By Hannah Saunders
Kung Fu. The Chinese people created Kung Fu as a fighting technique thousands of years ago. Although they knew how to fight with weapons made from rocks and wood, attack and defence skills with your bare hands became essential. Now it's a dance like sport that people do all over the world.Horse Racing. Riding a horse is an essential part of the lifestyle of the ethnic groups, especially in Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang,Tibet, Qinghai, Gansu, Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan. Most people that live in those areas live on the plains, a natural field for racing. Some contests involve racing and throwing spears on horseback.
Art is a big part of any culture. The chinese use pottery, painting, music, embroidery, lanterns and kites to express themselves. Making and flying kites reflected the mood of spring. Some high quality kites are covered in silk. To start pare and flex bamboo into thin strips for the frame, they can have shapes as diverse as that of a dragonfly, swallow, centipede or butterfly. Then you paste paper onto the framework, then decorate them with colorful chiffon, ribbons and paintings.
Different kinds of patterns were drawn on the covers. With dragon and phoenix patterns on them, these lanterns were also used as decorations in palaces. Their shapes were diverse, such as octagonal, hexagonal and even diametric.Chinese toys include lots of brain games. Some of the most popular include. The puzzle ring which you have to separate or join 9 rings. another toy is made of 7 pieces and you have to make a certain design without leaving any gaps.
Building a house facing the North brings ruin to the family.
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. 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.
The number 4 is considered as unlucky, because the number 4 in Chinese has the pronunciation similar to the word for the word 'death'. So the number is unacceptable for vehicles and houses.
If a dog howls for a few hours in late night, it means someone died somewhere.
They Believe that in the stone age people whose hands hurt may touch a stone by accident then would feel better. Over time they improved the shape of the stone. Until it evolved into the needle we use today.
Massages can cure you but they are also used for keeping fit. There are many types of massages, if you massage the feet it has effect on your whole body because your feet have a close relationship with the rest of your body.
Most clothing is made of silk and has embroidery on it. Only emperors can were dragon robes they are called that because of the dragons embroidered on to it.the dragons have 5 claws and are yellow.
Women wore long tunics that reach the ground men wore tunics that reached their knees. People prefer dark colours over light.
Pecking duck originated about 600 years ago when cooks from all over china came to cook for the emperor. After the fall of ming dynasty those cook brought those high quality foods the streets of Beijing.
Dumplings were created by a doctor who made a healing mixture to cure chilblains and raped it in a small pancake. He then put them in a herbal soup and gave it to patients.