Monthly Archives: July 2023

Kites: From ancient tradition to modern hobby

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Kite, this seemingly simple thing, actually contains rich historical and cultural connotations. As early as the 5th century BC, the Chinese began to make and fly kites for various purposes such as military affairs, scientific research and entertainment. Today, kiting has become a popular outdoor activity for people all over the world. Types of kites […]

The Chinese Teapot: An Emblem of Tradition, Craftsmanship, and Tea Culture

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Table of Contents Add a header to begin generating the table of contents Immersing in Chinese culture, one cannot miss the captivating world of tea drinking. At the center of this tradition stands the teapot, a symbol of peace, harmony, and art of living. Its design, craftsmanship, and the role it plays in the preparation […]

Unraveling Realgar: An Intricate Part of Chinese Culture and Traditional Medicine

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Table of Contents Add a header to begin generating the table of contents Xionghuang, also known as ‘雄黄’ in Mandarin, is a curious compound that intertwines with the vibrant tapestry of Chinese culture and traditional medicine. Its striking red-orange hue has, for centuries, been associated with power and vitality in China. What is Xionghuang? Realgar […]

Embracing the Inkstone: A Guide to the Heart of Traditional Chinese Art

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Table of Contents Add a header to begin generating the table of contents In the Chinese tradition of scholarly arts, no tool holds as much symbolic and functional significance as the inkstone. Together with the brush, ink, and paper, the inkstone is part of the venerated ‘Four Treasures of the Study’ – the quintessential elements […]

Exploring the Four Treasures of the Study: An Exquisite Dialogue between Brushes and Traditional Chinese Culture

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Table of Contents Add a header to begin generating the table of contents Brush, ink, paper, and inkstone—these four are known as China’s “Four Treasures of the Study”, symbolizing China’s profound and unique cultural traditions. Among the four treasures, the brush takes the lead not only because of its central position in writing, but also […]

A Glimpse into Chinese Tea Culture: Crafting Traditional Teapots and Brewing Perfection

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Table of Contents Add a header to begin generating the table of contents Tea culture The Chinese tea culture is rich and profound, with the humble teapot at its center. The art of making these traditional teapots, as well as brewing the perfect cup of tea, is steeped in centuries of history, ritual, and reverence. […]