- Martial Arts
Chinese Kung Fu (Martial Arts) is a traditional Chinese sport which has developed over centuries. It stands as representative of Chinese culture so you can’t visit China without discovering the wonders of martial arts. It has a big influence on the locals. Maybe you could even try it out for yourself?
- Great Wall of China
This is the most recognizable symbol for China. It is also one of the busiest attractions for China and draws many tourists every year; a must for all gap year travellers. The Great Wall of China was built over 2,000 years ago and has a massive historical significance. There are 10 sections but I recommend visiting Badaling first as it is the best preserved and is the best choice for first time visitors. The Great Wall of China is definitely a site that must not be missed!
- Chow Mein
China is rich in delicious foods and Chinese cuisine has a very high reputation worldwide. If you go to China, you will definitely discover chow mein which is a popular dish there. Chow mein are yummy stir fried noodles consisting of meat (usually chicken, beef, shrimp or pork) onions, soya sauce and vegetables. Thinking about it is making my tummy rumble!
- Feng Shui
Feng Shui (or Wind and Water) is an ancient Chinese art and science. It is the practice of arranging your surroundings so that the energy or “chi” flows smoothly and calmly. Its roots are 5,000 years old. Try out Feng Shui to promote good health, comfort, security and wellbeing.
China has over 1,500 beautiful rivers. The first river I recommend visiting is The Yangtze, which is largest river in China and the third largest in the world. The Yangtze passes through high mountains and deep valleys. Another river to be visited is the Yellow River, also known as Huang He “Mother River of China”. It is the second longest river in Asia. Visit both these rivers to escape the stresses of life and to relax and unwind yourself.
China is home to some amazing animal species such as the Giant Panda, Golden Snub Nose Monkeys, The Takin and Chinese Alligator. These animals are now endangered and are protected species. These are also some of the most beautiful and rare animals in the world. Make sure to visit a zoo to catch these adorable animals in action (maybe not the Alligator but the rest definitely!)
- Chinese Architecture
Chinese Architecture has its own unique style and twist. When visiting China you will find plenty of beautiful homes and buildings which you can find nowhere else. Want to know an interesting fact? The temple roofs are curved because Buddhists believe that a curved shape could ward off evil spirits.
- Chinese Clothing
Traditional Chinese clothing plays a vital part in the country’s history and culture. A Chinese suit is known as a Tang Zhuang, which is worn by men and Cheongsam which is worn by women. The clothing is very comfortable and is typically made out of silk. Most people in China now wear modern clothes but you will find some traditional Chinese people wearing these. It would be fun to wear a “Tang Zhuang” or “Cheongsam” don’t you think?
- China’s Population
China is the most populated country in the word with 1.357 billion people living there. China is also known for its one child policy which has been introduced to control the country’s population. Urban couples in China can only have one child and having a second child meant that the child didn’t receive benefits and the couple were fined. Pretty crazy right? So don’t be stunned if you find yourself in a crowded street with older people and a few children, this is common!
- Green Tea
Green tea is the most popular form of tea in China. It is an un-oxidized tea and has a green tinge when brewed. It is the most commonly grown type of tea. You’ll find people drinking this everywhere. It must be tried out for sure. Who knows? You might become a green tea addict after your placement!
Volunteer in China as an English teacher for 5 months and experience all of these things! It will be a great opportunity and you will come back home with many amazing memories and experiences.
By Sherie (Work placement at Lattitude)