For thousands of years,
poetry has been the favorite type of literature for many in China. As China
Highlights website noted, “Chinese literature is one of the major parts of
China’s ancient traditions, and Chinese poetry is just like the best prize in
this famous culture’s literary treasure house.”
There were many famous
poets from diﬀerent periods of time
in Chinese history, and thousands of their poems are still read and appreciated
today. To remind people of those classic Chinese poems and to promote cultural
heritage, CCTV has produced a TV show – Chinese Poetry Competition.
As the old saying goes:
“One who is filled with knowledge always behaves with elegance.”
ü Tu Youyou（屠呦呦）
Tu Youyou is a Chinese
pharmaceutical[medical] chemist and educator. She is best known for discovering
two kinds of Qinghaosu, used to treat a special disease, which has saved
millions of patients’ lives.
Besides, the treatment
based on her discovery is regarded as a significant breakthrough in 20th
century tropical medicine and an important health improvement for people of
tropical developing countries in South Asia, Africa, and South America.
To our pride, Tu is the
first Chinese Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine and the first female
citizen of the People's Republic of China to receive a Nobel Prize in any
category, as well as the first Chinese person to receive the Lasker Award.
Red Chamber is believed to
be semi-autobiographical, mirroring the rise and
decline of author Cao Xueqin's own family and, by extension, of the Qing
Dynasty. As the author details in the first chapter, it is intended to be a
memorial to the damsels[girls] he knew in his youth: friends, relatives and
The novel is remarkable
not only for its huge cast of characters and psychological scope, but also for
its precise and detailed observation of the life and social structures typical
of 18th-century Chinese society.
ü Peking opera（京剧）
opera, or Beijing opera, is a form of Chinese opera which combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance and acrobatics.
It arose in the late 18th century and became fully developed and recognized by
the mid-19th century. The form was extremely popular in the Qing
dynasty court and has come to be regarded as one of the
cultural treasures of China.
repertoire of Peking opera includes over 1,400 works, which are based on
Chinese history, folklore and, increasingly, contemporary life.
ü ‘National Treasure’ Brings
Celebrity Appeal to History（国家宝藏相关）
CCTV history program that blends documentary and drama with elements of variety
show in the hope of promoting the protection of prized cultural legacies has
become a hit since its debut earlier this month.
Treasure” is the first Chinese TV program to take this mash-up approach. It
consists of 10 episodes airing on Sundays on Channel Three of CCTV.
episode showcases three artifacts, each presented by a celebrity and an expert
who act as "national treasure keepers." The treasure keepers tell the
stories behind the pieces and uncover the mysteries that surround them.
ü Van Gogh Museum（梵高博物馆）
Van Gogh Museum is an art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent Van Gogh and
his contemporaries in Amsterdam. The museum's collection is the largest
collection of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings in the world.
main exhibition chronicles the various phases of Van Gogh's artistic life. One
of the most famous series of paintings are his self-portraits.
Gogh's dozens of self-portraits are an important part of his oeuvre [all
his works] as a painter. Most probably, Van Gogh's self-portraits are depicting
the face as it appeared in the mirror he used to reproduce his face,
i.e. his right side in the image is in reality the left side of his face.
ü Live-stream quizzes
- China's latest online phenomenon（线上流媒体测试）
all over China are racking their brains to recall high school knowledge, as
online live streaming apps woo users with stunning cash prizes in quiz shows.
Mobile apps offer prizes between 100,000 yuan ($15,500) and 5 million yuan for
a live streaming quiz of 12 questions. Participants who give all the correct
answers split the jackpot.
a show, a host, often a household celebrity, presents questions, waiting until
participants give their answers. Each online contestant has 10 seconds to
answer a question, with each show taking around 30 minutes.
questions derive from a wide range of topics such as traditional Chinese poems,
basic mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.
quiz shows came under spotlight after Wang Sicong, online celebrity and son of
Wanda Group chairman Wang Jianlin, announced a prize on a quiz app called
Chongdingdahui, translated as "race to the top," on Jan. 3. Other
apps Huajiao and Xigua quickly followed suit.
ü Sugar Figure Blowing Art（吹糖人）
Sugar people is a
traditional Chinese form of folk art using hot, liquid sugar to create
three-dimensional figures. These fragile, plump figures have a distinct
brownish-yellow color, usually with yellow or green pigment added. Popular
figures include animals such as dragons, roosters and pigs.