Kong Zi Institute

Cultural Heritage

Taijiquan (Yang school of taijiquan; Chen school of taijiquan)

Yongnian County is located in the south of Hebei Province, 15 kilometers away from Handan City. Yongnian Yang school of Taijiquan was created by Yang Luchan in Guangfu, an ancient town in Yongnian County, during the reign of the Daoguang Emperor in the Qing Dynasty. Since then, Yongnian County had been home to more than thirty taijiquan masters, including Yang Banhou, Yang Chengfu and Yang Zhenming, and thus earned the name of “the Holy Land of

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Tibetan Carpet Making Skills

Tibetan carpets belong to traditional hand weaving products of Tibetans in Qinghai Province. After more than three thousand years of inheritance, Qinghai Province has gradually developed a Tibetan carpet making industry with distinctive local characteristics. Due to historical and geographic reasons, there exist differences in weaving skills and pattern designs of carpets between the Anduo Tibetan Region and the Kangba Tibetan Region. In the Kangba

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Suzhou Pingtan

Suzhou pinghua is a folk vocal art form of recitative, performed in Wu dialects represented by Suzhou dialect without any accompaniment. It is popular in south Jiangsu Province and north Zhejiang Province covering most Wu-dialect-speaking regions in Shanghai. Generally speaking, Suzhou pinghua and Suzhou tanci are collectively known as Suzhou pingtan. Suzhou pinghua is called Dashu and Suzhou tanci is called Xiaoshu, both known as “story-telling”

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Qingming Festival

Qingming Festival is one of the important traditional Chinese festivals and is still an important festival for the Chinese nation including overseas Chinese. Qingming Festival was called Sanyue Festival (literally, a festival in March) in ancient times and has a history of over 2000 years. Qingming Festival approximately falls on April 5th of solar calendar and is based on one of the 24 solar terms. It is celebrated by the whole Han nationality and

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Jiangnan sizhu (southern Chinese silk and bamboo music)

Jiangnan sizhu is the general name of "silk and bamboo" music in the south of Jiangsu, west of Zhejiang and Shanghai. As the band is composed of such silk and bamboo musical instruments as Erhu (two-string Chinese violin), dulcimer, Pipa (4-stringed Chinese lute), Sanxian (three-stringed plucked instrument), Qinqin (a national musical instrument), bamboo flute and Xiao (a vertical bamboo flute), hence the name. During the Jialong period of the Ming

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Qinqiang Opera

Qinqiang Opera is formed when the kindness urging tunes circulating in Guanzhong at the turn of Yuan and Ming dynasties intermingled with the local folk music and dialect. It is a tone opera prevalent in the northwestern areas of Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai and Xinjiang. At the turn of Ming and Qing dynasties, Qinqiang Opera was brought to the central plain and East China, Central China and South China from Shaanxi by merchants, causing it to

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The Myth of Creation: Buluotuo

In the dictation literature of ancestors of Zhuang Ethnicity, Buluotuo is a mythic figure, god of creation, forefather, and god of morality. The story of Buluotuo is a long, poetic myth of creation of the Zhuang Ethnicity. Its main narration is about the remarkable achievements of Buluotuo: genesis and the creation of man. Since ancient times, it has been circulating in the area of Tianyang County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region by mouth. Roughly,

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The Legend of Butterfly Lovers

The romance of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, the butterfly lovers, looms as one of the four major legends of China and one precious masterwork of Chinese culture. For thousands of years, it has remained enduringly impressive among people for the exploration of knowledge, pursuit of love, and tribute to life. The thrilling plot, remarkable characters, and ingenuity of structure are well received by the masses. The artistic charisma revealed in the

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Hexi Scroll

The Hexi Sroll is mainly circulating in the Hexi Corridor, Gansu Province, one of the few areas in China where chanting-telling activities still exist. The Hexi Scroll is a form of folk chant developed from the Dunhuang varied text and story-telling and the dictation scripture of Song Dynasty. In the varied text, story-telling and dictation scripture was mainly assimilated and inherited the structure of Dunhuang Buddhist scripture while Liangzhou

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The Legend of Buddhist Jigong

The legend of Buddist Jigong is a kind of dictation folktale literature based on the story of the celebrated Zen Buddhist Daoji during the South Song Dynasty. With Tiantai as the center, it spread radially all over Zhejiang Province and even the whole country and had an influence on the world. During the Sui Tang era of the Six Dynasties, many tales of Arhat, the mad monk were already circulating in Tiantai. In the early South Song Dynasty, Daoji

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