Places and things are just inanimate objects. What makes those inanimate objects significant is the history and culture represented by that object.Here is my response to Solarz.. Let define what is a culture
I find this definition is the most appropriate
You said that china still keep its culture because they still maintain the great wall and other historic relic. But that is just relic, building, place of history etc
In other word just manifestation of the culture and not the practice that goes inside this building which is the culture
When I heard about the melamine milk. I just shake my head in disbelieve How could they call themselves Chinese and do this reprehensible deed in the name of profit.
The thing is the practices is wide spread involving the farmer, the collection agency, the factory all the way to the management etc
When it is all said and done the basic teaching of Confucius is don't do to other what you don't want other do to you.
Specially for a Chinese family is the center of live and children are cherished
On this count China failed miserably. Something is definitely wrong. Don't they ever read the classic of 3 kingdom when Liu Bei against the advice of Zhou Yu attack Wu in order to exact vengeance of Kuang Yu death. Knowing well by doing it he lost the chance of restoring the Han dynasty and become the emperor himself, In order to fulfill the oath of brother hood" living together an dying together"
This act is celebrated as model of appropriateness
They need to reconnect with their past and make peace with their past.
"Without past there is no future"
The places and sights that I mentioned are important because of the culture that exists. The West Lake is a beautiful place, but it would just be a lake without the myriad myths and legends attached to it, and it would still be just a lake if people did not care for those myths and legends.
I think you misunderstand what culture is. No culture in the world can prevent people from doing evil. All major religions preach peace and love, yet countless horrors have been unleashed in the name of God.
China is no different from any other civilization on the planet. Chinese culture is not a magical panacea that can cure society of evil.