Interesting Facts about China

bigIce cream was invented in China around 2000BC when the Chinese packed a soft milk and rice mixture in the snow and Marco Polo is rumoured to have taken the recipe (along with the recipe for noodles) back with him to Europe.

The total land area of China is 9,596,960 Sq. kms. It is the fourth largest country in the world. Shanghai and Beijing are two of the largest and most populous cities in the world.

The Chinese year is based on the cycles of the moon. This is called a lunar schedule. A complete cycle of the Chinese calendar takes 60 years. The Chinese calendar dates back to 2600 B.C. It is the oldest known calendar.

According to readings Buddha named the years after the twelve animals that came to visit him before he left the earth. The Chinese believe that you have some of the characteristics of the animal representing the year in which you were born.

Toilet paper was invented in China in the late 1300s. It was for emperors only.

When a Chinese child loses a baby tooth, it doesn’t get tucked under the pillow for the tooth fairy. If the child loses an upper tooth, the child’s parents plant the tooth in the ground, so the new tooth will grow in straight and healthy. Parents toss a lost bottom tooth up to the rooftops, so that the new tooth will grow upwards, too.

Red is considered a lucky colour in China. At one time wedding dresses were red. New Year’s banners, clothing, and lucky money envelopes are still red.

China is also known as the “Flowery Kingdom” and many of the fruits and flowers (such as the orange and orchid) are now grown all over the world China is also known as the “Flowery Kingdom” and many of the fruits and flowers (such as the orange and orchid) are now grown all over the world.

The Chinese invented paper, the compass, gunpowder, and printing.

Cricket fighting is a popular amusement in China. Many Chinese children keep crickets as pets.

The number one hobby in China is stamp collecting.

On September 27, 2008, Zhai Zhigang made the first spacewalk by a Chinese astronaut.

The most important holiday in China is the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year. Chinese traditionally believe that every person turns one year older on the New Year and, thus, that day is considered to be everyone’s birthday.

The bicycle was introduced into China around 1891 by two American travellers named Allen and Sachtleben. The bicycle is now the primary transportation for millions of Chinese. The last Qing emperor (Puyi) rode a bicycle around the Forbidden City in Beijing. China is currently the leading bicycle manufacturer.

In Hong Kong , cars are driven to the left side of the road, following the British way, but the rest of China drives on the right side.

 
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