Beethoven's Symphony No.6, also known as the Pastoral Symphony, is widely acknowledged as one of Beethoven's few unambiguously programmatic works, and the composer subtitled it “Recollections of Country Life.”
A treasure trove of exquisite imperial artifacts, including the imperial edict of Emperor Zhangzong of the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234) as well as a large-scale architectural foundation that has been preliminarily determined to be a royal temple site, was unearthed for the first time at the Zhongdu site, the capital city ...
In a wooden fan workshop in Jiangxi Province, east China, Yu Xiuying is busier than usual. As she paints, delicate flowers bloom into life across the fan.
Yauatcha, the esteemed dim-sum teahouse in London, embraces the Mid-Autumn Festival with a special offering for connoisseurs.
A new exhibition, themed Thriving in a Collaborative World: “Belt and Road” Cooperation in Cultural Heritage and Archaeology, kicked off on Thursday at the Palace Museum in Beijing for marking the 10th anniversary of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Renowned writer and poet Hong Ying has once again expanded her artistic repertoire. On September 28, an exhibition of her photography works opened at the Yuan Museum in Beijing, showcasing 60 selected pieces from her extensive collections spanning several decades. It was only in 2021 that she ventured into filmmaking, with her debut film, Moonlight Warrior, garnering accolades and awards in the US.
The Ninth Nishan Forum on World Civilizations kicked off on Wednesday in Qufu, East China's Shandong Province, the hometown of China's great ancient thinker Confucius.
Led by China's National Cultural Heritage Administration, the country's first conference dedicated to future trends in cultural relic conservation through high-technology was held on Wednesday in Chongqing.
Team China suffered a defeat against the top-ranked South Korean team with a score of 27-30 in women's épée team semifinal of the fencing event at the 19th Asian Games held in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province, on Wednesday. Despite only collecting a bronze medal, Olympic champion Sun Yiwen, a 31-year-old veteran, wasn't discouraged.
Team China's record of youngest champion in the Asian Games has been rewritten in less than two days. On Wednesday, 13-year-old skateboarder Cui Chenxi clinched a gold in women's street final, taking the title away from 15-year-old Chen Ye, who was just crowned in men's park on Monday.
"Clear and solemn." These are the two words that came after I watched the film The Volunteers: To The War during a pre-screening in Beijing on Tuesday.
Chinese streaming platform Bilibili released a package of 68 domestic animation productions, including the long-anticipated sequel to the hit animation Yao-Chinese Folktales, on Tuesday night. Additionally, work on a big-screen feature that showcases the cute demon, a little pig in one episode, is currently in progress.
The opening ceremony of the “Franco-Chinese Month of the Environment,” an event dedicated to strengthening China-France mutual goals in the field of environmental protection, was held at an art hub called the Choi Centre in Beijing on Tuesday.
In the wake of the approximately 2,000 artifacts stolen from the British Museum, another museum in Cologne, Germany, was robbed, resulting in the loss of valuable Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Calls for the return of looted artifacts have grown strong in the countries where the artifacts were from, including Egypt and China.
China's first "giant panda college" was inaugurated in Nanchong, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, on Monday, aiming to cultivate specialized professionals for the conservation of giant pandas and other rare animals and plants.
Fifteen-year-old Chen Ye has become the youngest Chinese champion in the history of the Asian Games after winning the skateboarding park men's finals in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province, on Monday, which is also the first gold medal for the Chinese team in the world championships for skateboarding.
Table tennis was among the major highlights of the third matchday of the 19th Hangzhou Asian Games, with the uplifted home audience witnessing both China's men's and women's team win their events.
China's classically-trained flower and landscape painter Peng Kanglong's first solo exhibition is being displayed in INK studio in Beijing.
A classic performance by the China Acrobatic Troupe has recently won the "Gold Award" for its fabulous diabolo show at the second Russian "Without Borders" International Circus Arts Festival in St. Petersburg, winning itself a large number of performance invitations.
For the very first time, Chinese legendary folk heroine dance drama Mulan is on tour in the US, following its debut in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday. It will later be performed in Washington D.C.
The 2020 Yishu 8 French Young Artist Award winner Chloé Silbano's residency exhibition (se) déplacer is being held at the Yishu 8 Beijing Art Center, located in the former site of the Sino-French University. The exhibition, set to run until October 12, mainly presents 12 oil paintings on canvas created by Silbano during her more than a month of staying in Beijing.
This Friday, China celebrates the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival. It's an occasion for families to share moon cakes beneath the full moon, think of loved ones far away, and watch the Mid-Autumn Festival Gala together.
A new exhibition featuring art works from children as well as other creative products has kicked off at Beijing's China Millennium Monument Museum. The aim of the Design Education for Children show, also part of Beijing International Design Week, is "to reduce the gap between our children and aesthetic education," said Zhang Chunyan, director of the China International Design Museum of China Academy of Art, on Monday.
Hosted by the Embassy of Switzerland in China, “Diversity + Me,” the 3rd Swiss film festival has recently been launched in Beijing to showcase to Chinese audiences the strength of Switzerland's cultural and societal diversities.
"I believe that art has the power to change and influence things and hopefully my work does too," an up-and-coming Chinese artist Cong Yunfeng told the Global Times recently. His mural works, Conversion of the Five Hundreds Bandits, as the strongly response to the controversial blockbuster exhibition, China's hidden century, which took placed at the British Museum until October 8.
The Chinese edition of Revelations, the leading biennial for contemporary craft in France and Europe, is set to take place in Beijing during the 2024 Beijing Design Week next September, as announced in a press conference held in Beijing on Tuesday.
On Tuesday night at Beijing's Poly Theater, the stage belongs to the young musician Laufey, as she brings something different to the ongoing Beijing Music Festival.
China's only comedy-themed theater, Beijing Comedy Theater, released a series of events to mark its reopening on Tuesday in Beijing. According to Xu Jian, the theater's president, the reopening activities include a performance season, a public opening day, pop-up markets, and folk art demonstrations.
The successful hosting of a global multi-sport event is not possible without the assistance of volunteers. Amid the Hangzhou Asian Games held in East China's Zhejiang Province, a volunteer team made up of international students and teachers has been playing an important role in contributing to the Asian sports showcase.
A multi-departmental law enforcement operation has investigated more than 14,000 illegal wildlife trade cases and seized over 540,000 animals and plants, according to a recent report released by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA).
The opening ceremony for a new exhibition called Love Luxury Beauty in Classic Antiquity was held at the National Library of China on Monday as a promotion for cultural exchanges between Italy and China.
So far this year, there have been several high-profile cases of joint branding, from collaboration between trendy beverage and luxury fashion brands to the recent alcoholic lattes and liquor-filled chocolate, unusual offerings respectively rolled out by a famous Chinese coffee chain and a US chocolate brand in its new tie-up with China's fiery national liquor baijiu.
The emerging younger generation of Chinese swimmers have contributed massively to China's swimming dominance at the Asian Games, as the national swimming team brought their gold medal tally on Monday to 11.
The 13-day-long Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians closed with a concert in Zhuhai, South China's Guangdong Province on Wednesday.
A new exhibition featuring Russian paintings has inaugurated the new international culture park in Beijing, known as the Louis O'Or International Culture Park.
A highly anticipated exhibition, digital restoration Tianlongshan Grottoes toured Egypt on Saturday in Cairo Chinese Cultural Center, captivating a large number of guests.
Chinese tennis players got off to a strong start at the ongoing Hangzhou Asian Games as four participants in the women's and men's singles progressed to the third round on Monday.
With their iconic sailor suits, lively expressions and melodious voices, the young singers of the Austrian Vienna Boys' Choir have returned to the Chinese stage after a three-year hiatus.
To highlight the irreplaceable position of grain growing in the development of human civilization, Christopher Nolan is not the only director who played a farmer in his own screen work. At the gate of one of world's largest immersive theater complex located in Central Plains of China, general director Wang Chaoge planted sorghum fields which spans an area of 60,000 square meters, to tell the visitors the importance of agriculture in the Yellow River culture.
Hello Master—Artist textiles: Picasso to Warhol, one of the thematic shows of 2023 Beijing Design Week (BJDW), successfully took place on Saturday at 798 ArtDist Beijing. The show at the 798 ArtDist features hundreds of articles compiled in the exquisite rare collection by 39 world-class legendary masters, as one part of the show, looking back at the fusion of fascinating art and fashion in 20th century modern art.
Taking “shared future” as its main theme, the 25th/ 26th Beijing Music Festival kicked off recently at the capital's Poly Theatre.
The ruins of a Taoist temple from the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279) were unearthed in Wuyi county, Hengshui, North China's Hebei Province, after a three-month long dig, the Hebei Museum announced on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo on Saturaday.
As part of the 13th Beijing Science Carnival, an open day was launched at the Danbo Ningjing archaeological site on Sunday to invite the public to appreciate the beauty of archaeology.
The Chinese delegation made an impressive start on the first day of the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang Province, on Sunday, clinching an astounding 20 gold medals across various sports, including rowing, shooting, wushu and swimming.
The 11th National Farmers' Photography Exhibition opened in Changchun, capital of Northeast China's Jilin Province, on Saturday.
An oil painting exhibition featuring Chinese color master Pan Yikui's works is currently being held at the China National Academy of Painting in Beijing.
Be it the "AR sky lantern" or the "digital torch lighting" design, high technological implementations as exemplified by the Hangzhou Asian Games opening ceremony held on Saturday night, have fulfilled China's promise to host an international sports gala that is sustainable and smart with China's cultural and romantic expressions
A team of paleobotanists from China and Germany recently reported the discovery of a Parrotia flower from approximately 15 million years ago perfectly preserved in amber from Zhangpu, East China's Fujian Province.
Chinese drama Xiqudonglai, which is inspired by the story of China's well-known restaurant Donglaishun hot pot, made its debut at Beijing's Poly Theater from September 15 to 20.
The successful inclusion of the Cultural Landscape of Old Tea Forests of Jingmai Mountain in Pu'er on the World Heritage List at the just-concluded 45th World Heritage Committee meeting is due to two important reasons.
Raja Randhir Singh, Acting President of the Olympics Committee of Asia, told the Global Times during a news conference on Sunday that he is extremely impressed by the Hangzhou Asian Games, especially with the opening ceremony, the coordination between the OCA and the organizers, and in a clever gadget - contactless ID cards.
As the Mid-Autumn Festival approaches, Mentougou District located in Western Beijing launched its autumn culture and tourism events and released three autumn boutique culture and tourism experience routes on Friday.
The latest productions of renowned animation series, Backkom Bear: Mars Mission is set to hit the big screens across the country on September 28, according to its premiere ceremony in Beijing on Saturday.
The dance drama Five Stars Rise in the East has returned to Beijing for a three-night performance at the Tianqiao Performing Arts Center from Friday to Sunday after a tour of over 80 performances across the country.
The upcoming releases of 282 new films, drama series, and variety shows have been announced at the iJOY Conference by Chinese streaming giant iQIYI held in Lijiang, Yunnan Province on Thursday.
Acting President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Randhir Singh, expressed his high recognition of the slogan "Heart to heart, @future" for the Hangzhou Asian Games at a press conference jointly held by the OCA and the Hangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (HAGOC) on Friday.
China's first-ever 8K panoramic sound Kunqu Opera film The Handan Dream was screened in Shanghai on Tuesday as part of efforts to preserve the country's 600-year-old intangible cultural heritage.
First constructed in China along the Silk Road around the 3rd century, grotto temples - the religious niches or caves carved into mountains or rock - gradually evolved into a key form of Buddhist art in China. However, despite enduring for thousands of years, these grottoes now depend on protection from cultural relic guardians to pass on their millennia-old history and culture.
In many cities across China, cultural zones of various sizes and styles that have been transformed from factories or warehouses are becoming the perfect vacation spots for many young people. As cities undergo renewal and transformation, more buildings are silently transitioning. Thus, how their historical charm can be preserved while infusing them with new vitality has become a big challenge for architects, artists and designers. Experts told the Global Times that the collaboration between humans, art and technology holds the key to shaping the future of urban landscapes and creating spaces that reflect the unique identity of a city while fostering sustainable development.
Traditionally, fireworks are an integral part of the opening ceremonies of major sports events. However, the much-anticipated opening ceremony of the Hangzhou Asian Games will not use this traditional celebratory feature to welcome the beginning of the 16-day event, as organizers aim at lowering the cost of the event, making it as sustainable as possible.
The Asian Games presents a historic opportunity for Hangzhou to enhance its urban planning, construction and governance, adding to its international image and influence. We would like to give you a glimpse of how the Hangzhou Games implements its ethos which centers on being Green, Smart, Economical and Ethical. The official slogan of the 2022 Asian Games is "Heart to Heart, @Future."
One of China's top design events, Beijing Design Week, kicked off on Thursday, with a series of exhibitions, seminars as well as donations from the British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes.
East China's Jiangxi Province was the subject of a presentation held at the China Cultural Center here on Wednesday. Beyond a general introduction, the event was aimed at encouraging exchanges.
The opening ceremony of the 16th Beijing Fringe Festival, an international theater festival, was held Tuesday at the National Theater of China in Beijing.
The China Digital Art Industry Summit was recently held in Beijing with the aim of exploring how to promote the high-quality development of China's digital art industry.
Bao Wenzheng, a sophomore at the High School Affiliated to Beijing Normal University, recently published her second novel. She published her first novel Love of Loch Ness at the age of 14.
A tomb dating back to more than 1,400 years ago was recently found in Xianyang, Northwest China's Shaanxi Province. The site was identified as the tomb of Yuwen Jue, the founding emperor of Northern Zhou (557-581) period; a historical regime from the Northern and Southern Dynasties (386-589).
Chinese people have long had a profound fascination with the ocean, giving rise to numerous stories and a deep connection with the sea. These maritime tales have served as inspiration for ancient literary works such as the Classic of Mountains and Seas, or Shanhaijing, and the Romance of the Flowers in the Mirror, or Jinghuayuan. However, these subjects have received relatively little attention and few discussions.
The “My Reading Life” essay contest was launched by the Global Times in April to encourage students worldwide to share their stories about reading. So far, a total of 21 articles by students have been published in the newspaper.
Chinese domestic beauty brand Huaxizi issued an apology on Tuesday, topping the trending chart on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo. Following netizen complaints that the apology was insincere, the company's entire PR department has reportedly asked to resign, which has further stirred social media buzz.
"The world needs China and global cooperation," said Erik Solheim, a former under-secretary-general of the United Nations, on Wednesday in Chengdu, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, at the first Golden Panda International Cultural Forum.
The first Chinese Cultural Center in the Gulf region launched its trial operation on Sunday in Kuwait's Hawali governorate. "I hope this is not only a cultural center of China, but also a cultural center of Kuwait," said Moussaid Zamir, the assistant secretary general of the Kuwait National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, at the launch ceremony, adding Kuwait has always attached great importance to cultural development.
The world's annual women's elite road cycling tour is set to return to China after a three-year absence. As the penultimate event of the 2023 UCI Women's World Tour, the Tour of Chongming Island will take place from October 12 to 14 in Shanghai, according to a recent press conference.
Archaeologists in northwest China's Shaanxi Province have discovered the tomb of the founding emperor of the Northern Zhou Dynasty (557-581) in the city of Xianyang, according to the Shaanxi Academy of Archaeology on Tuesday.
Mogan Mountain, located in East China's Zhejiang Province, is less than three hours' drive from Shanghai, China's largest city. In 2007, when Grant Horsfield came to Mogan Mountain and saw the rolling "green sea" in front of him, he knew he had found the place.
The London Design Festival's inaugural day witnessed the overseas debut of the "ULIO - Shanghai Fashion Week" exhibition, spotlighting sustainable Chinese fashion design.
The 23rd Pingyao International Photography Festival (PIP) kicked off on Tuesday in Pingyao, North China's Shanxi Province, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved architecture from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.
A total of 215 tombs that span from the Neolithic Age to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) were recently discovered in the city of Linfen, North China's Shanxi Province.
The final results of the first Golden Panda Awards will be unveiled at a gala on Wednesday night. Twenty-five cute gold panda statuettes are set to find their owners soon. Producers, directors, actors, and jury members from around the world are not only excited to witness history with the winners of the first-ever Golden Panda Awards but also anticipate more exchanges and cooperation to take place in Chengdu, Southwest China's Sichuan Province.
Chinese soccer fans, who have recently witnessed lackluster performances of the national teams, including the men's under-23 team's challenging qualification process for the Asian Cup and the national senior team's struggles in friendly matches, are hoping that the Asian Games teams can bring them some joy through an outstanding performance.
Whether it is its agricultural output or its status as the cradle of civilization, the value of the Yellow River is difficult to quantify from a fixed perspective. However, for the locals of Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan Province, this sandy mother river has gained a reputation that extends beyond its geography, becoming a place of recreation, perfect for leisure activities and bird watching over the last few decades.
Monday marks the 92nd anniversary of the "September 18 Incident" which dragged China into a bitter 14-year war with Japan's fascist regime. Twenty Two, a Chinese documentary focused on the surviving “comfort women,” makes its debut in Japan today.
Editor's note: The Cultural Landscape of Old Tea Forests of Jingmai Mountain in Pu'er, Southwest China's Yunnan Province was inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage list on Sunday during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, becoming the first World Heritage site for tea culture and bringing the total number of China's sites on the list to 57. Over the past 12 years, the local administration and villagers have cooperated closely in the ecological development of traditional villages, old tea plantations and forests. By incorporating advanced and scientific methods into traditional tea processing, the local community has shaken off poverty and created a better life for residents. Experts told the Global Times that the world heritage site demonstrates ecological ethics and wisdom that features harmony between man and nature and establishes itself as a key inspiration for sustainable development.
GT visited the historical ruins of the ancient capital of the Shang Dynasty, located in present-day Zhengzhou, the capital city of Central China's Henan Province, where the center of this aged city is buried. To one side of the ruins stands a brand new Shang Dynasty Relics Museum that opened just one year ago.
It was close to midnight Beijing time. In Taipan village, a small mountain village in Guizhou Province in Southwest China, a basketball game was underway. Tens of thousands of spectators filled the court, and every time when points were scored, the sidelines rang with cheers and the banging of pots and pans. Incredibly, millions of netizens watched the game on their cell phones.
The annual World Winter Sports Expo (WWSE) came to an end in Beijing on Sunday. During the three-day expo, sustainability in the further development of winter sports following the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in 2022 was underlined.
The Yellow River, the cradle of Chinese civilization, is not only a source of eco-logical and cultural richness, but also a main contributor to the country's agricul-ture. At a forum on Sunday, participants emphasized the Yellow River's envi-ronmentally friendly transition in its future development and its cultural ties with the world.
Pandas can be seen everywhere in Chengdu, as the city in Southwest China's Sichuan Province has decorated every street corner and shop with the hometown mascot ahead of the first Golden Panda Awards on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Famous as a shopping paradise, the city of Hong Kong used to be one of the top shopping destinations for Chinese mainlanders in the past decades. However, a reversing trend has been seen in recent months as an influx of Hong Kong people are opting to dine, shop and spend their weekends in the neighboring city of Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong Province.
Human DNA dating back to 6,000 years ago has been found in tombs in Wuxi, East China's Jiangsu Province.
The opening ceremony of 2023 China Film Festival successfully kicked off in Moscow, Russian, pulling in hundreds of moviegoers to watch the opening drama film Home Coming, starring Zhang Yi. The successful cross-cultural communicator interacted with the audience after the screening.
The Cultural Landscape of Old Tea Forests of Jingmai Mountain in Pu'er were inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage list on Sunday during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number of China's sites on the list to 57.
In Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's art career, a photo captured in Kaohsiung City in the island of Taiwan distinctly stood out to him. It features Hofman's sculpture, the Rubber Duck placed in a public water feature much like a large pond, close to which an unexpectedly large crowd observed, with some staring while others took photos. Hofman's admiration for the photo speaks volumes.
A book sharing event aimed at encouraging Chinese young generation's passion for reading has been launched at Dulwich College Beijing on Saturday.
"I will share my experience of this trip to China to my president and prime minister. This is a valuable opportunity and a great honor. I will tell (them) the true story of the Chinese people's hospitality and kindness," said Marie-Noelle Waiane, director of the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation.
What is the most popular card game in China now? Whether it is a post-dinner recreation or building connections with business people, guandan has emerged as the top pastime in recent years thanks to its easy rules, competitive nature and social power.
Four concerts by Jay Chou, the renowned Chinese singer and songwriter, recently concluded in North China's Tianjin with resounding success. The concerts from September 7 to 10 drew 185,000 local and out-of-town attendees, generating a staggering 3 billion yuan ($411 million) in consumption revenue. Tourism income saw a 77.4 percent surge compared to 2019, illustrating the power of concerts in boosting tourism.
A water system dating back more than 3,600 years to the early Shang Dynasty (1600BC-1046BC) has been discovered in Zhengzhou, the capital of Central China's Henan Province, filling in a significant gap in the understanding of the city's layout during the period.
Nine ancient Chinese porcelain pieces, estimated to be worth more than 1 million euros ($1.073 million), have recently been stolen from a museum in Cologne, Germany that boasts a prolific collection of East Asian art.
Before the start of primary school in September in Beijing, a charity art class brought a different summer to children.
A group of 16 scholars from various ancient civilizations that flourished along great rivers, such as India, Egypt and Russia, will visit China to participate in a forum and share their latest findings in archaeological research.
Chongqing, Sichuan, Shandong… Stelios Virvidakis expectantly plans his next China tour before a visit by the Global Times at his office in Athens, Greece.