Relevance. Sociocultural "generational gap" often occurs in the same era. Since the beginning of the 21st century, the problem of intergenerational relations has become one of the main discourses of our time. The nature of these interactions is highly complex and difficult to predict, but the most reliable way to study the future is to understand the past and the present. Therefore, sociological reflection on the process of transformation of traditional practices of sociocultural interactions between generations will definitely be valuable and significant both in theoretical interpretation and in a practical sense. The purpose - based on the study of the concepts and approaches that have developed in science, specific empirical data regarding the modern Chinese model of interaction between generations, determine the conditions and factors of its transformation. Objectives: to characterize theories, concepts and mechanisms of the transition from traditional intergenerational interaction to modern forms; to determine the role of Western culture in the everyday practices of social and cultural exchange of Chinese youth and older age cohorts. Methodology. The authors use sociocultural methodology as a theoretical basis for the analysis of intergenerational relationships.