朝鲜族 The Koreans
Ethnic Koreans live mainly in Heilongjiang, Liaoning and Jilin provinces in northeast China and some inland big cities, and the most concentrated areas are the Korean Autonomous Prefecture of Yanbian and the Korean Autonomous County of Changbai near the Changbai Mountains in Jilin Province.
These areas have beautiful mountains and abundant produce. In particular the Changbai Mountains area, which is called "Changbai Forest Sea" produces not only valuable timber such as Korean pine and kahikatea, but also "three Treasures in Northeast China" famous around the country -- ginseng, marten and pilose antler. The Yanbian area is a well-known "land of rice" in northern China, its rice being as white as jade and very nutritious.
Korean homes have a roof with four inclined planes. In the house, there is a kanga built of bricks or slates. When a guest visits, he should take off his shoes before entering the room and sitting on the kang. The Korean people like to dress in white. Men usually wear a white jacket, black waistcoat and loose white trousers, while women like to wear plain and white clothes. Children like to wear a bright-colored jacket. Korean food has special tastes, including kimchi (hot pickled vegetables), cold noodles, sticky rice cakes and soy sauce soup.
The Korean people are good at singing and dancing. They sing while playing a plucked stringed instrument called the kayagob. Also traditional are the water-carrying dance (carrying water in a pitcher on the head), fan dance and drum dance. Korean men like sports such as wrestling and playing football; while women like to play on the swing and do seesaw jumping (with one girl jumping up and down on her end of the seesaw to bounce up the girl standing on the other end, who will then return the favor).
Koreans respect the old and cherish the young. Each year, on the day of the Festival of the Aged, they hold celebratory activities to extend their wishes to anyone aged over 60.