Take a Trip into China's Culture

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Geography

  • Third largest country, behind Russia and Canada
  • Carved hills to make up for limited farm land
  • Majority of 50,000 rivers flow east to west into the Pacific Ocean
  • Extremely diverse climate
  • World leader in industrial output (45.3%)
  • Himalaya Mountains are in the south of China
  • Borders 14 nations
  • Over 34,687 species of animals and plants can be found
  • Largest combined land border in the world
  • At least 840 species are threatened mainly from human activities

How China Compares

China: 9,596,961 sq km

Ecuador: 283,561 sq km

Canada: 9,984,670 sq km

South Africa: 1,219,090 sq km

Japan: 377,915 sq km

United States: 9,826,675 sq km


Questions:


  1. How does the area of China compare to that of the United States?
  2. How many times larger is China than Ecuador?


Answers:


  1. About equal in size, but the United States is larger
  2. About 34x

Culture

Government

  • Red on the flag represents the communist revolution
  • The five stars represent the unity of the Chinese people under the leadership of the Communist Party of China

Religion

  • Notable religions in China are Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism
  • Emperors of China claim The Mandate of Heaven or the right to rule bestowed by heaven

economy

  • In 2012, China had the worlds highest number of billionaires when converted into U.S. dollars
  • The currency is the yuan

Social Organization

  • Father is the head of the house
  • People are judged in groups rather than as individuals

language

  • Jurchen is the one extinct language of China
  • The predominant language is known as Hanyu, which is then broken up into various dialects

customs and traditions

  • Chinese culture is one of the worlds oldest cultures
  • Han Chinese is by far the largest ethnic group in China

arts and literature

  • The lion dance is preformed on New Years and is typical at parade
  • Soccer is a popular sport

Comparing China and America

America

  1. 99% literacy rate
  2. Newer, young culture
  3. 300 million people
  4. Wealthy
  5. Democratic Republic
  6. Variety of races
  7. Official language is English
  8. Prefer to drink cold water
  9. Approach issues directly
  10. Push of individualism

China

  1. 90.9% literacy rate
  2. Ancient culture
  3. Over a billion people
  4. Large poverty issue
  5. Communist and Socialist government
  6. Mostly Chinese and Oriental races
  7. Chinese is the official language
  8. Prefer to drink warmer water
  9. Confrontation is frowned upon
  10. Looks at people in a whole collective group

similarities

  1. Usually hake hands with one another at first encounter
  2. Think family is important
  3. Similar in size (over 3 million square miles)
  4. Have a coastline on the Pacific Ocean
  5. Play an important role in the United Nations