Chinese dining traditions have as long a history as the history of Chinese Cooking or Chinese Food. The Chinese people pride themselves on being one of the earliest peoples to develop sophisticated notions of polite social interaction, including highly sophisticated rules of etiquette governing acceptable table manners. Since wining and dining guests is an old and esteemed tradition in China, it is not surprising that Chinese society has developed an intricate set of rules to govern also this delicate aspect of social interaction.
The People's Republic of China was established on October 1, 1949. The then new government set about creating a new art for the new nation. Art was only in service to nation building. From roughly the 1950's to the1970's, artists were told what they could and could not paint.