Archive for January, 2012

Jan 28

Demand grows for Chinese fake art

chinese art China’s wealthy elite have for many years ndeveloped a taste for Western food, wine and culture.

And demand for re-creations of classical European works of art has been steadily rising.

But for the workers painting the fakes, it’s all about bringing industrial efficiency to their art.

Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett reports from Dafen in southern China.

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Jan 28

Kalash Paintings / Chinese Calligraphy

chinese calligraphy Kalash Paintings with Chinese Calligraphy by Lee Shouping

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Jan 27

Where can I fine a chinese dude to do face painting on me?

I hear chinese people can draw good, and i want a cool face paint on me for this party

That sounds like a stereotype. Not all Chinese can draw well, some can just as some Americans can. So your best bet is to just find someone who draws well. If you like the chinese style, however, you might be able to find a picture of what you want on your face on the internet and take it to someone who can paint it on your face.


Jan 27

Firefly Chinese stuff?

Why there are so many conversations in Chinese and Chinese style buildings and crafts in the old TV series Firefly?

Because one of the last major things to have happened on "Earth that Was" was the merger of the two largest super powers. In this case, the Chinese and the United States.


Jan 27

What are the five principles of chinese calligraphy?

Plzz help me i need to get this in by 900!!! :~(

1. Posture: It is important to sit up straight.
2. Good knowledge of the tools.
3. Control: You must know how to control the brush.
4. Rhythm: The characters should flow smoothly down the page.
5. Balance: Make sure all the lines are the right thickness and length.

Principles of Chinese Calligraphy

Calligraphic art works are from the five elements, such as wood, water, metal, fire and earth.


Jan 27

I have 5 years of okinawan karate experience, but I want to try to teach myself a more tradit Chinese art?

Which should I choose

Any good websites?

There’s a lot of different Chinese martial arts with very different styles of fighting and training. This answer might not help you with exactly what you’re looking for but just looking into the different styles and figuring which one best suites you.
If you’re looking to incorporate another martial art into the style you know already… that doesn’t exist. It’s not the styles that get incorporated but your handling of them yourself. It’s all about person style and preferences.

I recommend you try and look for a teacher, though. Teaching yourself can be sloppy and sometimes awful. You just run a big risk of learning something wrong and it never going unchecked and the lack of knowledge that comes with having a teacher where rather you’d be relying on a set source of information from books and videos.


Jan 27

Fantasy Art

Fantasy art is such kind of art which is based on imagination, not reality. Fantasy art is a universal language of images; it displays invisible and mysterious forces and things. This kind of art originates from African magic, Greek mythology, Chinese folklore and other cultural sources.
It is proved that fantasy art is a product which appeared when observation of real world combines with power of imagination. Fantasy paintings can be describes as unreal, fantastic, wild, dreamy, incomprehensible. The ideal example of fantasy paintings are works of Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. Nothing can be compared with his masterpiece – triptych “The Garden of Earthly Delights”. This painting portrays nude people before the Fall and after the Fall of Adam and Eve. This painting charms people by its deep meaning which is depicted in every object of the work.
In 18th century the art of photography was introduces and it influenced a lot the world of painting. Before the photography, since the Roman times realistic tendencies were prevailing in the sphere of paintings. But with the introduction of photography it became more convenient to depict reality and people by meant of cameras. As for the sphere of painting, this introduction allowed the developing of other art styles like expressionism, cubism, surrealism. Representatives of these styles left principles of realism and let their fantasy to be expressed. Painters began to express their thoughts, feelings and emotions by means of color, play of light and shadow, by means of abstractive images which in spite of their unreality make people understand the meaning of the painting. In such paintings unconscious prevail conscious.

Liam Powell


Jan 27

Quan Ba Extreme Northeast Trekking Tour 11days,vietnam Trekking Tours,

Detail Itinerary

What to expect:
Ha Giang’s(Quang Ba) This is a sustainable trek that supports local communities in a deprived region in the extreme northern province of Ha Giang.

Quan Ba district remains one of the poorest districts in Vietnam. It is located in the remote rocky limestone mountainous region of Ha Giang, the northernmost province of Vietnam. 97% of the local populations are minority’ people – Hmong, Dao, Tay, Nung, Giay, and Bo Y. Most speak their own languages, which do not yet have written scripts.

Caritas Switzerland and Caritas Luxembourg are two charities that have entered into a development partnership with the District People’s Committee. The Caritas agencies aim to support a development process “to build sustainable livelihoods for the poorest people and the poorest communities”. The project began in mid-2003, and included supporting sustainable agriculture, forest gardens, domestic water supply, adult literacy, indigenous cultures, improved cook stoves, and responsible tourism.
The villagers have prepared a simple ‘Code of Conduct’ which Green Trail Tours should consider before their visit to demonstrate their commitment to protect local culture and environment. By participating on this trek a Green Trail Tours will be directly supporting the livelihoods of the communities they visit.

Bac Ha
This exciting trek offers a true experience of unspoiled remote villages in the border province of Lao Cai. The dramatic scenery, picturesque villages nestled into the sides of Thang Phin Mountain, and colourful ethnic minority groups can captivate any adventure lover’s heart. Begin at Lao Cai and trek along the Chinese border to Muong Khuong Valley through remote H’Mong, Tay and Nung ethnic minority villages. Ascend to Can Cau and Bac Ha to observe colorful Saturday and Sunday markets, the most vibrant in the province, where hundreds of hill tribe people from different groups gather to exchange their wares. End a challenging trek with a boat trip o­n the scenic Chay River.

Green Trail Tours is known for customized adventures trips and the above is a sample trekking tour only. That can be flexible, customizable and subject to weather conditions and other circumstances. If you have any ideas, suggestions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Should I purchase insurance?

Yes! This must cover medical care and emergency evacuation/repatriation. Also keep hardcopy of emergency contact numbers as well as insurance policy number.

What are the main vaccination and health procedures?
Before travel please consult a general practitioner for up to date advice on recommended vaccines and malaria prophylaxis. Is there anything I can do to better prepare for a situation requiring first aid?
All guides have basic first aid training and carry a small first aid kit. But each client should also bring personal first aid supplies including antiseptic wipes, antiseptic liquid/cream, steristrips, sterile gauze and bandage as well as oral dehydration sachets.

What about the weather?
The climate is hot and humid throughout with some variation between North and South. The South is tropical and warm throughout the year. Hanoi is cooler from November to February with a pronounced wet season in the centre of the country from September to October. For biking, September, October, November, March, April and May are the best times ? not so hot and dry enough! Be prepared for anything, though. (That?s part of the fun.)

What gear do I need?
The objective is to stay cool in hot weather and warm in cool weather. Plan accordingly. Basic items are lightweight walking boots; water bottle, eye protection; lightweight shirt and trousers; waterproof jacket; mosquito repellent; sun hat; shorts; sandals; sheet sleeping bag; strong sunscreen; torch; towel; fleece; small backpack for day use; biodegradable toiletries; swimming gear. All of these things are indispensable.

What can I do to improve safety on my trip?
Safety is our most important consideration. Be aware that trekking can be dangerous and accidents can happen. You can never do too much to look out for yourself. Always notify the guide if you feel sick particularly at altitude. And if you don’t know, ask?

What are the accommodations?
We provide two-person tents with sewn-in ground sheets and mosquito nets in the Northwest of the country. Accommodation is mostly in local village homestays. Here the family may supply a simple mattress, mosquito net, pillow, sheet and blanket. Or in the case of more remote locations, bedding will be provided by TITC. The houses are usually on stilts with a bamboo floor? Surprisingly comfortable! The facilities are clean but very basic.

What sort of transport and support are available?
All equipment and luggage will be carried by porters or by jeep. Please try to keep baggage to a minimum weight. Often a cook will accompany the tour. Depending on the nature of the trek, there will be a private air-conditioned bus, minibus or jeep for transfer between destinations.

Do these tours support responsible travel?
Yes! We try to make sure that these holidays are as socially, economically and environmentally sound as possible. We are affiliate members of the Environmental Certification Green Globe 21 Scheme. Our goal is to deliver biking tours that do not contribute to the destruction of Vietnam’s unique cultural and natural environment.

Day1: Hanoi – Lao Cai

Arrive Hanoi. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Old Quarter. Located on an area of 100 ha, the Old Quarter is home to more than 1,000 traditional houses and has 36 streets named after specific merchants’ crafts and trade. Overnight on board the train to Lao Cai. (D)

Day2: Lao Cai – Bac Ha

Drive through the famous market town of Bac Ha and beyond over one of Vietnam’s highest road passes. This is a full day in the vehicle, though there’s no time to get bored as the scenery is truly breathtaking. (B, L,D)

Day3: Bac Ha – Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang

Upon leaving Bac Ha we set off on a full day journey through Sin Man and Hoang Su Phi to  Ha Giang Town. The rough but scenic route traverses a dense jungle before crossing over a pass and dropping down to Sin Man. This day is a real challenge for our driver as we travel by winding roads with many uphill and down hill drives. Along the way we may encounter the Nung Ing, Tay, Red Dao, Dao Ao Dai, La Chi and Co Lao, just some of the many hill tribe groups who have settled there. O/N in Ha Giang. (B, L,D)

Day4: Ha Giang – Khau Lan

9.00 am You have the opportunity to participate a guided tour in the Ha Giang museum followed by an early lunch.
12.30 am. The guides pick you up at the hotel and you travel by Transfer to the commune Centre in Quyet Tien. There from you will walk about 3 hours to Khau Lan village, passing green paddy fields, little villages and beautiful forests. In Khau Lan – the Dao people, you meet the village leader and your host families.
Arround 6.30 pm. All the tour members will have dinner at one family and split later to spend the night in three or four different host families. (B,L,D)

Day5: Khau Lan Trekking

Discard your watches here….
Khau Lan is a small village of the Dao people. You have the unique opportunity to share the daily life of your host family, which might include working in the fields, fetching wood, cutting grass for the livestock and cooking meals. Depending on the activity, you have lunch on different spots, outside the village.
After another local meal for dinner, you might spend the evening sitting together around a fire, discussing and laughing with the local people then you will spend another night at your host family’s house.  (B,L,D)

Day6: Khau Lan – Lang Tan 

After breakfast and farewell with the hosts, you take another trail back to Quyet Tien commune center, passing beautiful caves, streams and forests. The Transfer bring you to Quan Ba District town, where you have about 2 hours time to take a shower and relax in the district guesthouse or take a walk through the small town.

Around 2 pm. Your guides will pick you up to travel by Transfer to Thanh Van Commune. After a short walk (30 minutes) you will arrive in Lang Tan village.
Lang Tan is a small village of Hmong people. The village is placed in rugged mountains which makes planting rice difficult. In order to increase their income, the villagers developed a special maize wine production.
After you have met the village leader and your second host family, then there is plenty of time is available to walk around in the pretty village and meet the people. In the evening the group will enjoy a local dinner and sleep in Hmong style houses. (B,L,D)

Day7: Lang Tan Trekking

On this day you can choose one out of two options:
option01: Includes a 5-6 hours trek in so far uncharted territory. Together with a Footprint guide and a local pathfinder you walk over hills and through forests, villages of Hmong and Dao people to Can Ty Commune where the Transfer is waiting for you. The car takes you through beautifully landscape to Dong Van Town, visiting the vestige of Hmong kingdom on route.
option02: Includes a longer stay in Lang Tan village watching the local people producing the maize wine instead of more trekking. In the afternoon the Transfer picks you up and drives you to Dong Van, where you meet the rest of the group.
Around 6.30 pm. All the members of the tour check-in a small hotel in Dong Van and take dinner in a local restaurant.(B,L,D)

Day8: Lang Tan – Quan Ba passing Meo Vac

The Transfer take you through a beautiful landscape of rolling and imposing mountains and steep valleys leading from Dong Van to Meo Vac District. This is the most remote corner of Vietnam, where the traditional life of ethnic minority people is the most vivid and colorful. After lunch in Yen Minh town, the cars take you to Hop Tien village.

In Hop Tien you can visit a hemp cooperative, where local people explain and demonstrate the traditional hemp production (including dyeing with natural colors, weaving and decorating).
Around 5.30pm. You will travel back to Quan Ba town, where you check in the comfortable district guesthouse.
At 6.30 pm you go out for dinner in a local restaurant before you spend the night in the guesthouse. (B,L,D)

Day9: Quang Ba Trekking

After a local breakfast you will have time to visit the very colorful market in Quan Ba town. On this market you will see people from different ethnic minority groups, which walk all the way from their mountain villages to Quan Ba town, in order to trade items and meet other people.
12.00 am. You will have dinner in a local restaurant in Quan Ba town. 6.30 pm Dinner in a local restaurant in Quan Ba town and overnight in the district guesthouse. (B,L,D)

Day10: Quang Ba – Hanoi

In Quan Ba visit an incredible local market. Different minority people descend from their mountain villages to trade items and meet other people. Begin the drive back to Hanoi (B,L,D)

Day11: Hanoi – Departure

today we have free time to explore city by your own until transfer to airport for your departure.(B,..,..D)



Jan 27

Chinese Dishes By Japanese Chefs – 3 Reasons Gourmets Love It

The Japanese chefs have been able to cook Chinese food to perfection. It is a well known fact that Chinese food is extremely popular all over the world. The act that Japanese chefs have learnt the art of producing
an exquisite Chinese meal, has American cuisines opening their door to more Chinese restaurants. Food lovers all across America as well as food industries are opting for this new innovation of Chinese cooking
Japanese chefs, as the standard of the authentic Chinese cuisine is high and the enthusiasm with which the Japanese chefs produce Chinese food shows a sense of dedication and committment to authentic Chinese food,
in addition to keeping to the highest standards.

1. Food with an American-Chinese flavor
Bearing in mind the preferences for Chinese food for all food lovers, the Japanese chefs have learned to cook Chinese food that has a distinct American-Chinese flavor. This is an art in itself, and the Japanese
chefs have produced a variety of dishes that are flavorful, interesting and suit food lovers, as it has a distinct flavor. Chinese meals are easy to prepare, and is the most popular around the world.Japanese chefs
have the opportunity to show their talent to the food industry and restaurants, and this is a boon to all lovers of Chinese food.

2. The Correct Blend of Ingredients
One of the most important features of Chinese cuisine is the superb blending of ingredients in order to produce a delicate flavor that is suited to both Chinese and American palettes. It is also important to use
the right spices, the correct amount of salt and sugar, the sauces that provide a unique flavor to individual dishes. The Japanese chefs have mastered this art and are able to provide the right blend and flavor to
individual dishes. In addition to this, the presentation is beyond belief, so the customer is able to enjoy the food of his choice presented in an attractive and distinctive manner. The cooking is modern, but
retains its culture.

3. Food for the Health Conscious
The Chinese cooking Japanese chefs have made it a point to cater to the health conscious. Although they keep to the traditional styles of cooking, they also cater to moderntastes, bearing in mind the tastes of the
younger generation. The Japanese chefs have been able to inculcate rare ingredients and produce an attractively presented meal with great carving skills. The Japanese chefs cook food from different regions, and
each one has its own distinctive taste and flavor.Chinese cooking is always popular, but with these Japanese chefs, Chinese cooking with an American flavor, has touched the senses of all food lovers and will continue to be in demand at all restaurants and food industries.

Abhishek Agarwal


Jan 25

what is the art movement for chinese painting?

does it included in any art -ism?

classical Chinese Painting is just broken up into the dynasties that it was made in. it functions the same way as the movements in western art in the sense that most of the work from each dynasty will have similar attributes to the other work made at the time.