China By: Braxton Hare and Sami Shumate

I B SCHOOL

Yew Chung International School

This school is an IB school. This school is located in Shanghai It is the first Chinese International School. Music is very important at this school. Anyone can go and they nave uniforms just like us. Kids learn to read, write, and speak Mandarin Chinese. It was the first and only school in China to receive the Cambridge Award for Excellent Education. This school has preschool, kindergarten, primary school, and secondary school. Yew Chung International school was established in 1993. The application fee is $2,000. The deposit fee is $20,000 for K 2 to year 13, for year 13 the annual cost is $17,500

picture of school symbol
picture of YCIS campus

Weather

In China there are dry seasons and wet monsoons. The best time to visit is in the spring. From November to February it is very cold in the north and warm in the south. February-April, September-October there are warmer days in the spring and cooler days in autumn. In the north it is the place to go. May through August there are lots of downpours. China has a continental and seasonal climate. Most parts are in the temperate zone but southern areas are in the tropical or subtropical zone while northern areas are in the frigid zone. Climates in different areas are complicated. Deciding when to visit China depends on which places you wish to visit, what type of weather you enjoy, and how much a bargain you want. April, May, September and October are the peak tourist months at China's most popular destinations when the weather is the most comfortable. Prices drop a bit in the shoulder season, which runs from November through March and from June through August. However, the winter months are peak season for trips to China's Hainan Island for its beautiful sunshine and to the Northeast Harbin for its world-famous ice-lantern festival. These months are also packed with New Year holidays, Chinese Spring Festival and other national or local happy fairs. Summer months are great time to explore China's Far East-Manchuria.

ice sculpture from the ice- lantern festival

Music

Chinese music started with the earliest wind instruments. Somehow it's related to the tonality of Chinese language. Melody and tone are prominent features of Chinese music. The first instrument was made out of bamboo pipes that sounded like birds.The variations of rhythm beat tone quality and embellishments are distinctive in traditional Chinese music. Popular music types are pop music, C-pop and traditional music.Some famous musicians are He Yong, Eason Chan, Stepfanie Sun etc.

Architecture

There are some very elegant temples in china

This is a Taoist temple. Taoist architecture is called Gong.

Gong means palace were the imperial family lives

photo of Imperial Dad with Kate Middleton

Taoist religion includes many gods including The Four Heavenly Emperors and Laozi.

In buddhist temples they follow the religion of buddhism. Buddhist temples have a pagoda or multiple pagado.

a pagado is the curvy things.

Buddhist temples also include wats sometimes.

The thing in the middle is a wat

Buddhist temples symbolize 5 elements. Those elements are Fire, Earth, Water, Air, and Wisdom.

Most Confucianism temples are located in Eastern China.

picture of Eastern China

This type of temple often acted as a school were kids can learn.

Chinese students singing

The Confucianism religion believes in sacrifice for the Confucius spirits.

We couldn't forget the GREAT WALL OF CHINA

  • The great wall of China is approximately 5,500 miles long. But the China state administrative of cultural heritage says its more than double that for a length of 13,170 miles long.
  • It is located in Huairou, China.
  • The Great Wall Of China is the worlds biggest wall and biggest ancient architecture.
  • About 3,873,000,000 bricks were used in the making.

Colonial Willamsburg

Compared to Colonial Williamsburg Chinese architecture is a lot more elegant. There is temples in China and many great houses. In Willamsburg there is mostly one room houses and no bathrooms. So overall China's architecture is better.

Art

Chinese art consists of calligraphy, paintings, sculptures, jade carvings, pottery, architecture, etc. One type of Chinese painting is landscape painting which is the outside scenery, and flowers and birds were very important. It focuses on the beauty in China. Ancient China produced lovely works of art. There are 3 perfections. Calligraphy,poetry and painting are them. Calligraphy is a form of handwriting. They are Chinese symbols and characters. They have a specific way to draw them, they are very difficult to learn. Poetry was very important. All educated needed to know it. There were many famous poets, like Qu Yaun. Poetry became so important that you needed to known it to become a civil servant or work for the government. Silk was also very valuable. Many countries desired it.Silk helped make China rich. Its spun with cocoons of silkworms. Chinese art is similar to Japanese and Korean Art. Examples of famous artists are Wang Wei, Qi Baishi,Feng Zikei, etc. Popular art is the Han Dynasty, flowers, birds, and dragons.

Food

China’s cuisine one of the richest and most diverse culinary heritages. Some ingredients that are used are rice/starch, noodles or mantou(steam buns) and vegetables. Sometimes there is fish or meat. Chopsticks are the main utensil

Rice- major staple food in china, usually eaten everyday.
Noodles- basic staple food in china.
Tofu (bean curd)-high in protein.
Meat and Poultry-pork, beef,mutton,chicken,duck,pigeon.
Eggs-steamed,boiled or fried.
Chinese vegetables-include onion,leaf veggies,Chinese eggplant,white radishes,Chinese mushrooms,soybean sprouts,string beans,carrots,and bamboo shoots.

Recipe: Chinese Fried Rice

Ingredients

  • 3⁄4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 1⁄2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 drops soy sauce
  • 3 drops sesame oil
  • 8 ounces cooked lean boneless pork or 8 ounces chicken, chopped
  • 1⁄2 cup finely chopped carrot (very small)
  • 1⁄2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 4 cups cold cooked rice, grains separated (preferably medium grain)
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce (add more if you like)

DIrections

  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in wok; add chopped onions and stir-fry until onions turn a nice brown color, about 8-10 minutes; remove from wok.
  • Allow wok to cool slightly.
  • Mix egg with 3 drops of soy and 3 drops of sesame oil; set aside.
  • Add 1/2 tbsp oil to wok, swirling to coat surfaces; add egg mixture; working quickly, swirl egg until egg sets against wok; when egg puffs, flip egg and cook other side briefly; remove from wok, and chop into small pieces.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in wok; add selected meat to wok, along with carrots, peas, and cooked onion; stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add rice, green onions, and bean sprouts, tossing to mix well; stir-fry for 3 minutes.
  • Add 2 tbsp of light soy sauce and chopped egg to rice mixture and fold in; stir-fry for 1 minute more; serve.

C ulture

Chinese festivals are rich in tradition. There is great food, dazzling decorations, and fireworks. There’s lantern festivals, Dragon Boats, and Moon Festivals etc. Chinese New Year is huge, it's like Christmas. Also called the Lunar New Year and it's full of cheer, dragons, red envelopes with money and dancing lions in a dance. Dragon Parades are said to scare away evil spirits and bad luck. They have a Chinese Zodiac. That means if you were born in a certain year you have an animal that is especially good luck to you. There are 12 signs and correspond to each of the 12 years. .Chinese writing is difficult. You have symbols that you need to know. Pandas are important in China too. They are endangered, so help protect them. Most of the populations religion is Buddhism.

Interesting Facts

  • Chinese don't have middle names
  • Paper is considered one of the four greatest inventions of China
  • China is the source of 3 of the world's longest 10 rivers
  • China considers the Great Panda to be a sign of bravery
  • Kites were invented in china about 3,000 years ago
  • China's railway lines put together could wrap around the Earth twice
  • Red is considered lucky in China
  • Half of the whole worlds pigs live in China
  • Pokemon were actually invented in Japan not China
  • The PlayStation is illegal in China

We hope you enjoyed learning about China.

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