Decor Units: 30 Incredible Facts About China You Probably Didn’t Know
Most of the world sees China as a magical place, which it is.It’s a country filled with wonderful culture, delicious food, and not to mention scenery that’s to die for!If you’re an avid adventure seeker, then China may be the place for you!It has a vast landscape to please your sight-seeing heart including grassland, desert, mountains, lakes, rivers, and more than 14,000 km of coastline.The capital of China, Beijing, mixes modern architecture with historic sites like the Forbidden City palace complex and Tiananmen Square.But that is not the only breathtaking city in China, another is Shanghai.Shanghai it started off as a small village on the edge of the muddy Huang Pu River. It has become one of the world’s most modern and sophisticated cities and a skyscraper-studded global financial center. The history of this country is another to make it a hotspot for tourists from all around the world.But there are plenty of facts about China that most of us don’t know, and they’re simply fascinating!Take a look at these weird and interesting facts about China you probably didn’t know!1. Soldier training
When training their new army recruits, a small pin is placed through their collars. They place the pointy end of the pin upwards to remind the recruits to keep their chins up.
2. Arm height
To make sure that all the soldier’s arms are at equal height when they’re marching, soldiers use a pole and wires when in training.
3. Poor population
China isn’t as rich as you may believe. There are a large number of people who struggle to survive.Some people live on $1 a day, which is incredibly worrying as there so many people who have to do this on a daily basis.
4. Tomato ketchup
Just like a lot of other things, the Chinese actually invented tomato ketchup!Our favorite condiment actually started off as a pickled fish sauce and its name would be pronounced as “ke-tsiap”.
5. Eating Anything That Moves
Supermarkets and bazaars offer a wide range of wildlife for you to munch on. From crocodiles to turtles, sharks, and frogs, they even sell dogs, cats, cockroaches, and maggots!
6. There Are 54 million Christians in China
It’s hard to believe that there are that many living in China.
7. Death rates by execution
In China, you’re more likely to be executed for a crime than anywhere else in the world.
8. Weird Eggs
Eggs are a big delicacy in China, and different areas have different favorites.In certain areas of China, Virgin Eggs are the favorite. If you don’t know what that is, it’s where the eggs are boiled in the urine of young virgin boys.People actually do eat them too!
9. Holey Pants
Children wear pants with holes in China.When Chinese children are aged between 2-3 years old they wear pants that have holes at the bottom of them. This is so they can easily go potty no matter where they are!
10. Free Music
In China, some of the largest record labels are freely downloadable through Google.
11. Police Geese
Geese are used in night patrols to catch robbers, and there are even delivery pigeons in the army! Talk about old-fashioned!
12. One Child Policy
Because of this policy, thousands of female babies are abandoned and more than a million are aborted each year because most Chinese parents would rather have a boy than a girl.
Yaodongs are cave dwellings that have more people living in them than Australians do in Australia!
As I’m sure you know Beijing is one of the most polluted cities in the world right now.Surprisingly, a third of San Francisco’s air pollution comes from China and travels across the Pacific directly into San Fran.
14. Wearing Pajamas Outside Is Perfectly Fine
Many Chinese, no matter their age, wear pajamas to the store, while walking, or at a cafe with their friends. There’s no shame in comfort.
15. Longevity Noodles
Longevity noodles are a traditional dish made for birthdays, weddings, and for the New Year.Theses noodles incredibly large, measuring at several feet long so they’ll fill the bowl right up!It’s said that the longer and firmer the noodles are, the longer the life of the one eating it will be!
16. Be Careful With The Food
Food companies in China have been charged for marinating meats and other foods in goat urine as well as making tofu out of raw sewage.I think I’m going to be sick!
Virginity is highly prized among women. Some women even spend up to $700 to have their hymens restored so they can pass as a virgin.
18. Gaming Consoles Are Illegal In China
I wonder what they do with their children when they get bored?
19. Trains Go Really Fast!
The trains in China tend to go really fast. These high-speed trains reach an average speed of 217 mph!These trends tend to connect remote regions of the country to busy parts of the country. This creates a cheaper alternative to booking a flight!One train even broke the world record back in 2010, when the train reached the speed of 301 mph.
20. Birthdays Are Every 10 Years
Many celebrate their birthdays according to old traditions: the first 30 days of life, then a year after birth, at 6 years, and then every 10 years.This allows many people to spend more money on the more special birthdays, like their 60th of 80th birthday!There are a few dates that are missed altogether: most women don’t celebrate their 30th, 33rd, and 66th birthdays, believing it will bring them bad luck for the whole year!
21. Quick Haircuts
You can get your haircut and your face shaved at any of the street barbers found in China.
22. A Giant Traffic Jam
China holds a world record for the longest traffic jam.It happened in Shanghai, and it lasted for 12 days over, and stretched 62 miles (nearly 100km)!
23. Black Eggs
A centennial egg is a popular Chinese snack, but they look and smell foul!A fresh chicken egg is coated with tea, lime, salt, ashes, and even clay before being wrapped in straw and rice husk, and buried for 3-4 months.
24. Robot Kitchen
In China, you’ll often see restaurants where most of the work is done by robots.The first cafe to do this was opened at a research institute several years ago and soon became popular.
25. Mosquito-breeding Factories
20 million insects are born every week, and that’s all because China has the world’s largest mosquito factory.They built the factory to help fight the dengue fever.Scientists infect male mosquitoes with special bacteria that make them infertile. They’re then set free to infect females and rob them of their offspring.
26. Chinese Vacations
A 2-week New Year vacation for everyoneTo help celebrate it, everyone has 2 weeks off in China!
27. Fortune Cookies
Fortune cookies aren’t actually Chinese.It was actually a chef from Japan who brought the recipe to the USA, and there it was mistaken for a Chinese invention.They became so popular that Chinese restaurants brought them onto their menus, which supported the legend.
28. Stay In Your Lane
If you’re over keen on your smartphone, then China may be the place for you!
29. Chinese Football
Football was invented in China, something which was only recognized in 2004 by FIFA.But funnily enough, China’s favorite sport, Ping Pong, was actually invented in Britain 100 years ago!Source: auntyacid