In all of human history, there was only a handful of capitals comparable to Chang’an, among which Athens and Rome. It is arguably the longest lasting cosmopolis, flooded with foreign envoys, visitors and officials speaking six different languages.
Two decades after the premiere of the original Mulan, Disney released the first teaser-trailer for its live-action reproduction of the iconic cartoon.
For some reasons, Dota did it. It has somehow been able to withstand the test of time and snowball into a bigger influencer in the gaming sector year after year. This peculiar phenomenon can be explained by the way the game was experienced by most Chinese gamers while they were growing up.
It is the Lantern Festival in Tang dynasty China, the fifteenth day of the first month in the Chinese lunar calendar. It is an exuberant celebration when people indulge themselves by gazing at the moon or lanterns, and playing with fireworks.
For die-hard Marvel fans, Far From Home serves a delicate commemoration of Tony Stark, which also contributes vastly to Peter Parker’s character development.
Stranger Things came at a time when Netflix was in desperate need of a new subscriber injection and was preparing to hand the syringe to China regardless of the costs, but the popularity of the show suddenly solved the pressing issue.
Speaking of art exhibitions, you often think about canvas paintings in an almost empty room, or statues made of all kinds of materials. That is certainly one kind of exhibition. But in an age where automobiles can drive themselves and mobile payments are spreading like wildfire, art exhibitions can take multiple forms too, such as having a touch of digitalization.
According to the National Radio and Television Administration, a new TV series called The Three-Body Problem, an adaptation of Hugo and Nebula award winner Liu Cixin’s epic sci-fi trilogy, is about to start filming this September.
“Most boys in China grew up reading or watching content based on the Three Kingdoms. It’s more or less a complex towards these heroic characters of warring times,” A Chinese fanatic of the newly released Total War: Three Kingdoms, a strategy game developed by British studio Creative Assembly, told me. “Every Chinese boy has a dream of the Three Kingdoms. You would wonder how you would have organized your armies if you were the army leader.”
Butterfly Lovers is a Chinese version of Romeo and Juliet, a touching love story that is one of the four greatest folktales in ancient China. Set in the Eastern Jin dynasty (265–420 AD), the beautiful tale has existed for over a thousand years, enduring until this day.
When I first thought of comparing Game of Thrones to the Three Kingdoms, it seemed pretty ridiculous. One story takes place in the fictional land of Westeros, an imaginary world where dragons, sorcerers and walking dead exist. Another is a romantic version of real Chinese history, with rivalry, reunions and scheming between three ancient kingdoms at a time when the rule of Han dynasty was at its lowest around 220 A.D.
“Seven years after I graduate from my master school, I still have the nightmares, I still dream of those classes, where the teacher is shouting, those sweaty summer days. I would dream of how I didn’t finish my math papers, and failed to find all the revision materials. I kinda feel it will haunt me all my life.”
The superhero epic has already overtaken Operation Red Sea, a 2018 Chinese action war film, as the third most successful film in Chinese box office history, right behind Wolf Warrior 2 (5.6 billion yuan) and The Wandering Earth (4.6 billion yuan).
Niu HongHong, Bruce Zhang (Old Tomato), Wang Yibo, are some of the most popular young people on Chinese social media. They have been doing what they loved since they were in school. With the power of the Internet, they are today some of the most well-known cartoonists, content creators and photographers.
As summer approaches, it is time to make your travel plan. If you are interested in coming to China for your summer vacation, it might surprise you how many places you have already “been to”, I mean, through Hollywood films. Now, let’s take a closer look at these breathtaking Hollywood filming locations in China.