Shadow Play – A Cultural Treasure of China!

Shadow play (影戏 yǐngxì), also known as shadow puppetry, is a traditional type of entertainment in China. Flat leather puppets, manipulated by sticks, are held up against a screen with a light behind them. Accompanied by music, song and dialogue, they tell a story. What are the origins of this fascinating art form? And why did it become so popular in China? 

Read on to find out!

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Upcoming events from Cultural Keys Chinese Culture Centre; Oct-Dec 2020

The weather might be cooling, but we still have a lot to look forward to as we prepare for colder days and longer nights. Cultural Keys has a full calendar of cultural events and activities for you to enjoy over the coming weeks, including martial arts, calligraphy workshops, fan and gourd painting, an online presentation about Shadow Play, and Halloween fun for all the family!

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How To Get To Python Mountain – A lesser-known Beijing scenic spot

Are you looking for somewhere different to see autumn colour in the Chinese capital this fall? Perhaps consider a visit to Mangshan Forest Park (蟒山国家森林公园)! It couldn’t be simpler to get to and is one of Beijing’s less crowded spots for a dose of nature!

Read on to find out more!

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Had a great experience with CK? Share your story and win!

The world is changing very fast around us. Travel is becoming easier; soon friends, family and colleagues will be returning to China; it’s a very exciting time for residents, visitors and the companies that provide services to the different groups that come to China, and specifically Beijing.

With that in mind, Cultural Keys wants to be ready to welcome everyone back, and to do that effectively, we are humbly asking you, our loyal followers, customers and clients, for help and in return, we are offering you the chance to win!

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Meet the Mooncake – Traditional treats for Chinese Mid-Autumn Day

Thursday the 1st of October is Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节 Zhōngqiū jié) in China! To celebrate the festival, families get together and enjoy eating mooncakes (月饼 yuèbǐng) and drinking tea… and they may even get to gaze at the full moon if the skies are clear enough! 

But where does the tradition of mooncakes come from? And what are some of the most common flavours you can enjoy over the holidays? Read on to find out more!

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