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Same goes with my previous article about the History of Nigeria, we've ask for our next activity about the history, culture and tradition of China. By the way, this is from our foundation of education subject of my master's class.
I can really say that the history of China is a long and complicated history that includes all dynasties, each with their own distinct civilizations. Due to its population of 1.4 billion people and its status as one of the world's oldest and most influential civilizations, China is a significant country in the globe. There are four inventions in China that are together referred to as "the Four Great Inventions," and they are paper, gunpowder, the compass, and printing. These inventions have had a significant impact on the entire world and are collectively referred to as "the Four Great Inventions." China’s history is quite unique. However, along with different history of different countries, China also had a bloody past and trying to defend their territories which lead them to the creation of Great Wall of China to drive away their enemies. Additionally, China's past is a treasure trove of artistic, political, scientific, and philosophical achievements. It is the cradle of one of the world's oldest civilizations, which dates back thousands of years.
When it comes to knowledge, I really can also say that they are brim with highly intelligent people. Confucius is the person who influenced the whole world through his teachings and philosophy. All that is written because of the bloody history of China.
As what I have observed, China is a magical country with a unique culture, traditions, and old civilization that attracts visitors from around the world. China, as one of the four great historical civilizations, is an ancient land that is full of natural beauty and intrigue. 56 ethnic groups, complicated and varied topography, abundant and diverse natural resources, a long and colorful history and culture, breathtaking and captivating scenery are just some of the characteristics of this country. The Great Wall of China is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world, and many pagodas are considered to be crystals of the wisdom of the Chinese people.
I can also say that Tang and Song poetry as the representative, literary achievements that have been the center of worldwide attention. Apart from that, Chinese riches and national pride include tea, alcohol, opera, cuisine, ethnic minority cultures, and folk art such as paper-cutting, kites, embroidery, and shadow play, among other things. Additionally, China has a continuous culture stretching back nearly 4,000 years and originated many of the foundations of the modern world.
Well, for me, due to the country's extensive historical legacy of more than 5,000 years, many traditional festivals are celebrated throughout the country, including the Spring Festival, Lantern Festival, Tomb-Sweeping Day (Qingming Festival), Dragon Festival, and Mid-autumn Day. Each festival has its own significance and features that you may encounter while traveling through China. Their traditions were characterized by the fact that they embodied Chinese traditional cultural values of harmony, benevolence and righteousness; courtesy and wisdom; honesty, loyalty and filial piety. The concept of harmony, which is considered to be the most important Chinese traditional value, is embodied in China's diplomacy through the concept of harmony which is considered to be the most important Chinese traditional value. Furthermore, China is a multicultural and multi-religious society. Throughout Chinese history, religions such as Taoism, Islam, Buddhism, Protestantism, and Catholicism have all developed into culture-shaping and tradition-shaping neighborhoods. Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism are together referred to as the "three pillars" of ancient Chinese civilization.
What contributes to these misconceptions about China?
Well, I only have one misconception in China that I have heard so far in my whole life (save those that I am aware of not until the discussion of this topic). The Great Wall of China, well, I saw it first from the movie The Karate Kid. This movie has been one the most ironic movie that we all have watched so far. My uncle, he was a good myth story teller in our tow, he told us the story of manananggal, tiyanak, white lady and other myths around the globe that he knew, including the Great Wall of China. He said it was made by aliens, same thing and purpose why the pyramid in Egypt is made, and was made by aliens as well. He further told me, well with my cousins, that there are dead bodies hidden inside the Great Wall, the people out there was forced into labor and if they grow tired, the aliens would kill them and put their body inside the built walls. Sounds creepy but it looks like real especially that after I watched the documentation of the Great Wall, it was seriously made impossible if constructed by humans alone. Well, I have learned that it was made possible because of the ancient technologies in China, an exquisite engineering. Additionally, the wall is more than simply a simple structure; it is a sophisticated military system. the Ming constructed this structure to keep the attackers at bay. In the documentation, it was made clear to me that what my uncle told me was just a myth. The wall acted as a line of defense for China against its adversaries, including the Soviet Union. It was the Great Wall that became the most widely recognized symbol of China in Western culture, serving as both a physical manifestation of Chinese strength and a psychological representation of the barrier maintained by China's government to repel foreign influences and exert control over its citizens for centuries.
Right, it’s real when people keep telling you stories, you tend to believe them even though they don’t have much evidence. The reason why, in the preset, I don’t just believe into someone without researching it first, is for me to make sure that I am not a fool believing things that aren’t real.