BC: "Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened." - Dr Seuss
1: China is a very diverse land including deserts, mountains and fertile river basins. Much of western China is mountains with the Himalaya, Tian and Pamir ranges. Western China also has a large desert. Central China consists of mountainous regions. China is approximately 37,044,272 square miles and has a population of more than 1.3 billion people. | Geography
2: Seasons and climate
3: . | China has a climate dominated by dry seasons and wet monsoons, which leads to clear temperature differences in winter and summer. In winter, northern winds coming from high latitude areas are cold and dry; in summer, southern winds from sea areas at lower latitude are warm and moist.
4: The climate has greatly impacted China's food production; the cold winters of China inhibit the growth and farming of rice which is one of its major agricultural exports.
5: The main agricultural product of China would be rice, but it also produces wheat and corn as mean of agriculture as well.
6: The two main religions of China are Buddhism, which is the largest worshiped, then Taoism. In China the main spoken language is Mandarin, but there are many different dialects, depending on the region of China that you are in. | Religion and language
8: The Great Wall of China was built over 2,500 years ago to protect against invaders from the north. Once over 6,000 miles long, the wall is now about 3,750 miles long. The Terracotta Army or the "Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses", is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife. | History of China
9: Culture and Traditions | One native tradition for the Chinese is to not name their child before they are born because it is a bad omen. A custom for the Chinese is that they usually have fixed marriages. A Chinese belief is that Shishi "Fu Dogs" were considered as protectors of the religious buildings and defenders of law.
10: The first food is the zongzi Bamboo wrapped dumplings which is made for the Dragon Boat Festival. The second food is sweet dumplings which is made in celebration of the Chinese Lantern Festival. Last is moon cakes which is made to celebrate the Chinese New Year. | Native Holiday Foods/ 5 Native Dishes
11: Top: Chinese Mixed Vegetables: 1 tsp vegetable oil 1 thinly sliced ginger root 1 clove crushed garlic 2 c Chinese cabbage (chopped) 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp sugar 1/4 teaspoon MSG (optional) 1/4 c canned chicken broth 1/2 c pea pods 1/2 c sliced bamboo shoots 1/2 c thinly sliced mushrooms Bottom: Chinese Pot Roast 3 lb Chuck roast, 1 " thick 1 tbsp Vegetable oil 1/2 c Bottled stir-fry sauce 1/2 c Burgundy wine 1/2 lb Fresh mushrooms, sliced 1 tbsp Cornstarch
12: Szechuan Chicken | 1 lb. boneless chicken breast, cubed 4-6 carrots, sliced into 1/4" pieces 1 can bamboo shoots 12-15 dried hot peppers cooking oil ~~Sauce~~ 6 tbsp. soy sauce + 3 tbsp. Water (or 9 tbsp. of low-sodium soy sauce) 2-3 tbsp. cornstarch chopped fresh ginger or powdered dry ginger | Chinese Mapo Tofu | 2 tbsp Oil; for sautéing 1 pak Fresh tofu (any firmness) - cut into cubes 1 tbsp Black Bean Garlic Sauce- (see notes) 1/4 c Chopped green onions 1 tsp Red Chili Paste with Garlic Salt to taste 1/4 lb Ground Pork | Dofu Fa | 11 ounces (about 1 lb) soy beans water for soaking beans 7 cups water edible terra alba* (about 1 teaspoon) 1 tablespoon cornstarch Syrup: 10 ounces sugar or brown sugar 1 cup water 2 pieces lemon or a little vinegar
13: Bird Nest Soup | "Stinky Tofu" | Thousand Year Old Eggs | Unusual Foods
14: Native Herbs and Spices | Star Anise | Szechuan Peppercorn | Shallots | Cinnamon | Cilantro
17: sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart
18: today you can be anything you imagine
21: "An open home, an open heart, here grows a bountiful harvest." - Judy Hand
23: Home is where there's someone to love, and someone to love us.
25: "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year." - Ralph Waldo Emerson