The Great Sichuan Earthquake

Authors: Basile Theaud, Christine Yu The “Great Sichuan earthquake”, also known as “Wenchuan earthquake”, happened on 12th May 2008 in the #Sichuan province. The #magnitude of the earthquake was 8.0 and over 69,000 people lost their lives, the deadliest #earthquake in China since 1976 (242,000 dead) and the strongest since Read more…

The art of Face Changing

Author: Lucy Dong Bian Lian 变脸 (‘Face Changing’) is an ancient Chinese dramatic art originated in the 1930s. It is typical of the more general Sichuan opera which, instead, dates back to 1700. Bian Lian is a romantic method to reveal the inner thoughts and feelings of the characters in Read more…

Confucianism: a way of life

Authors: Silvia Gramegna, Federico Alessandro Musso Confucianism is an ancient Chinese philosophy, religion, and secular morality, it is a way of life that follows Confucius’s teachings dating back to the V century BCE. Given the humanistic focus of Confucianism, emphasis is put on the role of the family and social Read more…

Qingming Festival

Author: Diandian Jiang Qingming (清明节 Qīng míng jié), or Ching Ming, is a traditional Chinese festival celebrated on the first day of the fifth lunar month (between April 4 and 6 every year) which, according to the lunar calendar, is the day spring will return to most parts of China. Read more…

The Chinese abacus

Author: Alessandro Zhuohao Hu Have you ever wondered how the ancient Chinese performed calculations in their daily life? When neither calculators nor computers existed, merchants and shopkeepers performed mathematical operations, such as calculating costs, using the so-called 珠算 (zhūsuàn) method, a traditional method of performing mathematical calculations through 算盘 (suànpán), Read more…

Ink wash painting

Author: Valentino Zhi Chi Zhao Ink wash painting (Shuǐ mò huà 水墨画) is known as the representative of traditional Chinese painting. It is a type of brush painting that uses only ink and water, mixed to create different tonalities of black. It emerged during the Tang dynasty (618-907) following the Read more…