BJ-HT02: Half Day Hutong Folk Art Tour

Learn Hutong Culture and Chinese Folk Art
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In the morning, your professional guide will pick you up at your hotel on time. Definitely, he/she will discuss the exact meeting time with you the night before. Then we will start our Beijing hutong walking tour. First, we will take the subway or bus to the Bell Tower and Drum Tower, the landmarks and representative architectures of old Beijing. After watching the towers from outside, your guide will accompany you to stroll along the hutongs and introduce the history of them. If you have interest, you can also rent a bike by yourself to tour here. After about one hour, we will pay a visit to a local family living in a courtyard in the hutong, the highlight of the half day hutong walking tour. Here you will have chance to know more about the local life of old Beijingers and what a traditional characteristic house is like. Finally the host will teach you the traditional Chinese folk art.
Bell and Drum Towers
Hutong family visit

You can choose any one from the following activities:

Chinese Knot: Chinese Knot is a kind of unique hand-woven art crafts in China. It exists through the whole history of people's life. In the Zhou Dynasty (1046 - 256 AD), the jade accessories people wore is always decorated with the Chinese knot. Until the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), it has been popular among common people. With inner meaning of best wishes like unity, happiness and safety, they are mostly used as the gifts for relatives or friends, the ornaments of house and personal accessories now. Because it has a symmetrical and exquisite appearance and can represent the long history of China, it has been favored by most Chinese. The knot is made of only one line, but the way of knotting is various and each way has its own symbolized meaning. In the marriage, the Panchang Knot is always used to bless the eternal relationship for the beloved couples. Auspicious Knot symbolizes good luck.
Chinese knot
Chinese paper cutting

Chinese Paper Cutting: In the past time, ancient Chinese used the scissors and gravers to cut patterns like kids, plants and animals on paper. Gradually, Chinese paper cutting is formed and has been a special folk art. The three main forms are the monochrome, multicolor and stereograph. The monochrome is commonly seen and most use the red paper. When there are festivals or marriages, Chinese always stick the red paper cutting on the window to add the jubilant atmosphere. Because the content is originated from daily life, different places has their own characteristic paper cutting.

Peking Opera Mask Painting: It is a highly recommended activity for this Beijing hutong walk tour. The mask panting is originated from the facial makeup in Peking Opera. It is a makeup procedure applied to the painted roles and clowns in the opera. Every character has his own facial makeup and color to highlight his personalities so that the spectators are able to know whether he is evil or good in accordance with his appearance. The facial makeup is based on the observation of life. Its primitive usage is to exaggerate the facial features and show the mental state of mind and physical characters of the figures. Now it has developed into a pattern art with national characteristic. In the masks, the red faces means loyalty and uprightness; the black shows that the figure is serious and powerful and the blue faces symbolize a straightforward and rebellious character. In the painting, you can have a relative deep understanding of the makeup.
Peking Opera mask painting
Calligraphy practice

Calligraphy: Calligraphy is a time-honored art of writing in China. It is written in the certain style, and structure according to the features and meanings of the characters so as to make it a beautiful art work. Chinese calligraphy is renowned as poetry without words, paintings without pictures, and music without sound. It developed from the oracle, ancient proses on stones and bronze inscriptions, to seal character, official script, and finally formed the regular script, running script and cursive script. Based on the writing tools, it is divided into hard brush calligraphy and soft brush calligraphy.

Traditional Chinese Painting: Traditional Chinese painting mainly refers to the painting on silk or paper, drawn with a writing brush with water, ink or pigment. The main themes are portrait, landscape, flowers and birds. The portrait shows the relationship among people, the landscape painting shows the relationship between human and nature, while the flowers and birds display the various life in the nature. As for the techniques, it can be divided into representational and freehand brushwork. In addition to the paper and silk, we can also see the Chinese painting on fans, ceramics, bowls and so on.
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