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Wonderful Jiangsu

Department of Culture, Jiangsu Province

ABOUT

Jiangsu, or Su for short, is an eastern coastal province of the People’s Republic of China, with its capital in Nanjing. The name Jiangsu is a compound word made up of Jiangning (the old name for Nanjing) and Suzhou, two cities of provincial or even national significance. Lying on a vast plain in the lower reaches of the Yangtze and Huai Rivers, it benefits from the advantageous location, which has greatly contributed to its long history and flourishing culture. 
 
As one of the birthplaces of Chinese Yangtze River culture, Jiangsu is blessed with a picturesque landscape, an agreeable climate, and rich cultural heritage. Characterized as representing “the temperament of the State of Wu and the Han Dynasty”, its regional culture underwent a central shift from the Jianghuai area preceding the Han and Tang dynasties to the Jiangnan area following the Tang and Song dynasties. More specifically, Jiangsu carries forward the cultures of Wu, Jingling, Huaiyang, and Chu-Han, nurturing various art forms, literary works, and historical figures. Jiangsu is home to, for example, the gorgeously heart-stirring Kun Opera, the “zenith of painters” Gu Kaizhi, the “calligrapher sage” Wang Xizhi, the Eight Eccentric Artists in Yangzhou, Journey to the West, and Dream of the Red Chamber, just to mention a few.
Passing down millennia-old cultural traditions, Jiangsu exerts profound spiritual influence on contemporary China. At the same time, it embraces and fuses with world culture, shouldering the responsibility for sharing its cultural heritage with the globe.
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24 Solar Terms: 6 things you may not know about End of Heat


The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. End of Heat, (Chinese: 处暑), the 14th solar term of the year, begins this year on Aug 23 and ends on Sep 6.
End of Heat implies that most parts in China are getting rid of the hot summer and entering autumn. But in some areas, especially in South China, autumn is late in coming and people are still bothered by hot weather. End of Heat is also the busy harvest season for farmers.
The following are six things you sho...

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Kunqu opera to take to the stage at London Design Festival


 Creators of "The Handan Dream" share details at a news conference held at the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing on July 29. [Photo/nanjingweek.cn]



A special version of the classic Kunqu opera "The Handan Dream" written by renowned Chinese playwright, Tang Xianzu, will take center stage during the London Design Festival in September.



From Sept 22 to 23, the Holy Trinity Church in William Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, will host joint performances of "The Handan Dream" and som...

24 Solar Terms: 6 things you may not know about End of Heat


The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. End of Heat, (Chinese: 处暑), the 14th solar term of the year, begins this year on Aug 23 and ends on Sep 6.
End of Heat implies that most parts in China are getting rid...

Kunqu opera to take to the stage at London Design Festival


 Creators of "The Handan Dream" share details at a news conference held at the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing on July 29. [Photo/nanjingweek.cn]



A special version of the classic Kunqu opera "The Handan Dream" written by renowned Chinese playwrigh...

Jiangsu Suzhou Kunqu Theater is going to present "Chinese Romeo and Juliet" in London


2016 marks the 400th anniversary of British playwright William Shakespeare's death. The anniversary is being commemorated in many ways from performances of all his plays to musical concerts and to academic conferences. This year also marks the 40...

Qixi Festival in ancient paintings


Begging for Skills under Tung Tree, from Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) [Photo/Weibo.com]



Today is Qixi Festival, known as Chinese Valentine's Day, which is also called "Qiqiao Festival (Begging for Skills Festival)" or "Daughters' Festival."
The hi...

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