The Chinese people as a whole are industrious, thrifty, hard-working, patient, and plastic. Unlike the people of India arid the Near East, they pay less attention to speculative philosophy and religious thought but concern themselves more with the practical pursuits of life. Their way of life gives greater emphasis on the relation of man to man rather than that of man to God. Confucianism itself is a way of life, not a religious system, although it is regarded by many as one of their principal religions. On this score, therefore, they appear more Occidental than Oriental.