But to his surprise, after several rounds of interviews, Zhang found himself on the long list of candidates vying to study Kunqu Opera, an ancient Chinese theatrical art form.
In 1931, master painter Qi Baishi received an artwork from Lin Fengmian, a fellow artist and then-principal of the Hangzhou Fine Arts School (now the China Academy of Art) in the country's east.
It's been staged in six languages, 14 countries, 100 plus cities and every time it's performed, it casts a spell on local viewers. This is the magic of Wicked, a well-established and time-honored Broadway musical.
Film fans have an opportunity to view Chinese movies that have made a mark at the Berlin film festival over the years at an event in Beijing. Xu Fan reports.
A man whose reggae is influenced by the music of his ethnic group in Taiwan aspires to charm Beijing. Chen Nan reports.
Fashion photos advertise what a trendy wardrobe looks like. And decades after they are taken, these photos become historical records. So, when you go through them, you understand why "Coco" Chanel once said, "Fashion passes, style remains".
An exhibition about nianhua art at the National Art Museum of China traces the history of the traditional New Year paintings. Lin Qi reports.
The National Center for the Performing Arts premiered the opera Turandot, Giacomo Puccini's final piece, as its first major in-house production in 2008.
The musical Ghost adapted from the popular movie with the same title is being staged at Beijing's Poly Theater through Feb 14.
A Chinese film festival that will travel the length and breadth of Britain was announced Wednesday in Manchester.
Russian theater director Lev Dodin's epic work Brothers and Sisters will be staged at Tianjin Grand Theater on March 4 and 5.
On Saturday, when the first day of the Chinese New Year is celebrated, Jingju Theater Company of Beijing will present a show at the concert hall of the Forbidden City.