Chinese Culture

Colours of China

Yan Wong's photographs (including Jade Green, left) that explore the colours of China. Mon-Sat, 11.30am-7.30pm, Art Beatus Gallery, G/F 50 Peel St, Central. Inquiries: 2526 0818. Ends Mar 28

Monday, 12 March, 2012, 12:00am

'2,000-year-old treasures' were made in... 2010

A jade stool and dressing table thought to be ancient artifacts when they were sold for 220 million yuan (HK$270.7 million) at a Beijing auction last year, were made in Jiangsu in 2010, says China News Service.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Call to strike ethnic status from I.D. cards

A senior official has urged the central government to make a host of changes to its ethnic affairs policies, including scrapping the 'ethnicity' category from people's identity cards and expanding mixed-ethnic schools.

15 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Flexible approach

Kung Hei Fat Choy! LuxeHomes wishes all our readers a prosperous Year of the Dragon. The dragon is a favourite creature in Chinese tradition, but it is really a human creation. It is made up of the head of the crocodile, the horn of the deer, the claws of the eagle, and the body of the snake.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Doubts over HK$270m jade chair, stool

Art experts and historians are questioning the authenticity of a jade dressing table and stool said to date from the Han dynasty that were sold for hundreds of millions of yuan at auction on the mainland last year.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

More spring in the step

A marriage between two people is a union that is hopefully filled with love and happiness. However, despite the best intentions, everyone knows some marriages eventually fail. So, many couples are getting hitched in the Year of the Dragon to boost their chances of blissful matrimony. Wedding specialists Lo Kan-fong and Sharon Au share some insight on why this is the best year to tie the knot.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Divine Power - The Dragon in Chinese Art

Divine Power - The Dragon in Chinese Art Art Museum, Chinese University of Hong Kong

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

What Is Troubling You (CD) Sodagreen

Taiwanese folk-pop band Sodagreen have released a new album every year since their debut in 2005. With that much production, you would think the quality of the music would suffer. But in their latest album, What Is Troubling You, the band are getting better instead, much better.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

How China welcomes its little dragons

We can expect to see a lot of dragon babies this year. That is, a lot of couples having children in the Year of the Dragon.

The dragon is the only Chinese zodiac sign that is an imaginary animal. Why is that? Are dragons better than the other 11 creatures?

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Cultural understanding

Cultural differences can be a major source of confusion and frustration for expatriates living in Hong Kong, or those who regularly travel to the mainland for business. Attending classes to learn more about Chinese culture can help alleviate the misunderstandings that occur or help establish important business relationships.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Unease at dragon stamp just hot air

The controversy over China Post's stamp marking the Year of the Dragon shows the sensitivities that have arisen over China's rise. Even though the philatelic offering bears a classic depiction of the mythical creature, there is criticism among some that it is a message about the government's true intentions.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Young iconoclast's dim view on revolution strikes chord in Beijing

There may be many mysteries in Chinese politics, but whether the state propaganda machine is surrounded by many competing voices is not one of them.

A leader among those voices is Han Han, a 29-year-old professional rally driver and self-described amateur writer, whose blog has received 520 million visits since he started it in 2006.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Dragon stamp 'doesn't send wrong message'

The designer of the mainland's Year of the Dragon postage stamp has defended what some have described as a sinister-looking beast, saying it will help exorcise evil spirits and represents a confident China.

The latest Lunar New Year stamp, designed by Shenzhen-based Chen Shaohua, was released by China Post yesterday with a face value of 1.20 yuan (HK$1.47).

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

The Planner


A is Green, R is Red - And Other Obstacle in Seeings

Designer Lio Yeung's works suggest an alternative way of seeing the world. Today, 11.30am-8pm, Agnes B's Librairie Galerie, 1/F, 18 Wing Fung St, Wan Chai. Inquiries: 2869 5505. Ends today

Living for the Moment

31 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Jade Christy can dazzle with his luxury weight

Trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai took a little time to hit his straps this season, but the yard is in full flight now and Jade Christy should continue that roll by winning the Chinese General Chamber Of Commerce Cup (1,000m) at Sha Tin today.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am