Food has a special meaning to the Chinese people. The "waste not, want not" ethos means that a surprising range and variety of plants and animals, and every part of a plant or animal is used. This has given rise to a remarkable diversity in the regional cuisine, but to westerners it can be overwhelming - surprising, fantastic, delicious, horrifying or disgusting.
Traditions and Custom
To many people in the west, the word 'China' can typically conjure up thoughts of dragons, panda bears, the colour red, the number 8 and the distinctive script; all of which are traditional to this country. But it goes a lot further than this.
Chinese Lucky Numbers
In China, whether a number is considered lucky or not is often related to the similarity between the pronunciation of the number (i.e., its sound byte) and the sound byte of another word which carries a positive connotation.
Traditional Etiquette and Taboos
The most common situations for presenting a gift are at festivals, weddings, birthdays. It is also appropriate to express gratitude, for sending-off relatives and friends, and to return a favor. The most important thing in presenting a gift is to show intention.
Middle Autumn Festival
Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Chinese Moon Festival, takes place at the 15th day of the eighth Chinese lunar month. The reason for celebrating the festival during that time is that it is the time when the moon is at its fullest and brightest.