Kong Zi Institute

Chinese Arts

Chinese Quyi

Quyi Quyi is the general name given to China’s numerous ballad arts. It is a unique art form that uses old folk literature and singing. Pingshu (Storytelling) Speaking Mandarin, performers usually tell stories from longer novels whose contents usually involving changing dynasties and heroes’ military expeditions. Xiangsheng (Comedic crosstalk) Xiangsheng can be performed by one, two or a group of performers. Using humorous means of talking and

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Shadow Puppet Play

Shadow puppet plays, also known as shadow play or lamp shadow play, is a folk opera form of cutting beast skin or hard paper board into articulated figures and performing in front of an illuminated backdrop to create the illusion of moving images. Accompanied by music, performers manipulate the figures and sing. With a long history in China, shadow puppets were introduced to many countries during the Yang Dynasty, attracting many foreign audiences.

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Consummate Skill of Sichuan Opera – Face Changing

Face Changing refers to the special performance skill of changing facial masks several times in the blink of an eye. The performance is used in a wide variety of operas but is best exemplified in Sichuan Opera. Allegedly, the talent was used to scare away fierce beasts. In order to survive, people painted their faces with different patterns to threaten wild animals. Sichuan Opera performers perform the skill on stage and have made it a unique art.

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A Lively Monkey Performance

“Monkey King” Sun Wukong is a household name among opera enthusiasts. The Monkey King was the hero in the famous Chinese novel A Journey to the West. Chinese people like the intelligent and brave role of the simian king. His face mask and solid gold staff are often used by children when they imitate the Monkey King. For those who coming to Beijing to watch Peking Opera for the first time, the first performance they watch is usually a play about

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Ivory Carving Five-Peak Brush Rack with Dragon Pattern

Age: The Ming Dynasty Type: Ivory Carving Size: Net Height: 9cm; root diameter: 16-4.5 cm Originally Collected by: Imperial Court of the Qing Dynasty Currently Collected by: the Palace Museum of Beijing Brief Introduction: The full-relief brush rack has five peaks with deep water-wave patterns on its sides. Among the waves, two flying dragons wind themselves among the five peaks. In the mid- and late-Ming Dynasty, many cultural relics made of gold,

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The Writing Brush

One of the various writing and painting instruments, the writing brush is unique to China. Traditional writing brushes were not only an everyday necessity for ancient people of literature in their studies, but also has the unique charms in expressing the special style of Chinese calligraphy and paintings. During the Warring States period, writing brushes were widely used for writing and painting. China’s calligraphic and painting works wouldn’t

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Jingde Town

Jingde Town has a long history and the kilns there continue working after thousands of years of use. The town is famous for producing porcelain wares following the Han and Tang dynasties. In the Ming Dynasty, Jingde Town was known as one of China’s four most famous towns together with Zhuxian Town of Henan Province, Hankou Town of Hubei Province and Foshan Town of Guangdong Province. Only after visiting Jingde Town can you experience the endless

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