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Most schools in China run from about 7:30am to 5:00pm, including a 2 hour break for lunch.
Uniforms are typically required.
Besides subjects such as languages and maths, schools teach moral education-values and
attitudes that are believed to be important to all citizens.
There are 6 years of elementary (Nursery) school, 3 years of middle school (primary school)
and 3 years of high school (secondary school).
There is an exam at the end of middle school to decide who attends high school.
Only 30% of middle school students go to high school.
Chinese schools typically have a few academic and athletic resources but only have the
essentials such as chalk boards, desks and chairs.
Around half or three quarters of children (in Beijing) live with their grandparents whilst their
There is a one child policy where people can only have one child.
Families would often want a boy instead of a girl.
Family planning is very important in china and almost every family has a family planning clinic
within half an hour of their home.
China has a long tradition of herbs and spices to boost flavouring and nutritional benefit.
The Chinese have a dish called the 5 spice powders. They eat this because they believe that
5 is a number that has healing powers. These include spice and herbs such as hot mustard,
ginger and peppercorns.
Traditional foods include steamed rice, noodles, seafood and vegetables.
They have a tradition called `the 8 great traditions' and they follow
1. Anhui the use of herbs and simple methods of cooking
2. Guangdong the use of meat eg snakes and lots of herbs
3. Fujian this is soups and stews
4. Zhejiang the use of rice and fish
5. Hunan the use of hot and spicy flavours
6. Jiangsu food with a soft texture
7. Shandong the use of seafood
8. Sichuan The use of spicy flavourings
Chinese and western food is often perceived as deep fried, drenched in heavy sauce,
grease, salt and MSG. It is known as unhealthy
Most Chinese food is light and healthy being steamed, boiled or fried.
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Chinese use child labour in shops called sweatshops which allows work for all ages
It's hard for people to go to school due to the fees
Parents are often unaware of the education fees