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HORIZONS

A wide-ranging weekly feature explores the best places diverse culture and fascinating customs in China. It is aired every Sunday.

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Folk Ballad Music Makes a Comeback
Folk ballad music is not exactly mainstream around the world these days, but it does seem to be making a comeback. In 2016, U.S. folk singer and songwriter Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature for having created "new poetic expressions within the great American tradition." Here in China, many talented folk ballad singers are also helping to bring this unique music genre back to center stage.
Hangzhou Readers
We take you to China's eastern city of Hangzhou to find out how the habit of reading aloud is now back under the public spotlight, and how people are finding renewed passion for the beauty of words and language.
China Europe Direct Freight Train Boosts Trade Links Along the Route
The One Belt One Road Initiative is one of the hottest topics discussed at this year's two sessions, the  annual gatherings of the nation's top legislature and its top body of political advisers.

Driving E-Commerce Into China's Rural Areas
E-commerce is growing fast in China's rural areas as an increasing number of rural residents take to the almighty Internet via their smartphones to buy and sell goods.
Bridging Two Cultures
The mountains in Zhangjiajie in central China's Hunan Province  inspired the movie Avatar. They caused another stir when a glass-bottomed Bridge connecting two mountain cliffs opened to the public last August. We meet its designer, an architect from Israel, who believes firmly in traditional Chinese aesthetics and philosophy.
In Celebration of the Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is once again upon us, as we say goodbye to the monkey and welcome the year of the rooster.
Masters in the Forbidden City
We step into the grand and mysterious Forbidden City to meet several of these cultural relics restorers and hear their story of working behind the crimson walls.
Peking Opera, a Cultural Ambassador to the West
Representing the finest combination of literature, music, dance, martial arts, fine arts and acrobatics, Peking opera is popular among not only Chinese people but also many foreigners. We find out how the traditional Chinese spectacle has captured the hearts of Australian audiences.
Breathing New Life into Old Crafts
China's southwestern Guizhou Province is home to a number of minority groups. More than a third of its 35 million residents are from ethnic minorities and they are known for their skills with batik, embroidery, silverwork, woodwork and paper cutting.
24 Solar Terms Inscribed Into UNESCO's Intangible Heritage List
The 24 solar terms, a system considered to be China's fifth great invention, has recently been added to the world's intangible cultural heritage list. Experts believe that inclusion on the list means there are more obligations to safeguard the ancient cultural tradition.
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