By Gary T. Whiteford

Describes the heritage, geography, govt, economic system, humans and tradition of China.

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The Communist leader Mao Zedong was elevated to a godlike status. His portrait and statues are still found in public and private places. For example, his painted portrait, prominently displayed at the entrance to the Forbidden City in Beijing, overlooks Tiananmen Square. His face is also pictured on the 100-yuan bill. Mao’s influence was especially promoted during the Cultural Revolution. During this time, all books were devoted to Mao’s thoughts and sayings. Among them was the Little Red Book, Quotations from Chairman Mao.

It is more involved with government workings and interpersonal relationships. One of its aims was to promote an ethical society, placing emphasis on the dignity of the human being. Buddhism, a foreign religion from India, stresses the idea of becoming an enlightened being, or bodhisattva, by breaking the cycle of desire, suffering, and rebirth. Buddhist ideas have had a strong influence on Chinese culture, including art, archi- People and Culture tecture, poetry, and fiction. Followers of Buddhism in China have faced hardships.

2-magnitude earthquake. In May 2008, an earthquake in Sichuan killed 80,000 29 30 China people and led to major protests about the weak construction apparent in the region’s public schools. The lack of earthquakeproof buildings throughout the country has made the Chinese people vulnerable when earthquakes strike. Problems For the land Centuries of agriculture have dramatically modified China’s plant and animal life. It is thought that much of China was once heavily forested. Deciduous trees in the south gave way to coniferous trees in the north.

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