A Laowai tries: What makes Chinese culture?
Try to "arrest" by a martial art
I guess this is a quite difficult question to answer because Chinese history and culture is sooo rich, distinct and diverse. But tonight we give it a trial and attended an event to tell us about material arts, guqin and Chinese tea.
Martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practices, which are practiced for a variety of reasons: as self-defense, military and law enforcement applications; as competition, physical fitness, mental and spiritual development; as well as entertainment and the preservation of a nation's intangible cultural heritage.
We could experience and also feel what how strong you are when mind and body works in harmony. We had also the opportunity to learn self-defence techniques and could practise it right away.
Guqin literally mean "ancient stringed instrument", is the modern name for a plucked seven-string Chinese musical instrument of the zither family.
It is one of the most ancient plucked musical instruments in China. It was named "guqin" since the early period of 20th Century. It was said to be invented by a legendary monarch from the remote ages of China, when this instrument has been favoured and performed. Guqin is sometimes referred to by Chinese people as "the father of Chinese music" or "the instrument of sages". The most famous ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius was also an expert on playing guqin.
Furthermore, we had the opportunity to taste different type of teas (Pu`er, Onlong, White tea) and discussed the production method of each of the teas. Our favourite tea has been the white tea, followed by the Pu-er and the Olong. Once you are in China, you should try those teas anyway.
We found the evening very interesting and amusing. As Laowai, it brought us a bit closer to understand the Chinese culture.