China Cultural Information


Know before you go!
The following resources will help you prepare mentally for your study abroad experience! The more you learn about your host destination pre-departure, the richer your experience will be!


China Official Travel Guide

Culture Gram

Local News

Television and Films

Recommended Readings

  •  Wind Whisperer by Mai Jia
  •  Tao Te Ching By Lao Tzu
  •  Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China By Jung Chang
  • Three Kingdoms by Lou Guanzhong



Cultural Activities

  • The Forbidden City, or Palace Museum
  • Karst Mountains in Yangshuo
  • Hangzhou - Paradise on Earth
  • Potala Palace, Lhasa
  • The Bund, Shanghai

Recommended websites



Common Chinese Cuisine

  • Zha Jiang Mian
  • Roast Duck
  • Xiao Long Bao
  • Fan Tuan
  • Boba




Prominent Chinese Icons

Li Lianjie better known by his English stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and wushu champion who was born in Beijing. He is a naturalized Singaporean citizen.

Yao Ming is a retired Chinese professional basketball player who played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. At the time of his final season, he was the tallest active player in the NBA, at 2.29 m

Guo Jingjing is a female diver from the People's Republic of China. Guo is tied with her partner Wu Minxia for winning the most Olympic medals of any female diver and she won the 3m springboard event at five consecutive World Championships.

John Woo Yu-Sen is a Hong Kong film director, writer, and producer. He is considered a major influence on the action genre, known for his highly chaotic action sequences, Mexican standoffs, and frequent use of slow-motion. His Hollywood films include Hard Target, Broken Arrow, Face/Off and Mission: Impossible 2.


Xi Jinping is the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, the President of the People's Republic of China, and the Chairman of the Central Military Commission.

Zhu Rongji is a prominent Chinese politician who served as the Mayor and Party chief in Shanghai between 1987 and 1991, before serving as Vice-Premier and then the fifth Premier of the People's Republic of China from March 1998 to March 2003. A tough administrator, his time in office saw the continued double-digit growth of the Chinese economy and China's increased assertiveness in international affairs.

Yang Jiechi is a high-ranking Chinese politician and lifelong professional diplomat. He was the tenth Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China, between 2007 and 2013. He joined the inner circle of the State Council in 2013, as a State Councilor under Premier Li Keqiang. In this capacity, he serves as one of the most prominent architects of China's foreign policy. Yang spent much of his professional life in the United States, where he served as Chinese Ambassador from 2001 to 2005.








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