Ringing true

2011-10-28 09:27:19

Bell and drum towers have been keeping time for centuries.

Restorers of records

2011-10-28 08:06:02

The best method to repair ancient books, it turns out, is older than many of the books themselves.

Male parts female roles

2011-10-26 07:56:31

Cross-dressing has been an integral part of Peking Opera from the beginning and remains so today.

The splendor of gender

2011-10-26 07:56:31

Actress Wang Peiyu has an honorable Peking Opera title - contemporary China's first nu lao sheng - but she is clearly uncomfortable with it.

Face off

2011-10-26 07:56:31

Chinese opera performers either use masks or paint their faces. The frequent on-stage changing of masks, without the audience noticing, is a special technique, known as "changing faces".

Let me entertain you

2011-10-26 07:56:31

While most TV programs focus on the traditional aspects of Peking Opera, a variety show on CCTV-11 emphasizes entertainment.

Behind the mask

2011-10-26 07:56:31

Staging a revival

2011-10-26 07:56:31

The first national competition for up-and-coming Peking Opera stars shows that it's still a much-loved art form.

Little Cowherd all the way from Oakland

2011-10-26 07:56:31

Tyler Thompson is the face of change for Peking Opera.

More than just a vase

2011-10-23 08:04:20

Apiece of Ming porcelain broke a world auction record on Oct 5 when the blue-and-white vase was sold for HK$168.7 million ($21.7 million) at Sotheby's Hong Kong.

Finnish museum displays Chinese artifacts

2011-10-21 11:50:26

Ancient Chinese artifacts are on display at the Didrichsen Art Museum on Kuusisaari Island in Helsinki, Finland, through May.

A feathery balance

2011-10-21 09:10:05

Badminton-like shuttlecock matches grow in popularity in China and abroad.