China has one of the richest cultures in the world. In fact, it is the most dominant culture in East Asia. From their food to their religion, to their marriage, and even their philosophies, they have greatly influenced our way of living even in the smallest aspects of our lives. After all, it is one of the earliest ancient civilizations.
Despite the fact that their culture stretches out from China to the corners of the countries overseas, it is fair to say that their culture is still a little mysterious. Even with the degree of exposure we think we have about their culture; it is quite fascinating how there is still so much to learn about the Chinese culture.
Here are some of the things that will help you understand the culture of China before you book a flight and do some financial planning for a trip to the Land of The Rising Sun.
China means the Middle Kingdom in Chinese. This is to say that the ancient Chinese have made this worldview that their country is the center of the world, which was also the reason why they used to refuse foreign trade that eventually led to the end of the imperial era.
Evidently, these people are extremely proud of their profound and long history and culture. In fact, it is one of the things you’ll notice whenever you go visit their lovely country. When you visit their tourist spots or even when you communicate to the locals, they would always put emphasis on their importance in global history.
Like many Asian families, Chinese people have such a strong bond with their families. They value this structure so much so that they are so involved in each other’s personal lives. Marriage and children mean a great deal to them. Not a lot of people know about this, but some of these families’ lives revolve around the youngest children.
They keep a tight-knit family in a single household. You would find that they live with their parents and their grandparents even if they already have kids of their own. They must be doing an excellent job doing some financial planning to keep up with their household expenses.
Tradition is such a big deal to the Chinese people, which can be quite evident during their festivals. This is when you will truly witness their abundant culture. The most important festival in China will have to be the Spring Festival or what is popularly known as the Chinese New Year. Other festivals include the Dragon Boat Festival, the Lantern Festival, and the Tomb Sweeping Festival. In addition to that, we have the Mid-Autumn Festival, which we have to give credit to for giving us the ever-so-delicious Mooncakes. These delectable and decadent pastries are traditionally eaten during this festive event.
Now, some of you might be wondering what the national beverage of this country is? You have guessed it, it’s tea, making Meijiawu Tea Plantation in Hangzhou the epicenter of the Chinese tea culture. Moreover, in traditional tea culture, the way you drink your tea and the type of tea you drink speaks volume. In fact, this shows the social status of any Chinese person, and you will be able to know they come from a rich family with plenty of property investments.
A part of their hospitality is having a pot of tea with their visitors, which is also their way of making you feel welcome inside their humble abode.
Moving forward, did you know that China has 55 minorities? It comes as no surprise to many of us due to the fact that China is the largest country in Asia and the fourth largest country in the world. There are about 56 ethnic groups in this country that are officially recognized by the Chinese government, with Han as the majority.
All these ethnic minorities have their own language, social customs, culture, and traditional dresses. If you happen to spare some of that investment money of yours on a trip to China, you should definitely go to Yunnan and Guangxi, where you will catch a glimpse of these ethnic groups with varying cultures.