Charm of Changsha Shadow Puppetry
To many people, shadow puppetry is a hoary memory that dates back to childhood. But to Wan Tiejun and his theatrical troupe members, it is their career and spiritual ballast.
Shadow art popularity resurges as in old times
Shadow play, also known as shadow puppetry, is an ancient form of entertainment that uses paper cut-outs or hidden puppets to tell heroic sagas.
Xiong Menghe keeps Changsha kuaiban folk tradition alive
Budding enthusiasts for Changsha-style kuaiban now have the invaluable opportunity to study the art form under Xiong Menghe, one of the city's leading maestros.
Flower-drum opera class to promote local folk art
A master class to promote flower-drum opera (Huagu Xi), one of Hunan's intangible cultural heritages, took place in Changsha Concert Hall on July 29.
2,000-year-old embroidery regains luster
It is not common in China to see a young man doing embroidery."The craftsmen worked at home, "recalled Zeng Yingming, general manager of the Hunan Embroidery City Group."Almost every household had someone doing embroidery.".To provide workers for embroidery companies like Zeng's, the Hunan Embroidery Research Institute and the Hunan Arts and Crafts Vocational College helped train traditional skills."From color matching to threading the needles, I taught them everything, "she said."I would like to see them create their own masterpieces, so that the art form can be passed on.".
Changsha: a city of Chu-han culture
Changsha is a historical city known both in China and abroad.Once a strategic place in the state of Chu during Warring States Period(475-221 BC), Changsha is now one of the foremost historical and cultural cities in China.The city enjoys splendid ancient culture and is home to many ancient tombs and relics.Millennia of history have left numerous attractions for tourists including the Yuelu Academy, Mawangdui Tomb, Kaifu Temple, Tianxin Pavilion and the Orange Island.The Hunan Provincial Museum and the Changsha Museum are home to Changsha’s essential cultural relics.