China Funny Facts and Fun Trivia
May 21, 2008 by
Fun Facts about China/Zhongguo, inlcuding trivia about China hosting the 2008 Olympics.
Complete with links to sites offering information for tourist and visitors of China and Olympic spectators! Some of them are:
the fish, Beibei the panda, Jingjing the Olympic flame, Huanhuan the Tibetan antelope, and Yingying the swallow are the official Mascot of the Nini .
2008 Beijing Olympics
And when you take out the first sylables of thier names, it would become
, meaning: “BeiJing HuanYing Ni” “Beijing Welcomes You” No Spitting
is still trying to suppress spitting in Urban Cities! Spitting is a rural practice around China and chinese spit loudly! It is even considered a sport in rural chinese areas. China Ketchup originated in China as a pickled fish sauce called ke-tsiap.
Trouble in China is symbolized by 2 women living together under 1 roof
Chopsticks originated from China approximately 4,000 years ago.
Silk was developed in China were it was kept a secret for more than two thousands years.
The Great Wall stretches for about 4,500 miles across North China.
In China astronauts are called taikonauts
Many of the guards never left the Great Wall in their entire lives.
Pekingese dogs were sacred to the emperors of China for more than 2,000 years.
Twenty percent of China’s plants are used in medicine.
Mandarin Chinese is the world’s most spoken language with over 870 million speakers.
34 children are born every minute in China
There are over 150 different herbs from China used in the treatment of Infertility
The story of Mulan had been told in China for almost 1,500 years before Disney decided to make it into an animated movie.
All Disney characters was banned for 40 years in China
The story of Cinderella may not originate with Disney, some say it originated in China around AD 860
China is now the world’s largest apple producer, followed by the U.S. in second place.
Ice cream was invented in China around 2000BC when the Chinese packed a soft milk and rice mixture in the snow.
Long ago, silk making was a closely guarded secret. Anyone who gave the secret away could be killed.
Paper was first invented in China in 105 AD. It was a closely guarded secret and didn’t reach Eurupe until the 8th century.
A terracotta army of six thousand men and horses was buried with Shi Huang-Ti, China’s first emperor, at Xianyang.
Fingerprinting was used in China as early as 700 A.D.
It is not true that the early Chinese used gunpowder only for fireworks. They had forms of guns (invented in 1288), bombs, grenades, rockets, land mines, and other arms.
“May you live in interesting times.” – Chinese curse.
China is called
in Chinese Zhongguo Flights between Hong Kong and mainland China are classed as international flights
Liu Ch’ing, who became the governor of China’s Shansi province in 955 A.D., was born with two pupils in each eye.
The wheelbarrow is invented by a chinese
About 700 000 engineers graduate annually from schools in China
China has only about 200 different family names
China has about 30 million Muslims
China invented the first kites and they where used in wars
Some people in China work as apologisers
In China tree hugging is forbidden
There are 100 million internet users in China. Some of the sites they can’t access are BBC news, Amnesty International and Dalailama.com.
There are about 40000 characters in Chinese language; An Adult is only expected to know 5000 of them
Tian’anmen Square is the largest public plaza in the world.