cultural heritage



Ancient Morality Text Updated for Young

China has updated the '24 Filial Exemplars', an ancient morality text, to promote filial piety among the new generation. From Tania Branigan at The Guardian: The original 24 Filial Exemplars date from around the 14th century,...

China’s Cultural Assault From Within

The New Yorker's Evan Osnos digs beneath the surface of a recent essay and speech written by Chinese President Hu Jintao, which called on China to boost cultural production to combat Western efforts to divide the country: It’s...

Fate of Old Beijing: Videos and Slideshows

China Green features a series of videos and slideshows exploring Beijing’s disappearing hutongs. In the face of China’s rapid modernization, the world’s most populous country is struggling to preserve its cultural...

Confucius Shows Up on China’s Tiananmen Square

Another indication that Confucius is making a major comeback in China: His statue now gazes out upon Tiananmen Square. From AFP: A mammoth sculpture of the ancient philosopher Confucius was unveiled this week off one side of the...

Silk Craft Fades in Village That Clothed Emperors

The New York Times reports on a declining craft in Zhejiang: Few products are as synonymous with China as silk. And for a time, no name was as synonymous with quality silk as Jili. In 1851, when the first World Expo, then called...

What Remains of Kashgar’s Old City?

Far West China has posted a map, created by Stefan Geens, showing the scale of the destruction of old Kashgar: A favorite destination among tourists and a symbol for infuriated activists, the Old City that has survived multiple...

Culture’s Long March from Revolution to Crises

From the English version of Caixin: Flames of the Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976 consumed many but also engendered a skeptical generation that's marched along a winding road of Chinese cultural change for the past 30...

Facelift for Old Summer Palace

From Global Times: The 303-year-old Yuanmingyuan, or the Old Summer Palace, will have a new theme park and a culture square on its periphery, according to urban plan-ning authorities. "The adjacent neighborhoods around the...

Stunning Chinese Temple Art Hidden from Public Eye

The Wall Street Journal has a video report on rarely seen Taoist temple paintings in remote Shanxi: In China's Temple of Eternal Happiness is a stunning, ancient wall mural seen by few people because of its remote location in...



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