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Chinese Culture

Chinese Culture

With a history as ancient as China’s, there is little doubt why its culture has developed to become one of the most unique and colorful on Earth. It is a huge attraction to visitors, almost as much of a draw as China’s sites. Chinese culture can be difficult to understand and with so many aspects to it, studying it can be a never-ending endeavor. Our Chinese Culture Guide was created to give visitors basic information about many different aspects of Chinese culture, such as; Chinese tea, traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese opera, and much more. If you would like any further information, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to answer all your Chinese culture questions.

Chinese Kung Fu

Chinese Kung Fu

Chinese martial arts, commonly referred to as Kung Fu, actually encompasses hundreds of different styles and school of Chinese martial arts, with the most famous style being the Shaolin-style martial arts, as practiced by the Shaolin Monks. It is believed that Chinese martial arts began as a need for self-defense and military training. According to legend, Chinese martial arts were introduced to China by the Yellow Emperor over 4,000 years ago. The earliest recorded mention of Chinese martial arts was in the Spring and Autumn Period. Shaolin martial arts are thought to be the first institutionalized Chinese martial art. It is said that it began as a form of self-defense for Buddhist monks. Details>>

Chinese Tea

Chinese Tea

In China, tea is more than a beverage. To many people it is a way of life and an incredibly important part of people’s daily lives. According to legend, tea was first discovered in China by Shennong, an ancient Chinese chieftain and considered the father of Chinese medicine. Originally used as a form of medicine, tea drinking evolved until it became almost an art form. There are many different ways to brew tea with the most popular being Kung Fu Tea which uses smaller teapots and tiny cups. There are six categories of Chinese tea; green tea, white tea, yellow tea, red tea, black tea, and wulong tea. Tea is placed into these six categories by the amount of time they are allowed to oxidize. Details>>

Chinese Cuisine

Chinese Cuisine

The importance food plays in Chinese people’s lives can be summed up with a common greeting in Chinese, which is “Have you eaten?” The staple foods in China are rice, wheat, buckwheat, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and beans, depending upon which part of China you happen to be in. Generally, people in the north of China like salty foods, sweet foods in the south, spicy foods in the east, and sour foods in the west. Each City, town, and village in China has its own unique dishes, making travel throughout China a real treat. Eastern China, for example, likes spicy dishes, but those dishes range considerably depending upon which part of Eastern China you are in. No matter what your tastes are Details>>

Chinese Pandas

Chinese Pandas

Considered a living treasure in China, the Giant panda is popular throughout the world for its adorable features. On the endangered list, research and preservation of the Giant Panda is number one on China’s conservation list. In the wild, the Giant Panda lives in mountainous areas in Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu Provinces in central China. Over two hundred Giant Pandas live in captivity inside China and around thirty in other countries. The wild population estimate states that there are around fifteen hundred Giant Pandas living in the wild. The best place to see the Giant Panda in the wild is in Sichuan’s Wolong National Nature Reserve. Details>>

Chinese Festival

Chinese Festival

Due to having a history of over five thousand years, China has a rich collection of festivals which have developed over the millennia. Most of China’s traditional festivals began to develop during the Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.E.) and were set by the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.E. – 220 C.E.). Chinese festivals are celebrated according to the Lunar Calendar, which means that each year they fall on a different day on the Gregorian Calendar. The biggest festival in China is Spring Festival, or Chinese New year. This 15 day festival ends with Lantern Festival. Other important Chinese festivals include; Tomb-Sweeping Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, and Double Nine Festival. Details>>

Chinese Literature

Chinese Literature

Chinese literature has a history of approximately three thousand years. The earliest literatures known to exist are court documents. They have evolved into all forms of literature, from historical texts, to novels, to poems, and even comic books. With the introduction of woodblock printing in the Tang Dynasty (617-907 C.E.), and the invention of moveable type printing in the Song Dynasty (960-1279 C.E.), literature rapidly spread throughout China. This spreading of literature allowed art, religion, and philosophical ideas to move throughout the country. A large amount of early Chinese literature has survived to the present day, allowing scholars to learn a great deal. Details>>

China Opera

China Opera

Born from ancient folk songs and dances, Chinese Opera developed into its own unique art form in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties. Chinese Opera combines singing, dancing, dialogue, acrobatics, martial and performing arts. It is estimated that around 350 operas exist in China. Although Peking (Beijing) Opera is the most famous, there are many distinct forms of opera in China, including; Shaoxing opera, Huangmei Opera, Kunqu Opera, Yuju Opera, Cantonese Opera, Shanghai Opera, Sichuan Opera, Shanxi Opera, Pingju Opera, Hunan Opera, Huagu Opera, and Guilin Opera. Each form of opera is known for its own characteristics. Details>>

Chinese Music

Chinese Music

According to recent archaeological evidence, Chinese musical instruments can be traced back to over eight thousand years. The oldest known Chinese musical instrument is a bone flute unearthed in Henan Province. Music has played an important role in China’s culture and history. It has a long tradition of musical education. Confucius himself created musical education directives. Each area of China has its own unique musical styles, and instruments, many are virtually unknown in the West. Traditional Chinese music can be calming and soothing, or exciting and heart-racing. No matter what the style, there is something unique for everyone. Details>>

Religion in China

Religion in China

The main religions in China are; Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Christian, and Catholicism. There are many other ethnic and shamanistic religions unique to most of the Ethnic Minority Groups in China. It is believed that there are over eighty-five religious sites in China and over one hundred million followers of a religion. According to Chinese law, the Chinese people enjoy the freedom of religious belief. Religion has always been an important part of Chinese tradition and culture. Confucianism was the foremost belief in China for centuries, followed by Buddhism and Taoism. They are known as the Three Pillars of traditional Chinese culture. Details>>

Chinese History

Chinese History

The earliest men living in China can be traced back to 1.7 million years ago. After long evolving, the ancient hominid commenced to step into civilization society. With a recorded history of nearly 4000 years, China is known as one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Cultivating the main Chinese civilization for thousands of years, the Yellow River and The Yangtze River are seen as Mother Rivers by Chinese people, with the Yellow River also being hailed as the cradle of Chinese civilization. For thousand of years, colorful cultures of Chinese ethnic groups have been lasting, blending a... Details>>

Chinese Architecture

Chinese Architecture

Chinese Architecture is great and profound with a long-standing history as well as the Chinese culture. From the early square or round shallow hole-houses to todays modern style, many a wonder was built by generations of Chinese in the past 6000 yeas, which are astonishing with superb techniques, exquisite art designs and unique styles. The magnificent ancient Chinese architecture developed to a distinctive school of its own with unique monomer shape and delicate decorations in every part, while the modern Chinese style is developing rapidly with great diversifications base on the traditional ... Details>>

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine has a tradition dating back over two thousand years. It includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy, exercise and diet therapy. Traditional Chinese medicine focuses on things which regulate digestion, breathing, &c, rather than particular anatomical parts and structures. Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine comes from measuring the pulse, inspecting various body parts, and looking at the eating and sleeping habits of the patient. Now respected around the world, Traditional Chinese medicine is studied around the world and more and more Western doctors are coming to China to study it. Details>>

Chinese Crafts,Souvenirs and Products

Chinese Crafts,Souvenirs and Products

With all the unique cultures and traditions in China, it is no wonder that there are an uncountable number of Chinese crafts made. Handicrafts, such as jade, porcelain, cloisonné, paper-cutting, filigree, carpets, lanterns, fans, silk flowers, animals, glassware, calligraphy and painting, silk, tea, &c. are available in an unlimited number of local variants. Many of the local arts and crafts are unique to China, and others have spread throughout Asia and some have even spread world-wide. Chinese crafts are an integral part of Chinese life, and a favorite with people taking China tours. At one time, in China, every aspect of daily life was an art form. Details>>