Chinese culture has left me breathless. Not only Shanghai, the city we stayed the majority of the time, but also Beijing, its capital. It is necessary to remark that Confucianism has had a monumental impact in life, social structure and philosophy in china.

Confucianism is the main ideological component in Asians societies, especially in the country in which it was originated, China. It has four main principles: education, family, hierarchy and benevolence.

Although it is the 3rd largest country in the world, it is awesome the way people are handled there.

The official language is Mandarin but it is also spoken Cantonese and others. There are 55 minority nationalities in China.

There are many habits which surprised me such as the meaning of receiving a red envelope: cash. Apart from that, Chinese calligraphy hides a history I didn’t know and I found it really interesting.

Be careful if you are about to cross a road because cars are not stopping. The underground is also a bit crazy as people are all in a hurry and probably you are going to be pushed.

Some aspects, on the other hand, need to be improved: population with college education attainment is too low. Only a ten percent gets college degree and that is so sad.

Transport sector has had a huge improvement. The high speed rail provides you with the opportunity to travel from Shanghai to Beijing in about four hours thank to its 400 km/h. That is impressive!

In terms of festivals, the most important one is Chinese New Year which takes place the 1st day of the 1st lunar month. There are others such as the Lantern Festival, Qing Ming, Duan Wu, Mid-Autumn Festival.

Finally, I would like to talk about food. There is a great variety and the most typical ones are rice, noodles, red boiled egg and fish. I liked almost everything I tried.

I did not know so much about its culture and I am so thankful because I feel it as a part of me and know I understand why they behave the way they do.

China is different but a country worth living.



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