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[China] Top 10 Chinese Cultural Symbols [Copy link] 中文

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8. Chinese Knotting

Chinese knotting is a decorative handicraft arts that began as a form of Chinese folk art in the Tang and Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) in China. It was later popularized in the Ming and Qing Dynasty (1368-1911 AD). The art is also referred to as Chinese traditional decorative knots. In other cultures, it is known as "Decorative knots".
In February 2008, Corra Liew from Malaysia seek possibilities out from the traditional Wire Jewelry Making technique, Chinese knotting is then merged and presented in wire form. Corra addressed the technique as Wired Chinese Knot.
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9. Chinese Kungfu

Kung fu and wushu are popular terms that have become synonymous with Chinese martial arts. However, the Chinese terms kung fu and wushu have very different meanings. The Chinese literal equivalent of "Chinese martial art" would be zhongguo wushu.
In Chinese, kung fu can be used in contexts completely unrelated to martial arts, and refers colloquially to any individual accomplishment or skill cultivated through long and hard work. In contrast, wushu is a more precise term for general martial activities.
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10. Chinese Sedan Chair



A sedan chair is a human or animal-powered transport vehicle for carrying a person, once popular across China. It has different names like "shoulder carriage", "sleeping sedan" and "warm sedan" etc due to the time, location and structural differences. The sedans familiar to modern people are warm sedans that have been in use since the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The sedan body is fixed in the wooden rectangular frames on the two thin log poles. The top and four sides of the seat are enclosed with curtains, with a chair blind that could be rolled open in the front and a small window on each side. A chair is placed inside the enclosed space.
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I'm surprised you didn't mention manchu pigtalis and bound feet.

I would  replace some symbols on your list and replace them with abacus, shadow puppetry, embroidery, guzheng, qin, pipa, paper cutting, kites and some arts copied by Japan (bonsai, go, gagaku) and are now considered Japanese.  The qipao is a modernized and westernized Manchurian dress.  The traditional hanfu, with a history of thousands of years,  is more qualified as a Chinese cultural icon.

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