China is one of the main birth places of Eastern martial arts. The names of martial arts were called Kung Fu or its first name Wushu.
China also includes the home to the well-respected Shaolin Monastery and Wudang Mountains.
The first generation of art started more for the purpose of survival and warfare than art. Over time, some art forms have branched off, while others have retained a distinct Chinese flavor. Regardless, China has produced some of the most renowned martial artists including Wong Fei Hung and many others. The arts have also co-existed with a variety of weapons including the more standard 18 arms. Legendary and controversial moves like Dim Mak are also praised and talked about within the culture.
Men and women in xuanduan formal wear at a Confucian ceremony in China
A north corner of Forbidden City, featuring classic construction style
Main article: Clothing of China
Different social classes in different eras boast different fashion trends, the color yellow is usually reserved for the emperor. China’s fashion history covers hundreds of years with some of the most colorful and diverse arrangements. During the Qing Dynasty, China’s last imperial dynasty dramatic shift of clothing occurred, the clothing of the era before the Qing Dynasty is referred to as Hanfu or traditional Han Chinese clothing. Many symbols such as phoenix have been used for decorative as well as economic purposes.
Main article: Chinese architecture
Chinese architecture, examples of which can be found from over 2,000 years ago, has long been a hallmark of the culture. There are certain features common to Chinese architecture, regardless of specific region or use. The most important is its emphasis on width, as the wide halls of the Forbidden City serve as an example. In contrast, Western architecture emphasize on height, though there are exceptions such as pagodas.
Another important feature is symmetry, which connotes a sense of grandeur as it applies to everything from palaces to farmhouses. One notable exception is in the design of gardens, which tends to be as asymmetrical as possible. Like Chinese scroll paintings, the principle underlying the garden’s composition is to create enduring flow, to let the patron wander and enjoy the garden without prescription, as in nature herself. Feng shui has played an important part in structural development.