Explore the Chinese Culture

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. Overview. China, an ancient, mysterious and beautiful land , is proud of her 1.3 billion people, five thousand years' history, resplendent culture and distinctive customs. Chinese 'four great inventions' (paper, gunpowder, printing and the compass) are her greatest gifts to the world.Chinese arts and crafts, including painting, calligraphy, operas, embroidery and silk are distinctive and unique. Chinese Martial arts, which have only recently begun to enjoy popularity across the world, have33726

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1. Explore the Chinese Culture

3. Overview China, an ancient, mysterious and beautiful land , is proud of her 1.3 billion people, five thousand years’ history, resplendent culture and distinctive customs. Chinese 'four great inventions' (paper, gunpowder, printing and the compass) are her greatest gifts to the world. Chinese arts and crafts, including painting, calligraphy, operas, embroidery and silk are distinctive and unique. Chinese Martial arts, which have only recently begun to enjoy popularity across the world, have been part of Chinese culture for centuries, Chinese cuisine has been exported to every corner of the globe.

4. Contents

5. Traditional Chinese Culture

6. Traditional Chinese culture

7. Spring Festival There are many traditional festivals in China, such as Spring Festival, Lantern Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival. But Spring Festival, also known as Chinese new year, is the most important in our culture, just as important as Christmas Day in western culture.

8. Spring Festival The origin of Spring Festival—”Nian”, lunar year. 15-day celebration—reunion and thanksgiving New Year's Eve Dinner Fireworks Dui Lian

9. Traditional Chinese Culture

10. Chinese Folk Arts

11. Beijing Opera Beijing opera is the most influential opera in China and has a history of around 200 years. It synthesizes the arts of singing, dancing, recitation, martial arts, and instrumental music. Symbolism dominates the motions and stage designs.

12. Beijing Opera There are four main roles in Beijing Opera: Sheng Dan Jing Chou The facial painting is worth appreciating for its artistic value

14. Martial Arts (Wushu) Anyone who has seen classical Chinese Kung Fu movies will be deeply impressed by the Chinese Wushu, which is called Kung Fu or Chinese martial arts in the west.

15. Martial Arts (Wushu) Wushu is an important and unique component of Chinese cultural heritage with centuries of cultural history attached. Wushu not only includes physical exercise but also Chinese philosophy, meditation and aesthetics. Wushu is now to be a sport of the Olympic Games soon.

16. Traditional Chinese Culture

17. Chinese Architecture

18. The Forbidden City

19. The Great Wall The Great Wall of China was built mainly to protect the Chinese Empire from invaders from the Mongolians. This huge wall stretches over 1,500 miles and extends from Kansu in the west to the Yellow sea in the east.

20. Traditional Chinese Culture

21. Chinese Eight Regional Cuisines

22. Beijing Roast Duck

23. Traditional Chinese Culture

24. Chinese Religion and Philosophy The three main Chinese religions are Buddhism Taoism Confucianism These three main religions have interacted with one another throughout the two thousands years of Chinese history.

25. Buddhism Buddhism was first introduced from India as early as 166 AD. It gained the support of the imperial court and since then it has been dominating China for many centuries. Video

26. Taoism Taoism is the Chinese religion which believes in ghosts and spirits. It originated from a Chinese school of philosophy which emphasized cooperation with the natural forces.

27. Confucianism Confucianism was originally the philosophy of Confucius who stressed the maintenance of a stable system of inter-personal relationships at different levels of society.

28. Confucianism The Confucian tradition has a long historical legacy in East Asia extending from China across Korea and Japan and into Vietnam. Despite the enormous historical variations, cultural particularities, and national differences in the region, there are certain central ideas and values which have spread across the area, and even have influenced our modern life.

29. Business culture & etiquette

30. Business culture & etiquette China is becoming very much a economic powerhouse. It is only a matter of time before you need to do business with someone in China. China's business practice is very different from Western business practice, so it will be good if you can learn to understand Chinese business culture and etiquette.

31. Relationship & “Face” Chinese people care more about the social relationship than business relationship in doing the business Giving face (giving due respect) is a very important concept in China. You must give the appropriate respect according to rank and seniority.

32. Gift Giving Do not give clocks. Clocks are associated with death. Do not give knives, scissors, letter openers, etc. It implies the severing of a relationship Do not expect that a gift will be opened immediately Avoid giving things to people in groups of four, since the number four in Chinese is a homonym for the word 'death' . Never give a Chinese gentleman a green hat. It is associated with adultery.

33. Dining Etiquette If you are the guest, wait to be seated as hierarchy is involved Eating usually begins once the host offers the first drink. Use the serving chopsticks or turn your chopsticks around when use them to server others Avoid dropping chopsticks as it is considered bad luck.

34. Modern Chinese culture

35. The Juxtaposition of Eastern Culture and Western Culture

36. And more important…

38. Beijing 2008 The Beijing Olympic Games will be a perfect occasion to fully display China's 5,000-year history and its resplendent culture The Beijing Olympic Games will fully express the common aspiration of the Chinese people to jointly seek peace, development and common progress together with the peoples of the world.

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