As one of the Four Great Ancient Civilizations of the world (together with ancient Egypt, ancient India and ancient Babylon), China has one of the world’s most profound, unique and diverse cultures with a history of over 4,000 years. This Chinese Culture guide is an introduction to different aspects of Chinese culture and traditions, including the common festivals and celebrations in China, the mysterious Chinese astrology and Feng Shui, the variety of Chinese cuisine and its tea culture, traditional Chinese handicraft and performing arts like Kung Fu, the many distinctive symbols of China, and more.
The Chinese zodiac, also known as Sheng Xiao or Shu Xiang, is a repeating circle of 12 years. Each year is represented by an animal. So there are 12 animal signs in Chinese zodiac which are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig in order.
Top Recommended Chinese Culture Tours
The best way to experience Chinese culture in-depth is to take a private culture tour to China. Our hand-crafted china culture tours take you to discover China’s local culture authentically by learning to make Chinese dumplings, attending a local festival in Guizhou, playing Mahjong with locals in Beijing Hutong… Here are some of our popular Chinese Culture Tour Itineraries for your inspiration. Feel free to design your tailor-made Chinese culture tour with 1-on-1 help from our China travel specialists.
◆ Dive back into history as you visit the Forbidden City and China's first Emperor’s Terracotta Army.
◆ Explore the world wonder - the Great Wall of China at less visited section.
◆ Get seduced by the mix of modern commercialization and old-fashioned traditions.
◆ Take a cooking class to learn Chinese cuisine and tour the local market.
◆ Get a glimpse of the traditional lifestyle of Beijingers on pedicab tour to Hutongs.
◆ Learn to make Chinese paper cutting & Chinese dumplings, or paint peking opera masks.
◆ A leisure and scenic biking tour to the countryside crossing through rice paddy fields.
◆ Visit the only place in the world where you can be a giant panda volunteer.
◆ Taste breakfast with native people in traditional Hutong neighborhood.
◆ Visit a local family living in distinctive Chinese traditional earth cave house.
◆ Buy food materials at a morning market and learn to cook Chinese dishes from a local family.
◆ Follow your tour guide to take local public transport to travel between attractions.
◆ Experience the Cantonese lifestyle by eating morning tea with delicious dim sum.
◆ Find out the traditional way of making Chinese wine at a local family workshop.
◆ Learn to write Naxi people’s Dongba characters – the only living hieroglyph in the world.
◆ Get a better understanding of traditional Chinese medicine at a local TCM center.