Beijing children¡¯s rhymes

Children¡¯s rhymes first appeared during the reign of the legendary Emperor Yao of antiquity. These children¡¯s rhymes refer to great events of certain historical periods, public sentiments and popular opinions. Children¡¯s rhymes have been...


Lion dance in Baizhifang

The lion dance in Baizhifang was created in 1740, the fifth year of Emperor Qianlong¡¯s reign during the Qing Dynasty; the dance has experienced ups and downs several times. The Baizhifang lion was modeled after the stone lions in front of the...


Inside-painted snuff bottle

Inside-painted snuff bottle was originated from Beijing and owned by noblemen and dignitaries at that time. Ye Zhongsan, one of the four famous inside-painted picture artists of Beijing in the late Qing Dynasty and early Republic of China Period...


Beijing shadow play

Shadow play is one of China¡¯s ancient traditional arts. Some in Beijing also call it ¡°donkey-hide shadow¡±. Shadow play reached its zenith during the 1930s in Beijing. During the World War II, the art of shadow play fell into a period of decline...


Kunqu opera

Kunqu opera is one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera. It was originated from the Kunshan melody in Suzhou in 14th or 15th century and is an acting arts combined with singing, reciting, acting, movement, dancing and martial-arts...


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