Interesting Facts on Chinese Culture

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Interesting Facts on Chinese Culture
The dragon is an important figure in Chinese culture. (dragon image by BorisNoWorries from

Chinese culture is full of strong traditions and rituals. From family values to beauty and festivals, many ancient Chinese cultural traditions still remain in place today.

Dining Etiquette

Diners must observe certain rules at the dinner table are necessary in Chinese culture, or else the chef may take offence. It is considered rude to play with chopsticks or to stab them unnecessarily into your bowl. It is also offensive to leave food on your plate. However, it is standard behaviour to eat with an open mouth or to talk with a full mouth.

The Dragon

The dragon is perhaps the most powerful, respected and lucky symbol of Chinese culture. It represents immortality, fertility, happiness and prosperity. The dragon is widely used to decorate buildings, chairs, jewellery, statues and clothing. In the early days of China, the dragon was considered a god and a guardian. The phoenix, a mystical bird, is often seen with dragons.

Clothing Colors

Certain outfits and colours are worn for different occasions. Dark-coloured clothes are traditionally worn to special events and ceremonies. Lighter shades are typical for more casual wear, especially at home. Colours are considered seasonal and are worn to represent the weather. For example, the colour red is worn in June and July to represent heat.

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