China by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

By Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

In those four all-new titles-each with its personal clip-art CD and wall chart-DK shines its Eyewitness highlight on very important subject matters from the earlier, current, and destiny. whereas Mesopotamia discover the cradle of civilization and nice Scientists finds the minds that formed the trendy global, China investigates the present-day tradition of the main populous nation on this planet, and Oil takes a glance on the arguable substance accountable for the beginning-and, if weren't cautious, the tip of existence as we all know it this day.

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They frequently find it difficult to educate their children because the city schools are either full or too expensive. 46 Scholar’s scroll ANCIENT INSPIRATION Philosophy has been an important part of education in China for 2,500 years. People still read philosophical texts for guidance in everyday life. This small bronze sculpture is of Laozi, a great thinker who lived about 2,500 years ago and whose teachings inspired the Chinese religion of Daoism. Laozi’s Tao Te Ching contains the wisdom of living peacefully in harmony with nature.

Sichuan peppercorns Red chili pepper SICHUAN FLAVORS The province of Sichuan in southwest China is famous for its fiery food based on chilis and spicy sauces. Many dishes use Sichuan peppercorns—dried lemon-scented flowerbuds that make your mouth tingle. Parcels of sticky rice wrapped in bamboo leaves, or zongzi Five-spice powder FESTIVE TREAT Rice dumplings called zongzi are eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival to remember Qu Yuan, an ancient poet. He drowned himself in a river as a protest against corrupt government officials.

BATH TIME In the evening on China’s older streets The rest work or study long into the night to and alleyways people can be seen on their doorstep bathing their children, or boost their wages or gain new qualifications. cleaning their feet and brushing their The last thing many people do before they go to teeth. Many homes in the countryside bed is wash their feet, because feet carry the lack running water. Families wash in buckets of water collected from a well body’s weight around all day. Before going to or filled at a public faucet.

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