Some say the spirit of rock is rebellion, but Liu Donghong takes a more conservative view: it’s all about the “rocking” and the “rolling” that listeners do with their bodies.

In 1996, Liu founded The Sand, China’s first cold rock band. During the last 20 years they have always kept their Beijing style. Their songs present life and the rocky relationship between reality and necessity.

The Sand’s music is always mature and beautiful, with a sense of mystery. It’s a sound that has made them one of China’s most popular rock groups for more than a generation.

The band released their first album The Stars Fell on My Head in 2004, and five years published their followup, The Gone Fairytale World.

Listeners often argue about the band’s style: funk, blues or jazz. But style has never been a question The Sand considered. Though Liu and his crew have appeared at many music festivals across the country, they remain reluctant to discuss their creative process.

In Liu’s mind, the music tells all.

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Diao Diao is a tomboy whose head is full of weird ideas. She's a little lazy, but she loves life and her family and is always up for a challenge.

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