China by jessica meyers

Culture: If or when you go to China it would be a great way to experience the true culture of China by planning a trip to see the Chinese new year. This year it will be on January 28 but it differs each year. Originally it was based the lunar-solar Chinese calendar, the holiday was a time to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. Each year there is a symbolic animal to represent the year such as a rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.It is calculated according to Chinese lunar calendar. This celebration of the new year lasts from new year until the lantern festival, sixteen days total! During these days you can see lanterns in the sky, fireworks, and dragons parading around the cities. Also there are many extravagant foods traditionally eaten in this holiday such as sweet dumplings.
Religion: China has many Islamic and Buddhist places of faith that co-exist peacefully. In China's history religious diversity was excepted and did not make someone better or worse than a person of a different faith. This Buddhist Temple Tianjin China is a great temple to visit because its interior has large statues of Buddha made out of bronze, iron, wood and stone. This temple was built in the end of the Ming dynasty and its golden age was in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). This temple also has vast murals containing large amounts of color that leave visitors in amazement.
Government: Also in China, the Great Hall of People is located and used for meetings for parliament and legislation purposes. Also it is used for special events such as memorial services for leaders or large anniversary celebrations. This building expresses the effects of early China because it was created in ten months which relates to how quickly the Chinese would create inventions and buildings in earlier dynasties. You ca come to see the the great exterior of the building or you can tour the inside of the building.
Economy: China has the second largest economy in the world. The thriving economy of China is represented in the great city of Shanghai. This city can be sourced back to times during the Song Dynasty, during this time Shanghai was upgraded from a village to a market town and was eventually upgraded into what it is today. Today in this city you can shop, eat classic Chinese food like the famous Xiaolongbao ( a soup dumpling), and even go to Shanghai's own Disney land.

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Created with images by tookapic - "dragons chinese chinese dragon" • Glyn Lowe Photoworks. - "Chinese New Year Parade 2012"

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