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Sunday, 22 January 2017

China Top Facts

The populous nation in East Asia that holds one of the largest economies in the world. Let's have a look at some interesting facts about China:

Not only is China the fourth largest country in the world but it is also a day ahead of the United States.

The year in China is based on the moon which is called a lunar schedule. It takes 60 years to complete a cycle of the Chinese calendar and goes back 2600 BC. An animal represents each year of the calendar.

In China, it is considered good luck for the gate of the house to face south.

The Chinese started growing rice for as long as 5000 BC.

Silk making in China was a guarded secret and anyone who gave the secret away could have been executed.

China considers the color red to be a lucky color. Even wedding dresses, new year banners, and lucky money envelopes are still red.

There are about 40 000 written Chinese characters and fourth graders in China are expected to know 2000 characters. After college people are expected to know between 4000 and 5000 characters.

New year celebrations in China lasts for about 15 days.

Back in ancient China, the soldiers used to wear armor made out of paper.

The Forbidden City which is a palace in Beijing contains about 9000 rooms.

If you put together all the railway lines in China it could loop right around the world twice.

The chopsticks was developed around 5000 years ago and was originally used for cooking and not eating.

Of all cities, Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world.
Around 2000 BC ice cream was invented in China.

China is the same size as the USA and has one official time zone compared to the four time zones in the USA.

Mandarin is the most spoken language as a first language than any other language in the world.

About half of all pigs on the planet live in China.

China has the second largest defense budget in the world and the largest standing army.

About 100 million people in China live on a budget of 1 US dollar per day.

More than 45 billion chopsticks are used in China per year.

China is the second-largest importer of goods and the largest exporter in the world.

About 35 million people in China still live in caves.

Almost 700 million people in China drink contaminated water.

A third of San Francisco’s air pollution comes from China.

In 2010 almost 80 percent of software installed in China was pirated software.

A baby with a birth defect is born every 30 seconds in China.
One-third of socks you own is made in Datang in China knows as the Sock City.

The national sport in China is table tennis.

In China the PlayStation console is illegal.

Every five days a new skyscraper is built in China.

There are treatment camps in China for internet addicts.

In China, more people go to Church on Sundays than the whole of Europe.

In China, company executives can be sentenced to death for committing fraud.

From 2011 to 2013 China used more cement than the US used in the entire 20thcentury.

If a baby Panda is born it is shipped by FedEx to China to help expand the gene pool.

China surpassed the US as the largest economy in the world since 2014.

About 4700 years ago the first use of Marijuana was recorded.

About 20 million 20-year old trees in China are cut down every year to make chopsticks.

All of the pandas in the world are on loan from China.

There are about 95 million  YouTube users in China despite the service being blocked in China.

There are mobile execution vans in China to enforce the death penalty.

Cockroaches in China are served fried as well as in other Asian countries.

The fortune cookie was created in San Francisco in the 1900 and is not a traditional Chinese custom.

Apart from Facebook. Twitter and The New York Times are also blocked in China since 2009.

The Chinese government owns the company which is the largest cigarettes producer in the world.

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