The burning of a huge volumes of Chinese classic books and
prohibiting the practice of Daoism and martial arts were
just part of destructions that Manchus did to Chinese nation
and Chinese civilization. A great number of Chinese arts
and technologies were also lost during 260 years of Manchu
reign. Konghou (箜篌), an elegant Chinese harp with thousands
years of history was only recovered in the early last century
after the Manchus were evicted from the Forbidden City.
Entering the 21st Century, a new generation of Chinese discovered
that the grand tradition can be turned into high fashion.
A young Chinese man is appreciating Chinese incense in a
classic way called Sensing the Scent (闻香).
A young Chinese couple are appreciating green tea in a classic
way called Tea Ceremony (茶道).
This young man is living a classic martial scholar's lifestyle
by reading ten thousand books and traveling ten thousand
Classic music: 尺八曲
And like a typical Chinese scholar/swordsman would do, he
also plays traditional Chinese music.
And like the typical classic Chinese scholars,
these apparent bookworms of the 21st century emerged in an
They set the goal, aim the target and hit the
object in an unique Chinese way: the purpose of practicing
martial arts is not of conquering others but to triumph over
When reviving the tradition, wicked Manchu
bugs are carefully identifies and thoroughly purged. Taking
Chinese wedding. It was a graceful and blissful process,
but with the Manchu influence (建奴文化), it has been distorted
into a noisy and wasteful public show.
So this young couple conduct an authentic Chinese
wedding to solemnly exchange their vows of love ...
And to demonstrate their willingness to care
for each other in good times and in bad times until the very
end of their earthly lives.
At a more gradual level on the Confucius Memorial
Services, Manchu's trademark "spin of the wild boar" (野猪皮)
was eventually peeled off and the fishermen's bamboo cap
was tossed aside, replaced with red flowing gown and black
But the young generation of Chinese have done more than
just restoring the classics: they enrich the tradition with
contemporary ingredients. This is an animated ink painting
created on computer by hand (without ink).