Thursday, July 16, 2015

Let's Take a Short Trip to China! Guided by Carole P. Roman, Of Course... A Child's Cultural Tour!


The culture of the Far East has intrigued me for many years, perhaps having started when I would attend different programs on the university campus where I worked. I loved to see the costumes, the cultural dances... Ultimately, I had used oriental decor in my bedroom when I was still living in my condo, there where I was working. 

Getting the opportunity to learn more is always an exciting adventure...





If You Were Me and Lived in...China
A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World





By Carole P. Roman



If you were me and lived in China, your home would be in East Asia. China is officially known as the People's Republic of China, and has 1.35 billion people living there. It is the most populated country in the world


You might live in the capital Beijing...People have lived in this ancient city for over three thousand years, and it is the political, cultural, and education center of China...

Leaders called emperors lived in the Forbidden City, which is a very big and beautiful palace. It has over 4000 rooms, with many hidden or secret chambers. Some are so secret they haven't been discovered yet! They started building the palace in 1406 and finished it in 1420. It took fourteen years! 

I was enchanted with The Forbidden City--the architecture, the beautiful grounds...and the idea of secret rooms to be discovered! Wouldn't it be wonderful to visit there for a longer time so we could explore every corner!


One of the most important thing in Roman's books is that readers get to meet some of the children from each country.

Parents in China pick names that have meanings, so if you are a boy they might have chosen An, which means peace...
Bao is another word for treasure...

and Fu means happiness.


If you are born a girl, they might have picked Hong because they like the color red...
Yu stands for Jade, which is a pretty gemstone. Zi is the word for smart.



And don't forget to exchange your money into renminbi because you might want to bring home a wawa for your own little girl...Can you guess what that would be? I know it will help her remember all the fun she had when she met the little Chinese girls...

Almost everybody has heard of the Great Wall of China, but while it would be fun to visit some part of it...we would never have the time to walk the entire Wall, would we?


There are many places to bring visitors when they come to China. For years, people from other countries could not see any of its wonders, because China did not allow people from foreign countries to visit. You most certainly would take them to see the Great Wall of China. It is a long stone barricade or fence built over thousands of years to keep out strangers from China. No one is sure how long it actually is, but estimates are around 5500 hundred miles!

You may also want to see the terracotta army that was discovered underground. It has come to be the most popular tourist spot...Let's learn more...