The People’s Republic of China is found in East Asia. It is the world’s most populous and extremely large country. China is governed by a communist party of China and it exercises its jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, direct-controlled municipalities namely; Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Chongqing, plus the administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau. China is home to the 56 ethnic minority groups such as; The Tibetans, The Mongols, The Manchus, The Zhuangs, The Dong, The Yaos, The Bais; to name a few. The Han Chinese are known as the largest ethnic group found in mainland China. Mandarin is the most spoken language by the Chinese and there are also other seven major groups of dialect found in the country. It is one of the fastest-growing economies in the whole world and known for its epitome of elegance and unique creativity in their delicious and one of a kind cuisines, perfect art creativity and incredible contribution to the whole world.
1. Lush Rice of ChinaChina is the world’s largest producer of rice in the whole world, due to its excellent climate for much of the agricultural products produced like wheat, grapes, watermelon, and spinach. It’s no surprise that one of the staple food in China is rice, especially in the southern part of China. Chinese people are well-known for their unique creativity and resourcefulness. The harvested rice is used to produce the world-famous beer called “Tsingtao”. Rice Baijiu is also a popular beverage in China mainly made from rice and other grains. The rice vinegar is also produced because of its significant importance in Chinese cuisines as a food enhancer. Another variety of rice for Chinese cuisine is the glutinous rice or sticky rice where it is specially wrapped in a lotus leaf. The northern part of China started the craze for various noodles, dumplings, and steamed buns. All these Chinese dishes are continuously innovating by the Chinese.
2. Famous Chinese OperaThe Xiqu is the traditional Chinese opera and a form of musical theatre from the early periods of China and has evolved gradually. Today, various art forms, music, song, dance, martial arts, painting, acrobatics, costume, and theatrical art have become an essential part of opera. Most of the opera performers face is decorated with a symbolic color that symbolizes the character’s role and emotional state in the story. The white symbolizes suspicious and evil, treacherous and is always known as the villain character of the opera. Green symbolizes having no self-control and violence. Red represents bravery and loyalty. Black symbolizes boldness and fierceness. Yellow stands for intelligence, desires, and ambitions. Blue symbolizes steadfastness and the pink symbolizes sophistication and cool-headedness. These color symbols make it more interesting to watch opera and make it easy to understand more about Chinese culture and their values.
3. Master Kung-FuChina is the birthplace of Kung-fu that is based on animal movements, which is being tricky, quick for fighting, strong defense, and attack. There are different forms of Kung-fu such as Wing Chun, Tai chi Shaolin Kung Fu; to name a few. Kung-fu is a traditional sport in China that has gained many followers all over the world. For this reason, Bruce Lee’s popularity as a brilliant Kungfu master can never be denied in the modern movie industry as well as China’s must-have skills. The Chinese government encourages its countrymen to learn and inherit the skills for practical reasons. Kung-Fu is also part of the school’s curriculum to encourage more young students to learn the skill.
4. World-Renowned Chinese ArtChinese art has thoroughly been consistent in providing the best artworks in the whole world. Its own unique style promotes tradition through decorative arts such as paintings, ceramics, sculpture, pottery, and calligraphy. The Chinese traditional painting is mostly used in Chinese calligraphy through scrolls, album sheets, lacquerware, and other printable forms. Two techniques are prominently used to create as such. The Gongbi stroke, which is meticulous styling by a working pen and used primarily for portraits subjects. The Xieyi, which means freehand is a looser style of painting and used primarily for landscapes, and a form of exaggerated expressions.
5. Joyous Spring FestivalThe grandest and most anticipated festival in China is the Spring Festival or the Beginning of Spring, which consists of a seven long day holiday. This annual event can last up to two weeks in China. The festival highlights the Chinese iconic red lanterns, spectacular fireworks, massive banquets, and colorful and lively dragon dance parades. Each year a different theme is a showcase to highlight the history, traditional practices and rich culture of China. This is a time for families and friends to gather, keep up and enjoy the start of the year will love, happiness and new hope.
6. Chinese SticksTo absolutely have the best of Chinese cuisines, have it with chopsticks. Chopsticks have been invented and firstly used in China. These smooth chopsticks are made from bamboo, plastic and stainless steel. Chinese sticks are composed of any material but the melamine plastic is more sought for its durability and ease of sanitation. Just remember to don’t tap the chopsticks on the edge of one’s bowl. Make sure to hold the chopsticks properly especially if you have children around as this will reflect your parenting style. Make sure not to point rested chopsticks towards other people sitting in front of you at the table.