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Huaxian Shadow Play: A Treasure of Puppetry

Shadow play is a form of opera that is performed by musicians that manipulate puppets to tell a story whose shadows are cast on an illuminated screen.

15:58, 03-13, 2023
Yuyuan Garden Lantern Show: A Distinctive Shanghai Tradition

The Yuyuan Garden Lantern Show is a traditional event that takes place every year in Songjiang District of Shanghai.

10:12, 02-06, 2023
Jingxi Taiping Drum: A Lively Local Folk Dance

Jingxi Taiping Drum is a traditional form of dancing that is prevalent in Mentougou District of Beijing. With its great popularity and display of profound cultural elements, it was included in the first batch of China's national intangible cultural heritage items in 2006.

16:24, 01-04, 2023
Chagan Lake Winter Fishing: A Millennium-Old Tradition

Every year, from the end of December to the Spring Festival (in January or February), it is the prime time for the fishermen of Lake Chagan to engage in large-scale winter fishing.

09:59, 12-12, 2022
Traditional New Year of the Yi Ethnic Group

There are many traditional customs and practices associated with this ethnic group's New Year.

16:19, 11-15, 2022
The Double Ninth Festival in Huangcheng Village

Praying for health and longevity has been a constant theme of the Double Ninth Festival (also known as Chongyang Festival) since ancient times.

11:05, 09-29, 2022
Mid-Autumn Parade: A Display of Lingnan Arts and Crafts

The Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important festival for Chinese people after Spring Festival (also known as the Chinese New Year), and has been celebrated throughout China for thousands of years with varied regional customs.

10:15, 09-09, 2022
Xihe Qiqiao Festival in Gansu Province: A Carnival for Girls

Qiqiao Festival, literally meaning “Skills Begging Festival,” is a time-honored traditional Chinese festival that originated from the ancient tradition of worshipping the Vega constellation of stars in the sky.

11:03, 08-02, 2022
Jingshan Tea Ceremony: The Origin of Zen Tea

The Wanshou Zen Temple in Jingshan Mountains, Hangzhou City, east China’s Zhejiang Province, is known for its distinctive tea ceremony.

14:59, 07-05, 2022
Dragon Boat Festival Customs in Qu Yuan's Hometown

The Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, is a traditional festival of the Chinese nation.

10:34, 06-02, 2022
Traditions on the Beginning of Summer in Banshan: A Taste of Food and Fun

One of the Chinese 24 solar terms called Beginning of Summer usually falls each year on a day between May 5 and 7 according to the solar calendar. It signals the end of spring and the start of summer.

09:49, 05-05, 2022
Qintong Boat Festival: A Qingming Festival on Water

On the second day of China’s Qingming Festival, the entire community in Qintong Town, Jiangyan District, Taizhou City, east China’s Jiangsu Province immerse themselves with a boating obsession.

11:14, 03-25, 2022
Fengtai Huagudeng: A Folk Dance of China's Han People

Huagudeng, literally translated as a flower drum lantern, is a folk dance of the Han nationality in China. Mainly popular in Fengtai and other counties in east China’s Anhui Province, the art form integrates dancing, singing, and gong and drum beats into a storyline. Among various huagudeng styles, Fengtai Huagudeng is regarded as an important branch, known for the expression of intense emotions and delicate dance movements. It has enjoyed a history of more than 1,000 years.

15:50, 02-28, 2022
Human Dragon Dance: A Classic Expression of Chinese Festive Culture

The dragon is the totem of the Chinese nation, and dragon dancing is the most commonly seen entertainment during the festive season. The dance embodies the spirit of solidarity and industriousness of the Chinese nation, and symbolizes harmony between heaven and humanity.

10:26, 01-26, 2022
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