28, 2006, is to be observed as the 2,557th birth anniversary
and the followers of the Confucius teachings at home and
from abroad will once again congregate at his home town Qufu
county, in Shandong Province, for a public memorial service.
On Friday, the Qufu-based China Confucius Foundation published
the so-called "standard portrait of Confucian" that
is said will be the official representation of the sage.
The statue is made of bronze and measured 2.557 metres
tall to commemorate his 2557 birthday. It features a square
face, a broad nose, a wide mouth, thick eyebrows and long
beards, and is in classic Chinese costume of flowing gown.
The creation of the image is said to be largely based on
a portrait by Tang artist Wu Daozi (吴道子).
A Renewed Summer Palace
After more than two months of maintenance work, three
major sightseeing spots in the Summer Palace in Beijing
were reportedly reopened yesterday to the public.
The trio are often associated with three most commonly
used blessing characters in Chinese: the Terrace of Fragrance
(佛香阁) represents Fortune (福), the Hall of Rolling Clouds
(排云殿) stands for Wealth (禄), and the Long Corridor (长廊)
symbolises Longevity (寿).
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Rolling advertisements on the back of bus seats in Guangzhou are
reportedly full of jokes containing sexual references. As children
are puzzled and curious, and parents horrified and angry, many
people think the ads are rather entertaining and amusing. While
in Chongqing city, a hospital has 20 ancient sex images on its
official website, some viewers complain and protest, but many others
support the hospital’s decision of not to take the pics down.
Before China came under the rule of the Manchurians (1648 –
1911) who were obsessed with rigid and empty rituals than anything
else, it was a society amazingly open to virtually everything,
and sex was just seen as a normal part of life. Confucian himself
once said, "Eating and sex, the primary cravings of man" ((饮食男女，人之大欲存焉).
But the classic Chinese culture was mummified and distorted in
Manchurian’s Qing dynasty, then smashed and mocked by the Western
culture and ideologies, first extreme right capitalism, then
extreme left Marxism, and then confusingly mixed right and left.
Now as China begins to rediscover its classic past, open attitude
regarding sex seems to be one of the first things, if not THE
first thing, to be revived, with a modern twist – the glorified
label of "sex education".