AAG wants to not only promote cultural exchange through our programs, but also provide a brief respite to travel the world virtually and share more about the countries in which we recruit. This month we are featuring the People’s Republic of China.
China is a self-governing communist state located in East Asia and is considered the world’s most populated country. In regards to geography, most of the country is mountainous, home to the most iconic mountain range, the Himalayas. The mountains are cherished for their cultural history, mesmerizing peaks and spiritual traditions. The climate is wide ranging due to vast land covering many different terrains. In general, there are a variety of temperatures in China. In winters most areas become dry and cold and in the summer hot and rainy, with occasional monsoons. China is known for its ancient history, the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Warriors, Chinese medicine, implementing the one child policy, its cuisine and being a leader of inventions such as, the compass, printing, paper and gunpowder.
The cultural heritage of China is rich with traditions and plays an integral part in the everyday life for the people of China. Some of their most unique traditions are surrounding the importance of courtyard life found in the neighborhood infrastructures. Courtyards date back to the Han, Ming and Qing Dynasty. These types of structures promote maximizing sunlight, if aligned along a north/south axis, to provide good fortune. They are intended to promote family relationships as they are meant to house four generations.
Take a tour of ancient Chinese architecture
Interesting Facts about China
- China is often considered the longest continuous civilization, with some historians marking 6000 B.C. as the dawn of the Chinese civilizations. It also has the world’s longest continuously used written language.
- Fortune cookies are not traditional Chinese custom. They were invented in 1920 by a worker in the Key Heong Noodle Factory in San Francisco.
- Despite the size of the country, all of China is in one time zone.
- The number one hobby in China is stamp collecting.
- Red symbolizes happiness for the Chinese and is commonly used at Chinese festivals and other happy occasions such as birthdays and weddings.
- The bicycle was introduced into China around 1891 by two American travelers and is now the primary transportation for millions of Chinese.
For the full list of facts & references click here: Facts on China
China has no official motto.
- Language: Mandarin & Putonghua (Standardize variety of Chinese)
- Currency: Renminbi
- Capital: Beijing
- Religion: Eastern Orthodox
- Population: 1.351 billion