#Chinese wooden carving earns a spot in Guinness World Book of Records

A Chinese wooden carving created by Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui featuring the famous historical painting “Along the River During the Qingming Festival” was named the longest wooden carving in the world by Guinness World Book of Records on Nov. 14, 2013. Zheng spent four years on creating this sophisticated carving, which is 12.286 meters long, 3.075 meters high and 2.401 meters wide.


When walking in Huangling, known as the most beautiful village in Wuyuan county, central #China’s Jiangxi province, you will see the beautiful ancient Huizhou style houses scattered in the mountains. The sophisticate carved beams of the houses were put a layer of patina by the time. They are the witness of history and also the recorder of the changes of the times in Huangling.


The recent protection and development actions implemented in Huangling have attracted some professional woodcarving craftsmen to the place, who used their dexterous hands to show once again the legacy of Huizhou architecture to the public.


Culture insider: 10 types of residential houses across China

In this collection, you can have a glimpse of the most stunning folk residences in China.

  • A watchtower, or “Diaolou” built by the Qiang people in Sichuan province
  • The bamboo building of the Dai ethnic group is the stilt style building that takes bamboo as the main construction material.
  • The Mongolian Yurt, called “a vaulted tent” or “felt tent” in ancient times, is a domed pealed tent.
  • Zhouzhuang near Suzhou in Jiangsu province is one of the few places where one can experience the life of a typical Chinese water town.
  • Diaojiaolou, or stilted houses, are special residences for Tujia, Miao, Buyi and Dong ethnic groups in Hunan, Guizhou, Guangxi and other regions
  • Tuzhangfang, or earthen homes of the Yi ethnic group, look like Tibetan stone-houses but their walls are made of earth beaten hard while under construction.
  • Siheyuan is Beijing’s traditional courtyard-style residence.
  • Boat-shaped homes, also called “boat-shaped thatched cottages” are the traditional residential dwellings of the Li people in Hainan province.
  • Tulou Centuries ago, waves of Han emigrants fled south to avoid natural disasters and social unrest in northern China
  • Yaodong Cave dwellings are found all over Northern China including Shanxi, Gansu, Shaanxi and Henan provinces along the Loess Plateau.

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A #Chinese #tea art instructor makes tea at a preview of the first-ever tea auction in Hong Kong at KS Lo Gallery of Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware on Wednesday. Among the auction lots, a teapot made of purple clay by tea master Wang Yinxian, is valued between HK$800,000 and HK$1m. The auction — Sensation of Tea — will be held on Nov 23 at Park Lane Hotel in Causeway Bay.


Known for its flower-drum performance, Fengyang is the birthplace of Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty. As a folk performance of singing and dancing in Fengyang County of Anhui Province, “Fengyang Flower Drum” has been passed down. In terms of its forms, “Fengyang Flower Drum” can be divided into Flower Drum Lantern, Flower Drum Play and Flower Drum Gong. Altogether the three are entitled “Fengyang Flower Drum”, or “Three Flowers of Fengyang”.


Life of Naxi music performers @CultureInCart

Performers of a Naxi music group head to the stage in Lijiang City, southwest #China’s Yunnan Province, Nov. 9, 2013.

Naxi music is an ancient music of Naxi ethnic group that very few musicians still know how to play nowadays. Xuan Ke, an expert in Naxi folk music and President of the Dayan Naxi Ancient Music Association, said that ancient Naxi music evolved from the popular religious and imperial music of the Tang (618-907 a.d.) and Song (960-1279 a.d.) Dynasties and originated between the 7th and 13th centuries.