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?
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If you’ve been into the underpass at Beijing’s Guomao intersection (between the south-east corner under the bus station to exit C of the subway station) recently, you have probably noticed this massive mural on the wall at the western end. It’s entitled ‘The Gods go to Work’ and this explosion of colour is full of recognisable – and not so recognisable – homages to Chinese and specifically Beijing culture, both traditional and modern. But what does it all mean and why is it at Guomao?
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We have all seen a lot of changes this year. While there have been a lot of difficulties, and a lot of challenges, we must still try our best to look towards the future, both as individuals, communities or as companies. With that in mind, we wanted to let you know what we as a company can offer you, through our events and activities, to help you start making plans and look forward to the coming weeks and months ahead!
Want to know more? Read on to find out what Cultural Keys can offer you, your friends, students or staff, no matter if you’ve just arrived or are looking for help getting back to some sense of normalcy and enjoying the cultural treasures of China!
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While most educational centres in Beijing are closed, people still have a thirst for learning that needs satisfying! Join Cultural Keys online via Zoom in May for our next Cultural Insights presentations, this time looking at the Chinese zodiac!
Read on to see what you can learn during our May presentation!
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March 12th, the 19th day of the second lunar month, is celebrated by Buddhists as Guanyin’s birthday. Guanyin, an enlightened being called a Bodhisattva, is also known in Sanskrit as Avalokitesvara and in English as the Goddess of Mercy, and her statue can be found in most Buddhist temples.
Read on to find out more about her and the celebration!
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