Culture of China

Beijing
Many people think that China is o­ne big homogenous nation with the same language, customs and people. However, that belief cannot be more misleading. China is an extremely diverse country full of different ethnicities, customs, languages and food.

As you travel across China, you will notice the drastic changes in landforms, as well as the cultural traditions of each region or province. In the north is the capital of Beijing, the physical and cultural capital of China. This city prides o­n its historical gems such as the Great Wall, Forbidden Palace and Tiananmen Square. Recently, the arrival of the Summer Olympics of 2008 has brought in a whole wave of restructuring and change. Luxury hotels and upscale restaurants have given rise to a new and modern Beijing. Yet efforts are still made to glorify its roots, as witnessed by the preservation of the Old Beijing, a section of the city lined with cobblestone streets and old tiled-roof houses.

A trip to the western parts of China can be a completely different experience than the north. The province of Sichuan is scenic with its beautiful mountains and greenery. The foods here are extremely spicy and the dialect of Sichuanese is really a whole different language from Mandarin. Just south of Sichuan is the province of Yunan. This is the home to 25 different ethnic groups and tribes. To understand the individual cultures of these groups, pay a visit to the beautiful cultural towns of Lijiang and Dali or wander into the countryside for a taste of rural life.

Luobozhai Village, Sichuan
There many other provinces in China with its own set of customs and traditions. Start with the numerous museums, theaters and cultural sights of each region to explore its unique culture. Then venture out to the towns and villages to appreciate the way of life of each indigenous group. The possibilities for cultural enrichment are endless.

Tradition and modernity combined

There are many facilities in China who are specialized in well-being. Whether you visit a spa, wellness center or a massage parlour you will find modern treatments always combined with the traditional ones. China is known for its traditional medicine which is based on herbs, acupuncture, massage, exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy. Chinese medicine looks at the identification of functional entities first, which regulate digestion, breathing, aging etc. The anatomical structures of the body comes in second place. If the entities work hamoniously together with the outside world, chinese medicine believes that people stay healthy. If it doesn't then the person gets ill. The symptoms are traced mainly by palpating the pulse and inspecting the tongue.

Besides the mentioned facilities, you will also find hairdressers, fitness, gyms and beauty specialists. Prices vary but are all audited by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.This guarantees you that they all meet international standards