Chinese Culture and Traditions

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This section has pages covering all sorts of Chinese customs and traditions. We are continuing to add more pages to this section.

News about China

News about China

China

Our news page covers subjects you probably won't have spotted elsewhere. We tend to avoid politics and economics to concentrate more on stories of traditions and culture. We try to choose good, positive news stories when we can find them.
The Silk Road

The Silk Road

China

The silk road from China leading to India and through Central Asia to the Middle East was the longest trade route by land. It allowed early contact between the Roman Empire and China when silk was in much demand in Rome. The abandonment of the route led to a slow decline of the whole of northern China.
I Ching (Yi Jing) ancient Chinese fortune telling

I Ching (Yi Jing) ancient Chinese fortune telling

Culture

In ancient China the Emperor would do very little without consulting the Yi Jing (I Ching). The Imperial court had experts to interpret the answers given by this method of Divination. Because it produces a set for 'now' and also a 'change' it is called the Book of Changes and contains explanations of the transformation.

kě can; may; able to

Origin

Possibly a much simplified version of a man riding a horse and hence an 'ability' todo something
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All the tea in China

All the tea in China

Culture

Tea originates from China, it has been drunk there for thousands of years. Our description of tea covers the history, preparation, growing and appreciation of tea over the centuries.
Traditional and Simplified

Traditional and Simplified

Language

When you start learning Chinese you soon across the fact that there are two written forms still in use, the simplified form used in China and the old, traditional form still used in Taiwan, Hong Kong and other overseas Chinese communities. With 4,000 years of use the written Chinese language has many archaic features. On formation of the Peoples Republic an ambition reform programme of the script was instigated which has made the learning of the characters far easier.
Kites

Kites

Culture

Along with many other things the Chinese lay claim to the invention of the kite. Kite flying remains very popular in China and many can be seen flying in public parks. In the past they have been used for military purposes but fishing is probably the most ancient use.

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