In contrast, the tradition of ink wash painting, practiced mainly by scholar-officials and court painters especially of landscapes, flowers, and birds, developed aesthetic values depending on the individual imagination of and objective observation by the artist that are similar to those of the West, but long pre-dated their development there.
After contacts with Western art became increasingly important from the 19th century onwards, in recent decades China has participated with increasing success in worldwide contemporary art.
A girl would only agree to go out on a date with a boy if she were willing to consider marriage.
If work or extended travel takes your family to China, it is important to have a working knowledge of Chinese customs and how these customs differ from American customs.
It doesn't happen too often (we've seen one reference to only 250 sets of identical twins married to identical twins in the world) but when it does, it can mean double bliss and a lot of second-glances.
The official term for these type of marriages is "quaternary marriages".
In cases where Simplified and Traditional Chinese scripts are identical, the Chinese term is written once.; Zhōngwén) is a group of related, but in many cases mutually unintelligible, language varieties, forming a branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family.
Chinese is spoken by the Han majority and many other ethnic groups in China.