China flag

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but as part of my degree, I’m learning Mandarin! It’s definitely very challenging (and very interesting). I thought that it would only be appropriate to write a post featuring some of the most surprising (at least, they surprised me) facts about China. I think it’s such a culturally rich country, and there’s a lot to learn about it.

  • Reincarnation is forbidden in China without government permission. (Source)
  • In China, you can major in Bra Studies. (Source)
  • Over 35 million Chinese people still live in caves.(Source)

China caves

  • Tens of thousands of female babies are abandoned, and around a million are aborted every year in China. The ‘one child only’ policy means it’s preferable to have a male child. (Source) This means that by 2020, China could have between 30 and 40 million men who can’t find wives. (Source)
  • The word ‘censorship’ is censored in China. (Source)
  • More people go to church on Sunday in China than  in the whole of Europe. (Source)
  • China’s richest twenty people have a combined net worth of 145.1 billion dollars. That’s more than Hungary’s GDP. (Source)
  • Ice cream was invented in China in about 2000BC. It was a soft milk and rice mixture, packed in snow. (Source)
  • In the Tang dynasty, all educated people were expected to greet and say goodbye in spontaneously composed poetic verse. (Source)

And lastly:

  • One in five people in the world are Chinese. (Source)

China is such a fascinating country; complex and mind-blowingly huge! If you’ve ever been, I’d love to hear about your experience. Are there any other facts you think should have made the list?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!



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