China is not only the Great Wall, rice and cheap goods that have flooded store shelves around the world. It is also an ancient country with a rich history and culture that has given the world many inventions that we all use to this day. China is very diverse, and having visited one of its parts, you can be sure that literally a thousand miles away there is a completely different life.
China is the most populated state in the world. About 1.4 billion people live on its territory. For comparison, in the largest state of the planet, Russia, only 146.8 million people live.
China has an army with the largest number of military personnel in the world.
It is this state that is the world’s largest importer of coal and a gold producer, and also the world leader in the generation and consumption of electricity.
More than 500 species of bamboo grow on the territory of China.
China holds the lead in exporting more than 100 types of products, from clothing to refrigerators and cameras.
In the overwhelming majority of cases, the Chinese marry their partners, whom they are selected by the trade union.
The Imperial Palace in Beijing, or the Forbidden City, consists of exactly 9999 rooms.
In the Chinese province of Shaanxi is the mausoleum of the first emperor of the united China with an area of over 56.25 square kilometers. In its vaulted halls is the famous terracotta army, consisting of 7,5 thousand soldiers and 90 war chariots. All the figures are unique and have a height of 1.8 meters.
The Chinese invented mirrors, porcelain, silk, gunpowder, paper, umbrellas, a compass and printed books, as well as many other things without which it is difficult to imagine the modern world.
There is evidence that even in ancient times in China they played a sport game with a ball of leather resembling football.
Traditional duck in Beijing prepares for about two days.
The Chinese city of Shanghai is the largest sea port on Earth.
In China, eat meat of cats and dogs, as well as cooked soup from shark fins and use a wolfberry as a seasoning for broths.
One of the most common Chinese desserts is sweet turtle soup.
Contrary to popular myth, the Great Wall of China is not visible from the Moon, nor even from the Earth’s orbit.
The taste enhancer (sodium glutamate) is sold in Chinese grocery stores along with salt and pepper. It is added to almost all dishes prepared by local culinary specialists. As in Japan, by the way.
In China, it is customary to dine in a big company of friends or relatives – it is supposed to be leisurely and with pleasure. If the participants of the meal order a soup, it will be brought in one two-liter plate at all.
China officially blocked access to all Western social networks.
In Chinese supermarkets you can buy live turtles or frogs, which will be killed and gutted in front of the buyer.
The Chinese consider kids up to 5 years of holy creatures, which can absolutely everything – children do not scold, no matter how much they do not cheat.
Chinese people speak 7 dialects of the Chinese language, which are so different that the inhabitants of the northern and southern regions will not understand each other. But they have one written writing at all.
In the underground passages of major Chinese cities there are special places for posting ads about acquaintance – the Chinese are fully committed to first learning, and then to work, so they simply do not have time for entertainment and acquaintance with the opposite sex in everyday life.
A lot of products are sold in Chinese shops that can surprise foreigners from Western countries: sweet smoked sausage, peppermint seeds, meat candies, breads of different colors, smoked chicken legs and so on.
The Chinese do not eat cheese and cottage cheese, do not drink kefir and do not eat with yogurt. According to one version, Chinese dwellers do not eat dairy products, because for many centuries only the richest of them could afford a cow.
Although Hong Kong has become part of China, its inhabitants have a number of privileges – for example, they can travel to EU countries without visas.
In China, tens of millions of trees are cut annually to produce about 80 billion disposable chopsticks.