Posts by Mr Li Sheng

How to understand Chinese 24 solar terms?

Solar terms originated in China, then spread to Korea, Vietnam, and Japan, countries in the East Asian cultural sphere. Although each term was named based on the seasonal changes of climate in North China Plain, peoples living in the different climates still use it with no changes.

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China House Cave Yaodong and Loess Plateau

This is the Loess Plateau in northern China and the valley of the Yellow River. The traditional cave houses are commonly distributed on the Loess Plateau of northern China, mainly in four provinces: Gansu, Shanxi, Henan, and the Hui Autonomous Region of Ningxia. It is called a yaodong (Chinese: 窰洞; pinyin: yáodòng) or “house cave”. That is a particular earth dwelling, popular in the Loess Plateau in northern China. The Chinese people generally choose a hillside to carve out of a central sunken courtyard. Let me show you some pictures.

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Ansai Waist Drum Dance

In the cultural center of Ansai county, there is a bric of the waist drum dance portrait from the Song Dynasty on display, which was unearthed in northern Shanxi. The portrait vividly shows the waist drum performance at that time. As time goes by, the waist drum dance is no longer an activity for military purposes, but a folk dance of the local people for the purposes of worshipping the deity, praying for a good harvest and celebrating the spring festival.

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