VOC's Travel BLOG
Our Travel Blog is the place to share our real life, travel experiences in China with you. Besides, we will provide information related to Chinese culture and China travel guide. "A bosom friend afar brings a distant land near." Traveling makes us to be closer, let's discover China together!
A traditional Chinese painting is made from rice paper, ink, water, brush and pigment. And a complete traditional painting is composed of 4 parts: pictures, calligraphy, poem and seal.
China is a country with vast land and composed by 56 ethnic groups. Except the Han nationality which accounts for approximately 91.51% of the total population of China, other nationalities only accounts for 8.49%, and consequently the other 55 are called minority nationalities. Though the population of the other 55 ethnic groups is much fewer, their varied festivals account for about 70% of the total amount of Chinas festivals, and these colorful festivals constitute an important part of Chinese culture and lives.
Hubei Province Museum of China is the only provincial level, comprehensive museum, in which the largest, most complete and systematic ancient instruments are exhibited. Zenghouyi Bells are the most famous set of chime (excavated from the tomb of Marquls Yi of Zeng). It is like a bright pearl beside the beautiful East Lake, and also a great landmark building as well as an essential landscape of Wuhan City. Zenghouyi Bells are historical relics of Chinas Warring States Period (475 -221 BC). It consists of 65 bronze chimes and the range covers five and a half octaves with the whole 12 semitones.
Almost all visitors who have lived in Hutongs of Beijing will take a fancy to Chinese quadrangle courtyard and old Beijing culture. For them, to go deep into Hutongs, the past memories and traces of Old Beijing, is the only way to a real Beijing. Nanluoguxiang (南锣鼓巷), or South Luogu Lane, a hutong built 700 years ago in Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), has become a popular haunt for both domestic and foreign travelers today with many distinctive bars, stores and galleries.
For many western countries, China is the extreme representation of otherness. Starting from this idea, many of our unconscious cultural behaviors can pop up when living or traveling in the country, sometimes irritating or even offending Chinese people without willing to. In order to avoid such embarrassing situations and experience the best moments in China sharing with the locals, here are the 10 most important things to pay attention not to do with respect to Chinese culture, all coming from personal experiences during my one year and a half living in China as a French student, teacher and Website English Editor in Visitourchina.com.