Because the Chinese have such a rich and ancient history, it’s no surprise that it has embedded its culture in many other civilizations and countries. So, writing about Chinese culture will take forever. However, there are a few things that I’ve noticed are ‘distinctly’ Chinese.
The Cheongsam (Qipao)
The Chinese national dress has evolved through the ages from the loose, silk-embroidered, colored robes to the more snug dresses. Even with the evolution, the cheongsam is still unique to china because of its intricate silk embroidery reminiscent of China’s Silk Road. Making the dress entails the tailor to measure the wearer in about 20 places in the body so that the dress will fit perfectly.
The Chinese Characters
With over 3000 characters to memorize, people really do think that learning Chinese will be a “bloody headache.” According to experts, Chinese characters have their own set of logic which may help simplify memorizing the rules and meanings of the strokes. So, apparently, one character doesn’t really mean one letter. What’s even more interesting is that these characters are the basis of many East and Southeast Asian languages like Japanese and Korean.
Almost half the globe speaks Chinese Mandarin or a variation of it. What I learned about Mandarin is that if you don’t pronounce a word or character properly, you may end up saying something else altogether. Don’t think that’s funny considering you may be making a complete fool of yourself or entirely insulting the person you’re talking to. The pitch of the voice and the length of your pronunciation can really affect the meaning entirely.
Literally translated as “wind and water,” feng shui is an ancient Chinese art that is popular around the world. Many of its characteristics are based on logical and aesthetical principles wherein common sense and the pursuit of beauty are very considered essential. Feng shui is a framework for action, falling within what we call the “luck of the earth”.
Tai chi (Tai Chi Chuan), an ancient Chinese a non-competitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching, allows your body to be in constant motion by making each posture flow into the next pose without pausing. It has many different styles and can be the basis of many martial arts forms.