The Founder of China’s Scholarly Culture Confucius lived in the era when Lao Tzu described how the universe works and Shakyamuni explained how to manager your universe. As China’s most respected teacher, in a pre-internet age 2,500 years ago, Confucius gained over 3,000 followers China wide. Ancient Chinese State-Run University This life-scale replica of the scene resembles a typical lecture […]

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Maoshan Daoist Sect

Maoshan Daoist sect is one of the most mysterious Daoist schools, known as the inheritor of Supreme Purity camp (上清派) with its principles and cultivation methods explained in Sutra of Supreme Purity (上清经). The statue atop the hill behind the premises is Laozi (Lao Tse, 604 bC – 531 BC), considered as the founder of the modern Chinese Daoism. The […]

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The Peony Pavilion (牡丹亭), Hall Of Longevity (长生殿), Thousands Of Martyrs (千忠戮) and The Fan Of Peach Flowers (桃花扇) are the four most celebrated ancient Chinese operas. Among the four, The Peony Pavilion, also named The Return of Soul at the Peony Pavilion, written in 1598 by Tang Xianzu (汤显祖), one of the two greatest Chinese dramatists, along with Guan Hanqing […]

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Selected Classic Chinese Poems

March to Frontier (从军行) Author: Wang Changling (王昌龄 698 – 757), a Tang Dynasty poet, statesman and army officer.   Snow mountains darkened by long clouds from Blue Sea, A lonely city in distance is Great Wall’s Jade Gate Pass. My golden armour worn out during combat in desertland, Yet I will not return home until Loulan is reclaimed. 青海长云暗雪山, 孤城遥望玉门关。 ​黄沙百战穿金甲, 不破楼兰终不还。 […]

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Water Margin Illustrations by Ming Dynasty Artist

Water Margin (水浒传), also known as Outlaws of the Marsh and All Men Are Brothers in English translation, is one of the greatest classic Chinese novels published during Ming Dynasty. The story was set in North Song dynasty in the 12th century, depicting a group of 108 outlaws who gathered on a mountain area against some corrupted officials and unjust […]

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A traditional Chinese wedding process all started with the man’s family sending a matchmaker to the girl’s household for a marriage proposal. Once the verbal agreement from the girl’s parents was obtained, the man’s family would present betrothal gifts along with a formal written marriage proposal to the girl’s family. On the wedding day, the man went to the girl’s residence […]

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