|Travel in China||
What to see in China Apart from popular destinations such as Beijing, there are many other places worth seeing: Xi'an, Shanghai, Guilin, Lijiang, Jiuzhaigou, Yellow Mountain, ...
Visa Your one-stop center for obtaining a visa to China ...
Cruise Believe it or not, you can visit China and other asian countries by sea! ... more
Learn Chinese You can learn some basic Chinese in a matter of hours ... Chinese text books
Chinese Culture What's most popular religion in China? What are the 12 animals? Chinese dynasties? What do people eat in China? ...
Traditionally, the Chinese (and also most eastern asian countries) use the Chinese (lunar) calender. Although officially China uses western calender, major holidays, such as Spring Festival, Mid-autumn (moon) Festival, still follow the Chinese calender.
Chinese Zodiac (12 Animal Years)
In China, people assocaite the year with animals, the so called Chinese animal years, animal signs (shengxiao) or zodiac. There are 12 animals rotating every 12 years: rat (mouse), ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep (ram or goat), monkey, rooster, dog, and pig (boar). Each animal has its own attributes with it: good or bad. ... more
The Chinese have over 3000 years of written history (i.e. events recorded in characters and words as they happened), but the Chinese civilization dates back far beyond and those stories were passed from generation to generation as stories. ... table listing the dynasties
The most pupular religion in China is Buddhism, which was imported from India. There was a famous story of Tang Sheng in Tang Dynasty (618-907) who risked his life to India and brought a lot of Buddhism doctrine back to China. Two Indians also contributed greatly to the spread of Buhdism in China. They came to China to help with the translation of books into Chinese. The emperor built a temple for them on the east side of the capital city (Luoyang), and it was named White Horse Temple (Bei Ma Temple), because a white horse carried the books from India. Luoyang is in Henan Province, about 100 km west of the provincial capital (Zhengzhou), which are easily accessible by railway.
The most influencial native religion in China is Daoism (or Taoism). The famous Daoism mountain is the Wudang Mountain in Hubei Province. Confucianism is a major tradition in Chinese culture. Strictly speaking, it is not a religion, but it influences the behavior of almost every Chinese.
Western regilion (Christian) came into China as China was forced to open up to the outside world. Unlike Buddhism, western religion was never well received by the Chinese people, due to the mixture of Chinese resistance to western invasion, both in culture and in territory, and the forceful way of western missionary trying to make the Chinese accepting the regilion.
The Chinese christians broke ties with Vatican in the 1940-50s, Which coincided with the change of government in China. However, the movement towards the breakup began long time ago and nobody would have prevented it from happening. In recent years, the Chinese and the Vatican are working towards establishing official ties. Estimates for the number of Christians in China ranged from 1-3% of the 1.3 billion population.
Fengshui is a unique Chinese culture which is in everyday life of the people. It is in fact a way of seeking harmony between the human being and the nature. Some fengshui principles are beneficial to your health, and some help to impove your environment of living.
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