The Culture of China is one of the world’s oldest and most complex cultures. Today there is 56 distinct recognized ethnic groups in China. In terms of numbers however, the pre-eminent ethnic group is the Han Chinese. Each region is often represented by three ancestral items. Come to China and learn more interesting things about this culture, just check out the following links for further information: Air China, China Tours.

VALUES

Most social values are derived from Confucianism and Taoism. The subject of which school was the most influential is always debated as many concepts such as Neo-Confucianism, Buddhism and many others have come about. Reincarnation and other rebirth concept is a reminder of the connection between real-life and the after-life. In Chinese business culture, the concept of guanxi, indicating the primacy of relations over rules, has been well documented.

LANGUAGE

The ancientwritten standard was Classical Chinese. It was used for thousands of years, but was mostly reserved for scholars and intellectuals which form the “top” class of the society.

ARCHITECTURE

Chinese architecture, examples for which can be found from over 2,000 years ago, has long been a hallmark of the culture. There are certain features common to Chinese architecture, regardless of specific region or use. The most important is its
emphasis on width, as the wide halls of the Forbidden City serve as an example.
In contrast, Western architecture emphasize on height, though there are exceptions such as pagodas.

CUISINE

The overwhelmingly large variety of Chinese cuisine comes mainly from the practice of dynastic period emperors hosting banquets with 100 dishes per meal. A
countless number of imperial kitchen staff and concubines were involved in the
food preparation process. Over time, many dishes became part of the everyday citizen culture. Some of the highest quality restaurants with recipes close to the dynastic periods include Fangshan restaurant in Beihai Park Beijing and the Oriole Pavilion. Arguably all branches of Hong Kong eastern style or even American
Chinese food are in some ways rooted from the original dynastic cuisines.

CHINESE GAMES

A number of games and pastimes are popular within Chinese culture. The most common game is Mah Jong. The same pieces are used for other styled games such as Shanghai Solitaire. Others include Pai Gow, Pai gow poker and other bone domino games. Weiqi and Xiangqi are also popular. Ethnic games like Chinese yo-yo are also part of the culture.

MARTIAL ARTS

China is one of the main birth places of Eastern martial arts. The names of martial arts were called Kung Fu or its first name Wushu. China also includes the home to the well-respected Shaolin Monastery and Wudang Mountains. The arts have also co-existed with a variety of weapons including the more standard 18 arms (nine
long weapons, such as staff, spear, and the halberd; and nine short weapons
such as double daggers, swords, and axes). Legendary and controversial moves
like Dim Mak are also praised and talked about within the culture.

Do not hesitate coming to China, as it is one of the most stunning countries in the world, check out the following link for additional information: China Travel

Jack Li
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