Through its reform and opening to the outside world, China has workedan economic miracle and boosted its comprehensive strength, enhancing itsstanding in the international community. As more and more people aroundthe world are eager to know and understand China, we have compiled theChina Series, aiming to provide a shortcut for readers to get the basic factsabout this country.The 12 titles in this series cover China's geography, history, politics, econ-omy, culture, law, diplomacy, national defense, and society, as well as its sci-ence, technology and education; its environment; and its ethnic groups and re-ligions. These writings will help readers acquire a basic knowledge of China.It is our hope that this series will enable readers to get a general idea aboutChina:Chinese history, culture and civilization, which is the oldest continuous ma-jor civilization in the world;China's basic conditions——the world's largest developing country with ahuge population, a country that is developing unevenly on a poor economicbase; in light of these conditions, China is following its own path to sustain-able development while learning from other civilizations; andChina's future——led by the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese peopleare focusing their efforts on economic development and carrying on reformand opening-up; they are building a harmonious society in their own countryand working for a harmonious world with lasting peace and common pros-perity.
This book makes some brief summaries, introductions, explanations and comments of the Chinese culture, including ideolog ethics,morali political and religious ideas, economic thought and wealthideas, customs, science and technology; education, literature and arts,etc. China has a several-thousand history of civilization with brillianceand glory Chinese culture is rich in content and heritage. Of the fourancient civilizations in the world, only the Chinese civilization hasnever encountered cultural discontinui The long-term continuationof Chinese civilization has benefited from the three great openness andintegration processes in history The whole China and even the wholeworld have shared the Chinese civilization, which resulted from thethree great openness and integration processes in Chinese history Wefind a Chinese culture with a more modern charm is taking shape.