Clothing, Food, Housing and Transportation
Chapter 8, “Basic Living Aspects,” was written by Tang Jing and translated by Zhou Yajuan. The chapter describes the clothing, food, shelter, and means of travel of ancient China. The costumes of the Chinese people changed greatly throughout history owing to different philosophical trends and fashions, as well as the influence of the surrounding minority nationalities. Cooking methods and types of food have become increasingly diversified. Residential buildings reflect regional features and the building materials used in different eras. The Chinese people made use of domestic animals and boats or ships for long-distance journeys.
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