Knowing China: social classes


If you decide to travel to China, in addition to knowing many of its customsYou should know some things about them that will surely make your trip much more pleasant. Today we are going to talk to you about social classes in China. Oddly enough, China is not just an industrial society. This is an important factor that determined the four China's social classes.

Social classes were classified by their importance for society. The class poorer and more low that of the merchants. These people were considered parasites, since their lives were based on that of others. They thought that I had no ability to be a merchant so they were people who had little value in society.


The second class was that of farmers and peasants. Seven out of ten people belonged to this category. Peasants were considered as the economic base of the country and were valued as such. High rents and exorbitant taxes were imposed on them. The third class was that of craftsmen. They often formed guilds and were highly respected for belonging to these organizations. Most artisans lived near cities.

The most class high they were academics and the officials. These had to pass exams to determine their position. There were three levels of tests and they were only for men. These positions provided wealth, power, and prestige. They were trying to make it a long family tradition so that prestige would continue in the family.

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