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Chinese Culture Event

Foot-binding Shoe Museum

Foot-binding existed in China for over 1,000 years. In feudal Chinese society, a pair of tiny feet was regarded as the biggest treasure a woman could possess. Mr. Yang began to collect ancients shoes in the 1980's. He has spent decades building his collection of nearly 3000 pairs of shoes of the Song, Ming and Qing dynasties, and the Republic of China, covering men's, women's, and children's shoes as well as San Cun Jin Lian (the "three inch golden lotus", an extremely small shoe for women in footbinding), which systematically shows China's shoe culture.

Chinese Funeral Customs

The Qingming Festival, also known as Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb-sweeping Day, it is the most important day for people to offer sacrifice to ancestors. To understand the Chinese funeral customs, you will visit China's only Funeral Industry Museum. The modern, clean and brightly-lit museum offers a fascinating overview of the history of the funeral business in China. During this guided tour, you could understand everything about Chinese funeral culture, hear amazing stories and funeral history which few people could ever have the chances to know.

Textile and Costume Museum

Shanghai's first textile and costume museum is located at Donghua University, this huge gallery showcases Chinese fabrics and replicas of machines used in the nation's textile industry in ancient times. In there, we will receive a guided tour and learn everything about the Chinese textile and costume. China has a splendid history of weaving techniques and its textiles have been sold every-where in the world, Chinese silk also has been synonymous with beauty and elegance.

Tea Ritual & Ceremony Class

The evolution of the Chinese Tea mirrors the growth and importance of tea within Chinese culture. In the beginning, tea was cultivated and used solely as herbal medicine mostly within temples. Monks began to use tea to teach a respect for nature, humility and an overall sense of peace and calm. People could illustrate deep philosophical concepts through tea service. Over time, people recognized the health benefits of tea but also its overall enjoyment. 

Quality Chinese teas are calming and have the ability to shift us into deeper, more profound states of awareness.

Learn Chinese Block Printing

Woodblock printing is a technique used in printing text, images and patterns used widely throughout East Asia and originating in China as a method of printing on textiles, and later, paper. As a method of printing on cloth, the earliest surviving examples from China date to before 220, and from Egypt to the 4th century.

Yinyi Wang, a brilliant Chinese artist with master degree of Print & Exlibris Research from the Fine Art of Shanghai University and the founder of Shanghai Fu Xian Zhai Exlibris Society, will open her block printing studio and exlibris gallery to guide us through creating

Chinese Pottery Workshop

Chinese ceramic ware is an artform that has been developing since the dynastic periods. China is richly endowed with the raw materials needed for making ceramics. The first types of ceramics were made about 11,000 years ago, during the Palaeolithic era. Chinese Ceramics range from construction materials such as bricks and tiles, to hand-built pottery vessels fired in bonfires or kilns, to the sophisticated porcelain wares made for the imperial court.  During this 2 hours pottery class, here's your opportunity to PLAY and get a taste of the pottery experience.

Chinese Cultural Talks

Chinese Customs Talk by Janny Chyn

Have you always wanted to know more about Chinese customs on topics such as weddings, funerals, pregnancy, and naming children? In this fascinating talk by Janny Chyn, we will learn much more about these traditions. Wedding topics include the proposal, betrothal, wedding preparations, wedding day activities, post-wedding rituals, and contemporary wedding customs. Funeral topics include the wake, funeral ceremony, funeral procession, burial, mourning, and return of the dead. Pregnancy topics cover pre-natal treatment, and post-natal care and confinement.