With the rise of European economic and military power beginning in the mid-19th century, non-Chinese systems of social and political organization gained adherents in China.
Some of these would-be reformers totally rejected China's cultural legacy, while others sought to combine the strengths of Chinese and European cultures.
From the late Zhou dynasty (1046–256 BCE) onwards, traditional Chinese society was organized into a hierarchic system of socio-economic classes known as the four occupations.
However, this system did not cover all social groups while the distinctions between all groups became blurred ever since the commercialization of Chinese culture in the Song dynasty (960–1279 CE).
Lock & Key Events Each female guest receives a lock and each male guest a key.
Match up your lock and keys as you mingle to earn prizes.
This led to the creation of a meritocracy, although success was available only to males who could afford test preparation.
We have taken the best elements from that event to create dating events that are a mix between speed dating and a party.
These fantastic nights are great fun and run by a friendly Cityswoon matchmaker. George Bernard's Private Singles Parties Lively dances held every other week, or so, for upscale professionals 28-49, or so, at prominent Manhattan locations as Tavern on the Green, The Waldorf, The Rainbow Room, Eugene nightclub and others.
For example, Guangdong is represented by chenpi, aged ginger and hay.
Such distinctions give rise to the old Chinese proverb: "十里不同風, 百里不同俗/十里不同風": "praxis vary within ten li, customs vary within a hundred li".