China Travel, Music, And More
Written by Cindy Lin
China is a fascinating country with much to offer any traveler.
China travel is not complete, though, without taking in the
music and art as well as seeing the country side. This is a very
unique culture different from any other in the world. The
Chinese culture is steeped in history and tradition that dates
back thousands of years.
There is well documented evidence of musical culture in China
as early as 1122 B. C. Though this music has become more
contemporary there is still much tradition to be found even in
today's music. Ling Lun is said to have made a set of bamboo
pipes that sounded like birds. He is also the founder of music according to Chinese
Of course with music there is also dance, which also dates back thousands of years.
Watching a performance of a traditional dance, most can only guess at the true meaning
behind such intricate steps. There are many dances that have great meaning in Chinese
culture. Many of these dances are done in elaborate costumes.
One of the most well known around the world is the intricate Dragon Dance which is
performed on the Chinese New Year. This dance requires costumes as well as music and
is often seen around the world via television. It is also often portrayed in movies due to
its prominent place in Chinese culture and being the most recognizable to the most
people around the world.
Most costumes are not as intricate as the dragon. These are often comprised of tradition
dress and makeup. The makeup alone is a work of art. They use intricate designs that
have been traditional used for hundreds or even thousands of years. This is not makeup
as you would see in the western world but paint which tends to cover the entire face.
The costumes are often made of silken robes or dresses. Due to the population
differences, men may often play the part of women in these performances. Men will
often train from the time they are children to keep a high pitch to their voices i