Tai chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. It refers to a philosophy of the forces of yin and yang, related to the moves. In the activity, you’ll learn and practice two core training methods: the first being taolu (solo "forms"), a slow sequence of movements which emphasize a straight spine, abdominal breathing and a natural range of motion; the second being different styles of tuishou ("pushing hands") for training movement principles of the form.
Chinese calligraphy is a form of aesthetically pleasing writing and the artistic expression of human language in a tangible form. After being introduced to the general background of Chinese calligraphy and five main categories of Chinese calligraphy, you will practice Chinese characters with a brush, ink, xuan paper, and ink stone.
Chinese knotting is a decorative handicraft art that began as a form of Chinese folk art in the Tang and Song dynasty (960–1279 CE) in China. Chinese knots are usually lanyard type arrangements where two cords enter from the top of the knot and two cords leave from the bottom. The knots are usually double-layered and symmetrical. In the activity, you’ll learn the basic method of knotting and make the different shapes of Chinese knots, such as flowers, butterflies, birds and etc.
The Guqin is a very quiet instrument, with a range of about four octaves, and its open strings are tuned in the bass register. Its lowest pitch is about two octaves below middle C, or the lowest note on the cello. Sounds are produced by plucking open strings, stopped strings, and harmonics. You’ll get the chance to know how to make the basic tones and sounds by playing Guqin or even some simple songs.
TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices to treat or prevent health problems. In the activity, you’ll experience measuring the pulse by fingers and inspecting the tongue, skin and eyes to make a diagnosis. You will also acquire knowledge of the popular Chinese medicine, to see their shapes and tell the difference by their smells.
Discover everything you need to know to make a personalized pottery in the activity, including Kneading clay, fine processing clay, jiggering, glazing, drying, molding, encasement and firing.
Bamboo weaving is a type of bamboo working in which two distinct sets of bamboo strips are interlaced at normally right angles to form an object. It involves manipulating bamboo into various traditional knit and woven patterns to create both useful and decorative objects. In the activity you'll get the chance to make a sophisticated candle cover and other lovely bamboo weaving objects.