Chinese Culture

by Breckyn Bahr

CP Railway

During the building of the CP Railway

While building the CP railway there were about 17 000 Chinese men. The Chinese got paid $1.00 a day, with that $1.00 a day they still had to pay for food, camping and cooking gear. The white people did not have to pay for that stuff which makes no sense because they got paid more than the Chinese. The Chinese were given the most dangerous jobs to do. They cleared and graded the railway's roadbed. They blasted tunnels through the rock. There were accidents, fires and disasters. Landslides and dynamite. blasts killed many. There was no proper medical care and many Chinese workers depended on herbal cures to help them. The Chinese railway workers lived in camps, sleeping in tents or boxcars. They did their own cooking over fires. They mainly ate a diet of rice and dried salmon, tea was put on it. With their $1.00 a day they could not afford fresh fruit and vegetables. So many of them suffered from scurvy. Scurvy is a painful disease caused by a diet without vitamin C. The camps were crowded. Diet and living conditions were poor. Many got sick. In the winter it was very cold and the open fires were the only way of keeping warm. Whenever the workers put down more tracks, the camps had to be moved further down the line. When it was time to move camp, the Chinese workers would take down their tents, pack their belongings and move everything to the next camp, often hiking over 40 kilometres.

What Happened After the Building of the CP Railway

Many of the Chinese workers died becuase they had to do all of the really hard jobs, they pften got hurt and infected from it. Some of them had to stay in Canada because they couldn't afford to go back to China, as wheresome of the other ones saved up over the years to start a new life or bring over there family, not many could do that though. The reason most of them could not bring their familys over was because thonky got paid $40 or $50 a month.


Chinese medicines

The Chinese have many different types of medicines. Here is a link that has lots of the most used medicines.




The lions are always outside of a hinese building because they are there to guard.

Fact: There are a female and a male. The women are always on the right because women are always right,they also have a baby under their paw.

The men are on the left with a ball under their paw.


Fun Fact: the Chinese new year will be on January 28th in 2017. In a year there are 360 days in a Chinese year that means there are 30 days in each month, no 31 or 29.



Eventually, this style became widespread among the commoners. A new style of dress, called tangzhuang, included the changshan worn by men and the qipao worn by women. Manchu official headwear differed from the Ming version but the Qing continued to use the Mandarin square. This jacket is made of silk.


Chinese Superstitions

1) A superstition of the Chinese is that building a house facing the North would bring in ruin to the family.

2) The Chinese believe that the number 8 is a lucky number because the pronunciation of the number 'eight' and the pronunciation of the word for ‘prosperity’ in Chinese are similar. Hence, the number 8 has much value in the social life in China. So if a house number or the registration number of a car has the 8 as a number, people think it is a lucky sign. Often people pay big sum to win a number with 8 for their car.

3) A superstition of the Chinese is that building a house facing the North would bring in ruin to the family.

Chinese Buildings


Lots of the Chinese art work included dragons, bats,etc. They also did lots of sculpturing. When the Chinese artist would make something with the dragon they wouldn't just leave it like that, they would eather put designs around it or put other animals around

Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese zodiac are signs. Every year there is a different one. There are only 12 zodiacs, in order they are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, pig.

Fun Fact: I am the year of a rooster.


Some of the sports are: badminton, football, basketball, tabel tenis and Kung Fu. The professional sports are on stage, for EX, dance.