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    • How much do you know about China?
    • CHINA is a fascinating country.
      • It is the most populated country in the world, has a rich culture dating back to thousands of years, was responsible for important inventions and is a leading international economic power.
    • Geography China is the third largest country in the world. It shares borders with 14 other countries, including Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Nepal and Bhutan. It has many contrasting landscapes.
      • True or false?
      • China is the largest country in the world
      • China’s history dates back to more than
      • 5,000 years.
      • Between 2697 BC and the start of the 20 th
      • century, it was ruled by emperors.
      • In 1949, Mao Tse Tung proclaimed the
      • People’s Republic of China (the Communist
      • party took power ).
      • How old is the history of China?
      • With 1.3 billion inhabitants, China is the
      • most populated country in the world.
      • In order to limit the growth of the Chinese
      • population, the People’s Republic of China
      • introduced a “one child policy” in 1979. This
      • law prevents families living in cities from
      • having more than one child.
      • What’s the population?
      • Whats does “one child policy”prohibit?
      • Chinese cuisine is very diverse and each province has its own specialities.
      •  In the south of the country, rice is an important part of the diet.
      •  In the north, noodles are more common.
      • For Chinese culture each food has a particular health related function. For example, they believe that dog meat keeps
      • People warm in winter and that noodles make you live longer.
      • Some Chinese manners are different from us:
      •  Meals are eaten quickly, without any particular formalities or codes
      •  Eating noisily (chewing loudly or sucking up noodles) is not impolite in China. On the contrary, it is a sign of enjoyment
      • The typical Chinese food is ..........
      • They eat dog meat because........
      • Eating noisily is.......................
    • Sports
      • Chinese people are very conscious of the benefits of sport for
      • health . In schools, the day begins with a series of exercises. In
      • parks, you can usually see groups of older people practising
      • taijiquan a discipline similar to yoga which uses breathing
      • techniques and concentration.
      • Kung fu is also very popular.It includes all Chinese
      • martial arts and means ‘champion of experience and
      • technique’.
      • China at the Olympics
      • At the Athens Games in 2004, China won 63 medals, including
      • 32 gold (gymnastics,swimming, diving, badminton,table
      • tennis). China won every single event in every category at the
      • World Table TennisChampionships in 1999, 2001 and 2005.
      • True or false?
      • Breathing and concentration are important for Chinese disciplines.
      • China won 63 gold medals at the Athens Games in 2004.
    • Myth and symbols.
      • For Chinese people, everyday life is full of
      • symbols: animals (sphinx, monkey,dragon),
      • plants (jasmine,lotus) and minerals (jade,
      • rocks).
      • Objects, points of the Compass and natural
      • elements, of which there are five in China
      • (water,fire, air, earth and mineral), are
      • also important for Chinese culture.
    • The Dragon In Chinese art, the dragon is a symbol of strength and power. It symbolizes the emperor.
      • Can you name 3 Chinese symbols?
    • Language Approximately 200 languages are spoken in China. The official language is Mandarin These languages use an ideophonographic system: each character is a sign representing an object and/or a concept. They combine different sign to represent different concepts.
      • What’s China’s official language?
    • Speak up:
      • Would you like to visit China some day?
      • Which aspect of Chinese culture do yo find most interesting? Do you think it’s important to learn about other cultures? Why?
      • What do you think is the impact of the Olympic games for China’s economy and society? How do the Olympic games affect China?