VOC's Travel BLOG
Our Travel Blog is the place to share our real life, travel experiences in China with you. Besides, we will provide information related to Chinese culture and China travel guide. "A bosom friend afar brings a distant land near." Traveling makes us to be closer, let's discover China together!
A traditional Chinese painting is made from rice paper, ink, water, brush and pigment. And a complete traditional painting is composed of 4 parts: pictures, calligraphy, poem and seal.
China is a country with vast land and composed by 56 ethnic groups. Except the Han nationality which accounts for approximately 91.51% of the total population of China, other nationalities only accounts for 8.49%, and consequently the other 55 are called minority nationalities. Though the population of the other 55 ethnic groups is much fewer, their varied festivals account for about 70% of the total amount of Chinas festivals, and these colorful festivals constitute an important part of Chinese culture and lives.
As a quintessence of Chinese culture, Mahjong has a very long history and favored by hundreds of thousands of people in China, especially in Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Hangzhou, Changsha, Kunming, etc. Nowadays, Mahjong has been internationally introduced into many other countries, but basically it stays in Chinese people, so Mahjong can be the card of Chinese.
People generally know Guilin but ignore other beauties of Guangxi Province. Actually, Guangxi offers so much more than just Guilin. The Miao Ethnical Minority villages in Rongshui County, Guangxi Province, has the very interesting Po Hui Festival(a popular activity for the locals to wish for good harvest through the reed-pipe wind instruments) every year, which is a kind of non-material cultural heritage that originates from nature and showed by dances, songs and various activities.
Last Wednesday, British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Chengdu. He visited the Dufus Thatched Cottage and Jinli Street, and had Chengdu Hotpot. Chengdu is the only city in Western China that has direct flights to London. It is the capital of Sichuan Province, and is famous for its food, teahouses, beautiful attractions, and a rapidly growing economy. With its development it has become a very modern city, but it still holds onto its traditional roots. Locals take great pride in their culture and traditions.
Hubei Province Museum of China is the only provincial level, comprehensive museum, in which the largest, most complete and systematic ancient instruments are exhibited. Zenghouyi Bells are the most famous set of chime (excavated from the tomb of Marquls Yi of Zeng). It is like a bright pearl beside the beautiful East Lake, and also a great landmark building as well as an essential landscape of Wuhan City. Zenghouyi Bells are historical relics of Chinas Warring States Period (475 -221 BC). It consists of 65 bronze chimes and the range covers five and a half octaves with the whole 12 semitones.
The people of Three Gorges show me their absolute austere friendship. Between mountains and waters, it looks like a landscape painting. Traditional stilted architectures, mysterious ancient sailing boats and covering ships silently stand, while young girls are washing clothes beside the river
Almost all visitors who have lived in Hutongs of Beijing will take a fancy to Chinese quadrangle courtyard and old Beijing culture. For them, to go deep into Hutongs, the past memories and traces of Old Beijing, is the only way to a real Beijing. Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷), or South Luogu Lane, a hutong built 700 years ago in Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), has become a popular haunt for both domestic and foreign travelers today with many distinctive bars, stores and galleries.