China interesting facts
China is a fascinating country! We spent more than 2 amazing weeks in Beijing more than a month ago. It was not enough to explore the beauty of this country, so we will definitely come back there in the future. Anyways, there are so many China interesting facts to share with you! This is so far the most unique, the weirdest and the most exciting country we have ever been to.
China interesting facts #1
Weird table manners
Something that you have to avoid in most countries on the world is totally acceptable in China. Just like in Vietnam, spitting, yawning, grunting and burping are normal behaviour when you eat in China.
For us it was extremely disgusting and we couldn’t get used to it. Maybe if we stay in this country a little bit longer, it would be easier for us to tolerate it.
China interesting facts #2
Children toilet etiquette
This is really weird! Pampers are not popular in China. Most children wear special pants with a big hole bottoms. When they feel they need to make a poo or pee, they just squat and do it wherever they want.
And this is what you call an eco life!
China interesting facts #3
World’s most most populated country
China is the most populated country in the world (with more than billion people in 2016).
Here’s what it REALLY means:
- Population of China is more than 4 times bigger than population of the US
- One in every 5 human is Chinese
- Chinese is the most popular language on the world (based on number of native speakers)
- 14% of people on the world speak Chinese
China interesting facts #4
One of the biggest countries in the world
In contrary to most people think, China is not the biggest country on the world.
It’s 4th after Russia, Canada and United States.
Russia is almost 2 times bigger than China!
China interesting facts #5
World’s largest army
Chinese army has the biggest number of soldiers in the world (more than 2 million people).
Just to compare- it’s the same as the population of Paris.
China interesting facts #6
China is the owner of all pandas. Literally, all of them! Every single panda that lives on this world belongs to China.
If you see panda in other country, it means it is lent from PRC (People’s Republic of China). What’s interesting, when a baby panda is born, it is sent to China (always by FedEx) to help expand the gene pool.
China interesting facts #7
Restoring virginity is possible and quite popular in China. This plastic surgery even has a medical name- hymenorrhaphy.
Chinese women pay a lot of money for reconstructing their hymens before the wedding night. They just don’t want their future husbands to find out that they are not virgins anymore…
China interesting facts #8
Traffic jam business
China is the most populated country in the world. No wonder they have huge traffic jam problems.
What to do when you are late on your meeting and you are stuck in a traffic jam? You are calling the bottleneck rescuers! Two guys will come to you on a motorbike. One will drive you whenever you want and the other will take your place in a car.
China interesting facts #9
Relics of the past
It is unbelievable but 35 million of Chinese people still live in caves!
They don’t have enough money for building a house, so they are using caves as their shelters.
China interesting facts #10
China is a huge country with only one time zone! That’s why in some places the sun rises even at 10AM.
In the past China has 5 different time zones. But in 1949 the Communist Party leaders decided to set one time for the whole country. Since then, everybody is using an official Beijing time.
China interesting facts #11
New Year’s fiesta
New Year is the biggest holiday in China. It is celebrated on January or February and it’s the real holiday for everybody. Almost nobody is working, every one is going back home to celebrate this happy time with their families.
Chinese New Year celebration lasts for 15 days!
Nothing can be compared to this. It’s really unusual that the whole country is having a holiday for such a long time.
What’s interesting, Chinese New Year is celebrated in many other countries in the world. Considering the huge population of China, it is very likely that Chinese New Year is even more popular than Christmas!
China interesting facts #12
China is the only country in the world where the reproduction is limited. Until 2015 Chinese couples could have only 1 child. For more than a year now, they can have 2 children.
It’s actually extremely interesting subject for us, so we wrote another post about one-child policy in China. You can read it here.
China interesting facts #13
The empire of pigs
Half of the pigs on the world belong to China! On an average day Chinese people consume 1.7 million pigs.
China interesting facts #14
Due to the huge population of China, almost every religion of the world is adhered there. The most popular are Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism.
An interesting fact is that there are more Christians in China than in Italy!
China interesting facts #15
Ice creams inventors
Who doesn’t love ice creams? We can eat this delicious dessert thanks to China. It is believed that they first made it more than 4000 years ago by mixing milk, rice mixture with the snow.
China interesting facts #16
Nowadays, we all know that the blood is circulating in our veins. But it wasn’t so obvious in the past.
European scientist William Harvey was proud to announce this in 1628. He didn’t know that Chinese people discovered it… more than 2000 years before him!
China interesting facts #17
It isn’t a big secret that Chinese people are one of the best mathematics on the world.
History of mathematics in China dates back to 11th century BC! Thanks to China we know today the number 0, the decimal and binary systems, geometry, trigonometry and algebra.
China interesting facts #18
It is a commonly known fact that world’s biggest man made structure is situated in China. The Great Wall is not visible from the space but it’s still impressively long- 8,850 km (5,500 miles).
The most famous imperial palace in China called The Forbidden City has more than 9000 rooms!
China interesting facts #19
Gods of war
Chinese people war the first to use gas and chemical weapons during the war.
European did the same… 2000 years after them! These kinds of weapons were used during World War II.
When it comes to WWII, it’s worth to mention that Shanghai in China was world’s only port that were accepting Jews running away from the Holocaust without an entry visa.
Another interesting fact about Chinese war skills is that they invented kites to frighten their enemies more than 3000 years ago.
China interesting facts #20
Longest continuous civilisation on the world
Last but not least- China is the world’s longest continuous civilisation. It began about 6000 BC and last until today.
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