The Chinese culture happens to be the oldest culture in the world. Important components include literature, music, visual arts, martial arts, cuisine and religion. Cuisine comes mainly from the practice of the dynastic period when emperors would host banquets with 100 dishes per meal. Some restaurants such as Fangshan Restaurant in Beihai Park Beijing still have recipes close to those in the dynastic period.
Staple foods of the Chinese include rice, noodles, vegetables, sauces and seasonings. The Chinese are also famous for the Tofu which has spread beyond the nation’s borders even into Europe and America. The Tea culture of the Chinese still lives on. There are green teas, black teas and oolong teas whose preparation varies.
When it comes to fashion, different social classes boast different fashion trends. Yellow and red is reserved for the emperor. Traditional costumes play an important role in the country’s history and culture. Basic features are cross-collar, wrapping the right lapel over the left, tying with sash and a form of blouse plus skirt or long gown.
Today however, most of the Chinese wear modern clothes. This does not mean that the various designs have been neglected. Some have been incorporated into newer designs and are seen even in the fashion corporate world.
China is host to many religions: Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Protestantism, and Catholicism. The largest group of religious traditions is the Chinese folk Religion which overlaps with Taoism and describes the worship of the shen and figures from Chinese mythology.
Marriage in China has undergone various changes. Traditional Chinese marriage is a ceremonial ritual within Chinese societies that involve a marriage established by pre-arrangement between families. Romantic love was allowed and monogamy was the norm for most citizens. Marriage is indeed of great significance to the whole society as it brings about procreation.