In a nation whose land expanse is just slightly smaller than the United States, China manages to fit a population that is 4.25 times larger than that of the US! With such an astronomical number of citizens, it is no wonder that the Chinese lifestyle is one that actively seeks harmony and order. After World War II, to maintain its sovereignty, China fell under strict socialist rule, which brought about many of the severe day-to-day controls that ultimately cost millions of Chinese their lives. As governmental focus gradually moved from personal control to economic stabilization, China began its move into world-power status. Today, China is the single leading world exporter and one of the foremost growing economies.
Chang Shou Mian
"Chang Shou Mian," which means "long lived" in Mandarin, is a traditional Chinese dish typically served on birthdays and other special occasions. While there is a variety of recipes for this dish, it always includes noodles and broth. While eating the dish, one is encouraged to consume the long noodles without breaking them, signfiying a long, happy life!
China is a very family-oriented nation, with the family unit being the most important aspect Chinese culture, and the individual is secondary. A strong family bond and respect for elders is the cornerstone of Chinese society. The country’s one child policy, that pertains primarily to urban and suburban families, has caused a significant increase in competitiveness between students, especially where there are only 6.5million secondary education slots available to the 9.5million students who want to further their education.
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- Famous inventions thought up in China that we couldn’t live without: the bristle toothbrush, ice cream, mirrors, puppet theater, toilet paper, umbrellas – even using fingerprints as a form of identifying people which began as early as 700 AD!
- The Giant Panda is considered China’s national treasure; there are less than 2,000 left in the wild.
- The curvature of ornate Chinese architecture is to project rainfall further from the footing of the building than if the rain water fell straight down a sloping room.
- National Day is celebrated on October 1st each year in honor of the creation of The People’s Republic of China in 1949.