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Eastern Warriors: China


Come and explore the museum’s fabulous Oriental Gallery and discover amazing treasures from China this February half term.

Throughout the week there will be Chinese-themed activities including martial arts demonstrations, have-a-go sessions, traditional arts and crafts, language workshops, music, and lion dances.

History will be brought to life by our visitor experience team with storytelling sessions, dramatic performances, object handling opportunities, and live combat demonstrations.

Museum admission is free, some activities carry a small charge. See the full programme of daily events below.

WHAT’S ON: FEBRUARY HALF TERM

SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY

11am LION DANCE
Watch a local Chinese dance troupe combine art, history, and Kung Fu in the spectacular Chinese Lion Dance, said to bring good luck and chase away ghosts, evil spirits, and monsters.
Free

11.30am TAI CHI HAVE-A-GO WORKSHOP
Come and learn some Tai Chi Yang. A form of meditation in motion, this ancient Chinese tradition has evolved over centuries, and is said to help stress and anxiety. Led by Sensei Michael Clayton.
Suitable for ages 5+ with parental supervision.
Free / Limited places available / Approx. 60 mins

12pm CRAFTS
Make a traditional Chinese lantern.
£2.50 / Make & take craft activities / Drop-in sessions until 3pm

12.30pm GUZHENG MUSIC PERFORMANCE
Listen to the beautiful Guzheng, one of the most ancient traditional Chinese musical instruments.
Free / Approx. 30 mins

1pm KUNG FU DEMONSTRATION
Watch a variety of Chinese fighting techniques and learn how Chinese martial arts were developed. Led by Sensei Michael Clayton.
Free/ Approx. 45 mins

1.30pm GUZHENG MUSIC PERFORMANCE
See above / Free / Approx. 30 mins

2pm KUNG FU HAVE-A-GO WORKSHOP
Learn some of the techniques of Chin Na and San Da Chinese martial arts. Led by Sensei Michael Clayton.
Suitable for ages 5+ with parental supervision.
Free / Limited places available / Approx. 45 mins

2.30pm GUZHENG MUSIC PERFORMANCE
See above / Free / Approx. 30 mins

3pm KUNG FU TRAINING CLASS
Watch as students learn advanced weapon techniques, including staff and Sai fighting. Led by Sensei Michael Clayton. This is a 2-hour training workshop.
Visitors are welcome to drop in and watch / Free

SUNDAY 12 FEBRUARY

10am KUNG FU TRAINING CLASS
Watch as students learn advanced weapon techniques, including staff and Sai fighting. Led by Sensei Michael Clayton. This is a 2-hour training workshop.
Visitors are welcome to drop in and watch / Free

11am LION DANCE
Watch a local Chinese dance troupe combine art, history, and Kung Fu in the spectacular Chinese Lion Dance, said to bring good luck and chase away ghosts, evil spirits, and monsters.
Free

12pm CRAFTS
Make a traditional Chinese lantern.
£2.50 / Make & take craft activities / Drop-in sessions until 3pm

12.15pm KUNG FU AND TAI CHI HAVE-A-GO WORKSHOP
Take part in combined workshop where participants will learn techniques from both Kung Fu and Tai Chi and learn how they are used together.
Suitable for all ages and ability. Parental supervision will be required for under 16s.
Free / Limited places available / Approx. 45 mins

12.30pm GUZHENG MUSIC PERFORMANCE
Listen to the beautiful Guzheng, one of the most ancient traditional Chinese musical instruments.
Free/ Approx. 30 mins

1.30pm GUZHENG MUSIC PERFORMANCE
See above / Free / Approx. 30 mins

2.30pm GUZHENG MUSIC PERFORMANCE
See above / Free / Approx. 30 mins

MONDAY 13 FEBRUARY

11am LION DANCE
Watch a local Chinese dance troupe combine art, history, and Kung Fu in the spectacular Chinese Lion Dance, said to bring good luck and chase away ghosts, evil spirits, and monsters.
Free

11.30am CRAFTS
Have a go at traditional paper crafts and learn how to make a Chinese knotted bracelet with members of the Business Confucius Institute, University of Leeds.
£2.50 / Make & take craft activities / Drop-in sessions until 3.30pm

12pm CHINESE LANGUAGE TASTER SESSION
Join teachers from The Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds to learn some key words and phrases in Mandarin.
Suitable for ages 6+ with parental supervision.
Free / Limited places available / Approx. 45 mins

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11.30pm HAND-CRAFTED BOOK-MAKING WORKSHOP
This workshop will combine creative writing, calligraphy and design to produce a unique hand-crafted fold-out book. Led by writer Mary Cooper and artist Pui Lee.
Suitable for ages 8+ with parental supervision.
£3.50 / Limited places available / Approx. 90 mins

1pm CHINESE LANGUAGE TASTER SESSION
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2pm CHINESE LANGUAGE TASTER SESSION
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2pm HAND-CRAFTED BOOK MAKING WORKSHOP
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3pm CHINESE LANGUAGE TASTER SESSION
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TUESDAY 14 FEBRUARY

11am CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Try your hand at this traditional art of writing using brush and ink.
Suitable for ages 6+ with parental supervision.
£3.50 / Limited places available / Approx. 45 mins

12pm CRAFTS
Make a traditional Chinese lantern.
£2.50 / Make & take craft activities / Drop-in sessions until 3pm

12pm CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP
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1pm CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP
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2:30pm CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP
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3:30pm CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP
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WEDNESDAY 15 FEBRUARY

11am POTTERY PAINTING
Choose a piece of Chinese themed pottery to decorate with your own unique design. Your finished pot will be glazed and fired ready to be collected from the museum at a later date. Workshop by Jack Rabbits Pottery.
Suitable for ages 3+ with parental supervision.
£3.50 / Limited places available / Approx. 60 mins

11.30am TRADITIONAL CHINESE MUSIC PERFORMANCE
Musicians from The Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds will play traditional Chinese instruments, the Hulusi and Guzheng. After the performance visitors are welcome to have a go at playing the instruments and talk to the musicians.
Free / Approx. 60 minutes

12pm CRAFTS
Make a traditional Chinese lantern.
£2.50 / Make & take craft activities / Drop-in sessions until 3pm

12.30pm POTTERY PAINTING
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2pm UNICORN DANCE
Don’t miss the chance to see this spectacular unicorn dance performed by a local Chinese dance troupe. Traditionally the unicorn is the symbol of longevity and wisdom, and is believed to bring serenity and prosperity.
Free

2.30pm TRADITIONAL CHINESE MUSIC PERFORMANCE
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2.30pm POTTERY PAINTING
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THURSDAY 16 FEBRUARY

11am POTTERY PAINTING
Choose a piece of Chinese themed pottery to decorate with your own unique design. Your finished pot will be glazed and fired ready to be collected from the museum at a later date. Workshop by Jack Rabbits Pottery.
Suitable for ages 3+ with parental supervision.
£3.50 / Limited places available / Approx. 60 mins

11:30am TEA CEREMONY
Discover the elegant art and customs of a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Our host will demonstrate the intricate steps involved in preparing different kinds of tea. Participants will have the opportunity to sample the teas.
Suitable for ages 12+ with parental supervision (hot water will be used)
Free / Limited places available / Approx. 30 mins

Reserve your place now

12pm CRAFTS
Make a traditional Chinese lantern.
£2.50 / Make & take craft activities / Drop-in sessions until 3pm

12:30pm TEA CEREMONY
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12.30pm POTTERY PAINTING
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1:30pm TEA CEREMONY
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2pm UNICORN DANCE
Don’t miss the chance to see this spectacular unicorn dance performed by a local Chinese dance troupe. Traditionally the unicorn is the symbol of longevity and wisdom, and is believed to bring serenity and prosperity.
Free

2:30pm TEA CEREMONY
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2.30pm POTTERY PAINTING
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3:30pm TEA CEREMONY
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FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY

11am POTTERY PAINTING
Choose a piece of Chinese themed pottery to decorate with your own unique design. Your finished pot will be glazed and fired ready to be collected from the museum at a later date. Workshop by Jack Rabbits Pottery.
Suitable for ages 3+ with parental supervision.
£3.50 / Limited places available / Approx. 60 mins

11.30am CHINESE SWORD SKILLS DEMONSTRATION
Martial arts specialist Paul Andrews of Xing Yi Academy demonstrates the techniques of the Chinese straight sword (Jian).
Free / Approx. 15 mins

12pm CRAFTS
Make a traditional Chinese lantern.
£2.50 / Make & take craft activities / Drop-in sessions until 3pm

12.15pm CHINESE SWORD SKILLS HAVE-A-GO WORKSHOP

Learn the three fundamental techniques of the Jian (Chinese straight sword) – Ci (thrust), Pi (cut) and Dian (Point) – as well as the defensive moves to counter them. Led by martial arts specialist Paul Andrews of Xing Yi Academy.
Suitable for ages 16+ / Ages 16-18 require parental supervision /
Equipment including safety glasses and wooden training swords will be provided
Free / Limited places available / Approx. 60 mins

Reserve your place now

12.30pm POTTERY PAINTING
See above

2pm UNICORN DANCE
Don’t miss the chance to see this spectacular unicorn dance performed by a local Chinese dance troupe. Traditionally the unicorn is the symbol of longevity and wisdom, and is believed to bring serenity and prosperity.
Free

2.30pm CHINESE SWORD SKILLS DEMONSTRATION
See above

2.30pm POTTERY PAINTING
See above

3.15pm CHINESE SWORD SKILLS HAVE-A-GO WORKSHOP
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SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY

11am LION DANCE
Watch a local Chinese dance troupe combine art, history, and Kung Fu in the spectacular Chinese Lion Dance, said to bring good luck and chase away ghosts, evil spirits, and monsters.
Free

12pm CRAFTS
Make a traditional Chinese lantern.
£2.50 / Make & take craft activities / Drop-in sessions until 3pm

12.30pm GUZHENG MUSIC PERFORMANCE
Listen to the beautiful Guzheng, one of the most ancient traditional Chinese musical instruments.
Free/ Approx. 30 mins

1.30pm GUZHENG MUSIC PERFORMANCE
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2.30pm GUZHENG MUSIC PERFORMANCE
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SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY

11am LION DANCE
Watch a local Chinese dance troupe combine art, history, and Kung Fu in the spectacular Chinese Lion Dance, said to bring good luck and chase away ghosts, evil spirits, and monsters.
Free

12pm CRAFTS
Make a traditional Chinese lantern.
£2.50 / Make & take craft activities / Drop-in sessions until 3pm

12.30pm GUZHENG MUSIC PERFORMANCE
Listen to the beautiful Guzheng, one of the most ancient traditional Chinese musical instruments.
Free/ Approx. 30 mins

1.30pm GUZHENG MUSIC PERFORMANCE
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2.30pm GUZHENG MUSIC PERFORMANCE
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GALLERY PROGRAMME

Each day there will be several acted performances and demonstrations. Please check the daily What’s On programme on arrival at the museum.

Terracotta Warriors, 209 BCE
Learn how the first Emperor of China built the army he would be buried with, one of the most spectacular finds in world archaeology.

Combat Demo: Flight of Guan Yu
Come and see an epic duel between two of the greatest warriors of Chinese legend.

Big History: Object Handling Session
Explore the Far East through a range of objects.

The Battle of Red Cliffs, 220-280
Find out why the most famous battle in Chinese history ended a dynasty and spawned the Three Kingdoms.

Boxer Rebellion, 1900
Discover how the British led the Eight-Nations’ relief force to embattled Beijing.

Kublai Khan and Marco Polo, 1245-1323
Marco Polo describes how the great Mongol warlord defeated his enemies.

Opium War, 1839-1842
Hear how a Royal Marine was sent to fight for King, Country – and the balance of Trade.

Big History: Warrior Women of China
Discover the stories of some of China’s formidable female warriors.