A Glimpse of Chinese Culture
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  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 65 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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What Will I Learn?
  • Obtain an understanding of Chinese culture in light of other cultures.
  • Get to know the key terms in Chinese culture and how they are expressed in English.
  • Cultivate your deep thinking about Chinese culture.
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  • Anyone with an adequate English foundation should have no problem understanding this course.

Welcome to a Glimpse of Chinese Culture!

How much you know about China and her colorful culture? After A Glimpse of Chinese Culture, You will know more about Chinese culture and you will find China is not mysterious any more.

This course includes 12 chapters, covering An Overview of China, Philosophy and Religions, Literature, Arts, Education, Science and Technology, Sports, Traditional Festival, Culinary Culture, Dress and Adornments, Architecture, and Tourism. Less than 8 hours will be needed to complete this course.

It aims to help the students command a general knowledge of Chinese culture and acquaint them with the English expressions of Chinese culture, thereby producing the probability that they can express Chinese culture appropriately in English.

This course presents Chinese culture with the illustration of melodious music and vivid pictures so as to make the profound culture learning relaxing and pleasing.

The presentation language is simple with the relatively low speed, and also all of their words spoken will co-occur on the screen. Therefore, any student with an adequate English foundation should have no problem understanding this course, like Chinese college students or middle school students, overseas students, students in Confucius Institutes, native English speakers in middle or even primary school, the personnel engaging in cross-culture business, like tourism, culture, foreign affairs, etc., and of course, anyone with an interest in Chinese culture.

The Global English On-line Course A Glimpse of Chinese Culture is researched and developed by Liao Huaying and her team based on her National ”Eleventh Five-Year” Planned textbook A Glimpse of Chinese Culture. 

About our instructor:

Prof. Liao Huaying, East China University of Technology (ECUT)

Kyle Cox, English Language Institute of China (ELIC)

Prof. Lu Renshun, East China University of Technology (ECUT)

Sherri Nelson, English Language Institute of China(ELIC)

Who is the target audience?
  • Students at all levels in China who intend to improve their skills in expressing Chinese culture in English native English speakers who intend to learn Chinese culture.
  • The personnel who engage themselves in cross-culture business, like tourism, culture, foreign affairs,etc.
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Curriculum For This Course
67 Lectures
Chapter0 Overview of China
8 Lectures 30:04

The national symbols of China are introduced in this part.

Preview 07:41

In this part, China’s geography is described from four aspects:

·Location and Boundary;


·Rivers and Lakes;


Preview 06:17

China has a recorded history of nearly 4,000 years and is one of the four homes of the world’s earliest civilizations.

0.3 Outline History

Chinese Political system is introduced in this part.

0.4 Political System

According to the Constitution of the PRC, China’s administration currently uses a three-tier system (三级建制). China’s administrative divisions and its three-tier system are discussed in this part.

0.5 Administrative Divisions

As most of people already know China has the largest population in the world. In this part, you will know the population’s amount and distribution in China.

0.6 Population

In this part, we will discuss about ethnic groups. You will know China's 56 ethnic groups in details.

0.7 Distribution of the Ethnic Groups

 In this part, other common knowledge of China is introduced, which includes: 

·Chinese language;

· the 24 seasonal division points;

· names of Chinese people.

0.8 Other Common Knowledge

Chapter0 Overview of China
5 questions
Chapter1 Philosophy & Religion
5 Lectures 27:26

The development of Chinese philosophy is introduced in this part.

1.1 Development of Ancient Chinese Philosophy I

We will continue talking about  the development of  ancient  Chinese philosophy.

Preview 05:47

We will discuss about the basic features of Chinese ancient philosophy in this part. You will learn the common features of Chinese philosophy in details.

1.2 Basic Features of Ancient Chinese Philosophy

In this part, you will know traditional Chinese ethics include both good and bad elements. Some reflect the high standard or moral pursuit of the Chinese culture and embrace ethical wisdom of lasting value, while others are unsuitable in modern society.

1.3 Characteristics of Traditional Chinese Ethics and Morality

Your will find that  China is a country with many different religions in this part. There are native Taoist religion and religions of foreign origin such as Buddhism, Islam, Catholicism and Protestant Christianity.

1.4 Religions in China

Chapter1 Philosophy & Religion
5 questions
Chapter2 Literature
7 Lectures 50:50

This is an introduction to the second chapter that discusses Chinese Literature.

Preview 01:35

Let’s find out the rough development line of Chinese literature in this part!

2.1 Development of Chinese Literature

In these three parts, we will lead you to the world of Chinese classical literature:from pre-Qin to May 4,1919.You will know some very interesting stories and some classical books, etc.

2.2.1~2.2.4 Classical Literature:pre-Qin--May 4, 1919

In these three parts, we will lead you to the world of Chinese classical literature:from pre-Qin to May 4,1919.You will know some very interesting stories and some classical books, etc.

2.2.5~2.2.7 Classical Literature:pre-Qin--May 4, 1919

In these three parts, we will lead you to the world of Chinese classical literature:from pre-Qin to May 4,1919.You will know some very interesting stories and some classical books, etc.

2.2.8~2.2.9 Classical Literature:pre-Qin--May 4, 1919

Let’s talk about modern literature. In 1919, the May 4 Movement led China into new prosperous times. The main theme of the second Sino-Japanese war period was to seek existence and liberation The founding of New China in 1949 serves as a signpost of contemporary Chinese literature.

2.3 Modern Literature:1919-1949

In this part,we will learn something about Chinese contemporary Literature: from 1949 to present. 

2.4 Contemporary Literature:1949-present

Chapter2 Literature
5 questions
Chapter3 Chinese Arts
7 Lectures 41:35

In this part, Chinese characters are discussed. You will find out how they have developed and the ways of creating them. You will also be presented with some complicated Chinese characters.

3.1 Introduction & Chinese Characters

In this part, five styles of Chinese scripts are introduced, which is followed by the description of the four tools necessary for Chinese calligraphy. Some famous calligraphers in China are also introduced.

Preview 05:36

Traditional Chinese painting is the art of painting on a piece of Xuan paper or silk with a Chinese brush that was soaked with black ink or colored pigments. You can learn the classification of Chinese painting and our instructor will show you some wonderful works.

3.3 Chinese Painting

Beijing opera is the most popular and influential opera in China with a history of almost 200 years. In this part, let’s approach this traditional Chinese art together!

3.4 Beijing Opera

Now let’s discuss or introduce very briefly about local operas. China is a country with a vast land and various nationalities. People in different regions speak different dialects. As a result, many local opera forms have appeared alongside Beijing Opera.

3.5 Local Operas

As to folk performing arts, we will talk about Quyi. In this part, you can know what is Quyi and what different forms compose it.

3.6 Folk Performing Arts

Chinese folk music with strong nationalistic features is a Chinese treasure. We will talk about this treasure in this part.

3.7 Folk Music

Chapter3 Chinese Arts
5 questions
Chapter4 Chinese Education
4 Lectures 23:39

Education has always been very closely linked with culture. Only through education can a nation’s cultural tradition and spirit be spread developed and renewed. In this chapter, our instructor will present you the past and present in China’s education.

This part is focused on the concept of respecting teachers and valuing education in China. 

4.1 To Respect Teachers and Value Education

The development of traditional education is explored in this part. Since ancient times the traditions of teaching and education in China have been held in the highest esteem

Preview 10:26

After traditional Chinese education, let’s explore present-day education. You will know the some great college in China and others information about education.

4.3 Present Education

Now international communication and cooperation in education has moved to a new stage. Students are helped and encouraged to study abroad, and the number of foreigners studying in China has greatly increased. In this part, let’s know something about Confucius Institutes and so on.

4.4 International Exchanges and Cooperation

Chapter4 Chinese Education
3 questions
Chapter5 Science and Technology
5 Lectures 27:42

Let’s get started with ancient science and technology. Among the great number of inventions and creations. The most well-known are undoubtedly the four great inventions. In next two parts, our topic is the four inventions.

5.1 Ancient Science and Technology I

We will continue talking about the four inventions.

5.1 Ancient Science and Technology II

This part introduces you to some other impressive ancient inventions from China.

Preview 05:46

Now we will come to another great treasure of China—Traditional Chinese Medicine. Long ago, the Chinese people knew how to cure the sickness and protect their health by medical science and drugs. Currently, traditional Chinese medical science and medicine has spread to many place worldwide.

5.2 Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM)

Finally, we will conclude with modern scientific. Since 1949, science and technology in modern China has continued to develop rapidly particularly in the last several decades.

5.3 Modern Scientific and Technological Achievements

Chapter5 Science and Technology
5 questions
Chapter6 Sports
3 Lectures 23:59

As an important part of popular culture, sports in China began to  take real shape during the Qin, Han and Three Kingdoms periods. Sports in ancient China were extremely rich and diversified ach with its own distinct features.

Preview 11:24

Now people throughout China are paying more and more attention to fitness and their lifestyle has changed a lot. In most cities spending money on health and fitness has become trendy these days.

6.2 Nationwide Physical Fitness

Do you still remember the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games? China achieved a major historic breakthrough and made significant contributions to the development of the Olympic Games.

6.3 China's Outstanding Competitive Sports

Chapter6 Sports
5 questions
Chapter7 Traditional Festivals
9 Lectures 30:36

In this chapter, you can learn something about Chinese traditional festivals. It will include: the Spring Festival, the Lantern Festival, the Qingming Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Double Seventh Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Double Ninth Festival and other Ethnic Minority Festival.

7.0 Introduction

The Spring Festival, also called the Chinese New Year is China’s most important festival. There are many legends about the origin of nian.  You will learn more about these legends.

Preview 06:25

The Lantern Festival, celebrated on the 15th day of the first lunar month, is closely related to Spring Festival. In this part, you will know how people in China celebrate this special festival.

7.2 The Lantern Festival

Qing ming, which falls on two days before or after April 5 by the lunar calendar, is one of the 24 seasonal division points, the time for sowing of the crop seeds and tree planting.

7.3 The Qingming Festival

Dragon Boat Festival, also called the Duanwu Festival, on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month and is celebrated everywhere in China.

There also are many legends describing evolution of the festival.

7.4 The Dragon Boat Festival

The Double Seventh Festival, on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, is a traditional festival full of romance. Let’s have a look of this romantic festival.

7.5 The Double Seventh Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the “Moon Festival”, falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.

7.6 The Mid-Autumn Festival

Double Ninth Festival or Chongyang Festival is celebrated on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month.

7.7 The Double Ninth Festival

There are numerous other festivals for people of the Han majority. People of ethnic minority groups all have their own traditional festivals, which are diverse and colorful.

7.8 Ethnic Minority Festivals

Chapter7 Traditional Festivals
5 questions
Chapter8 Culinary Culture
6 Lectures 26:02

Chinese Cuisine enjoys a solid reputation for its color, smell, taste, and design, as well as its variety. 

8.1 Features of Chinese Food

Due to the vast territory, abundant resources, varied climate and different living habits in China, people from different places have quite different flavors of food. 

8.2 Four Regional Cuisines

A bite of China is a documentary television program produced by CCTV. Let’s “taste” these delicious food in this part.

Preview 03:02

In this part, we will tell you what table manners you should know when you have a meal in China.

8.4 Table Manners

The Chinese like to drink tea and often entertain friends and guests with it. The tea-leaf is the necessity in the life of Chinese people. You will find reasons for its popularity in this part.

8.5 Chinese Tea

Wine has a long history in China and plays an important part in the life of Chinese people. There are many stories about wine in Chinese history.

8.6 Chinese Wine

Chapter8 Culinary Culture
4 questions
Chapter9 Clothing & Adornment
4 Lectures 20:32

In this chapter we will offer you a very brief introduction to Chinese costumes and adornment and we will talk about the development of Chinese clothing in this part.

9.1 Development of Chinese Clothing

You can learn silk and silk road in this part and of course the embroidery and batik.

Preview 06:13

In this part you will know what is Tunic suit and cheongsam and how they developed.

9.3 Typical Chinese Costumes

The ethnic minorities of China have produced fanciful, colorful costumes with distinctive styles and stunning ornamental accessories. Here we will introduce you some of the most typical styles.


9.4 Costumes of Chinese Ethnic Minorities

Chapter9 Clothing & Adornment
4 questions
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