China is an ancient country, its civilization is nearly 4000 years old. Chinese tales often explain human nature, historical or legendary events. The supernatural also frequently is encountered. In common with many other cultures the stories frequently explain natural phenomena and local landmarks.
The main influences on Chinese folktales have been Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. Some Chinese folktales may have arrived from other countryes along with Buddhism; others have no known western counterparts, but are widespread throughout East Asia. Chinese folktales include a vast variety of forms such as myths, legends, fables, etc.