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China, one of the world’s oldest civilizations, is in Ottawa!

China, one of the world’s oldest civilizations, is in Ottawa!

At the Horticulture Building in Lansdowne Park, from October 5 to October 8 Beijing Week will feature performances of acrobatics, folk music, and traditional Chinese operas. Shows of Chinese tea art, sales of local delicacies, and demonstrations of traditional craftsmanship that are recognized as intangible cultural heritage such as cloisonné, paper-cutting, and Beijing embroidery will also be displayed.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy the Charming Beijing photo exhibition and exhibition of cultural and creative technologies, and participate in promotional events on Beijing tourism, 2019 China Beijing International Horticultural Exposition, and 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games. On October 4th, their Mid-Autumn Festival will also organize an evening gala themed Mid-Autumn Night.

There are many interesting things to point out about the country. For example, it is believed that Homo sapiens arrived there from Africa around 65,000 years ago. Various tribal civilizations date from 5,000 to 8,000 years ago.

Their Spring Festival, for its part, is the most important holiday in this country since it coincides with the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year in late January or early February. It can last for ten days or more.

The Qin Dynasty united many ancient regional powers under the first Empire and built the Great Wall of China. The English name is believed to derive from the name Qin. Although the Great Wall is significant, the Chinese civilization made some of its greatest advances during the rule of the Han Dynasty.

The People’s Republic of China was one of the most advanced and powerful cultures in world history. Nowadays, it is a developing world power due to its huge population and quick economic expansion.

Located in East Asia, the country is bordered by Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Laos Vietnam Bhutan, Myanmar as well as India, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.   

The official language is the standard Chinese or Mandarin, but regional languages such as Yue, Zhuang, Mongolian or Uighur are also recognized. Being a Communist state, its Capital city is Beijing and its National Day is October 1st when the Chinese Communist Party came to power in 1949 under Mao Zedong.

The red color of its flag represents communist revolution, the large star represents the Communist Party, and the four smaller stars represent the four social classes: the peasants, the working class, the urban bourgeoisie, and the national bourgeoisie.

The country is the official home to over 1.3 billion people, the world's largest at one-fifth of the planet’s inhabitants.

There has been a massive migration from China’s rural areas to its cities such as Shanghai –being the largest city– followed by Beijing and other areas including Guangzhou, Tianjin, and Shenzhen.

When it comes to tourism, the country was one of the top five most visited countries in the world in 2016. Beijing is the cultural center and home of museums such as the Forbidden City and the Beijing Art Museum. Meanwhile, Shanghai is home not only to several science museums, including the Science and Technology Museum but also of classical gardens such as Shanghai’s Yuyuan Garden, once the province of the country’s elite. This is a top destination due to the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Beijing Zoo, and its many hotels and restaurants. Near Beijing are the Ming Tombs which hold the remains of thirteen Chinese emperors, some of the most famous places in China.

Among so many people, the Zhuang are the largest minority group; while the Han is the ethnic group more dominant in the culture. Other small ethnic groups such as the Manchu, Hui, Miao, Uighur, Yi, Tujia, Tibetans, and Mongols are also important.

It is estimated that the population is mostly unaffiliated to any religion since the government supports atheism. Even so, there are mainly Buddhist, Christians, Taoist, and Confucians throughout the area.

Despite the transcendental period in which to document and educate was once prohibited, nowadays, when it comes to education, students receive strong encouragement to study science and engineering. In fact, the average literacy rate is high, at more than 96 percent. Regarding its health care, it is administered through village, township, and county hospitals

During the early-twentieth-century Modernist movement, Chinese poetry also had a profound influence on world literature, and the calligraphy has been used for thousands of years and is considered an art in itself.

China has one of the most diverse cuisines in the world thanks to its history, cultural heritage and size. The most common carbohydrate is rice usually served along with a protein. Of course, all food is mainly eaten with wooden chopsticks. The food varies according to cities and regions. In some areas, cuisine emphasizes fried foods spiced with the native Sichuan pepper, chili peppers, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce. Other zones include Kung Pao chicken and twice-cooked pork, and others are famous for its varied soup dishes like in Shandong. The “Hong Kong style” cooking, typical Cantonese dishes include dim sum, shark fin soup, wonton soup and char siu or bbq pork. On the other hand, the Mandarin cuisine, includes Peking duck and hot and sour soup.

The country is a manufacturing giant. Textiles, metalworking, complex engineering and assembly work supporting the automotive and aviation industries are some of the most outstanding economic sources of this country.

Discover more for yourself from October 5-8 between 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Horticulture Building in Lansdowne Park.

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