From big forests to calm lakes; from ancient temples to modern cities, ‘Beauty of China’ invites you to a mind-healing journey through the encounter of distinctive cultures and beautiful sceneries in China.
Legendary National Hero—Qi Jiguang (30') Linhai, the historical city situated in Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, is the founding place of the “Army of Qi” as well as the blueprint of Badaling in Beijing. Right here, the “Army of Qi” triumphed over Japanese soldiers. From eating habits to traditional customs, “Beauty of China” traces the history of our legendary national hero-Qi Jiguang.
Culture of Water transport in Taizhou (30') Water is not only the origin of life, but also the connection to the world for Taizhou. Situated near to Haikou City and as one of the tributaries of Silk Road Sea Route, Taizhou has been an important port for trading distinctive Chinese commodities because of its geographic advantages. Due to the prosperity of Tang Dynasty, the developments of traditional craftsmanship and cultural interaction were growing rapidly in Taizhou. The cultural hybridity in this place contributed to the flourish of folk art. Here you will discover the cultural side of Taizhou.
Civilizations in Shawan (30') In recent years, there is a saying that goes 'Chinese traditional culture stems from agriculture'. Some educated people turned down a government job offer, and chose to farm and study in the village in the past. The civilizations blossomed in Lingnan thanks to those civilized farmers. 'Beauty of China' takes you to Shawan Ancient Town in Panyu where the nature merges with culture perfectly.
Lamma Island in Hong Kong (30') As one of the many islands in Hong Kong, Lamma Island offers a totally different atmosphere in contrast to the hustle and bustle city life. Its beautiful fine white beach, fresh seafood, relaxed and simple lifestyle had attracted lots of foreigners and youth who longed for freedom to live there. Let's come and feel the ease of Lamma Island with "Beauty of China".
The Genuine Chaozhou Cuisine(30') Among all the Chinese cuisines, Chauzhou cuisine is widely considered as the one attached with sentiment. The local delights and snacks remind overseas Chaozhou people the warmth of their hometown. Distant from their root, they have strong motivation to preserve their cuisine generations by generations. Their insistence on the quality of the ingredients and the eagerness of pursuing blissful life are the recipe for Chaozhou delicacies. Beauty of China treats you a feast of Chaozhou cuisine.
The Traditions of Chaozhou(30') Chaozhou is a place with large population but scarce land. The undesirable living condition pushes local people to search for working opportunities overseas. However, their rooted tradition has not been withered away but blooms in a foreign land. No matter how distant from their hometown, they promise not to miss any ancestor worships to show their respect. Beauty of China discloses the customs of Chauzhou.
Tracing back the Huizhou Culture(30') Teenagers in Huizhou were encouraged to leave their under-privileged hometown in order to learn business skills for earning a living in the past. However, the family-oriented concept was still deeply rooted in their heart. Cultivated by Confucianism in their childhood, they were all well-behaved and in a refined manner. On the other hand, their homes were built along the river, and therefore formed a picturesque style of architecture. Beauty of China sets foot on the ancient road of Huizhou to trace back its culture.
The Unique Huizhou Culture(30') Black tiles, white walls and horse heads decorated elegantly on upturned eaves, this style is the iconic Huizhou architecture. The wealthy business giants with Confucian education background, is another characteristic of Huizhou. In fact, there are countless customs and craftsmanship left to be found. Beauty of China gathers those fragments of customs to show you the full picture of Huizhou.
Salt Business in Yangzhou(30') Yangzhou is renowned for striking a balance between environmental conservation and economic development. In the past, the salt traders made good use of the great canal to achieve the prosperity of Yangzhou. Their wealth and luxurious lifestyle contributed to the domestic economic development. The mutually beneficial relationship between the salt traders and Yangzhou may interest you. Beauty of China takes you to the mansions in Yangzhou to discover the stories of the salt traders.
The Hometown of Sun Yat-sen(30') Zhongshan City of Guangdong Province, which used to call as Xiangshan County, is well-known as the hometown of the founding father of the Republic of China. In 1866, Sun Yat-sen, who re-wrote the Chinese history, was born here. He held the belief that the society belongs to all people and initiated a revolution. In 1925, Xiangshan County was re-named as Zhongshan City to commemorate Mr. Sun’s great achievements. Beauty of China seeks for the Mr. Sun’s motives behind the revolution.
The Distinctive Culture inside the Hakka House(30') The Hakka House which is situated in Fujian Province is the residence of Hakka minority. The fortress-like house is surrounded by beautiful nature and hidden by mountainous landscape. It was built for defending enemies, but now, it might be a preservation of Central Plains tradition.The world keeps changing, the genuine Hakka culture still walks in its own way.
Social Issues Series:
Orphan in temple (30') According to the survey taken by the China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs, most of the orphans or abandoned children aged under 18 are brought up in different NGOs in China. In Chaoshan area of Guangdong Province, some temples are taking the responsibility of caring for orphans. Some parents even left their ill or disabled children in front of the temple. What kind of life are these orphans experiencing without the love from parents in temple?
The old-style private schools in modern society (30') The effectiveness of education system in modern China has been questioned by the public in recently years. Some of the educators suggested that compare with the modern education, the old-style education might be more effective for the moral development of children. Some parents have chosen to send their children to the old-style private school in remote mountainous area and let them leave the compulsory education as the parents are dissatisfied with the modern education. The children study “The Four Books and Five Classics” which the parents believe the knowledge of traditional Chinese culture is good for the development of the children. Let’s explore the secret of this old-style private school.
A turning point – “Gaokao” (30') Holding the faith of“Knowledge reshapes one’s destiny”, the young generation in rural China believes that “Gaokao”, the China's college entrance examination, is the ladder to upper social status. They study round the clock to gain high scores in Gaokao which becomes one of the opportunities to be white-collar elite in cities and improve their lives. The matter of fact is that the root class receiving the worst education seems to be the trend. The ratio of rural student studying in the national key universities has been decreasing since 90s. The situation is even worse in top universities where rural student takes up only 10%. Despite the cruel fact, rural student still strives for realizing the dream of becoming elite.
The life of Chinese acrobats (30') No pain no gain is the best idiom to interpret the life of Chinese acrobatic artist. Through blood, sweat and tears, they are trained up to be professional performers. With solid foundation and magnificent performance, Chinese acrobats were invited to be the final performer in many grand theatres. The Qiao family team was one of the representatives. Not only the audience be surprised, it’s amazing acrobatic performance also the key to perform aboard during the Qing Dynasty. Let's go to Dongbei Village and appreciate the primitive Chinese acrobatics.
Retirement Life in China (30') The ageing problem is severe in modern China according to the shocking statistics indicating that the population of senior citizens increases 3% every year. The one-child policy and young people moving to city are blamed as the causes for neglecting senior citizens. However, different with traditional cognitive, senior citizens are independent and courageous to choose their own way of retirement life in this modern China. Some of them decide to live in Aged Care Home and learn new skills to make their retirement fruitful. Let’s take a look of the new style of retirement life in China.
Feels Like Home (30') The economic development and openness has made China becoming a platform for foreigners to pursue their dreams and a place where they chose to take root. In this foreign land, they let their children learn Chinese and treat here as their hometown even though they have different races and nationalities. Meanwhile, some of them keep reminding their children about the memories of their origins in different ways. These lovely new-comers’ love for this country reminds us the beauty of our home.