Although modernity quickly took over China, the distinct Chinese culture, Great Wall, abandoned villages, Buddhist grottoes, and mountains dotted with temples have been well preserved. These are just some of the things about China that keep the tourists coming in, but what makes this country fascinating is the intriguing Chinese culture.
China is inhabited by the world’s oldest continuous civilization, thus keeping Chinese culture solid as it passes on from generation to generation. Centuries may have gone, and their culture may have adapted to modernity, but its core is kept solid and boasts an unparalleled uniqueness.
Facekinis is an invention of Zhang Shaifan, which is a collision of keeping a pale complexion and creating traditional Chinese embroidery and patterns. Facekinis are popular among the women in Qingdao, Shandong Province. It is a cross between a facemask and a hat that covers the entire head with holes for the eyes, nose, and mouth, and has been used as an alternative to sunscreen and sun hats. The first batch of Facekinis that came out in 2004 was plain and only had a variety of colors, but the newer batches are now adorned with images of dragons, peacocks, phoenixes, and other patterns derived from the Chinese culture embroidery.
2. Ghost Marriage
Ghost Marriage is a peculiar and interesting 3,000-year-old tradition in the Chinese culture. The Chinese believe that the souls of the departed have the same social needs as the living, and for the families of a departed loved one who died unmarried, it is their duty to look for a spouse for the dead soul. It is believed that the angry ghost of the unmarried soul will haunt and bring misfortune to its family until he is given a spouse. Sometimes families would buy corpses from tomb raiders and would pay up to 100,000 yuan ($15,000) out of desperation. Although grave robbery is strictly prohibited and punishable by law, Ghost Marriage continues to prevail in rural areas.
3. Feng Shui
Feng Shui is a very old art and science that is hundreds of centuries old but is still a popular practice in Chinese culture today. It’s an ancient Taoist knowledge that deals with the energies present on earth, much like quantum physics, and often consulted for different reasons ranging from love life to wealth. Feng Shui is a complex discipline that requires a lot of understanding, but all that it’s trying to say is that a person will achieve happiness, success, abundance of wealth, a healthy life, or an exciting love life if his space nourishes and supports him.
4. Trimming nails at night
Ghosts and spirits have played a major role in Chinese culture and tradition. The Chinese have numerous superstitions that have something to do with spirits, and one of them is cutting nails at night. It is believed that evil spirits will enter one’s home when he cuts his nails at night.
5. Chinese Zodiac
The Chinese culture has their own version of the Western astrology. The Chinese zodiac is based on a twelve-year cycle, each year being represented by an animal and associated with its qualities. It originated in the Han Dynasty (202BC), and still has a huge impact on Chinese culture. The zodiac signs were also used as a way of telling time in the ancient period when clocks did not exist. Today, the Chinese zodiac signs are used to determine a person’s fate, personality, compatibility, and luck.