Tag: China

China, the world’s most populous country, is a fascinating nation rich in culture and history. There are over 292 different languages spoken in China, with around 56 legally recognized distinct ethnic groups. Explore the Bridgeman archive for all the things that make China so inspiring and interesting. See below for our curated selections. Please contact us if you need help sourcing anything from the archive.   See…

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This coming Chinese New Year will take place starting on February 5th, 2019. This is the year of the Pig – the last sign before the cycle restarts next year. The festival is known as ‘Spring Festival’ in modern mainland China and is undoubtedly their biggest festival of the year, both traditionally and in terms of how widespread it is celebrated. The date has great…

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2018’s Chinese New Year of the Dog will see a multitude of festivities taking place across the world, commencing from the 16th of February. Join us in celebrating the richness of Chinese culture and history, from royal emperors and architectural feats to a deep love affair with the arts. Explore the Bridgeman archive for all the things that make China so inspiring and interesting. See…

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Traditionally, Chinese political culture has used the arts to control behavior and thought. This practice did not stop once the People’s Republic of China was established. Mao Zedong launched The Cultural Revolution 50 years ago in May 1966. Propaganda posters became the ideal medium to propagate the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party. The Cultural Revolution is the name given to Mao’s attempt to reassert his beliefs…

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Being half Asian, I am lucky enough to celebrate two New Years. Chinese New Year is the far more cultural of the two, filled with traditions that go back centuries. The coming Chinese New Year will begin on the 8th February and will honour the Zodiac of the monkey – my own personal sign. Specifically, 2016 will be the year of the Fire Monkey, the most active and aggressive…

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This is the second part of the ‘Chinese New Year 2015: The Year of the Sheep’, bringing you some intriguing facts to prepare for the upcoming year. The lucky number 8 The importance of numbers in Chinese culture plays a significant role in determining the luck of someone’s fate. One of the extremely lucky ones is considered to be the number eight. In Mandarin Chinese, the…

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As the Chinese say goodbye to the Year of the Horse, we look at some interesting facts to prepare us for this Year of the Sheep! To bring you luck this new year, we’ve listed eight (the luckiest number in China) things you possibly didn’t know about Chinese beliefs and the year ahead. 1. Welcoming the New Year The colourful celebration of the Chinese New…

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