Peking opera is a specific type of Chinese theatre that relies heavily on gestures, movements, and even acrobatics. Its music is not story-specific and can fit most productions. The theatrical art form evolved from street performances retelling landmark events from Chinese history. Peking opera has changed little since its origins in the 18-19 centuries, as contemporary actors and directors take great care to preserve the genre in its original state.
The art of engraving is an essential part of Chinese culture. Masters of this craft carve intricate works depicting China’s flora and fauna, its architecture, and the life of its people on a variety of materials, including bamboo, wood, and brick. Each requires special techniques and a unique style. It takes years to master the craft, which is often passed down within families. The best craftsmen and their masterpieces gain international fame.
The Great Silk Road once connected China with the Mediterranean, joining East and West. The Chinese government is now reviving the trade route with its ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative. Join us as we see how ancient trading centres, including X’ian, Lanzhou, Dunhuang, and QorGhas, are evolving into high-tech metropolises.
According to a modern Chinese saying, to see the country’s future, you have to visit Shenzhen. This is the innovation hub that attracts inventors and investors from all over the world. There are residents of “China’s silicon valley megacity” who work in skyscrapers, drive solar-powered cars and live side-by-side with friendly robots.
According to ancient Chinese legend, Daoist monk, Zhang Sanfeng was meditating in the Wudang Mountains when he saw a fight between a snake and a sparrow. He was intrigued by the way the animals moved, their incredible grace and precision inspired him to create the Taijiquan style of Wushu, a Chinese martial art. Legend has it that practicing Wudang Wushu helped him live for 300 years. To this day, monks in the Mountains preserve the art, which remains imbued with philosophy, and pass it on from generation to generation.
The Giant Panda is China’s national symbol, the only country where it lives in the wild. Human activity and other natural factors have brought this placid animal to near-extinction. Today, the Chinese government takes great care to protect and enlarge the panda population. Its panda breeding and rescue centres provide a safe environment and attract millions of tourists.
Greater Chongqing is China’s largest municipality and, according to some estimates, the world. Its total area equates to the whole of Austria and it has a population of around 32 million. Why then does the world know so little about this megacity? RTD explores the phenomenon of a rapidly growing metropolis. Discover Chongqing’s three main tourist attractions: its cuisine, magnificent nocturnal skyline, and impressive urban rail system.