“In my dreams, I am a deer running to the land of bliss. In reality, I am a chicken to be thrown to a boiling pot”.
Su Shi (1037-1101) wrote these lines when, facing deadly serious accusations, he was interrogated in prison. A life-changing experience, it even made the poet reconsider his diet! But how did a statesman of national prominence, once called by Emperor Renzong (1010-1063) a future grand councilor, get himself into this situation?
By Ilina Tatiana
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While Cultural Keys can be considered your go-to for a variety of traditional Chinese culture activities, there are of course plenty of other fun and interesting cultural events happening around the capital every month!
Here’s our round-up of activities connected with Chinese culture for October in Beijing! Continue reading “Chinese Culture Events in Beijing – October 2022”
Every week we share a round-up of recent news stories we’ve seen about traditional Chinese culture! Just click the section titles to view the full articles.
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When you walk into a palace or temple in Beijing, don’t forget to look up! Ceilings were often painted in wonderful colours and designs! This is Hexi color painting (和玺彩画), also known as Yan Dayi (严大义), and it’s found on palace buildings or buildings related to the royal family. Read on to learn five fascinating facts about this beautiful style of painting!
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Bats are a common symbol in Chinese art and architecture. But why? Read on to find out more about the symbolism of bats and how it has comforted people throughout the ages.
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