Most of them dropped out of high school because of poverty. They were farmers before changing, ahem, their profession. They have appeared on TV and performed at various galas. To top it all, they have also performed on CCTV's Spring Festival Gala, the most-watched Chinese TV show. And, of course, they have made millions of people laugh. Meet the exponents of errenzhuan, a popular folk art form of Northeast China that involves singing and dancing, and is known for its humorous, improvisational and populist jokes.
Marionettes have a rich tradition in China, where puppeteers are desperately trying to preserve the art form for future generations.
Yangko, a rural Chinese folk dance with a history dating back thousands of years, originates from farming life in ancient times.
Youngsters unwilling to learn ancient skills needed to produce the traditional pens used in calligraphy.
The Miao ethnic group's silver ornaments are second to none, both in terms of quantity and variety.
The longstanding Chinese history has left behind numerous, and the lacquer art is a brilliant pearl among them.
Among the major schools of traditional Chinese embroidery, Jing Xiu handicraft is at the risk of disappearance and has been listed as works of China's own Intangible Cultural Heritage
The emergence of bronze marked the advancement of human culture from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age.
The Chinese regard carved jade objects as intrinsically valuable, and they metaphorically equate jade with human virtue due to its solidity, durability and (moral) beauty.
The combination of form and meaning has made red under glaze porcelain very popular.