TIANJIN, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- Every time Feng Jicai, an acclaimed Chinese writer in his 70s, walks through a Chinese village, he becomes deeply concerned.
Skilled at portraying characters in rural China, Feng knows that hundred-year, or even thousand-year old villages, are slowly disappearing.
In sharp contrast to the thriving megacities packed with high-rises, China, once an agricultural state with a civilization going back 5,000 years, is losing its villages.
These old villages, which witnessed the heyday of ancient Chinese culture, feeling the sorrows and falls of many dynasties, are part and parcel of Chinese history.
But modern lifestyles are squeezing their existence. Young villagers are leaving for the bigger world, where they can achieve bigger dreams than in their village homelands.
Feeling the pinch, Chinese authorities initiated an archive-building and survey program in 2012 to catalogue ancient Chinese villages, led by Feng, who is also a counselor to the S..
BEIJING, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- More than 200 government officials, scholars, and representatives of non-governmental organizations from the mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan gathered in a forum in Beijing Wednesday to promote cultural innovation and develop Chinese culture.
Chinese culture is the root and spirit connecting the people of the mainland and Taiwan, said Liu Jieyi, vice director of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, at the forum's opening ceremony.
Liu called on compatriots from both sides of the strait to enhance mutual understanding of ethnic, cultural and national identity, and maintain the mutual spiritual bond between the two peoples.
The cultural communication across the strait has lasted a long time and become increasingly active, even as cross-strait relations have gone through ups and downs since 1987, said Liu.
Wang Yifu, president of the All-China Fe..
Recently, intangible cultural heritage lessons, such as Yangliuqing new year painting, paper cutting and traditional drum performance were introduced into Puyu School in north China’s Tianjin Municipality. Elsewhere in China, culture education has also become an indispensable part of school education. Let’s take a look.
A girl learns to paint new year picture at Puyu School in north China's Tianjin Municipality, Jan. 3, 2018. Intangible cultural heritage lessons, such as Yangliuqing new year painting, paper cutting and traditional drum performance, were introduced into the school. (Xinhua/Liu Dongyue)
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