Music is a universal language, says Lang Lang as he does Canto-pop for handover anniversary

Concert pianist Lang Lang was in Hong Kong last week for a series of events to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the handover.

Wednesday, 4 July, 2012, 12:00am

Past on a card

Old Beijing: Postcards from the Imperial City by Felicitas Titus Tuttle Publishing

With the advent of the internet, postcards now seem redundant. We Tweet our impressions, Instagram our photos, and track our travels on a timeline on Facebook. The humble postcard is a quaint relic from yesteryear.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

City's imperial past

Most visitors to Northeast China may not know that the original Forbidden City lies in Shenyang, the first capital of the Manchu people. The Mukden Palace is a reminder of days when Shenyang was one of the preeminent cities of Chinese civilisation.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Born to play piano

Pianist Lang Lang has had a glittering classical music career. His remarkable journey, which has seen him perform everywhere from New York's Central Park to the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, began in 1982 in Shenyang.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

A stunning interpretation of Chinese painting through dance

Two Swallows - Ode to Wu Guanzhong Hong Kong Dance Company Cultural Centre Grand Theatre Ends today

Following the success of Qingming Riverside, his dance treatment of a famous Song dynasty scroll painting, Leung Kwok-shing's new full-length piece for the Hong Kong Dance Company is also inspired by Chinese painting.

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Proud Manchu reclaims his rich heritage

If the Qing dynasty had not fallen in 1911, Aisin-Gioro Shoukun would still be an aristocrat, enjoying the honorary rank of general.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Sirens mark Japan's invasion

Grand ceremonies were held in Shenyang and other Chinese cities yesterday to mark the 80th anniversary of the Mukden Incident - the day Japan invaded China in 1931 and the start of 14 years of occupation - while unofficial commemoration activities were strictly controlled.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Keys to the future

Lang Lang is a busy boy - although 'boy' is a little unfair these days: the most renowned classical music performer of his generation, more rock star than concert pianist, he is now 29 years old.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

De Ling and Empress Dowager Ci Xi

Art of Cantonese Opera's Cantonese opera adaptation of He Jiping's play about how the powerful, elderly Qing empress is touched by a young woman's pure heart and love for her country. Starring Liza Wang Ming-chun (left). In Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles. Aug 10-14, 7.30pm, also Apr 14, 2pm, Academy for Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Rd, Wan Chai, HK$100-HK$480 HK Ticketing.

10 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Spirit of an empress

Beijing is not an especially peaceful city, and less so considering the overhaul it has endured since the Olympic facelift began in 2001. Streets were cleaned up, infrastructure improved and plots of history covered by gleaming skyscrapers in one hot blast of construction dust.

29 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Sex and lies from the Qing court

Decadence Mandchoue: The China Memoirs of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse edited by Derek Sandhaus Earnshaw Books

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Pianist Lang Lang honoured by Prince Charles

The virtuoso pianist Lang Lang has become the youngest and the first Chinese artist given an honorary doctorate by Britain's Royal College of Music.

The 28-year-old was one of several artists honoured on Thursday at the college in London. Prince Charles presented Lang with the award.

14 May 2011 - 12:00am

Exhibition of lucky ancient purses is right on the money

For the ancient Chinese, a purse was more than jut an accessory to hold one's money.

More than 160 vintage purses from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) currently being exhibited in Park Central mall were also used to keep tobacco and fragrances and were carried as lucky charms, symbolising love and trust.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Murders at the Qing court

It was the morning of November 15, 1908 in a reception room of the Imperial Palace in Beijing. The Empress Dowager was meeting two senior officials, one of them a senior military officer, Yuan Shikai .

3 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

Yesterday's report, 'HK prices a sour note for Lang Lang', on page A2 said the album deal that pianist Lang Lang signed with Sony Classical is worth HK$3 million. The deal is worth US$3 million.

28 Oct 2010 - 12:00am