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Traditional Chinese gardens represent idealised miniature landscapes and construct harmony between man and nature, by using delicate arrangements of plants, water, rocks and architecture. Flowers and trees are the essential elements of the Chinese harden as they evoke the natural world. In a Chinese garden, people do not only enjoy the plants’ colours and forms, but also the aromas and even sounds (the sound of rain on banana leaves and lotus leaves, or wind through the bamboo).
Revolutionary nian hua in the British Library
Nian hua or New Year prints are bold and colourful Chinese woodblock prints, which date back at least to the seventeenth century (Lust 1996: 1). Mass-produced, affordable and designed to celebrate most notably the Spring Festival (also known as ‘Chinese New Year’), they are typically full of auspicious symbols for conferring wealth, longevity, happiness and good fortune on the family. Deities such as stove and door gods, flora and fauna, including the animals of the Chinese zodiac, and well-fed male babies are all common subjects of these posters.
Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art will help you to see all the design and style of Chinese objects from different dynasties. This is a great access for you to visualise the traditional Chinese life throughout the long history.
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Focuses on how to learn Chinese, something which is neglected by most teachers and courses that simply focus on what to learn. By putting the process in focus, the articles here unveil the mysteries of language learning and thereby help you improve the way you learn. There is no golden path to instant success, so the aim is to provide both inspiration and information enabling you to find yourown way. The content is based on personal experience from learning Chinese to an advanced level as an adult, combined with relevant education and research.
Do you know anything about ancient Chinese architecture? This page provides a good introduction on traditional Chinese buildings based on specific purposes.
The definitive what’s on and where to go family guide of activities and events for children of primary school age. Things to do with your kids during the school holidays including arts and craft activities, music and theatre for children, parties, competitions, days out, and family attractions along with term time drama schools, dance classes, after school clubs and sports activities. Things to do at a place near you!
Possesses one of the most comprehensive and important collections of Chinese art dating from 3000 BC to the present time, including textiles, ceramics, prints, export art, metalwork, carvings and furniture.