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China Modern Culture
History & culture scholars often cite the Opium War of 1839~1842 as the watershed dividing China modern culture from China ancient culture. With a glorious ancient culture that had used to lead the world for a fairly long period in history, the Chinese seemed generally too arrogant to embrace foreign culture. This was to change gradually since the latter half of the 19th century, when the invading Western powers impressed the Chinese with their advanced science and technology. Along with military and economic invasion by the Western powers were the loss of confidence, on the part of many Chinese elites, in Chinese ancient culture, which was thought to have become out of date and failed to catch up with the current situation. Cultural reform was called for, which was expected to replace the corrupted ancient culture with an updated one.
Chinese Renaissance
Since the Opium War of 1839~1842, China had been consistently subject to foreign invasions and humiliations, which led the once world superpower into an introspection on its own culture. Calls for reforms emerged in the hope of rejuvenating China.
Chinese Renaissance
Sun Yat-sen: father of modern China
Ideological Base of Chinese Renaissance
Representatives of Chinese Renaissance
Modernized China Lifestyle
China’s modern culture has been the fruit of Western influences. And the shift people’s lifestyle well reflects such influences. The modern Chinese were to find themselves increasingly accustomed to new items, new ways, new ideas, etc., in various aspects of everyday life.
Internet in China
China Travel Videos
Modernized Lifestyle from Tradition
Travel and Leisure
Modern life saw changes in the ways the Chinese spend their spare time, too. Various leisure activities were introduced from the West, accepted and absorbed into Chinese modern culture.
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China Top Five Museums
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West Products
The industrialized Western powers brought to the Chinese various products of modern industry that they were to find convenient, of better quality, or advanced, and were to embrace with open arms. Most of these imported industry products contain the Chinese character 洋 (yang, meaning overseas or Western-produced).
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