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But Mao made many laws without thinking of the good of the people. Millions starved due to a lack of food. Mao and his Red Guards punished anyone who disagreed with them. China became cut off from the rest of the world. People carried it with them to prove their loyalty to their leader. Since then, China has raced forward into the modern age, and it is once more open to the rest of the world. The government limits the population by allowing families to have only one child, or in some cases two. Classes are in Mandarin, but some schools also teach English as a second language. At age 14, students take an important test that is considered the key to a successful future.
Today, people move more often, and most homes are small, especially in the crowded cities. Family and friends often gather for mealtimes. A Chinese meal is made up of many different dishes, which are shared by everyone. These usually include soup, dumplings, steamed and stir-fried dishes, plus plenty of rice or noodles. People use chopsticks to eat.
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For example, a dish of extra-long noodles on birthdays represents a wish for long life. Chopsticks Using chopsticks takes practice. Keep the bottom chopstick still while using the top one to pick up food. There, people buy food, household items, clothes, and other goods. Amid the hustle and bustle, they can also get a haircut, be fitted for specially made clothes, have a foot massage, or see a fortune teller. The market smells of delicious steamed buns and echoes with the sounds of shopkeepers and customers bargaining over prices.
Some gather to practice tai chi [tie chee], an exercise of slow, relaxing movements. Others fly kites or play board games, such as Chinese chess or mah-jongg. Crowds gather around to watch. It is based on the idea of chi [chee], the energy flow between mind and body. Many people in China enjoy both traditional and modern pastimes. Other popular sports include gymnastics and ping-pong, as well as basketball, baseball, and soccer. Many still practice calligraphy, using special brushes for writing characters, and the drama and costumes of Chinese opera have thrilled audiences for more than 1, years.
These days, modern pop music is becoming more popular, especially among young people. Droughts and floods often make even this land difficult to farm.
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Rice grows in wet fields called paddies. They may be located on flat river basins or on terraces cut into hillsides. Many farmers wade into the wet paddies to plant the rice seedlings by hand.
Other important crops include wheat, soy beans, sweet potatoes, and many kinds of fruit. In fact, apples were first grown in ancient China. Life is often difficult in the country. People can earn more in the city and then send money home to help their families. Most of these minority groups live in the countryside.
Moving to the city usually means living far from home, and perhaps only visiting once a year. In some families, both parents find jobs in the city. Grandparents or other relatives care for the children back in the country. A grandfather takes his grandson home from school. The biggest city, Shanghai, has almost 17 million people, including several million residents who live there temporarily for work. The population of Beijing, the capital city, is 14 million. As more people move to the cities, the cities grow upward and outward.
In some cities, too many people have moved in too quickly, and there are not enough homes and jobs for everyone. Chongqing More than 30 million people live in the city of Chongqing [chong-ching], and the surrounding area. This very large city is in central China.
Once, China was known as a nation of bicycles. However, with millions of new cars on the roads each year, there are massive traffic jams and high levels of pollution. Maglev train The Maglev train in Shanghai is one of the fastest trains in the world. With DK Readers, children will learn to read--then read to learn! Other books in this series. Add to basket. Micro Monsters Christopher Maynard. First Flight Leslie Garrett. Extreme Machines Christopher Maynard.
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