Chinese Culture

I have been expanding my knowledge of Chinese Culture with interactive online seminars with Madison, a sinophile with a wide knowledge of Chinese history and customs.  We’ve explored Chinese poetry and drooled over the Eight Great Cuisines!

China Knowledge, a personal encyclopaedia of Chinese history and culture.

I also like Dragon Carvings, another personal website, with translations of ancient Chinese literature.

Gardens
People and Practices
The ancient Chinese 24 solar terms, officially listed as human intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, are the basis for The Seasons documentary series,  available on YouTube.  Attractive trailer for Spring.

More on Chinese Culture.

Poetry
Chinese Sayings

I enjoy the  Chinese Sayings Podcast by Lazlo Montgomery.

Music
Philosophy
History
Nature

BBC’s Wild China series is available on DVD.
Channel 4’s  Between Clouds and Dreams, & Beyond the Clouds.

Artefacts

Chinese porcelain.

A rather nice series of books on different aspects of Chinese culture, artefacts, architecture etc – compact format, not expensive, colour pictures and dual English & Chinese text.   There are lots of different subjects, from poetry to lanterns, bridges to pagodas, scholar objects to the Tea-Horse Road.  For example, here are 3 on clothing.

They are available online from  Purple Culture & Cypress Books.

Handling old books – definitely no gloves!

Science

yuansu zhouqi biaoThe Periodic Table in Chinese – each element is just one character, which includes radicals that tell you if the element is a metal 釒,  a gas  , a liquid 水or a non-metal solid 石.   This video could help you write and pronounce them.

Food

A Bite of China, from CCTV, so perhaps take with a pinch of C5H8NO4Na.

Tai Chi

My friend Anita teaches Tai Chi in Surrey, and Sylvia in Kent.