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Chinese Paper Cutting

Chinese paper cutting is a folk art using scissors and knives to cut out of one piece of paper for handicrafts and decoration. In the ancient time, women used paper cutting to paste, while men used it in sacred rituals. It was very popular in the northern part of China. Every spring festival, people change new paper and stick the cuttings to the windows to create fresh, bright, celebrating atmosphere.Usually paper cutting artifacts are vivid reflection of peoples social life. In 2009, it was listed by UNESCO as one of the Intangible Cultural Heritages.Paper cutting is easy to learn but difficult to master with perfection. Flexibility is crucial, because any hesitation or wiggling would damage the whole image.

Our paper-cutting class has professional teacher giving us all the theory explanation before demonstrating in front of everyone. Then during your own practice, the teacher will give specific guidance. Usually one class lasts 1.5 hours.


Calligraphy and Painting Class

The word of calligraphy originates from Greek language, meaning beautiful writing. Chinese calligraphy is the art of writing Chinese characters and especially refers to the rules of writing with a brush. Basic materials for practicing Chinese calligraphy are: bushes, paper, ink,backing paper, water and so on. Technique is required to master the art of calligraphy.

Traditional Chinese painting values the harmony between human and nature, internality and externalism. Painting is a way to express peoples inner world. Chinese paintings generally fall into 2 categories: Xieyistyle and Gongbi style. Xieyi refers to exaggerated forms and freehandbrush work, emphasizes on the painters inner feelings, while Gongbi style plays close attention to details, Gongbi paintings vey similar to the actual painted subject.

Our class has professional teacher giving us all the theory explanation before demonstrating in front of everyone. Then during your own practice, the teacher will give specific guidance. Usually one class lasts 2 hours.


Taiji Class

Taiji, literally translated to English, means supreme ultimate. Supreme Ultimate creates yin and yang. Movement generates yang, when its activity reaches its limit, it becomes tranquil and then generates yin. Movement and tranquility becomes source of each other. By the transformations of yin and yang, 5 elements are produced: gold, wood, water, fire and earth.

Clinical practice has proved that he internal energy generated by practicing Taiji and physical training are very effective in preventing and curing chronic diseases.

Our Taiji Class has professional teacher giving us all the theory explanation before demonstrating in front of everyone. Then during your own practice, the teacher will give specific guidance. Usually one class lasts 1 hours.


Paint Peking Opera Facial Make-up

Peking Opera is a form of traditional Chinese theatre art form combining music, dance, acrobatics and martial arts. This art performance rose in the 18th century and became popular in the 19th century. Qing Dynasty imperial family liked it very much. During the performance, actors and actresses utilize the skills of speech, singing, dancing and combating in movements to express intended ideas.Beautiful costumes and facial makeup are 2 distinguished characteristics of Beijing Opera. Audience could judge what kind of character the role is from the costumes and the facial make-up. For example, red face symbolizes brave, upright and wise; green face represent heroes from the bushes like Robinhood.

Good people are usually painted with relatively simple colors while evil people like bandits, robbers, rebels are painted with complex marks.


Cooking Class

When you visit a country, you must have a desire for tasting local food. So the learning experience of a real cooking class must be wonderful. In the class, you can use your five senses to see, hear, smell, touch and taste. You could interact with the instructor and ask questions to help youbetter understand the concepts and techniques. Cooking is an art. You need to balance food textures, flavors and get to know how to prepare specific ingredients for certain dishes. Watching a professional chef cooking and absorbing their knowledge and experience is helpful to develop your cooking skills. You will learn how to make dumplings on your own and cook one or two dishes on your own and take them away with you.


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