The Manchu Han Imperial Feast was one the largest meals ever recorded. It consisted of 108 unique dishes from Manchu and Han culture during the Qing dynasty. The meal was held to resolve disputes between Manchu and Han Chinese people during that time. It lasted for 3 days over 6 banquets of food.
Mahjong is a Chinese game that can only be played by four people. Its a game where mathematical beauty meets physical aesthetics. It has a long history but no one know specifically when or who created it. It started was a game for the wealthy as a way to pass time but took off around China in 1920’s and eventually made its way around the world.
The name Mahjong means clattering sparrows which sounds like the noise made when mixing the tiles. There is 144 tiles of different suites. Originally that were made of wood. Very nice tiles were made of bamboo or ivory and hand painted. Now a days they are made of plastic.
The point of the game is to collect sets of tiles by number and type. Each player discards and takes a tile until the set goes out and the player says Mahjong. The rules however vary in different districts of China.
National Day was established in 1949 by Mao Zedong, leader of the Red Army (Communist forces) declared formation of the People’s Republic of China. The Declaration caused a civil war n which communist forces emerged over Nationalist government (December 2, 1949). However, on October 1, the declaration was ratified by the First National Committee of the Chinese People’s political Consultative Conference, creating which is now known as National Holiday in Chinese which starts on the 1st of October. The main ceremony takes place in Tiananmen Square but is celebrated throughout China. The opening of the ceremony starts with the raising of the flag , followed by a parade that highlights the military. The government provides a seven-day vacation for the Chinese to gather with their families and enjoy the festivities ass well as traveling. Traveling can be a bit hectic during this time and can cause major delays.
In China, meals known as Chinese food in America generally don’t exist. In America when we think Chinese food, we think meals such as; general tsao, crab rangoon, egg rolls, beef with broccoli, sesame chicken, and the list goes on and on. Most Chinese people would refer to these meals as “fake Chinese food”. Many of these dishes were created using available ingredients at the time because chefs didn’t have much else at their disposal. With most adaptations being geared toward the American taste, making the dishes contain more ingredients that are; “sweet, fried, and contain chicken”. When it comes to the authentic Chinese cuisine I found; they typically prefer dark meat over white meat, more roasting and less frying, and oranges replace fortune cookies.
I found this video that shows a type of ancient Chinese medicine which I found very interesting. It’s also quite fascinating because my father actually does cupping therapy for his back however, he does not use the fire. It’s cool that people still uses the technique as well people who aren’t from Asia such as Michael Phelps.
I found these websites that explain what Ancient Chinese Medicine was like now and back then. It’s quite interesting to learn the type of techniques they used. It’s also fascinating that they still use these techniques instead of using westernized medicine.
Attached is one part of a Chinese documentary about Kung Fu and it’s many styles. This video talks in more detail about Shaolin Kung Fu and the history of it from as far back as we can find writings about. It also shows that kung fu is more than just about practicing kung fu, but also about training one’s mind, body, and spirit in a skill of their choice. In this case it is the martial art form of Shaolin Kung Fu.