Tuesday, March 27, 2012

China's social changes & cultural continuities

Although the contemporary development of science and technology in China has led to many epoch-making and also progressive changes in its society, several essential and positive elements of the culture are retained or preserved. The Spring Festival (a.k.a. Chinese New Year) is still celeberated every year. 'Most of the people still pay respect to their familial ancestors on Qing Ming Day and consult TCM doctors in clinics or hospitals whenever they feel there is simply too much 'heat' or'/'and ''wind' inside their bodies. Xiangqi and Weiqi are still popular. Classic works of literature as well as science and technology, such as ancient methods of daily healthcare, are still available in bookstores. Many sites of cultural heritage, including pretty old mosques built by Arab travellers to China many centuries ago, are carefully preserved. Now, there are traffic jams in major cities but stampede is still rare.