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Chinese Culture Facts

A business and social guide to Chinese culture, society, language, etiquette, customs, manners and protocol for anyone travelling or doing business in China.

Chinese Knot

Traditional Chinese Knots (Jie in Chinese) is a decorative handicraft arts that began as a form of Chinese folk art in the Tang and Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) in China. It was later popularized in the Ming and Qing Dynasty (1368-1911 AD). The art is also referred to as Chinese traditional decorative knots. In other cultures, it is known as "Decorative knots".

Chinese Dragon & Phoenix

Beside Dragon and Phoenix as Chinese totems, there are qilin, lion, red-crowned crane, sacred tortoise and more sacred animals for culture symbols in China. Down the ages, Chinese "long" and dragon are the traditional totems embedded with people's blessing and hope and left deep imprint in Chinese civilization.

Chinese Zodiac Year & Signs

Legends and mythology are a big part of Chinese Zodiac culture. The depiction on a circular chart of 12 different animals representing the 12-year cycle of the Chinese lunar calendar was built on the foundation of astronomy and Chinese astrology which has existed for over 5,000 years.

Chinese Astrology & Horoscope

Just like that of other civilizations,traditional Chinese astrology, horoscope, divining, anthroposophy based on Chinese Yin-Yang Theory, Five-Elements Theory and Chinese Zodiac came into being with their unique patterns at remote antiquity since ancient Chinese people worshiped the power of nature from master Gods.

Chinese Feng Shui

The harmony among people, heaven and earth is the highest principle of Chinese Fengshui theory, a philosophical system blending astronomy, geography, and ergonomics for guide to human existence with surrounding environment. Its three major components: qi, shu and xiang, which respectively mean energy, information, and form. The three are integrated, yet distinctively different from each other.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine originated with Shennong, the celebrated herbal medicine master of ancient China who lived about 6,000 years ago, a time which is believed to the embryo stage in the development of traditional Chinese medicine.

Chinese Name Culture

In China, most people's names have two parts, the family names and the given names. One person may have different names. For example, when they are very young at home, they usually have pet names. In school and society they use their formal names.