Chinese Culture

By Madison Braun

China's Geography

The geography through out China is extremely diverse. In the southwest, China shares the Himalayas as a border. Sharing the border with North Korea, The Changbai Mountain Range is home of Changbai, Wanda, and Zhangguangcai Mountains along with volcanic Mount Baitou. China is also home to many great mountains such as the Qin Mountains that vary from 3,000 to 10,000 feet tall. The Ming Wall, part of the Great Wall of China, is a 4,000 mile long wall created by convicts. In the southwestern area of China, the Plateau of Tibet also occupies 1/4th of the land. The North China Plain was formed by sedimentary deposits from the Huai River. The Qin Mountains and the Huai River are often used to divide China into the North and the South. The Sichuan Basin is one of the most fascinating areas of China with its valleys and ridges going northeast to southwest. The Yunnan-Guizhou plateau is located in the northern part of Yunnan and the western part of Guizhou and is set apart by multiple valleys and mountains. North of the Tarim Basin is the Junggar Basin that contains broad desert with barchans, crescent shaped sand dunes than can move.

Chinese Culture

China is known as the birthplace of the religious-philosophical schools of Taosim and Confucianism. However, 2/5 of the Population claim to be non-religious or atheist.

China is also the home of 7 main languages that are all made out of 40,000 symbols. However, the government has named Mandarin the official language.

During the 20th century, there was a feminist movement in China trying to remove the general idea men and women being completely different, such as the yin-yang. 4 million people have rosen $1/day poverty.

Chinese economy as grown very rich from American Trade. The Chinese are actually expected to surpass the United States as #1 economically. The unemployment rate in China is currently 6%.

China's government is currently in a communist state. They did not build a modern legal system until the late 1970's.

The Chinese dislike being touched by strangers when just being introduced. Snapping or whistling is viewed as rude.

China is known to have many talented 20th century feminist writers including Lu Yin, Ding Ling, and Zhang Ailing. The Chinese are also known for there landscape paintings. The Northern Song period during the dynasty era is known as the "Great age of Chinese landscape".

Data Based Questions

This is a section of writing from the Education tab on China's Wikipedia page.

"In February 2006, the government pledged to provide completely free nine-year education, including textbooks and fees.[365] Annual education investment went from less than US$50 billion in 2003 to more than US$250 billion in 2011.[366]However, there remains an inequality in education spending. In 2010, the annual education expenditure per secondary school student in Beijing totaled ¥20,023, while in Guizhou, one of the poorest provinces in China, only totaled ¥3,204.[367] Free compulsory education in China consists of primary school and junior secondary school between the ages of 6 and 15. In 2011, around 81.4% of Chinese have received secondary education.[368] By 2007, there were 396,567 primary schools, 94,116 secondary schools, and 2,236 higher education institutions in China.[369]

As of 2010, 94% of the population over age 15 are literate,[370] compared to only 20% in 1950.[371] In 2009, Chinese students from Shanghai achieved the world's best results in mathematics, science and literacy, as tested by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a worldwide evaluation of 15-year-old school pupils' scholastic performance.[372]"

1) How much has the literacy rate changed since 1950?

a)It has increased by 50%.

b)It has decreased by approximately 75%.

c)it has increased by approximately 75%.

d)It has yet to change.

2)What can you conclude about the Chinese Education System?

a)The quality of education has not improved and the dilemma is being ignored in Chinese society.

b)Modernization has contributed to the improvement in the quality of education but not evenly throughout the county.

c)Education quality has decreased because of modernization through the entire nation

d)It has yet to change in the past 60 years.