Ancient Chinese called their land the Middle Kingdom, believing it to be the center of the world. This belief spoke to their understanding of their unique geography and place in the world. For ages, they felt that the country’s mountainous borders and the Gobi desert were too insurmountable to cross. Due to factors like this, China was somewhat isolated from the rest of the world.
This had the effect of creating a unique heritage, passed down from generation to generation in a chain that makes up the longest continuous civilization. For 7,000 years, the Chinese have developed practices, beliefs, customs, and traditions that are sharply identified as their own, making them unique and fascinating to the rest of the world.