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.
<b>The Amazing Hakka Houses (30')</b>
Hakka walled villages in China is known for its unique building style of the Hakka people, and the Hua’e Building in Meizhou is one of them. This architectural wonder was built in the Ming Dynasty and its 400-year-old yet well-preserved building is still under residential use. Unfolding both the architectural features of the building and the indigenous customs of its residents, the programme invites the audience to visit Hua’e Building and experience the genuine Hakka lifestyle.
<b>Story of Chaozhou woodcarving (30')</b>
Chaozhou, where is located in Guangdong Province, is not only well-known for its business hub but also its rich cultural heritage- Chaozhou woodcarving. Although the woodcarving craftsmen in Chaozhou only earn a meager living, their artifacts possess high artistic value in Chinese folk arts. However, the inheritance and succession of this crafts have become a concern among the older generation of craftsmen. Yet, they are in full confidence that by refining their exquisite crafts, they will produce breathtaking arts that can withstand the test of time.
<b>The new lives of the Tankas (30')</b>
In the coastal area of Shanwei, there was a large group of people who live on junks most of their time and fish for their living, they are called the Tanka people, which are sometimes referred as "sea gypsies" because of their trait of wandering on sea. Due to their unique living styles, these boat-dwelling people have their unique culture on wedding, costume and belief etc. The show looks into the lives of the heirs of this unique tribe and explores why the Tanka style is becoming extinct in the modern society.
<b>The Grace of Mazu (30')</b>
Mazu is the indigenous goddess of the sea who is said to protect fishermen and sailors. In Shanwei of Guangdong province, where many people have seafaring traditions, the worship of Mazu is very common and the residents are treating Mazu as their family. From the Mazu Temple that is decorated with delicate sculptures to the unique vernacular entertainment Baizi opera, this program shows the audience how the daily lives of people in Shanwei are inseparable with the Mazu culture.
<b>Cattle Depot Artist Village in Hong Kong (30')</b>
While Cattle Depot Artist Village is a distinctive architectural heritage, it is also an important place for the artists to exchange their ideas. The Village was a slaughterhouse before, but now had been turned into the dream garden for the artists. ‘Beauty of China’ brings you the touching stories behind the red walls of the Village.
<b>Walled Villages in Hong Kong (30')</b>
Walled Villages in Hong Kong are the characteristic residence of the indigenous New Territories residents. These villages are surrounded by old brick walls and lots of traditional culture are preserved in it; their inherited eating habits are also showing the strong bonding within the clan. Let’s explore the story and history of the walled villages in Hong Kong.
<b>Custom of the Hakkas (30')</b>
Sujiawei is a traditional Hakka village in Heyuan of Guangdong and it is a habitation of pure Hakka people. This place has a profound cultural history as all its residents are the descendants of Su Shi, who is a famous poet in the Song Dynasty. Nowadays, residents here are still retaining a big family system with the ancestral house as the centre of the village. While the Hakka people have always been a wandering tribe, their culture is continually evolving as they learn from other cultures as well, Beauty of China brings you to this ancient village and experience the unique Hakka custom.
<b>"Three Lanes and Seven Alleys" of Fuzhou(30')</b>
"Three Lanes and Seven Alleys" refers to the ten lanes and alleys in Fuzhou from north to south. It is the only district in China nowadays that still preserves the ancient complex with over a thousand years of history. The former residents were mostly the famous politicians and outstanding scholars. They were proud to live here and would spend lots of money to build the best house in town. Here we will share the stories in this “Three lanes and seven alleys” .
<b>The Baima People (30')</b>
The Baima Tribe is an ethnic group that lives in the northwest of Sichuan Basin for thousand years. Due to the remoteness and the poor traffic conditions, the basic necessities of the Baima Tribe all come from the mother earth. In other words, they live primitively with the nature all the way. Let's explore this ancient tribe and their village.
<b>Over the Clouds—The Qiang Ethnic Group (30')</b>
"Animism" is the traditional belief of the Qiang Ethnic Group who truly believes that every white stone in the village is the symbol of God. They have been living in the remote mountainous area since ancient times and they don’t have their own word. Mouth is the only way to pass the torch of their histories and culture. For the sake of equipping their offspring with better education, most of the young people are encouraged to go to the city. This results in the disappearing of craftsmanship and traditional customs. And now they are facing to the problem of the preservation of their traditional culture.
<b>Tai O: Fishing village in Hong Kong (30')</b>
Tai O is located in the west of Lantau Island in Hong Kong. It is a quiet little fishing town with magnificent canal scenery. Also know as the "Venice of Hong Kong", Tai O is famous for its unique architecture of stilt house, salted fish and shrimp paste. 'Beauty of China' brings you to feel the serenity and the unique taste of Tai O.
<b>Mount Xiqiao in Nanhai (30')</b>
Due to the unique geographic position, the water village under the Mount Xiqiao has got picturesque scenery. Diverse water culture such as dragon boat race and full fish feast was developed. Apart from abundant water resources, the water village also gave birth to a number of scholars who studied Confucianism and painting.
<b>Legend of Pengzu (30')</b>
Longevity is a long-standing wish in Chinese culture. From emperors to civilians, many of them attempted to find a way to extend their life span. According to the folklore, there was a person called Pengzu living more than eight hundred years old. Indeed, he is not only a legend. 'Beauty of China' brings you to Xuzhou in Jiangsu Province, where the hometown of Pengzu is, to find the mark of his existence.