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What is Chinese culture? What does it consist of? How would you describe it?

I've been asked what American and British culture is - and I really have no idea what it is or how to even explain it others.

I've heard from a lot of Chinese, even, that Hong Kong and Taiwan have preserved Chinese culture better than mainlanders. So what Chinese culture?

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closed as off-topic by 50-3, songyuanyao, NS.X.,, user238264 May 29 '14 at 16:09

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Isn't this a question for google/wikipedia? – user76935 May 29 '14 at 7:29
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about Chinese culture not the language – 50-3 May 29 '14 at 8:54
Not sure this one can be answered here, the question is quite broad. Each culture can have sub cultures: culture - noun; 1 the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively: 20th century popular culture. • a refined understanding or appreciation of this: men of culture. • the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group: Caribbean culture | people from many different cultures. • [ with modifier ] the attitudes and behavior characteristic of a particular social group: the emerging drug culture – Tommie C. May 29 '14 at 9:36
common guys - I had young children tell me today that 尝粪 is Chinese culture... – user3306356 May 29 '14 at 13:45
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It's difficult to describe precisely what the culture is, different people give different answers. As to me, the culture is: Filial piety, jiaozi , kongfu, paper-cut, beautiful scenery.

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jiaozi is sort of only popular in mandarin-speaking regions... When it comes to food and customs, China is a country divided into regions according to the dialect groups. Each dialect region has its own popular food and customs. – user58955 May 29 '14 at 9:31
@user58955 - Not to mention the huge diaspora that have evolved into new Chinese culture in all countries. – Tommie C. May 29 '14 at 9:39
Awesome answer. – user3306356 May 29 '14 at 10:02
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. – NS.X. May 29 '14 at 10:17
Despite "offending the rules" with this being off-topic, still an interesting viewpoint by user3231931 ;-) – user76935 May 29 '14 at 16:19

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