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Of the myriad of inventions from antiquity that have forged their way into the modern day, the umbrella is one of the few to have retained its shape, function, and beauty. Known to many ancient civilizations, the umbrella has garnered mythological, religious, and social connotations, and the ancient craft of traditional umbrella making in China is still popular. Beijing boasts a variety of shops selling uniquely-crafted umbrellas. In the historic Dashilanr (大栅栏) business street area, Chang Tao’s Qinfenghanyue Craft Shop (秦风汉月油纸伞) is one of the many places where this craft is still a lifestyle.
2013 #Chinese Han Clothing Cultural Week kicks off in Xitang, an ancient town in east China’s Zhejiang province on Nov. 1, 2013. More than 300 people wearing traditional Han clothes attend the opening ceremony. The activity was initiated by Jay Zhou, the famous Chinese popular singer and Fang Wenshan, a well-known lyricist, with the aim to promote the culture of the traditional costumes and traditional etiquette to the world.
Academia in Inner Mongolia
The city of Hohhot is home to Honder College of Inner Mongolia Normal University and the capital of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in northern China. It lies between the Yinshan Mountains and the Yellow River. The name Hohhot means “Blue City” in Mongolian and it also bears the title of the “dairy capital” of China. Today Hohhot is the most important city in Inner Mongolia and is home to 36 different ethnic groups. Notable among these are Mongolian, Han, Manchu, Hui, Tibetan, Daur, Elunchun,Ewenki and Korean. The city zone covers 17,224 square kilometers (6,650 square miles) with a populationexceeding 2,900,000.