On the eastern face of Mount Ermei in China's Sichuan province is a giant seated Buddha carved from stone. The Buddha is so large that a hundred people can fit on it's foot. Work on the stone buddha began in 713 during the Tang Dynasty. In this episode of Chinese Touch we will take a look at the Giant Buddha of Leshan and the stories behind its construction.
There are two Temples of Heaven in China, the most famous one is in Beijing. The emperors of both the Ming and Qing dynasties would pray at the temple of heaven to report their accomplishments to the gods. On this episode of Chinese Touch we will take a look at the building of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing and the various Fengshui rules it had to follow which date back thousands of years to the Zhou dynasty.
There are many beautiful landscape along the Yangtze River, and the most famous and perhaps breathtakingly beautiful is the Three Gorges. On this episode of Chinese Touch we will take a short journey along the Three Gorges to admire the beauty of its landscape.
The terracotta army is a world renown archeological find in China characterized by thousands upon thousands of life sized terracotta soldiers standing in battle formation. The soldiers are part of the burial of Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China. On this episode of Chinese Touch, we will explore the mysteries of the terracotta army.
There is a village in China's Guangxi region that is famous for their women's hair length. Sometimes referred to as The Longest Hair Under Heaven, the women of the long haired Yao minority take great care to grow their hair long. On this episode of Chinese Touch, we'll explore the fascinating customs of the Red Yao and see the beauty of their hair and their songs.
798 industrial park used to be an industrial area in Beijing, but after the market reforms of the 80s and 90s, the area was transformed into a place for artists to explore their craft. On this episode of Chinese Touch, we will explore how China's reforms gave a new use to an otherwise derelict part of the city.
The Forbidden City has served as the residence of Chinese emperors for two consecutive dynasties, spanning almost 600 years. It is a place of many stories having witnessed the rise and fall of many political movements but nowadays its doors are opened to visitors from around the world. On this episode of Chinese Touch we will explore the history of one of China's most famous sites, the Forbidden City.
Zhouzhuang village is a picturesque village near the eastern cities of Shanghai and Suzhou. It has a 900 year history and is well known locally for its traditional architecture. On this episode of Chinese Touch, we will explore this beautiful village that has been one of the best kept secret destinations by the locals, that is also quickly becoming an international tourist hotspot .
Also known as the Three Star Mound, this archeological site in China's Sichuan province date back 3000 years, and revealed artifacts that were several hundreds years ahead of those found along the Yangtse River. Who were the people of the Three Star Mound? Can they help unravel the mystery of the Chinese origin? On this episode of Chinese Touch we'll learn about the significance of the Sanxingdui archeological site and how it can change what the textbooks teach of Chinese history.
One of the most renowned mountains in China, Mount Huang is situated the province of Anhui. The mountain is famous since antiquated times, where legendary stories spoke of mythical characters who found the secret of immortality on the mountain. It is the only 'object' to have a Chinese painting style named after it. On this episode of Chinese Touch, we'll travel up Mount Huang and learn why it has become a symbol of China for the Chinese themselves.
The ancient city of Ping Yao stands in China's Shanxi province. The walled city was established 2700 years ago and is one of the best preserved ancient walled cities in China. Many of the dilapidated buildings have stood for hundreds of years, however despite being situated in one of China's poorer areas, it was once very rich and prosperous. On this episode of Chinese Touch, we'll take you to visit the Ancient Han city of Ping Yao.
To Tibetan Buddhists, Jokhang Temple and Pargor Street running around it, are at the heart of their beliefs. It’s here that their Buddhist faith and daily lives come together.On this episode of Chinese Touch, we'll explore this ancient temple and learn why it is so significant to the lives of local Tibetans.
China is comprised of people from 56 different ethnic groups, each with their own culture and tradition. The cultural persity gave China a number of songs and dances that are not found anywhere else in the world. In this episode of Chinese Touch, we will take a glimpse of the different songs and dances of the various Chinese ethnic groups.
The ethnic Tibetan people are mostly found in high altitude mountainous regions in China. In order to adapt to the harsh climate, Tibetans wear large, heavy loosely fitting garments with large waist, long sleeves and a broad front. In this episode of Chinese Touch, we will look at the artistry and functionality of Tibetan clothing.
The Relie Gull is also known as the "Lost Gull". It was observed for the first time in 1929 in present day Inner Mongolia. It wasn't until 1971 that scientists determined the species to be unique from other gulls.