The China Exploratorium
The China Exploratorium, found in the building of Confucius Institute Headquarters, was completed and opened in December 2007. Currently, there are five areas: Chinese Mood, Chinese Scenery, Chinese Arts, Life in China, Colorful China.
In the China Exploratorium, guests will not only be able to appreciate more than 60 pieces of artistic exhibits donated by every province in China first hand but also explore and experience the essence and sentiment of Chinese culture through interactive multimedia technology.
The most interesting interactive programs are:
3500 years ago, Chinese people carved characters on tortoise shells and animal scapulas, which are called "oracle-bone inscriptions". Most of them are ideography, resembling the real objects, such as "山"(mountain), "火"(fire). If you wave your arm above the tripod, you'll see the evolution process of Chinese characters.
Kungfu and Calligraphy
Calligraphy is the art of Chinese writing while Kungfu refers to pattern of movements using boxing and weapons, both of which stress the integration of rigidity and elasticity and internal cultivation as well as external training. Here, three-dimensional virtual technology is used. It combines Chinese characters "metal, wood, water, fire and earth(金、木、水、火、土)" with "Shadowboxing and Eight-diagram Palm", demonstrating the unique charm of Chinese calligraphy and Kungfu using static yet dynamic, virtual yet real contrast.
Beijing Opera is the quintessence of China. It integrates singing, dialogue, acting and acrobatics, its costumes are bright and colorful. It will only take you a minute to "dress up" in our Beijing Opera costumes to take a photo. Would you like to have a try?
9,600,000 square kilometers territory
2,997,000 square kilometers ocean area
Thousands of scenery and landscapes
You can see them here.
Ancient Chinese Science and Technology
Apart from the four great inventions (the compass, papermaking, printing technique and gunpowder) known to the world, China also has scored many other brilliant achievements in science and technology such as mathematics, medical, architecture, astronomy, etc, which contributed to the development of world civilization.
It is a kind of Chinese folk custom to cut paper into different shapes for wedding ceremonies, Chinese New Year and other festivals. The paper-cut is pasted on doors and windows to express festive blessings and the longing for a better life. Here the paper-cut is combined with 12 animal signs. By entering your year of birth, you can personally cut the paper-cut of your animal sign.
Chinese Folk Music
Chinese folk music as well as Taiji Quan, which focus on spirit and mood, is placid and melodious. Because Chinese traditional musical instrument is easy to learn, you can personally play wonderful music.
Delicacies in China
Chinese cuisine enjoys worldwide fame because of its long history, choice materials, exquisite skills and various styles of cooking. The vast land of China contributes with differences in climate, geology, agricultural products in food and drink, therefore these different characteristics in different regions give rise to eight great cuisine traditions: Anhui, Cantonese, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangsu, Shandong, Sichuan, and Zhejiang.