China is the land of the red dragon. It is a superpower in Asia and has influenced the west not only with its power but with its culture as well. The Chinese culture has its roots in the yellow river civilization that existed about 6000 years ago. These Chinese culture facts present an insight into the land of the red dragon and its people.
The dragon is very important
Many people even refer to China as “the dragon”. Dragons are considered very lucky in China. They are synonymous of wealth, power and, leadership. The year of the dragon in the Chinese Zodiac is considered the luckiest year of the all 12! The couples even plan the childbirth so that their baby is born in the year of the dragon.
Besides this, the dragon is an important part of celebrations like dragon boat race.
Confucianism has a deep influence on China
Confucius was a social reformer whose ideas were implemented during the Han Dynasty. The values of Chinese culture, including family values, the importance of education and mutual respect have their origin in Confucianism. Confucianism is not a religion and many Chinese follow the principles of Confucianism. Among religions, Buddhism and Taoism are major religions in China.
In the Chinese culture, the children are duty bound to respect and fulfill the wishes of their parents. Family members share the inherited wealth and property. Key decisions like marriage are made after acknowledgment of parents, especially the male head of the family.
The importance of handicraft
Chinese handicraft is an invaluable part of Chinese culture. The art has been carried forward for more than 5,000 years. Chinese art includes exquisite pottery, silk, paper, and embroidery. In fact, silk was first invented in China and the art of making silk was kept hidden from the rest of the world in ancient China.
Mandarin is the toughest language to learn
Mandarin is a very difficult language to learn. It does not have a fixed set of alphabets like the English language. Mandarin has thousands of characters. Most of these characters are derived from the shapes of different things. For example, the character, 山, is derived from the view of three mountain peaks.
Shaolin is more than just a fighting style for the Chinese. Its first purpose was, in fact, to help the Buddhist priests maintain their fitness. It was later when various attack moves derived from animals were implemented in it. The Shaolin Temples are one of a kind schools where the teachers pick their student and train them in Kung Fu.
China has essentially two festivals – the spring festival and the dragon boat festival. The spring festival marks the beginning of a new year. Each year is assigned one of the 12 animals as per the Chinese Zodiac. The dragon boat festival is celebrated by racing in dragon boats. Dragon boats are very thin and long with the head of dragon mounted on the two ends.
Gastronomy holds a special place
Tea is unarguably given to the world by China. The Chinese lay a huge importance on preparing, pouring and serving of tea in the right manner. In fact, it is considered more important than tea itself.
The oldest civilization
The civilization living by the Chinese Yellow river is among the oldest civilizations in the world. Many Chinese traditions are derived from this civilization. The compass and gunpowder and some of the inventions made during the early Chinese civilization.
Chinese Calligraphy has existed since 6,000 years and is still practiced. Great attention is paid to detail and the practitioners of Chinese calligraphy have attained perfection in this art with years of practice.