Cross-Straits Culture Fair Kicks Off (China Daily)
This year's Cross-Strait Cultural Industries Fair (海峡两岸文化产业博览交易会), which opened in Xiamen (厦门) on Friday 26th October, features a total of 3,000 booths run by Chinese and Taiwanese culture and entertainment companies as well as exhibits devoted to intangible cultural heritage, folk arts and Buddhist cultural relics.
Practice Makes Perfect (China Daily USA)
Photos of students at the Tanying Manchu and Mongolian Primary School (檀营满族蒙古族乡中心小学) in Miyun County (密云县), Beijing, practicing Mongolian swordsmanship.
China's Most Treasured Tourist Site Faces Conundrum (Global Times via People's Daily Online)
Lu Qianwen writes about the Great Wall, the effects of mass tourism and the steps that must be taken to preserve the centuries-old structure for posterity.
Read the results of an excavation conducted at the Haminmangha (哈民忙哈) Neolithic site near Tongliao (通辽), Inner Mongolia, last year.
The exhibition "The Majesty of All Under Heaven: The Eternal Realm of China's First Emperor" at the Hong Kong Museum of History has seen its 300,000th visitor since it opened on 25th July 2012. Priceless Qin relics, such as a bronze figure of a crane, and terracotta warrior statues are among the items on display at the museum.
English-version of Peking Opera Classics Published (China Daily USA)
The first volume of the English translation of 100 Peking Opera Classics was published last Friday with the aim of introducing this classic art to foreign audiences. Nine other volumes are currently in the works and will be published over the next five years.
This photo was taken in Beijing a couple of years ago and is of China's kilometre zero marker, which is located just outside of the Zhengyangmen gatehouse (正阳门). Like the gatehouse and some of the other structures found in and around Tian'anmen Square, the marker lies on Beijing's north-south axis but, unlike the gatehouse, it does not actually date back to the…
Chinese Musicians Collect Folk Songs in Hainan (China Daily USA)
A team of renowned musicians recently spent some time on the island province of Hainan (海南省) in order to learn more about the island's folk culture and collect folk songs. The island is home to a number of ethnic minorities (both recognized and unrecognized) including the Li (黎), Miao (苗) and Utsul as well as a sizeable Han population.
Excavation works at the Wanda Square (万达广场) at the Daminggong Palace (大明宫) archaeological site in Xi'an (西安) have uncovered 15 Han Dynasty tombs and over 170 artefacts,including clay pots, porcelain, bronze mirrors, bronze ware, and crossbows. Archaeologists hope that these findings will shed some light on the production and use of Han Dynasty porcelain in the Xi'an area.
China Eyes Traditional Cultural Education (China Daily USA) - Students at a primary school in Beijing's Tongzhou District are being given weekly lessons on traditional Chinese culture in a bid to promote their "cultural literacy". The classes cover a wide range of subjects, such as Chinese classical literature, calligraphy, Chinese opera, and tea culture. If the program is successful, other schools across the country may follow suit.
Here is this week’s edition of the Eye on East Asia Blog Round-Up!
- Bamboo Butterfly - A white girl’s guide to being Taiwanese.
- Chris Backe - Five misconceptions many Westerners have about South Korea.
- Contemporary Japanese Literature - Kathryn’s critical review of Alex Kerr’s book, Lost Japan.
- Fili’s World - Fili explores the lesser-known tourist attractions of Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan district.
- FluentFlix - An interview with Cheng Yangyang, founder of YoYoChinese.Com.
- Green Shinto - John ponders the allure of Japan’s rock temples.
- Hacking Chinese - Olle’s guide to pinyin traps and pitfalls.
- Jay Dee in Japan - Jay Dee shares his photos of some of Fujisawa’s attractive manhole covers.
- Life Behind the Wall - Read through Jo’s list and find out if China is the right country for you.
- Life on Nanchang Lu - Fiona misses out on meeting a living Buddha.
- LocksleyNet - Locksley explores China’s creepy abandoned “Disneyland”.
- Peckish Laowai - Discover an easy way to listen to foreign language radio on your PC or smartphone.
- Tea Leaf Nation - Find out how Chinese social media is changing lives one story at a time.
- The Capital in the North - The author tries (and fails) to do something productive with his National Day holiday.
- This Japanese Life - Ever wondered what it would be like to be sick in Japan?
- Tofugu - John lists his top 10 Japanese drama series.
- TsukuBlog - Avi writes about one of Japan’s Kanto region’s greatest festivals, the three-day long Sawara Festival in Chiba Prefecture.
- Writer, Traveller, Tea Drinker - Becky talks about the myths and realities of China’s dating culture.
That’s all for this week’s edition of the Eye on East Asia Blog Round-Up. The next edition will be posted on Sunday 21st October 2012.