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China Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow at County Hall

Nathan Fayard

A new exhibition on Chinese culture opened recently at the County Hall with displays of traditional arts including calligraphy and kung fu.

The cultural office of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China worked with the exhibition's organisers to give Londoners a glimpse into the soul of their country.

The work on display ranges from a photographic study of life in China, both rural and urban, a time line of China's turbulent history during the rise and rule of communism, and a very interesting selection of propaganda posters from the collection of the University of Westminster

Some of these posters carry anti-British and anti-capitalist messages; they are all quite intriguing.

The professional calligrapher gives visitors a chance to try their hand at this ancient art, while British students of the discipline put on the kung fu demonstration.

The exhibition offers a rare glimpse into a country that is something of an enigma, even today, and although the display is very small, it is still worth a visit.

China Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is at the Riverside Suite, County Hall, Belvedere Road, until Tuesday 3 May. Open daily 10am-6pm; free.

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