Some General Information About China A Long History A Large Country A Place with lots of Fun
A Long History…• A recorded history of 5,000 years• America History: About 200 years• one of the worlds earliest civilizations• Chinese Traditions and Customs developed along with the long history trace
A LARGE COUNTRY… Has the third largest area Has 34 Provinces About 1.4 billion people, about 20 percent of the worlds total. A multi-religious country, 56 ethnic groups
Culture Case2 • Tea has been cultivated in China for at least eighteen hundred years. • Daily necessities in China since time immemorial. Just as Coffee for Americans, as beer is to the German • “Making tea when guests visit” • Sometimes, tea is expensive than golden
Culture Case2 Various kinds of Tea • The geographic location and climate, different places grow various kinds of tea • Different Flavors
Teapot and CupsCulture Case2 —As important as tea
Tea CeremonyCulture Case2 —Methods of preparation of tea • Making a hot drink, in a process which has been refined to yield the best taste. • A full video of Chinese Tea Ceremony
Culture Case3 Shadow Puppet Play Show Tell different folk stories Kind of drama Full Video
Culture Case3 Shadow Puppet Play Show reflected on the curtain through the light singing and dancing controlled by the player with the silk string, gongs and drums music
Culture Case4 “China Red” Culture • Red is a symbol that gives color to the soul of the nation. • Red is signified as reunion, health, happiness, harmony, peace and prosperity • Shooting red-colored things in China is an easy task, as its powerful presence can be found every-where.
Culture Case5 Chinese Seal Culture The seal has been used to mark one’s identity, credentials and importance for the Chinese people
Culture Case5 Chinese Seal Culture Private Seal: for personal use and could be equated with the signature in today’s times. The official seals: bore the titles of the offices
Culture Case6 Paper-cut Culture The kind of art went after the invention of paper . Paper-cut is one of the most popular folk decoration arts in China. The themes : everything in life
Culture Case6 Paper-cut Culture Application Wedding ceremonies Festivals Decorate windows and doors
Culture Case6 Paper-cut Culture Mr. & Mrs. Right Dragons play with a pearl
Culture Case7 Embroidery Culture An handicraft performed by using needle and colored thread, forming patterns or characters on the basis of embroidered trace. Embroidering flowers
Culture Case7 Product show Stands for different ethnic minority groups Stands for the status in the old times Now just kind of handicraft
Culture Case8 What’re they used for? • A easy way of counting the years. • Mark the year in which a person was born./ Marking Age • Each Chinese guy belongs to his lucky animal • Predict Future…Match Marriage… • Unique phenomenon in Chinese folk culture.
Culture Case8 Order of 12 Animals • Fixed Order 2012 Based on the active time of each animal during a day.
A Traditional Chinese Festival Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)
Chinese New Year Spring Festival The most important and ceremonious traditional festival in China The first day of the first lunar month (Around the beginning of February) A symbol of unification, happiness and hope. A festival full of fun, warm and beautiful sceneries.
Chinese New Year Activity1 Keep Everything New • Cleaning house • Wearing the new Cloths • Buy many new Stuff
Activity2 “Decorating” Everywhere• Paste door-god on the door
Door God People believed that posting an image of a door god on the door could keep evil spirits away and bring back peace and luck.
The new year is coming…The first day of the Spring Festival, paying a NewYear Call and saying "Happy New Year" "May you be prosperous", etc. In New Years days, elders will put some money in ared pocket (yasuiqian) and give it to children as a gift. END
Paper Cut Workshop• 2-folded Paper Cut-Butterfly• 4-folded Paper Cut-Flowers
Be Careful and don’t hurt yourself! Project1-ButterflySpring Festival Music Be Careful and don’t hurt yourself! Paper Cut Show
Be Careful and don’t hurt yourself! Project1-ButterflyStep Be Careful and don’t hurt yourself! Paper Cut Show
Be Careful and don’t hurt yourself! PROJECT2-FLOWERSBe Careful and don’t hurt yourself! Paper Cut Show
Be Careful and don’t hurt yourself! Project-FlowersStep Be Careful and don’t hurt yourself! Paper Cut Show