Chinese Myth and Legend 中国神话传说
This book classified and sorted the Chinese myths and legends, then from the angle of culture, made an interpretation, especially focused on the comparison between the Chinese and western fairy tales and the backgrounds between the Chinese and western culture. The first chapter talked about the features of the myths and legends, the following chapters discussed the Chinese myths and legends from the aspects of the universe and the nature, nation and civilization, hero and disaster respectively, in the end, this book pointed out that the myths and legends had a great effect on the culture and art and folk customs.
Chinese Martial Arts 中国武术
This book discusses the Chinese Wushu culture. From the 1st chapter to the 5th chapter, this book introduces the Chinese Wushu and the Chinese history, the influence of Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism of the traditional culture on the Chinese Wushu, the Wushu weapons and schools, the two Wushu holy lands: Shaolin and Wudang as well as the relationship between the Wushu and the daily life of the common Chinese people. Focusing on the theme of Wushu, revolving around the Chinese history and culture, this book unfolds its contents.
Chinese Calligraphy 中国书法
From the perspective of calligraphy history, this book unfolded its contents from the following aspects: character and calligraphy, the calligraphy between the Qin and the Han dynasties, the consciousness of the calligraphy art, the calligraphy, study of the calligraphy book history, stone inscription study and the calligraphy on the stones-seal carving of the grand tang dynasty. On each level, this book selected the most important and preventative part to discuss. In addition, this book paid attention to the unique feature of calligraphy and made some breakthroughs and future development on the basis of the former people.
Traditional Chinese Medicine 传统中医
Starting from the perspective of culture, the book introduces Chinese medicine to English readers and consists of six chapters, covering the origin of Chinese medicine, the classics of traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese herbal medicine, diagnosis and treatment methods of traditional Chinese medicine, famous experts of traditional Chinese medicine, and health maintenance of traditional Chinese medicine. The book shows the basic features of traditional Chinese medicine and selects meaningful cases as foreshadowing so that it can focus on the cultural level from time to time and rise to the philosophical height, reflecting the characteristics of Chinese traditional cultural spirit. Therefore, the book is a popularizing reading material in conformity with the features of ""going out"".
Chinese Gardens 中国园林
From the perspective of the Chinese culture, this book discusses the feature and cultural deposition of the gardens; from the comparison between Chinese gardens and the gardens of the other countries and regions, this book reveals the cultural and symbolic meaning of the Chinese gardens. The most distinctive part is the 5th chapter of this book, the chapter of Chinese Garden Aesthetic Appreciation, which analyzes the methods and feeling of garden aesthetic appreciation. This book compared the Chinese gardens with the gardens of Japan, the western countries (mainly the European countries) and the Islamic world, in the comparison, the unique feature of the Chinese gardens were highlighted again.
Chinese Traditional Arts 中国传统工艺
This book includes five chapters, which mainly introduces traditional Chinese handicraft and its classifications, high technology and subtle feature from the angle of culture. The 1st chapter discusses the relationship between the traditional handicraft and the production and life, science and technology, belief and aesthetic appreciation; the 2nd chapter talks about the industry classification and system culture of the traditional handicraft; the 3rd chapter is a key chapter, which introduces the characteristics of the main craft category such as jade producing, ceramics and lacquer ware in detail; the 4th chapter discusses the human literature thought of the traditional handicraft from the angle of philosophy; the 5th chapter introduces the forefathers and skilled craftsmen of the traditional handicraft and their works.
Chinese Folk Performing Art 中国曲艺
Quyi refers to such traditional art forms as ballad singing, storytelling, skits, clapper talks and cross talks, etc. Each of them can be further divided into various schools. As they are created and enjoyed by commoners, we will generalize such forms as Chinese folk performing art in this book. Chinese folk performing art has a long history, which is rooted with the people, and over time it is this art form that has cultivated Chinese appreciations of art. For hundreds of years, Chinese folk performing art has been one of the most popular forms of entertainment in China.
Chinese Bronze Artifacts 中国青铜器
With the development time of the bronze culture as the sequence, this book started from the bronze ware of the Xia and Shang dynasties, to the Qin dynasty with the replacement of the different dynasties. The first chapter started from the Xia and Shang period, in which time China entered Bronze Age; the 2nd chapter talked about the prosperity of the bronze sacrificial vessel of the West Zhou Dynasty; the 3rd chapter talked about the appearance of the second peak of the bronze culture during the Spring and Autumn Period; the 4th chapter focused on the high development of the bronze technology during the Warring States Period. The bronze culture began to decline after this period; the Chinese society entered the early Iron Age. Form the angle of history, this book talked about the bronze culture, in the last chapter, this book discussed the regional concept of the bronze culture.