This reveals in a sense the true attitude of the Chinese toward the utilitarian aspects of belief.

There have been several such ways in China's long history, including Confucianism and Buddhism.

In about the 6th century BC, under the influence of ideas credited to a man named Lao-tzu, Taoism became "the way".

This can be seen in the juxtaposition of towering skyscrapers with heritage buildings, the contrast of western fashion with the traditional Chinese Qipao dress, the people's paradoxical affinity for both dim sums and Mc Donald's. Chinese cultural history has enormous diversity and variety.

The sophisticated Chinese civilization was rich in the Arts and Sciences, elaborate Painting and Printing techniques and delicate pottery and sculpture.

Buddhism in China Buddhism is the most important religion in China.

It is generally believed that it was spread to China in 67 AD during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220) from Hotan in Xinjiang to Central China.

Twenty-one ethnic minority groups have unique writing systems.

Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism are the three major religions in China, although it is true to say that Confucianism is a school of philosophy rather than a religion.

In literature traces of Buddhism and Zen are obvious.