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Chinese Traditions

As for the development of culture in China, an ancient civilization of China - perhaps one of the few cultures in the history of mankind, have separate origins. It is the only ongoing and continuously developing ethnic culture. Originating thousands of years ago, it thrives today. Chinese culture - is primarily literature, architecture, painting, film, theater and, of course, the traditional Chinese tea.

Literature:

On Literature can say with regret that due to the complexity of the Chinese language and translates it a little rarely appears in bookstores. Traditionally, there are two forms of narration: classic (formed largely under the influence of Confucianism) and folk (like the epic times of the Ming Dynasty). Modern Chinese Literature in a crisis of misunderstanding, not only in other countries, but at times in their own. So that the book "Little Shanghai" modern writer Wei Hui censorship did not allow the press because of too frank confessions character of her intimate life. The same fate befell another Chinese writer, Mu Zimei, with his diary "Ashes of Love," where the hero reveals dirty secrets of Shanghai's party-life. However, what may be called a famous crowd decorous? Evidently the Chinese government wants to think otherwise. However, the underground literature market in China is growing. You can buy books of modern Chinese writers as their own language and in foreign languages, of course not in their official sale.

Architecture & Buildings:

No doubt most of all in Chinese culture attracts architecture with its fantastic curved roofs, like the wings of a dragon, and winding stair designs, reminiscent of his torso. Not for nothing when it comes to China, in the first place seems to a magnificent dragon. At the same, despite the ravages of time, war and change of ideology, architecture in China is well preserved. Among other places, the traces of the past hold the imperial buildings in Beijing - the colonial district of Shanghai, the temples of Buddha and Confucius.

Arts:

However, dragons adorn not only the architectural structures, but are most common pictorial pattern. The earliest products known to date are paintings on silk from the tombs of kingdom Chu times. On single shown human figures, dragons and phoenixes, on the other - people riding dragons. This mythical animal is still an essential element of contemporary art, which skillfully combines traditions of the past and present. A painting itself lively captures with its unique colors the spirit of the Chinese people, his keen understanding of nature and world view.

Cinema:

A few words about the movie. It also has quite long history. This is evidenced, in particular, opened in Beijing, the National Museum of Cinema, where the exposition dedicated to the history and development of this art. Modern Chinese cinema is very perspective and has already managed to take its rightful place. Take, for example, the victory of the Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke at the Venice International Film Festival. For the film "Still Life", he won the main prize - the "Golden Lion". The Chinese mostly prefer domestic TV series to newfangled movie. Such hasty masterpieces of cinema here are in excess: the first channel, and further, from the historical to the contemporary productions, from morning to night.

Theater:

About Chinese Theatre can say that it is recognized around the world. A Chinese opera theater with acrobatics, martial arts and stylized dances generally refers to the main attractions of China.

Tea culture:

Finally, the tea culture is one of the oldest in China. Essentially, tea is the Chinese gave the world: even the word itself comes from the «China». In China, it has meant and continues to mean not just sweet drink, but a ceremony, where every action is subject to its own logic and rules, and each attribute has a very special gesture and symbolism. Tea - the most popular soft drink in the country, though Coca-Cola has recently been trying to win the position. Do not give in to the dominance of Americanism and make sure you check into a real Chinese tea with a unique sweet aroma.

Chinese culture in all its forms has always been traditional for many countries because of the identity and uniqueness. It surprised, amazed and even shocked. But one thing you can tell everyone who met with it once - it is better to see once than a few times to read.