Culture & Literature

Pingyi Sees A Seed Returning from Space Travel

In Pingyi County, Linyi City of Shandong Province, there is a town called Bianqiao. There, a big eye-catcher is the spectacular base for circular agriculture and industry: Yinhe Aerospace Demonstration Park. Established in March 2021, the park was jointly built by the National Aerospace Breeding Transformation Center and Lantian Agricultural Technology Co., Ltd.  The seeds returned from space are displayed in the green house, which look no different from ordinary seeds. In June 2021, they were selected and sent by Yinhe Aerospace Demonstration Park to be carried into space by the Shenzhou XII manned spacecraft, and successfully cultivated at the…


Linyi’s Folk Museum Tells Stories of Wood Culture

Linyi Tianze Wood Culture Museum, located in Lanshan District of Linyi City, Shandong Province, China, is a folk museum that showcases nearly 600 specimens of wood from 46 countries and regions. The museum exudes the fragrance of world wood culture and has been carefully curated to provide visitors with a truly immersive experience. In the museum, one can marvel at over a hundred species of ancient wood fossils dating back to billions of years ago with great scientific research value. The display includes the local fossils of ebony wood and silicified wood plus precious wood from other countries around the…


The Fascinating Art of Paper Cutting in Feixian County

As a traditional folk craft of the Han people, the paper cutting art has a long history and is still thriving today. The artform is not only considered as a gem of the Chinese folk art, but also a cherished treasure in the art collection worldwide.  Sun Xiaodong, a retired senior teacher from Feixian No.1 Middle School, is a representative figure of this heritage. He uses the images of plants and animals from real life for his art, creating vivid scenes by cutting paper. Depicting the local customs and traditions, he deepened the symbolic meanings by reflecting the human aspirations for a…


Chinese Dough Sculpture, a Three-Dimensional Painting

In ancient times, it was popular in China to make flour pastries for festival celebrations. The pastries were generally served as offerings for sacrifice services. This is the origin of dough sculptures.  The Yishui dough sculpture in Shandong Province is made of glutinous rice flour with different natural coloring materials . After being kneaded, rubbed, andlifted, it is cleverly cut, carved, and scratched with a small bamboo knife. The exquisite craftsmanship with vivid character forms and realistic landscape images earns it the title of “three-dimensional painting”. Other main materials for dough sculptures are iron wire, screws, refined flour, salt, preservatives, sesame oil and various pigments. The…


The Beauty of Boxwood Carving in Linyi

Wood carving tradition has a long history in China. As one of the four major wood types for carving, boxwood has been famous for wood carving in Linyi City of Shandong Province, China. Mr. Peng Xiangxue is a representative of that art from the city. Influenced by his father, Peng Xiangxue showed great interest in calligraphy and painting from a young age. Soon, the wood-root carving impressed him so much that he followed the profound impact to shape his future. Now he is a renowned artist on wood carving, being called “King of Cicadas”. Combining the different local characteristics and…


“Is There Something Wrong with the Earth?” — Chinese Painter Lu Zhide Back in Vienna

The Chinese painter Lu Zhide who had lived in Vienna for years before returning to his hometown Shanghai, came to Europe this fall with his paintings on the topic of environment. Touring through Switzerland, Germany, and Austria, he put his energy on awakening people’s awareness to care for the environment, our mother Earth. This September 25th, Mr. Lu released a new collection of environmental paintings in Shanghai entitled “Is There Something Wrong with the Earth?”. On October 7th, “Is There Something Wrong with the Earth?” was exhibited at the Cat Art Center in Como, Switzerland. Three days later, on October…


Nishan Forum,A Platform on Human Civilizations

Nishan Forum,a platform on World Civilizations, has been held for 9 years. This September from 26th to 28th, the 9th Nishan Forum took place in Qu Fu, Shandong province in China. Experts and scholars from around the world gathered here to explore the theme of “Common Values for Mankind & a Community with Shared Future for all Mankind”. The forum engaged in fruitful discussions and reached unanimous consensus. Jeffrey D. Sachs, renowned professor on economics, as well as Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, highly praised the Nishan Forum, stating that he deeply appreciates “Nishan Forum”, which allows…


Lotus Root Reaps Harvest in Linyi, Shandong Province

Douling Village, located in Hedong District, Linyi City, is currently experiencing a lotus root harvest season. In recent years, Hedong District has been exploring the core value of its local characteristics and cultivating lotus flowers in a multi-dimensional manner. Established cooperatives include lotus root production, related tourism, and construction of lotus industrial chain, all bringing a revitalization of this rural area. Douling Village has the advantage of enjoying a unique clay soil which is rich in humus, providing the necessary conditions for lotus growth. This advantage helps cultivate lotus which is more than 30 years now. Over 10,000 mu of…


Eggshell Facial Masks Inject New Vitality into Chinese Traditional Opera

An ordinary plain eggshell, after a series of steps such as tracing, painting, and coloring, can make a big difference. Traditional opera figures like the red-faced Guan Yu (Avalokiteśvara), the black-faced Bao Zheng, and the green-faced Cheng Yaojin… each one appears to come to life, given new vitality by the eggshell. Ms Zhao Limei is the master behind the creation of these eggshell facial masks. Born in Fei County, Shandong’s Linyi City, she is now a representative inheritor of the city’s intangible cultural heritage. The eggshell opera facial masks of Fei County, with a history over 200 years, embody the cultural characteristics…


Dr. László FLAMM: Hungary’s Struggle Against Foreign Influence – The Case of Open Society Foundations

Amidst the Ukraine crisis, Hungary is approaching the 2022 parliamentary election on 3rd April. Opinion polling has been carried out, reflecting a society of diversity and complexity. The following article by the Hungarian historian Dr.László Flamm offers the reader a perspective from a scholarly observation.     —Editor Hungary’s Struggle Against Foreign Influence – The Case of Open Society Foundations The Open Society Foundations (OSF) were established by George Soros, a Hungarian-born American investor. Soros has been a strong supporter for spreading his Western democratic ideals for more than 40 years. Today, OSF have branches in 37 countries and operate with…