Originally a royal pastime, closely linked to the invention of paper, paper cutting evolved into a widely popular folk art that at its best combines the features of Chinese painting, embroidery and sculpting.
Regarded as the most valuable of the precious stones, jade has often been regarded as an everlasting symbol of Chinese civilization. The teacher will explain some of the essential qualities of good jade, while you get to see and touch old pieces of jade that date back to as early as the Shang dynasty.
Estimated at over 5,000 spread all over the island, temples are a typical cultural feature, with a broad variety of architectural styles. Ranging from Buddhist to Taoist to ancestral and folk religion, and to be found everywhere from the city to the countryside, temples are an essential part of the Taiwanese landscape. Our architecture expert will explain the different styles and the meaning of the folk culture elements that are applied to decorate the temples.
For electives, you can choose freely in any combination from the same level as the required course or one level higher or lower, as long as the total of weekly hours doesn't exceed 15. For example, if you are in Level 4, you can select electives in levels 3, 4, and 5. That's more than 6 electives to choose from!