1. Qin terracotta warriors and horses
Audio text: 《秦兵马俑》课文朗读 www.lbx777.com/multimedia/kwld/read_175.htm
This text describes the famous caves of Buddhist art near Dunhuang, in western China.
Advice for teachers: Teachers may also like to search for images for “Dunhuang caves”, “Dunhuang mural”, “Mogao grottoes”, etc. to enhance these resources. Stories painted in the grottoes have inspired picture books and animated films, such as “Nine-coloured Deer” (九色鹿; Jiuse Lu). Teachers may like to search for these resources.
Link: This item appears in multiple units: The Arts Unit: Arts and Artists in China and Business & Commerce Unit: The Silk Road. It also links to the Media Studies Unit: Distinctively Chinese, but not directly to any item.
3. Riverside scene at Qingming Festival
This panoramic scroll painting captures the daily life of people of all ranks in the Northern Song Dynasty's capital city of Bianjing (today's Kaifeng, Henan Province) during Qingming Festival. It gives a snapshot of the economic activities in urban and rural areas at the time. Over 500 people are shown in the painting, with a great variety of natural scenery, architectural features, market places and stores, boats and bridges.
Painted by Zhang Zeduan, an artist in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), “Riverside scene at Qingming Festival” is a national treasure at the Palace Museum in Beijing. It is 528 cm long and 24.8 cm wide.
Audio text: 《一幅名扬中外的画》课文朗读 www.lbx777.com/multimedia/kwld/read_060.htm
4. The moon’s reflection on the twin spring lakes
The inspiration for Hua Yanjun, better known as “Blind Ah Bing”, a wandering erhu player who created one of the most popular musical works in China.
5. Roar the Yellow River
This article is about how the “Yellow River Cantata” (黄河大合唱) came into being in early 1939, during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The lyrics, written by poet Guang Weiran, so inspired composer Xian Xinghai that he set them to music in six days. Two weeks later, on 13 April, the “Yellow River Cantata” premiered in the Shanbei Gongxue Hall of Yan'an, and quickly became popular throughout China.
Link: This resource links to The Arts Unit: Beijing Opera, as it offers students opportunities to contrast Tibetan and Beijing opera styles.
7. Ansai waist drum
8. Grandma’s papercut
Last updated: 16 April 2012