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Chinese dramatist’s Hong Kong show turns Greek tragedy into comedy

Production of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound plays on the absurdity of portraying deities in human form

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Production of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound plays on the absurdity of portraying deities in human form

Chinese dramatist’s Hong Kong show turns Greek tragedy into comedy
Hong Kong choreographer Sang Jijia's long and lonely road

Sometimes I feel I belong nowhere, says Germany-trained, Hong Kong-based ethnic Tibetan as he prepares to take City Contemporary Dance Company production to Taiwan.

30 Sep 2015 - 10:03AM

Sometimes I feel I belong nowhere, says Germany-trained, Hong Kong-based ethnic Tibetan as he prepares to take City Contemporary Dance Company production to Taiwan.

Hong Kong choreographer Sang Jijia's long and lonely road
Young Chinese artists' Hong Kong show explores friendship

The group show challenges the traditional notion of friendship and examines the relationships between the artworks on display at the Lehmann Maupin gallery.

15 Jul 2015 - 7:05PM

The group show challenges the traditional notion of friendship and examines the relationships between the artworks on display at the Lehmann Maupin gallery.

Young Chinese artists' Hong Kong show explores friendship
Why lion dancing in Baizhifang is a dying art

Troupe with a 270-year history in Beijing urban village struggles to find new recruits amid rapid social and technological change.                                         

25 Feb 2015 - 5:19PM

Troupe with a 270-year history in Beijing urban village struggles to find new recruits amid rapid social and technological change.                                         

Why lion dancing in Baizhifang is a dying art
Xu Jiang's sunflowers are symbol of a lost generation

Artist Xu Jiang expresses his Cultural Revolution generation's lost hopes and potential in his sunflower works, writes Xu Donghuan.

18 Oct 2014 - 11:53PM

Artist Xu Jiang expresses his Cultural Revolution generation's lost hopes and potential in his sunflower works, writes Xu Donghuan.

Xu Jiang's sunflowers are symbol of a lost generation
Young Mao devotees lead an agricultural revolution at the Righteous Path Farm, Hebei

Staffed by young, educated Mao devotees, Hebei’s Righteous Path Farm is an organic slice of communal harmony that would make the Great Helmsman proud, writes Xu Donghuan. Pictures by Simon Song.

5 Jul 2014 - 11:54PM

Staffed by young, educated Mao devotees, Hebei’s Righteous Path Farm is an organic slice of communal harmony that would make the Great Helmsman proud, writes Xu Donghuan. Pictures by Simon Song.

Young Mao devotees lead an agricultural revolution at the Righteous Path Farm, Hebei
My life: David Walker

The BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University tells Xu Donghuan how his nation's relationship with Asia has evolved.

21 Jun 2014 - 11:51PM

The BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University tells Xu Donghuan how his nation's relationship with Asia has evolved.

My life: David Walker
My true colours

Having written soundtracks to films that include Red Sorghum, Raise the Red Lantern and Farewell, My Concubine, Zhao Jiping accepts that he is widely known for his film scores. But the 69-year-old composer says his orchestral works are a better vehicle of his thoughts and emotions.

6 May 2014 - 11:59AM

Having written soundtracks to films that include Red Sorghum, Raise the Red Lantern and Farewell, My Concubine, Zhao Jiping accepts that he is widely known for his film scores. But the 69-year-old composer says his orchestral works are a better vehicle of his thoughts and emotions.

My true colours
Postcard: Beijing
4 May 2014 - 1:55PM
Postcard: Beijing
‘Uncultured’ multi-billionaire is China’s biggest fine-art collector

He deprecatingly calls himself a tuhao - the Putonghua term for nouveau riche with barely the culture to match the wealth. But billionaire Liu Yiqian's huge collection of Chinese art suggests a finer taste than he lets on.

23 Apr 2014 - 2:31AM

He deprecatingly calls himself a tuhao - the Putonghua term for nouveau riche with barely the culture to match the wealth. But billionaire Liu Yiqian's huge collection of Chinese art suggests a finer taste than he lets on.

‘Uncultured’ multi-billionaire is China’s biggest fine-art collector
Father's love powers violinist's ascent to greatness
China invests in hi-definition opera movies

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing is an institution in a hurry. Opened in 2007, the centre was initially better known for a slew of controversy: the design of its futuristic egg-shaped building by architect Paul Andreu, delayed completion and huge construction and maintenance bills.

31 Mar 2014 - 11:42AM

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing is an institution in a hurry. Opened in 2007, the centre was initially better known for a slew of controversy: the design of its futuristic egg-shaped building by architect Paul Andreu, delayed completion and huge construction and maintenance bills.

China invests in hi-definition opera movies
Birdman of Beijing spreads the word about feathered friends

Zhang Er, 35, spent his childhood in the centre of Beijing hunting frogs, catching dragonflies and fishing in the moat that runs next to the demolished city walls.

30 Mar 2014 - 5:51AM

Zhang Er, 35, spent his childhood in the centre of Beijing hunting frogs, catching dragonflies and fishing in the moat that runs next to the demolished city walls.

Birdman of Beijing spreads the word about feathered friends
Chinese nurses enter training for opportunities abroad

A German teacher stood before a classroom reading loudly from a projection screen. Thirty students repeated after him, in unison. Herr. Frau. Dame. It was the first week of an eight-month German-language course in the coastal city of Weihai in Shandong province, and the students - Chinese nurses and nurse trainees - will jet to Germany later this year, where most already have job offers to work at residential care centres for the elderly.

24 Mar 2014 - 5:54AM

A German teacher stood before a classroom reading loudly from a projection screen. Thirty students repeated after him, in unison. Herr. Frau. Dame. It was the first week of an eight-month German-language course in the coastal city of Weihai in Shandong province, and the students - Chinese nurses and nurse trainees - will jet to Germany later this year, where most already have job offers to work at residential care centres for the elderly.

Chinese nurses enter training for opportunities abroad
Private buyers from Hunan recover ancient bronze vessel, the Min Fanglei

A group of private collectors from Hunan has secured the purchase of a 3,000-year-old Chinese wine vessel - just a day before the ornate bronze relic was expected to go on the auction block in New York.

22 Mar 2014 - 5:38AM

A group of private collectors from Hunan has secured the purchase of a 3,000-year-old Chinese wine vessel - just a day before the ornate bronze relic was expected to go on the auction block in New York.

Private buyers from Hunan recover ancient bronze vessel, the Min Fanglei
Chinese museums, collectors set for fierce bidding on iconic bronze

The auction of an antique Chinese bronze ritual wine vessel at Christie’s Asian Art Week in New York next week has caught the attention of well-heeled collectors across China.

15 Mar 2014 - 5:41AM

The auction of an antique Chinese bronze ritual wine vessel at Christie’s Asian Art Week in New York next week has caught the attention of well-heeled collectors across China.

Chinese museums, collectors set for fierce bidding on iconic bronze
Hong Kong Arts Festival play features a modern Chinese setting for Juliet and her Romeo

Director Tian Qinxin is taking Romeo and Juliet into 20th century China. The reason for her Cultural Revolution? There aren't enough good love stories in Chinese, writes Donghuan Xu.

5 Feb 2014 - 10:26PM

Director Tian Qinxin is taking Romeo and Juliet into 20th century China. The reason for her Cultural Revolution? There aren't enough good love stories in Chinese, writes Donghuan Xu.

Hong Kong Arts Festival play features a modern Chinese setting for Juliet and her Romeo
Blizzards hit northeast and centre but skip still-grey Beijing
Music therapy class strikes a chord with autistic children in Beijing

Standing confidently in front of the class, a teenage girl starts singing in a pretty voice: “High on a hill was a lonely goatherd/lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo.” Before long, the rest join her in yodelling the chorus to The Lonely Goatherd.

14 Jan 2014 - 8:58AM

Standing confidently in front of the class, a teenage girl starts singing in a pretty voice: “High on a hill was a lonely goatherd/lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo.” Before long, the rest join her in yodelling the chorus to The Lonely Goatherd.

Music therapy class strikes a chord with autistic children in Beijing
Finance student follows her passion into film

Shen Shen was never much interested in numbers, but like a lot of Asian students living in Canada she opted for a vocational degree, studying finance and management at the University of Toronto.

5 Jan 2014 - 5:15AM

Shen Shen was never much interested in numbers, but like a lot of Asian students living in Canada she opted for a vocational degree, studying finance and management at the University of Toronto.

Finance student follows her passion into film
Apec conference centre architects draw on Chinese influences

Architects designing the venue for the Apec summit in Beijing next year say developers in the capital are increasingly keen on putting up buildings inspired by Chinese culture rather than international designs that may be out of character in the city.

5 Jan 2014 - 6:28AM

Architects designing the venue for the Apec summit in Beijing next year say developers in the capital are increasingly keen on putting up buildings inspired by Chinese culture rather than international designs that may be out of character in the city.

Apec conference centre architects draw on Chinese influences
Beijing site of next Apec summit designed to impress

In the three months since China announced it would host this year's Apec summit in Beijing, preparations have been well under way at Yanqi Lake, a popular tourist destination in the outskirts of the capital.

5 Jan 2014 - 6:28AM

In the three months since China announced it would host this year's Apec summit in Beijing, preparations have been well under way at Yanqi Lake, a popular tourist destination in the outskirts of the capital.

Beijing site of next Apec summit designed to impress
Beijing’s urban sprawl inspires dance about the human cost of progress
Architect Zhou Qi defends 'phallic' design of his People's Daily tower

Since the 32-storey structure first took shape last spring, countless internet users have taken great glee in the fact that the would-be offices of the Communist Party's top propaganda organ appears - at least during construction - to resemble a male sex organ.

3 Nov 2013 - 6:41AM

Since the 32-storey structure first took shape last spring, countless internet users have taken great glee in the fact that the would-be offices of the Communist Party's top propaganda organ appears - at least during construction - to resemble a male sex organ.

Architect Zhou Qi defends 'phallic' design of his People's Daily tower
At full stretch
9 Apr 2013 - 9:31AM
At full stretch
A new chapter for children's book authors in China
People's Daily denounces Valentine's Day 'debauchery of decadent cadres'
Film: Mainlanders don't take a shine to 'Iron Man 3' bonus feature

Compared with recent Hollywood blockbusters such as Django Unchained and Cloud Atlas, which did not escape the snips of Chinese censors, Iron Man 3 is much luckier.

14 May 2013 - 11:40AM

Compared with recent Hollywood blockbusters such as Django Unchained and Cloud Atlas, which did not escape the snips of Chinese censors, Iron Man 3 is much luckier.

Film: Mainlanders don't take a shine to 'Iron Man 3' bonus feature
Huge National Art Museum of China still not approved

With Hong Kong's M+ Museum due to open in 2017, it was widely believed the city would enter an intense rivalry with Beijing as a new centre for art and culture in Asia. Now, such ideas seem premature.

4 Aug 2013 - 4:01AM

With Hong Kong's M+ Museum due to open in 2017, it was widely believed the city would enter an intense rivalry with Beijing as a new centre for art and culture in Asia. Now, such ideas seem premature.

Huge National Art Museum of China still not approved
Chocolatiers raise the sweet stakes in China