Silk china is known as the “kingdom of Silk”. Jiangsui, Guangdong, Hunan and Sichuan provinces abound in natural silk and products made of it. Most distinguished, however, are silk products made in Hangzhou, where they come in a dozen varieties such as pongee, brocade, damask, faille, and satin.
Embroideries/Brocades The most famous Chinese silk products include the cloudy-patterned embroidery of Nanjing, Song-style satins of Suzhou, Shu-style embroidery of Sichuan, as well as embroideries of such ethnic minorities as Zhuang, Dai, Li, Dong and Tujia.
Calligraphy/Painting Calligraphy and painting are an epitome of traditional Chinese culture.
Traditional Medicine Traditional Chinese medicine is a school of its own. Numerous herbal and other drugs are being used for their high curative efficacy, and those with a high tonic value are favorites with the Chinese.
Carving/Sculptures Traditional Chinese carving and sculpture are based on every material imaginable: jade, stone, wood, bamboo, black amber, crystals, tree roots, shells, and whatnot. In this typical Chinese school of art, likeliness of imagery is ingeniously integrated with expressiveness and spiritual resonance.
Cloisonne Filigree enamel work is the most famous of all traditional Chinese metal arts and crafts. This involves and enameling technique, consisting of soldering to a copper surface delicate metal strips bent to the outline of a design, and filling the resulting cellular spaces with vitreous enamel paste before the object is fired, ground smooth and finely polished.
“Four Treasures of the Study” Traditional Chinese stationery consists of the “Four Treasures of the Study”, namely, writing brush, inkstick, inkslab and paper. Through the ages the Chinese have developed unique techniques for the making of these “treasures”, resulting in countless products of superb quality and distinct style. Among the more famous products are xuan paper produced in Jigxian County, Anhui Province; Huizhou-style inksticks in Shexian County, Anhui Province; writing brushes in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province; and inkslabs produced in Zhaoxing of Guangdong, Shexian County of Anhi, Wuyuan of Jiangxian. Famous inkslabs include those made in Shandong and by the Taohe River of Gansu, and those fashioned out of baked clay and Helan stone.
Tea China is one of the world’s earliest tea-producing countries. The Chinese tea is renowned in the entire world. Processed in different fashions, it falls into such categories as red tea, green tea, jasmine tea, and oolong tea. Among the famous brands of Chinese tea are “Longjing” of Hangzhou, “Biluochun” of the Dongting Lake, “Tunlu” of Anhui, “Maojina” of Mount Huangshan, “Qihong” of Anhui, “yihong” of Hubei, jasmine tea of Beijing, and ‘Tieguanyi” of Fujian. The Chinese take great delight in nursing a cup of tea while chatting with loved ones or friends.
Beverage China is one of the world’s earliest winemaking countries. There are an impressive array of Chinese beverages, such as spirits, rice wine, wine, fruit wine, beer, and cocktails. Famous Chinese alcoholic beverages are Maotai, Fen Jiu, Wu Liang Ye, Gu Jing Gong Jiu, Yang He Da Qu, Jian Nan Chun; Chinese Red Wine, Vermouth, Qingdao White Wine, Special Fine Brandy, Long, Beijing Special Brandy; Luzhou Old Cellar Te Qu, Shaoxing Jiafan Wine, Zhu Ye Qing, Qingdao Beer, Yantai Red Wine, Chen Gang Jiu.