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Table of Contents

Unit 1 Chinese Mythology…1

Text A Chinese Mythology…2

Text B Jingwei Determines to Fill Up the Sea…10

Text C Animals in Mythology…11

 

Unit 2 Chinese Dietary Culture…15

Text A Chinese Dietary Culture…16

Text B A Bite of China…23

Text C Cooking Methods…25

 

Unit 3 Chinese Tea and Wine Culture…28

Text A Tea Drinking in China…29

Text B The Origin of Chinese Wine…33

 

Unit 4 Chinese Clothing Culture…36

Text A Chinese Clothing…37

Text B The Silk Kingdom…43

Text C Dress Code in China…44

 

Unit 5 Chinese Architecture and Gardening …47

Text A Ancient Chinese Architecture…48

Text B Number "9" and the Imperial Buildings…57

Text C Chinese Stone Lions…58

 

Unit 6 World Natural and Cultural Heritage in China…61

Text A World Heritage in China…62

Text B World Heritage Preservation in China…72

Text C The Benefits of Ratification…73

 

Unit 7 Chinese Festivals and Folk Customs…76

Text A Chinese Festivals…77

Text B Chinese Folklore…84

Text C Exchange of Gifts…86

Text D Spring Festival Gala…87

 

 

Unit 8 Chinese Arts and Crafts…91

Text A Chinese Arts and Crafts…92

Text B Paper Cutting…98

Text C A Carpenter Consecrated by Artisans of All Crafts…99

Text D National Treasure's Name Amended…100

 

Unit 9 Chinese Painting and Calligraphy…102

Text A Traditional Chinese Painting …102

Text B Calligraphy…109

Text C Four Treasures of the Study…112

 

Unit 10 Chinese Operas…115

Text A Beijing Opera…116

Text B Characteristics of Beijing Opera Costumes…123

Text C Kunqu: Humankind's Common Cultural Heritage…124

 

Unit 11 Traditional Chinese Medicine…127

Text A Traditional Chinese Medicine: Basic Principles…128

Text B Methods of Treatment in Chinese Medicine …134

Text C Yangsheng…137

Text D Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine…138

 

Unit 12 Chinese Philosophy…141

Text A Confucianism…142

Text B Taoism (1)…149

Text C Zhuang Zi…151

Text D Mo Zi and His Philosophy…152

Text E Han Fei, a Legalist…153

 

Unit 13 Chinese Religion…156

Text A Chinese Religion…157

Text B Taoism (2)…163

Text C Wudang Mountain…165

Text D The Early Buddhism Temples in Tibet…166

 

Unit 14 The Chinese Language…168

Text A The Chinese Language…169

Text B Some Distinctive Features of the Chinese Language…177

Text C Complex Chinese Characters and Simplified Ones…181

 

Unit 15 Chinese Literature…184

Text A Ancient Chinese Literature…185

Text B Lu Xun's Works…194

Text C Guo Moruo…195

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