered the era of the artificial heart," Hu Shengshou, director of the Fuwai Hospital in Beijing, one of the best hospitals specializing in cardiovascular diseases and a leading expert in cardiovascular disease, announced in December 2021 after China's first magnetic ventricular assist device (CH-VAD) officially hit the market.
Seven young Chinese are eagerly awaiting a very special admission letter to Tianjin University confirming they will be the very first batch of students in China to major in the interdisciplinary discipline of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).
You are sure to find this exhibition in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province exciting if you are a fan of Chinese folk handicrafts, especially China's "knife culture."
While translating Cao Xueqin's Dream of the Red Chamber, The True Story Of A Q by Chinese writer Lu Xun and other profoundly influential classic Chinese literary works, German sinologist Martin Woesler gained a deep interest in contemporary Chinese novels and established a friendly relationship with Jia Pingwa, one of the biggest names in contemporary Chinese literature.
During his visit to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Li Qun, viceminister of culture and tourism and head of China's National Cultural Heritage Administration (NCHA), met with HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam. During the meeting, Li noted that Hong Kong has been playing a more significant role in promoting China's cultural development and exchanges with other countries.
Zhang Guohui has been making ships, from over 30-meter-long vessels to meters-long model boats, for more than six decades.
The first trailer of new Chinese sci-fi series Three-Body, adapted from Chinese writer Liu Cixin's renowned fiction The Three-Body Problem, was released on Tuesday. The show includes some classic lines of the original book that stun many netizens, in addition to the special effects and the performance of the cast.
In the centuries-old tea culture of China, chabaixi, or 100 Tricks with Tea, is an ancient art form that involves drawing pictures in the frothy surface of a cup of tea. Originating in the Tang Dynasty(618–907) and reaching its peak during the Song Dynasty (906-1279), the ancient art has regained popularity recently after appearing in the recent period series A Dream of Splendor. While the art form looks very similar to today's latte art, the steps involved are quite different.
Containing 735 caves full of Buddhist art, the Mogao Grottoes attracts more than 1 million visitors every year to Dunhuang, Northwest China's Gansu Province. Among the many beautiful works of art in these caves set in the eastern cliffs of the Mingsha Mountains, the numerous paintings on the walls of the caves have captured the imagination of people around the world. Considering this fascination, it is no wonder that a group of young artists have recently gone viral by transforming these large murals into portable works of art.
As the forerunner of Chinese films in the 20th century, Hong Kong films have been enjoyed and discussed by movie fans around the world as their influence has spread far and wide.
June has seen a boom in the Chinese TV industry, thanks to a succession of high-quality shows that have gained large audiences and positive word of mouth. This has also stimulated Chinese audiences' willingness to pay for video content.
A CGI figure of a dancer wearing traditional Chinese hair accessories and clothing is helping popularize Buddhist art by inheriting dance moves that originated thousands of years ago. The little figure was inspired by the Flying Apsaras (female water spirits in Buddhist culture) depicted in murals at the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, a major treasure house of art and culture located along the ancient Silk Road.
The Hong Kong Palace Museum is set to hold an opening ceremony hosted by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government and China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Wednesday. The museum will be opened to the public on July 2, after which more than 900 cultural relics from Beijing will be displayed for one to three months in total.
Some new discoveries were made at the Laolongtou Tomb site in Yanyuan county, Sichuan Province, in mid-June. More than 1,100 tombs dating from the late Shang Dynasty (c.1600BC-1046BC) to the early Western Han Dynasty (206BC-AD8) have been excavated. Unearthing more than 5,000 relics, the site is reveals how bronze culture thrived in Southwest China during ancient times.
The final course was served in Liverpool at a nationwide cookery contest aimed at encouraging the chefs of the future in Britain to dish up Chinese cuisine on Friday.
Sick of swiping and tired of Tinder? Old-fashioned love letters may be the answer, says one Japanese city whose unusual matchmaking scheme has been a surprising success.
Inside a tiny studio located in Northeast China's Jilin Province, a special Chinese band livestreamed their latest performance to an audience of millions through social media on Sunday evening. Listeners were obsessed with their unusual music style, a fusion of rhythms, with the sound of bamboo flute and traditional instruments Erhu and Guzheng as its main tone, in addition to guitar and keyboards, giving it a bit of a jazz vibe.
From July 5 to 6, Fei Bo, a senior choreographer at the National Ballet of China (NBC), will hold a solo performance at the Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center.
"In life it is often rough and it is hard not to have any worries. Given that we are on the same boat, we can all help each other beneath the Lion Rock and leave our differences behind."
Dozens of Nigerians from all walks of life had an opportunity to experience how China fought a successful war against poverty when a documentary showcasing the entire process was screened in Abuja, capital of Nigeria, Thursday evening.
By drawing patterns on the surface of a cup of tea, chabaixi, an ancient Chinese tea trick displayed in a recent TV drama, has gone viral for its apparent similarity with modern latte art. However, 10 years ago, this distinctive technique was close to disappearing completely.
In a viral music video, a man wearing a black beanie and a pair of edgy sunglasses can be seen playing the traditional Chinese instrument pipa. However, the song he plays is far from traditional as he gives the sound of the instrument a funky vibe, which earned the video its title: Pipa Funk. The music video from young musician Marsix has gained him huge popularity since it was published on Chinese social media in May.
This is one of the latest music gigs to show the success that Chinese indie rock music bands have been experiencing across the country. Formed in 2014, Green Bus is one of China's fastest emerging indie rock bands. Their music carries a psychedelic rock spirit but with very fresh and beautiful melodies. Most of their music pieces tell stories about young people seeking meaning in their lives.
It is half a century since Ziggy Stardust - a character that turned David Bowie into an intergalactic star and revolutionized sexual politics in the process - crashed onto Earth.
Growing up listening to hua'er, a type of folk song performed by ethnic groups in northwestern China, Sa Lina, 36, used to refer to the genre as being a bit rustic.
Visitors to a Bed and Breakfast (B&B) in Donghu district of Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province find it is not only a place for accommodation and rest, but also a platform to experience diverse intangible cultural heritage. This is all due to the endeavors of its owner, Allen Xu, a designer from Taiwan.
Over the past two years, nearly 13,000 cultural relics have been unearthed from six pits at the Sanxingdui Ruins site in Sichuan Province, including many never-before-seen bronze wares and statues. These findings help present a more complete view of the ancient Shu Kingdom that dates back to at least 4,000 years ago. Among the numerous discovered relics, 3,155 were relatively intact.
Ximalaya, China's online audio platform, announced Tuesday that it will be releasing officially authorized Chinese audio editions of the Harry Potter books on Tuesday.
As the powerful singing voice of 71-year-old Liu Aibang echoes across the classroom, students manipulate shadow puppets with rods, making them step onto the "stage" - a translucent cloth screen illuminated from behind.
Though China's food service industry has been traumatized like many other industries due to the more than two-year-long pandemic, it is now reawakening and being given a boost by people's rising passion for the country's intangible cultural heritage, as well as their unshakable loyalty toward food itself.
Ticket sales for the Hong Kong Palace Museum kicked off on Tuesday, roughly two weeks before the venue is set to open.
Archaeologists have recently made some stunning discoveries at the famed Sanxingdui Ruins site in Southwest China's Sichuan Province.
The box office takings for Jurassic World: Dominion in China reached 376 million yuan ($558,400) as of press time, bringing the nation's daily box office back up to 100 million yuan after 103 days on Friday.
Chinese pianist Zuo Zhang has recently shared her composing experience and her future ideas following the release of her solo album Journey, which is a tribute to Hungarian composer Franz Liszt and his Années de Pèlerinage.
Having lived and worked for decades in Suzhou. Jiangsu Province, one of the most famous and largest silk production hubs in the world, Zhu has been getting an increasing sense of crisis as he has watched sales decline over the past few years. However, the rise of e-commerce has been a boon for his business, as has recently increased interest in China's intangible cultural heritage.
Environment mon amour: Exhibition of Suzanne Husky and Tong Yixin, an art exhibition co-organized by the Embassy of France in China and the well-established Today Art Museum is now displaying in Beijing.
Forging: out of fire is the theme for the ongoing Biennale of Contemporary African Art in Dakar, capital of Senegal. After a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19, the show's unchanged theme asks a question against the backdrop of Senegal's historical civilization: How should we view the country's thriving contemporary art, which is deeply rooted in Senegal's ancient legacy with respects to its creative power?
While the two cities of Chongqing and Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, share the same Bashu culture, differences in lifestyles, food, youth culture and urban renewal strategies have attracted visitors from around China and the world.
For Lydia Koniordou, a renowned Greek actress and former Greek minister of culture and sports, cultural preservation is essential to help people know who they are and learn what they should do in the future.
Excavations of an ancient city next to Larnaca airport point to a wealthy Cypriot society dating back some 3,600 years, which had established contacts with cultures all over the Mediterranean and beyond, the Cypriot Department of Antiquities said Friday.
Another Chinese animation series called The Creature Cases jointly produced by Chinese and British animation studios was released on Thursday, another example of the expanding international influence of the Chinese animation industry.
By Searching for self-awareness and the cognition of life and death, Chinese artist Xiong Liang's solo exhibition "From Beginning to Boundless" opened on Sunday in Beijing.
From a virtual visit to Chinese ancient architecture to online museums, more and more antiques and cultural relics have been moved online with high technology solutions such as virtual reality, as insiders say that digitalization is playing a more important role in future protection of relics.
Amidst the implementation of a national program to research the origins of Chinese civilization, the discoveries at the Sanxingdui Ruins in Sichuan Province such as a golden mask and bronze standing figure with mysterious large eyes have been seen as important evidence of Chinese civilization's unity in diversity.
A Terracotta Warrior statue posing in a very unique position sparked people's interest on Chinese social media after its debut on Saturday.
At a time when the world is still troubled by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, museums and galleries have been exploring various solutions and thinking toward "how we host exhibitions and how audiences view exhibitions," said Wu Weishan, president of the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC).
To many they are art's next big thing - digital images of jellyfish pulsing and blurring in a dark pink sea, or dozens of butterflies fusing together into a single organism.
China will establish a "gene bank" of ancient ceramics in East China's Jiangxi Province, based on data from nearly 20 million pieces of ceramics specimens accumulated over some 40 years, the Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Institute announced Saturday.
On Saturday, the Forbidden City Concert Hall (FCCH) announced that ticket sales have begun for the first 48 performances for its annual Open Door to Art festival in Beijing.
Located on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, the Bashu region, centered on Sichuan Province and Chongqing Municipality, is considered one of the cradles of Chinese civilization. It once gave birth to the famous Bashu culture, which is represented by the stunning archaeological discoveries of the Jinsha Ruins and Sanxingdui Ruins.
This event in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province is going be exciting for those interested in K-pop, especially if you are a fan of the hot South Korean girl group Blackpink.
China is launching more than 6,300 activities to celebrate the annual Cultural and Natural Heritage Day, which falls on Saturday. Among the activities, those focusing on intangible cultural heritage have risen to the fore as tradition has become a new craze among millennials and Generation Z.
For the first time, Chinese archaeologists detected traces of gold and silver as well as colored glass on the faces of the Buddhist statues at the Longmen Grottoes in Central China's Henan Province. This is a significant find for the study of the art, workmanship and preservation of the grottoes, according to the Longmen Grottoes Research Institute.
Wandering among the modern corporate skyscrapers towers in the city of London, an elegant, whimsical, pink summer terrace jumped into my eye's view.
After Beijing announced the reopening of cultural venues on Monday, the National Ballet of China (NBC) also announced new performances at the National Centre for the Performing Arts to kick off its latest performing season. Three performances, Dunhuang, Onegin, and Giselle will be performed from June 9 to 19, covering realist and romantic ballet.
Opening the web page for the animated works produced over the decades by the Shanghai Animation Film Studio, it is easy to find many classic cartoon characters that are familiar to Chinese people across generations such as the Monkey King, Nezha and the Calabash Brothers.
A woman wearing Song Dynasty (960-1279) clothing stands on a raft as she uses a long bamboo pole to row along the river of an ancient watertown.
As a child, Liu Shuai often sat in front of the TV after school excitedly waiting to watch cartoons from Japan such as Captain Tsubasa and Dragon Ball. Now he has become a producer of Chinese animated works. Recently, he has introduced the animated TV series Kung FuWa to overseas markets. The show has debuted on the Pop TV channel in Britain and is set to be released on Discovery Kids in the Latin America in July.
China-made musical instruments gained a strong foothold at a leading exhibition held in Southern California over the weekend, attracting lots of attention and recognition from US customers and dealers.
Ahead of the upcoming rainy season, waterproof sheds and enhanced monitoring systems have been set up to protect the North Grotto Temple, dating back over 1,500 years, located on the loess hills in Northwest China's Gansu Province.
Over 900 artworks and cultural relics from the Palace Museum in Beijing will be displayed in July in Hong Kong to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the city's return to China. Among the numerous relics, many will be exhibited for the first time in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Palace Museum, which is scheduled to open in July, announced on Tuesday.
As the chief expert of a national research program dedicated to tracing the origin of Chinese civilization, Wang Wei told the Global Times that the program has achieved fruitful results over the past 20 years. However, he noted that some archaeological mysteries have not yet been solved. As modern Chinese archeology enters its second 100 years, what questions will it be seeking to answer?
Zendaya dominated the MTV Movie and TV Awards on Sunday as her teen drama Euphoria and big-screen superhero blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home were voted best show and best movie respectively.
On a table at his home in Rosetta, a port city in northern Egypt, self-taught artist Ibrahim Bilal displayed a variety of his signature mini sculptures made with pencil tips.
Can you imagine an intelligent robot with 360 degree flexible motion that is able to identify more than 10 types of burial remains? This type of tech-enabled support is making new stunning archaeological discoveries a possibility and leading Chinese archaeologists to say China is entering a golden era of archaeological discovery in which technology is an essential part.
Colorful felt flowers have been “planted” at various street corners throughout Guangzhou, Guangdong Province by young local sculptor Luo Shengtian. Starting as a graduation project, his efforts have now become a group activity in both China and Europe for people with one goal in mind: using art to better their local communities.
With thousands of dragon boat racers competing on Macao's picturesque Nam Van Lake and the festive delicacy of zongzi, a locally popular glutinous rice dumpling wrapped in reed leaves, the traditions of Dragon Boat Festival have been well-preserved in the Macao Special Administrative Region.
Yang Mei, who majored in traditional Chinese painting in college, is an avid fan of "the Four Treasures of the Study" - ink brush, ink, paper and inkstone - that are used in traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy.
Street art is taking over Bole, a border city in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
With the Dragon Boat Festival right around the corner, the first competition for the debut of the World Dragon Boat League is being held in Fuzhou, East China's Fujian Province from Wednesday to Friday.
Libyan Mohamed Abderraouf put a foot on his board and launched himself across Tripoli's first skatepark, a welcome break in the conflict-battered capital with few facilities for bored young people.
If you walked into a supermarket in China recently, you will most likely see large gift boxes filled with little pyramid-shaped snacks wrapped in bamboo leaves. These are zongzi, a traditional food made from glutinous rice stuffed with meat or other fillings during the Dragon Boat Festival.
At the sound of the starting signal, the athletes in four colorful dragon boats at Salford Quays near Manchester shot ahead and paddled mightily to the exhilarating beat of drums, watched and cheered on by crowds on the bank.
Jordan-based artist Maria Nissan is on a mission: Her goal is to rid the world of single-use plastics and to raise public awareness about the environmental scourge through eye-catching art.
Chinese archaeologists have noted that since the establishment of the archaeology discipline in China 100 years ago, experts have been exploring the origins of Chinese civilization. To carry forward this spirit, the Chinese government has established a national research program dedicated to studying the development of civilization in China and its roots.
Could a tree that has already lived thousands of years continue to prolong its life with the support of cutting-edge technology? Of course! Experts from Jinci Temple, the most prominent temple complex in North China's Shanxi Province, said they have formulated a rejuvenation plan based on scientific and technological means for the healthy continuation of several ancient trees.
South Korean documentary The Red Herring has shed light on the danger of politicized prosecutors by tracking what happened to Cho Kuk, former justice minister who propelled the reform of the prosecutors' office.
Actress Claudia Cardinale may have been a 1960s legend of Italian and French cinema, but in Tunisia, in the portside district where she grew up, she says she feels "at home."
For years, Ren Jianguo, an art veteran born in 1957 who focuses Chinese ink wash painting, has been exploring how the modern spirit of ink wash painting can be merged with traditional Chinese aesthetics.
Twenty-seven-year-old Chinese director Chen Jianying won the Golden Palm Award for Short Film The Water Murmurs at the 75th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday. The work from the Gen-Z director is the third Chinese short film that won at Cannes.
China's largest comprehensive, multi-disciplinary research program, the Chinese Civilization Origin Program was formally approved in 2001.
"From loving our own family to loving the bigger family that is our motherland, the character grows up in the TV series and comes to understand the concept that where there is a country, there can be a home," actress Wu Jinyan, who stars in the 45-episode Chinese period TV series Legacy, told the Global Times.
Art center director Rehman Ablimit enjoys his daily routine of leading actors through rehearsals.
This event in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province is going to excite art fans. It is going to show artworks from four artists. Artworks from Andy Warhol - one of the US' most remembered and versatile creators - will lead the exhibition.
Cannes was shaken, rattled and rolled on Wednesday as the world premiere of Elvis rocked the film festival on the French Riviera, in what has proven a vintage year for music-lovers.