China- my next destination

I am visiting China again….Lat time,it was aimed at knowing the country for the first time and to participate in some exhibitions and trade shows which matters for my business….This time its for studying this emerging economy in their best University there and to hear from the horses mouth.

During my last visit, Iwas amazed by the diverse culture of this country.I travelled and stayed in Beijing, Weifang,Shanghai,Schenzhen , Guangzhou and of course,HongKong.The criss cross plane Journey was long and I was using every opportunity of travel to talk to people and to understand the country and its culture.

What is a culture? Is it characterized by art or literature? Does it include actions, feelings, or thoughts? Is it ideas, objectives, or ways? What about beliefs or values, or customs or tradition?According to me,culture is all of these. In everyday conversation, the word culture might refer to such fields as literature, art, or music; At the same time it is something more complex, a way of life.

A culture defines and sets something apart from everything else. It makes something unique and therefore meaningful, not only to itself but also to the diversity of the world.

For thousands of years, the Culture of China has attracted and moved many people from all over the world, being so unique and one-of-a-kind as well as elegant and inspiring. The Chinese Culture, a culture that has evolved for thousands and thousands of years, contains rare beauty and enchantment with history. It has drawn so much interest that it is integrating with other cultures. With such a long history and old-living civilization, the Culture of China offers much more than anything or anyone could possible receive. The Chinese Culture has shown that China has become what it is capable of becoming.

But, I found ,in my last experiment with China,that Shanghai and Hong Kong is totally stand out from the mainstream in culture and it is more of westernised.While you travel in underground metros in these places,you cannot see the passengers speaking each other and playing games in their electronic gadgets instead.Can we call it as a casuality of cultural invasion from west? May be.I am not sure.

I will be writing more on this after my second visit…..see you again

Mathew Mampra mampra@yahoo.com

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