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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

Far and wide known as Kungfu (功夫) all over the world, Chinese martial art is also called Wugong (武功) or Wushu (武术) at home by Chinese people. It can be seen as an art of attack and defense in which a series of skills and trick are highly emphasized. Being a characteristic martial culture, Kungfu agglomerates the Confucius, Taoist and Buddhist theories of keeping one's mind in equanimity and nourishing one's vital spirit, while vigorousness permeates the soft theory simultaneously, with ancient Chinese transcendents' insights of life and the universe. Has been developing for thou... 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

"Food is the first necessity of the people" is a famous Chinese old saying, which reflects that Chinese have had paid much attention to food since the ancient times. The importance of food in people’s daily life in China can be seen in the way they send greetings to each other: "Have you eaten?", which is far away from the way people greet in western countries and has been seen as a characteristic of Chinese culture. Staple food in China generally includes rice, wheat, buckwheat, corn, potato, sweet potato, beans and varieties of vegetables. Besides, wheaten food such as Mantou (stea... Details>>

Chinese Pandas

Chinese Pandas

Seen as "national treasure of China" as well as a symbol of peace, panda (Chinese: 熊猫, short for "giant panda (大熊猫)" in Chinese) is an endangered mammal winning great attention from all over the world. Two researches done in 1970s and 1980s showed that there were some 1000 wild pandas in about 37 counties of China, in a habitat of around 13,000 square kilometers. Another survey by the State Bureau of Forestry of China in 2006 got a result that the amount of wild pandas in China increased to 1596, with 161 being reared in pens. As the rarest breed of ursidae, giant pandas have been listed as... 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 is time-honored with a history about 3000 years. Because of its unique form and style as well as rich cultural content, Chinese literature is distinguished by featured aesthetic ideal, reigning traditional thoughts and culture, and critical system. Throughout a long history development, masses of men of letter have produced lavish works which incorporate outstanding forms, unique styles, bright individuality and attractive charm that make Chinese literature a glamorous gem of the world literature. Details>>

China Opera

China Opera

Chinese culture is a great and extensive civilization with featured Chinese traditional opera, especially the Peking Opera, which is regarded as the national opera or the quintessence of Chinese culture. With incomparable artistic charm, Chinese opera delights people home and abroad and enjoys a particular important statue in the world, known as Three Ancient Dramas together with Ancient Greek drama and Indian Sanskritdrama. Chinese opera was born from the ancient songs and dances, and finally completed as a mature art form after a long historical development in Ming and Qing dynastie... Details>>

Chinese Music

Chinese Music

According to the archaeological discovery of the bone-flute unearthed in Wuyang County, Henan Province, Chinese music can be traced back to 8000 years ago. Over a long history, Chinese nation created a marvelous culture of music which also has a far-reaching influence to the country’s neighboring areas. China is known as a country of music in the far ancient times; the Chinese ancient music is of great importance in the culture and etiquette of the country. With a longstanding tradition of musical education as early as the Warring State Period (475 BC - 221 BC), Confucius had set the ... 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 last... 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 today’s modern style, many a wonder was built by generations of Chinese in the past 6000 years, 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 themodern Chinese style is developing rapidly with great diversifications base on the ... Details>>

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine

In ancient China which was far away from modern medical technology, Chinese people cured themselves by a wide range of traditional Chinese medical practices, including herbal medicine, acupuncture, cupping, Qigong (a system of deep breathing exercises), massage therapy and dietary therapy, and so on. According to research, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM for short) had been very popular during the Qin and Han dynasties and many monographs on TCM were written, which are regrettably lost today. In the following dynasties, more medical writings came out successively, among w... Details>>

Chinese Crafts,Souvenirs and Products

Chinese Crafts,Souvenirs and Products

China is a country with abundant tourist resources and offers countless tourist crafts and characteristic souvenirs that remind one of its long history, profound culture and traditions of its people. As for Chinese souvenirs, there are exquisite handicrafts, such as jade, porcelain, cloisonné, paper-cut, filigree, carpets, lanterns, fans, ivory carvings, satin or silk flowers, animals, birds and flowers made of colored glass, figurines of painted clay, etc, and many other quality products such as jewelry, calligraphy and painting, Chinese brushes, inkstones, inkslabs, tea, liquo... Details>>