The Ching Ming Festival is in the springtime and the Chung Yeung Festival takes place on the ninth day of the ninth moon. They are occasions for visiting ancestral graves.
Dragonboat festival This is a festival which also combines into a big sporting event that takes place every year in either May or June in Hong Kong. Qu Yuan was a national hero who drowned himself 2,300 years ago in protest against a corrupt government. Legend says that as townspeople attempted to rescue him, they beat drums to scare fish away and threw dumplings into the sea to keep the fish from eating Qu Yuan's body. To symbloze the attempted rescue of Qu Yuan, they race narrow long boats made of wood (the front of the boats are carved into a dragon's head, therefore the name) to the beating of a drum.
Mid-Autumn Festival This takes place on the 15th day of the eighth moon. All people, family and friends, come together under the full moon, usually at beaches, carrying bright and beautiful lanterns. They exchange presents, mooncakes, fruit and wine.
Characters can stand for a whole word or bunch of words
When experts write in Chinese they use special brushes and ink and paint the characters
These are called calligraphy and can be art
A Chinese meal in Suzhou , Jiangsu province, with bowls of white rice , shrimp, eggplant, fermented tofu, vegetable stir-fries, vegetarian duck, and a central dish with meat and bamboo. There are 6 bowls of rice, one for each person.
Chinese people like fresh food and prefer to shop almost daily.
When both parents work, bought or pre-cooked foods are the norm, especially for breakfast.
Lunch is usually eaten in work or school canteens, where cooked food is always available.
Dinner is the main family meal, in which people share several dishes at a round table.
In general, the Chinese eat lots of different meats and vegetables.
The Chinese diet has no milk or milk products. Instead, soybean products provide protein and calcium.
Different parts of the country eat different things.
In the north, the delicate foods developed by the imperial court are balanced by the robust local cuisine, which uses strong flavours, such as onions and garlic, and prefers wheat noodles and bread to rice. The popularity of lamb reveals the influence of the Muslim population; pork is preferred elsewhere in China.
Adapted from http://www.cp-pc.ca/english/china/eating.html
Chinese school children in the 2000s all wear uniforms. The uniforms are seasonal, depending on where the school is located in China. The summer uniforms usually consist of short pants and a shirt in the same style, sometimes in quite bright colors. Sailor collars are frequent for girls. One favourite style is a colored suit with piping in white or a contrasting color. Children used to wear their school uniforms with red Young Pioneer scarves, but this is now less common.