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.

Imperial officials

Imperial officials

History

The prized job in dynastic China was as an Imperial official. As well as prosperity and a life of relative leisure an official received respect from the community. As anyone who passed the Imperial examinations could hope for such an appointment the posts were potentially open to all men.
All about bamboo

All about bamboo

Culture

The most versatile of plants is the bamboo, it is used for food, baskets, tubes, scaffolding, musical instruments and more. In China it even forms some of the forests.
Lucky Bats

Lucky Bats

Culture

Bats are commonly used in handicrafts, paintings and artwork to give a wish for good luck. This is because 'bat' and 'good luck' sound the same in Chinese.

United nation again

After over 350 years of disunity following the collapse of the Han dynasty China became re-united under the short-lived Sui dynasty. After some positive developments under the dynastic founder the dynasty collapsed under his successor but China did not again fall into chaos as it was soon succeeded by the Tang dynasty.
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Chinese Music

Chinese Music

Culture

As in so many other cultural areas the musical heritage of China is extremely rich. A wide range of different musical instruments have been developed over thousands of years. Accomplishment with a musical instrument is still considered an important part of a child's education. The success of many Chinese players in the Western classical tradition suggests a long cultural appreciation of music.
Feng Shui

Feng Shui

Culture

The ancient tradition of Feng Shui has been far reaching for thousands of years. It is still practiced today, particularly for choosing the site for buildings and graves. With the goal of harmony and balance with nature, it has excellent environmental credentials.
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.
Year of the ...

Year of the ...

Culture

Most people are familiar with the twelve years and their animals. Chinese astrology places emphasis on the year of birth rather than the month of birth and so all people born in a particular year share some characteristics. Even to this day couples have delayed the birth of a child so it would fall in a 'lucky' year.

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