My China

Introduction | Internet Activities | Conclusion | Dictionary


The following links come from all over the World Wide Web and represent a variety of aspects related to China. You may complete the following Internet activities alone or by working in a group. You may complete all or only some of the activities depending on your goals for the study of China. Also, feel free to use the HyperText Dictionary whenever you need to.

The purpose of this Web page is to give you a sampling of some of the aspects related to China. Each of the activities asks you to make a personal commitment to what you like, believe, or feel about a topic. Good luck and have fun!

Note: Clicking on the bolded Internet links on this page will open a new browser window so you can get back to these instructions and activities easily. When you've finished, close the new browser window and move on to another activity that interests you.

Activities on Chinese Culture and Current Events

Chinese Zodiac

  1. What animal represents the year you were born?
  2. What aspects of your zodiac seem true in describing you?
  3. Who is a famous person born in the year of the same animal?

  4. (if you don't know any of the people, choose one and do an AltaVista search on the name after putting it into quotation marks)

Chinese Proverbs

  1. Copy a Chinese proverb you like.
  2. State what the proverb means (use the annotation and your own good ideas).
  3. Write a modern American version that shares the same meaning.

Headless Tao (or Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu as translated by Jim Clatfelter)

  1. Skim through the numbered passages until you find one that makes sense to you.
  2. Copy the passage/poem down.
  3. Put the passage's meaning into your own words line-by-line.

The Discovery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet

  1. Read through the description of how the current Dalai Lama was discovered.
  2. Make a note of the most interesting/important 3 - 5 points made in the article.
  3. Describe in writing or to a friend or your class what your beliefs are concerning this discovery.

Inside China Today

  1. Scroll through the list of current news events in China until you come across something that you think is either interesting or important.
  2. Skim through the article.
  3. Describe in a solid paragraph what's being discussed and why you thought it was interesting or important.

The Splendors of Imperial China

  1. Browse through the exhibit presented by the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
  2. Choose the image that you like the best, read about it a bit, and then view the larger image of it by clicking on the "thumbnail."
  3. After looking closely at the image, describe how the details of the piece you selected make it a special work of art.

Why Boycott China?

  1. Read through the Web site looking for key ideas.
  2. Decide whether you think people should boycott (dictionary?) Chinese products.
  3. Describe in a detailed paragraph or essay your reasons for saying we should or should not boycott Chinese products.


You have had the opportunity to explore some important aspects of China: its religions, beliefs, arts, and current events. Think about the people you know. Do they ever surprise you with what they do? People have different needs and goals so sometimes they are pleasant and friendly, but sometimes they can be aggressive and mean. If people can be this way, it shouldn't be a surprise that a country made up of billions of people and with a long and changing history might act in surprising ways too. To get an even better understanding of the different faces of China, you can get a group of people together and go off on a WebQuest, Searching for China.

Last revised February, 2005
Created by Tom March, tom at ozline dot com
Applications Design Team/Wired Learning