Building the candian pacific railroad
The CP rail
The CP railroad was started on February 16 1881. The chinese built the CP rail.
Canada needed a railway that stretched from port moody to eagle Pass, near Revelstoke, British Columbia. It was very mountainous and rocky, the chinese cleared and graded the roadbed. There were many landslides and dynamite explosions that killed many workers. The chinese played a big role in building the railroad and they were paid $1.00 or $2.50 a day, it was not the worst amount of money but the chinese workers had to buy food, pay for transportation to the work sites, mail, and medical care. All this left barely enough money to send home. If a worker died his family will probably never know. The workers lived in poor conditions, often living tents or boxcars. They had to cook their own food over open fire, the workers had a diet of rice, dried salmon and tea. Because they could not afford fresh fruit and vegetables they sometimes died from diseases. No Vitamins and poor living conditions meant the workers often fell ill, they used herbs to cure themselves because they didn't have any medicine.In the cold winters in BC often the only thing to keep them warm were open fires. When the workers had moved farther away from their camp they would take down their tents and walk to the next campsite, sometimes they would have to carry their belongings for 40 Kilometers. In 1923 Canada imposed a suspension of Chinese immigration but not before employing approximately 15,000 Chinese to complete the Canadian Pacific Railway
1. Traditional guardian lions, statues of guardian lions have stood in front of temples, government offices and homes of the rich since 2006 BC. It is believed they have protective powers. The lions are always found in pairs (Yin and Yang). The male lion has its right front paw on a ball representing universal power and the female has her paw over a cub that is on its back, representing the life cycle. The lions are traditionally carved from stone such as marble and granite
2. The lion dance is one of the most famous chinese traditions, they are held during festivals, chinese new year and the opening of new businesses and buildings. The dance is believed to bring good luck and wealth and drive away evil. The dance begins with the lion waking up and opening his eyes. Lettuce, celery and money are hung on a doorway which representants success. The lion dance usually has 2 lions, a drummer and a cymbal player. The better the dancers the more money they earn,
traditional chinese medicines
Traditional chinese medicine has been used to treat disease and illness for more than 2,500 years it includes herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage and exercise
Acupuncture involves pricking the skin with needles to help with pain and mental and physical conditions. Chinese doctors insert very thin needles into the skin to restore the energy flow (qi) through the patient's body
Herbal medicineChinese doctors have found thousands of plants and herbs that can help treat disease and illness they mix cold and hot herbs to make a broth which the patient drinks 2 or 3 times a day. They use roots, leaves, flowers ,seeds, grass and vines. The mixing of the herbs has to be done very carefully by a professional doctor because they are very powerful ( the herbs)
White Horse Temple
Buddhist temple. The oldest temple in china is the White Horse Temple which was built in 202 BC
Chinese traditional house
great wall of china
The Great Wall of China is 2,221 years old and is 13,170 miles long.
2. Another superstition is that if you clip your toenails or fingernails at night ghosts will appear.
3. Superstitious Chinese people believe if you sweep your house during Chinese New Year you risk sweeping away good luck .
Stilt Racing is a very serious sport in china going back thousands of years, competitors are on 3 foot stilts made of 2 bamboo sticks tied to their feet. It was inspired by people who lived on the Liao river and would get around on stilts after the river flooded the town.
Bamboo Kayaking is a fun and exciting sport to watch. Competitors dress up in traditional clothing and use 1 stick of bamboo as an oar and another to balance on. They have to have great balance to compete.