What are some cool facts about China?

Some completely random yet surprising interesting facts about China:

What are some cool facts about China I hear you ask? Well many visitors to China, especially those from a Western country, will encounter “culture shock” to various degrees during their travels around this amazing country. They’ll face behaviors and customs that may seem odd to you but are part of normal daily life for the Chinese.

Amazing and Fun Facts About China

I have to admit I was a little overwhelmed when I first came to China in 2004. It wasn’t just the language that baffled me but also some of the strange and wonderful things the people all around me were doing. In particular was my first visit to the W.C. I had never seen a squat toilet before and my first attempt at using it was less than successful!

China is VERY BIG, has a VERY LONG history and is packed full of people. So it goes without saying that there must be loads of interesting facts about China that may surprise or amuse you. Probably the one thing I do the most and still get a slap on the wrist for doing is sticking my chopsticks straight up in my bowl of rice. This resembles burning incense something the Chinese do at funerals, so is considered very bad luck to do while eating.

What are some cool facts about China

There are more than 1.4 billion people living here

Chinese is the most spoken language in the world

There are over 4000 different Chinese dishes

China only has ONE time zone

China’s railway lines are so extensive and long that they could loop around Earth twice

I have had my hair cut sitting on a chair in the park

Chinese people say HELLO all the time

Chinese mobile phones are way better than iphones

Football was invented in China but they are terrible at it

Fortune cookies did not originate in China, they come from San Francisco

China has the world’s largest standing army, over 2,100,000 soldiers

Wang, Li, and Zhan are the most common surnames

What are some weird and wonderful facts about China

China is truly a weird and wonderful place. Little kids will be walking around with their pink bottom cheeks sticking out of their pants even when it’s absolutely freezing cold. I guess Chinese bums are just more resilient to the cold then westerners bums.

Little Bums Out Everywhere in China
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What do you know about China? Beginner's Test

So, you think you know stuff about China? Well, you must have a go at this beginner's test of Chinese knowledge to see if you really know your chopsticks from you Tofu! There are 30 questions - Good luck!

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What are chopsticks traditionally made from?

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Empress Wu Zetian was the only female Chinese ruler in which dynasty did she reign?

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The Bund is a famous waterfront feature in which city?

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Canton is the old name for which city?

5 / 30

The Yangzi River is one of the longest rivers in the world, where does it stand in the world rankings for length?

6 / 30

Which Chinese city generates more money from gambling than Las Vegas?

7 / 30

Qingdao, famous for Tsingtao beer, was under which country's control at the end of the 19th century?

8 / 30

Zài jiàn means what in English?

9 / 30

Which of these animals is NOT associated with China's astrological cycle of years?

10 / 30

What is the Chinese Emperor's throne called?

11 / 30

What is the capital city of Fujian province?

12 / 30

Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) usually takes place in which month(s)?

13 / 30

Laozi is considered the founder of which tradition?

14 / 30

The Art of War was written by which ancient author?

15 / 30

Wanglang Nature Reserve is home to which famous Chinese creature?

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Whose mummified body can be seen at the south side of Tiananmen Square?

17 / 30

The largest hydro-electric dam in the world is located on which river?

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What is considered a lucky number in China?

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Which country is considered a renegade province by China?

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Who became the President of China in 1912?

21 / 30

Who ruled China when Marco Polo reached there in 1266?

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Which country was attacked by China in 1962?

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Which country was annexed by China in 1950?

24 / 30

When did China get back Macao?

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When did China get back Hong Kong?

26 / 30

What is the official name of China?

27 / 30

What is the meaning of Tiananmen?

28 / 30

Which city was known as Peking?

29 / 30

How many rooms does The Forbidden City in Beijing have?

30 / 30

Half of the worlds "what" live in China?

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The Forbidden City in Beijing has more than 9,000 rooms

One in every five people in the world is Chinese

Ice cream was discovered in China some 4,000 years ago

Half of the world’s pigs live in China

The national animal is the Giant Panda

Every single Panda living in the whole world belongs to China

China builds a new skyscraper every five days

Paper money was invented in China

China is the largest producer of tomatoes

The Chinese New Year celebration lasts for 15 days

More than 35 million people still live in caves in China

Many Chinese emperors considered themselves to be descendants of dragons

What are some cool facts about China

People in China spit their food out onto the table or floor all the time. When preparing food that includes meat the Chinese will most often just leave the bones in and chop the meat up into small mouth sized pieces.

Spitting, yawning, grunting and burping are normal behaviors when you eat in China

China is the world’s biggest exporter

China’s population is 4 times larger than the United States

The Chinese civilization dates back to 7,000 BC

7th-century Emperor Tang of Shang had 94 ‘ice men’ who made him ice-cream

The mortar used to bind the Great Wall’s stones was made with sticky rice

China’s Leshan Giant Buddha, a gigantic stone statue, has 5.5-m-long eyebrows

Many Chinese emperors considered themselves to be descendants of dragons

Chinese brides often wear red, a colour considered to be lucky

The word “ketchup” may come from a Chinese word for pickled-fish sauce

China’s giant pandas are good swimmers

China is home to a cluster of ancient rock pillars called the Stone Forest

What are some amazing facts about China

Firstly, did you know that China is the owner of all the pandas in the world. Literally, I mean all of them! Every single panda that lives on Earth belongs to China. Secondly, every time you visit a zoo that has a panda exhibit you are in fact looking at a panda that is on loan to that zoo, that is to say the panda is not theirs at all. Moreover, China can request the return of all its pandas at any time!

Have you ever wondered where toilet paper came from? Well, you guessed right, it came from China

In China, cricket fighting is a popular amusement sport

The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder, the compass, and the art of printing

In the fourth century A.D., the Chinese were using man-carrying tethered kites for flight

By A.D. 1092, the Chinese already had a mechanical clock, which could tell time accurately

The Three Gorges Dam is the largest man-made dam in the world. It spans the Yangtze River

The Chinese were the first to discover how blood circulates in the body in the 2nd century B.C.

China has the longest canal in the world. This canal is the Grand Canal of China

Archery lovers know that your favorite toy; the crossbow was invented and first used by the Chinese

The Chinese invented the suspension bridge in 25 B.C. The Chinese were ahead of the west by 1,800 years

The Chinese Lunar Calendar is the oldest calendar in the world dating back to 2600 B.C.

When you wear black as a sign of mourning, in China, they mourn in white

What are some strange facts about China

Do you know that cuteness can ward off evil? Well, this is according to the Chinese. In the early days, the Chinese emperors kept Giant Pandas as evil-warding charms. Did you know that the discovery of tea happened by accident? Apparently a tea leaf accidentally fell into the emperor’s pot and the rest is history, the beautiful relationship between the Chinese and tea was born.

Chinese researchers at the panda reserves wear panda suits to fool the cute panda cubs

China has a Dwarf Theme Park called “Kingdom of the Little People

The Chinese have their own version of Bigfoot – Called the Yeren

In ancient China, warriors would cannibalize their enemies by eating their heart and liver

80%, of the world’s toys, are made in China, which quickly built factories to keep up with demand

There are more English language learners in China than anywhere else in the world

The number 8 is lucky in China. This explains why the 2008 Olympics to begin on the 8/8/08 at 8:08:08 PM

It took around 37 years to make the Terracotta Army, a set of around 8,000 clay soldiers built in Xi’an

Did you know that China has the world’s longest continuously used written language

The Great Wall is the largest fabricated structure on earth. It stretches to about 5,500 miles

There is no official religion in China, they lean more towards the spiritual followings of Buddhism and Taoism

China was the third country to send someone into space

What are some cool facts about China you know?

To conclude, if you know anything that is weird or cool about China, you can use the comment box to add your suggestion and I will add the good ones to the list above, thanks.

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What are some cool facts about China?
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China is an amazing country with a very long history, so there should be one or two interesting things about this country that you might think are interesting.
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