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About Edinburgh’s “Year of the Coo”

2021 marks the Chinese Year of the Ox – or in a unique Scottish twist – the Year of the Coo. Chinese New Year in Edinburgh has become the largest celebration of its kind in…

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Coo Art Installation on the Royal Mile

Royal Mile

Canadian contemporary artist Ian Kirkpatrick brings his playful, life-size fusion of Highland Coo and Chinese Ox to Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, as part of a special commission for Edinburgh’s Chinese New Year celebrations. Ian’s work explores the…

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5 Week Brush Painting Class

Landscape, Shan Shui, literally translated as ‘mountain and water’, is one of the most popular subjects in Chinese painting. Explore Chinese soft brush and ink techniques and the world of mountain and water painting in…

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Chinese Language Summer Courses

This summer Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh is offering both Day and Evening classes.  Our diverse programme of evening and day time classes aims to give students a wide array of…

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5 Week Calligraphy Class

Chinese calligraphy is one of the earliest and most important visual art form in China. Explore Chinese soft brush and ink techniques and learn Chinese calligraphy in regular scripts (kaishu) in this five weeks short…

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CNY Cycle Trail: Bristo Square to the Botanic Gardens

Old Town & New Town

Cycling route: 7.5km; allow 2-3 hours. On this easy-going cycling trail, you will explore Edinburgh’s historic New Town and Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens, currently host to an art installation for Chinese New Year. Throw in…

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CNY Walking Trail: Chiang Yee’s view of Edinburgh

Blackford Hill

Walking route: 2.5 miles; Easy going. Allow 2 hours. Chiang Yee (b:1933; d:1977) was a Chinese poet, author, painter and calligrapher. He spent time in Edinburgh in 1943 and lived in Marchmont. He was ‘dazzled’…

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New Tunes for the New Year

At home

Celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Ox, Kimho Ip and Filip Davidse combined the sounds of the traditional Chinese yangqin and saxophone to create inter-cultural dialogues that reflect the nuances between Chinese and…

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Exploring the National Museum of Scotland: Discover Your Zodiac Animal

At Home

The East Asian calendar uses a unique system to measure and mark the passing of time. In this short animation from the National Museum of Scotland, discover the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac and…

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Mandarin at the Museum: Language and Virtual Trail for Young People in P5-P7

At Home

With your Chinese dragon guide, Dàhăi, learn how to say colours in Mandarin, explore the museum collections virtually and create your own Chinese object card. This resource from National Museums Scotland is aimed at Primary 5-7…

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Exploring the National Museum of Scotland: Meet the Qilin

At Home

In China, the mythical Qilin creature is carved into stone sculptures, animated on lacquer art, painted on porcelain and described in poetry and literature. But what exactly is a Qilin? Find out all about this…

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How to Make Kong Pao Chicken

On Chinese New Year’s Eve, people in China will almost certainly have a chicken dish as one of the many, many dishes on their table – and this one is popular as it is so…

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