12 Facts About China You Probably Didn’t Know

by Morgan Banaszek on June 23rd, 2014   71979 views

Here are some facts you can casually drop at dinner to impress your friends!

1. Over 70% of China’s population uses the same 45 family names.

fact1
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/ezine/2007-07/20/content_5441241.htm
http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/10/how-maps-unlock-the-mysteries-of-chinese-names/280983/

2. There is a bridge between Macau and Zhuhai where cars have to switch which side of the road they drive on.

fact2
http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2013/04/lotus-bridge-macau-maphead-ken-jennings

3. All pandas in the world are on loan from China. Some have even been FedExed to their new homes.

fact3
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123132770
http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/pandas-on-a-plane-super-fuel-efficient-fedex-plane-to-transport-pandas-to-china-in-record-time.html

4. In 2010, China experienced the world’s longest traffic jam, which lasted 12 days and was over 62 miles long.

fact4
http://www.autoevolution.com/news/the-longest-traffic-jam-in-history-12-days-62-mile-long-47237.html

5. Xinjiang has two times, official Beijing time and local Xinjiang time, and some people wear two watches to keep track.

fact5
http://www.ethnotraveler.com/2013/09/bending-time-in-xinjiang/
http://articles.latimes.com/2009/mar/31/world/fg-china-timezone31

6. China is planting the largest human-made forest to stop the spread of the Gobi Desert. Dubbed the “Green Great Wall,” it currently stretches over 500,000 square kilometers.

fact6
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/sep/23/china-great-green-wall-climate
http://ecocity.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/the-moral-equivalent-of-war-joining-with-our-chinese-neighbors-to-stop-the-spread-of-deserts-in-northeast-asia-continued/

7. Over 30 million Chinese people live in cave homes called yaodong (窰洞).

fact7
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/mar/18/world/la-fg-china-caves-20120318
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaodong

8. The Chinese military is training 10,000 messenger pigeons, building a “reserve pigeon army” in case of a war that disables modern communication technology.

fact8
http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2049569,00.html

9. Some police in rural China are using geese instead of dogs to stand guard at night.

fact9
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/07/130725-geese-guard-police-china/

10. Ma Yu Ching’s Bucket Chicken House is the world’s oldest restaurant, in business since 1153 AD.

fact10
http://www.thechinesequest.com/2014/01/26/worlds-oldest-chinese-restaurant-ma-yu-changs-bucket-chicken-house/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Yu_Ching%27s_Bucket_Chicken_House

11. The English word “tea” comes from the Amoy (Xiamen) dialect’s word “t’e.”

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=tea
fact11

12. Mao Zedong was not the first to have his picture over Tiananmen. An image of Chiang Kai-shek once hung in the same spot.

fact12
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Kai-shek
Jonathan Fenby, Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the China He Lost


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