China

The Red Dragon

China, the world’ most populous country, is exremely large, so customs and traditions vary by geography. There are more than 50 ethnic groups that reside in this country of 1.34 billion people.

The landscape of the second largest country in the world, has three very interesting areas for tourists, which are the Himalaya, the desert for instance the famous Gobi desert and the subtropical forests in the south.

The old history of China reaches back over 5,000 years, a culture rich in philosophy and in various arts. Furthermore, it left many differant and unique relicts like the Terracotta Warriors of the Quin dynasty. China has seen the invention of amazing products and technologies such as silk, paper, gunpowder, and movable-type printing.

Like other aspects of Chinese life, cuisine is heavily influenced by geography and ethnic diversity. Among the main styles of Chinese cooking are Cantonese, which features stir-fried dishes, and Sezchuan, which relies heavily on use of peanuts, sesame paste and ginger and is known for its spiciness.

Rice is a staple of their diet, as are bean sprouts, cabbage and scallions. Because they do not consume a lot of meat – occasionally pork or chicken – tofu is a main source of protein for the Chinese.