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92 Interesting Facts About China

China, officially the People's Republic of China is a country in East Asia.

China, officially the People's Republic of China is a country in East Asia. It has a total area of 9,596,960 square km. Beijing is its capital and Shanghai is its largest city. Chinese is the official language of China. Renminbi (yuan; ¥) (CNY) is its official currency.

Its land bordering countries are Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, North Korea, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam (thus, China has the most number of neighbors touching its borders). It is the world’s most populous country.

#1 China is the world’s most populous country, with an estimated 1.4 billion people as of 2019, and the third-largest by land area.

#2 China has the world’s largest standing army and second-largest defense budget as of 2019.

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#3 30 million people in China live on less than US$1 per day, as of 2019.

#4 China is the world’s largest exporter and second-largest importer of goods.

#5 China uses 45 billion chopsticks per year.

#6 China executes the death penalty more than 4 times as the rest of the world combined.

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#7 In China, over 30 million people still live in caves.

#8 Nearly 700 million Chinese people drink contaminated water.

#9 The Sunrise in parts of China can be as late as 10 AM because the country joined its five time zones into a single one.

#10 Almost a third of San Francisco’s air pollution comes from China.

#11 78% of software installed in China in 2010 was pirated.

#12 There’s a bridge between mainland China and Macau, where cars switch from left to right-hand drive and vice versa.

#13 Every 30 seconds, a baby is born with a birth defect in China.

#14 1 in every 3 socks you have were made in the district of Datang in Zhuji, China, now known as “Sock City”.

#15 Table tennis is China’s national sport.

#16 If Walmart were a country, it would be China’s sixth-largest export market.

#17 By 2020, China could have between 30 million and 40 million men who cannot find wives.

#18 In China, it is mandatory that cosmetic products are tested on animals while in Europe it’s prohibited.

#19 In China, you can major in Bra Studies.

#20 A new skyscraper is built in China every five days.

#21 In 2013, female stockings covered in fake male hair became a fashion hit in China as a way to deter unwanted male attention.

#22 China has treatment camps for Internet addicts.

#23 More people go to church on Sunday in China than in the whole of Europe.

#24 Dyeing pets to look like other wild animals is a trend in China.

#25 71% of people in China measure success by the things they own, making it the world’s most materialistic country.

#26 Every year, nearly four million cats are eaten in China as a delicacy.

#27 In 1973, China proposed to give 10 million Chinese women to the U.S. to boost the U.S. population.

#28 Company executives in China can get sentenced to death for committing fraud.

#29 China used more cement in 3 years (2011 to 2013) than the U.S. used in the entire 20th century.

#30 In 2013, a Zoo in China angered visitors by trying to pass off a Tibetan mastiff dog as a lion.

#31 Half of all the world’s pigs live in China.

#32 The groundwater of 90% of Chinese cities is polluted.

#33 Rich people in China hire body doubles to serve their prison sentence.

#34 When a baby Panda is born, it’s shipped by FedEx to China to help expand the gene pool.

#35 China has 6 megacities of over 10 million people, the most of any country.

#36 China Overtook The U.S. As The World’s Largest Economy in 2014.

#37 In China, it’s illegal to use a wordplay or a pun in advertising or on television.

#38 The earliest recorded written accounts of medical cannabis occurred in ancient China dating back roughly 4,700 years to the legendary Emperor Shen Nung.

#39 At least 20 million people died during the Taiping Rebellion in China, led by a man who claimed to be the brother of Jesus, and who attempted to impose a theocracy based on his interpretation of Christianity.

#40 20 million 20-year-old trees are cut down in China every year to make chopsticks.

#41 There’s a theme park in China called Dwarf Empire where the main attraction is all the entertainment employees are of short stature.

#42 Air pollution in China increases snowfall in California.

#43 106 countries have abolished the death penalty. Notable exceptions include the U.S., Japan and China.

#44 Just 7% of people in China are religious, making it the least religious country in world. Thailand has the most with 94%.

#45 An estimated 400,000 people died building the Great Wall of China.

#46 China has mobile “execution vans” to enforce the death penalty without moving to a proper execution ground.

#47 If you could dig a deep enough hole in China you would end up in Argentina or Chile.

#48 It is estimated that about 600,000 people die in China each year from issues related to overwork.

#49 In China, there is an “Elderly Rights” law which makes it illegal for anyone who has parents over 60 not to visit them regularly.

#50 Brad Pitt was banned from China for his role in the movie “7 Years in Tibet.”

#51 The 1556 Shaanxi earthquake in China was the deadliest earthquake on record with 830,000 deaths.

#52 Fortune cookies are not a traditional Chinese custom. They were invented in early 1900 in San Francisco.

#53 Cockroaches are served fried in China, Thailand and other Asian countries.

#54 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and The New York Times have been blocked in China since 2009.

#55 Villagers in central China have long been using dinosaur bones as medicine, thinking they were from dragons.

#56 In China, human trafficking is punished with the death penalty.

#57 China is the country with the largest population of Buddhists, approximately 244 million or 18.2% of its total population.

#58 Nearly two-thirds of the Great Wall of China have been damaged or ruined.

#59 Legends say China began in a great flood, some 4,000 years ago. Scientists found geological evidence that the flood was real.

#60 Currency shaped like knives was in circulation in China from 770 to 220 BC.

#61 In China, some families pay for “ghost marriages,” employing a matchmaker to help find a suitable spouse for their deceased loved ones.

#62 In 2015, a Chinese billionaire bought a US$170 million painting by with his credit card so he could use the points for free airfare.

#63 China is the world’s largest consumer of red wine.

#64 There are 93 million Wangs in China, is the most popular name in the country.

#65 Most of the tallest buildings in the world are in China.

#66 Chinese students can get 7 years in jail for cheating on exams.

#67 In 2015 a Chinese woman who was missing for a decade and presumed dead was found living in an internet cafe after playing games for 10 years.

#68 One-third of Chinese women have never heard of tampons.

#69 The most comprehensive pure linguistic Chinese-language dictionary, records more than 23,000 head Chinese characters and gives over 370,000 definitions.

#70 With 190 billionaires and more than two million millionaires, China tags just behind the U.S. in number of high-net-worth individuals.

#71 Chinese scientist Tong Dizhou cloned the first fish in the 1960s, but the Maoist government forced him to abandon his research and become a janitor during the Cultural Revolution.

#72 20 robots work at the Robot Restaurant in Harbin, China. They can deliver food, cook, usher and entertain diners.

#73 In Hong Kong, more than 400,000 domestic helpers – mostly Filipina and Indonesian women – work up to 18-hour days, 6 days a week, for just HK$4,630 (US$ 596) a month.

#74 No one has ever gotten a perfect score on the gaokao, the 9-hour Chinese college entrance exam.

#75 Around 200 BCE, the Western Han Dynasty used a lottery to pay for repairs to and expansion of the Great Wall.

#76 In Beijing, one million people live underground in basements and air raid shelters.

#77 Three surnames, Wang, Li and Zhang, make up for 21% of the Chinese population.

#78 Speed bumps were installed to slow down pedestrians at a historic site in East China.

#79 Beijing is the world’s most expensive city for renters: a house rent is, on average, 1.2 times higher than the average salary, according to a 2016 report.

#80 If they were countries, the Chinese provinces of Guangdong, Shandong, Henan, Sichuan and Jiangsu would be among the world’s 20 most populous.

#81 There is a common Chinese idiom that states, “The ugly wife is a treasure at home.”

#82 Rock Paper Scissors was invented in China, but popularized in Japan, where it’s called “Janken.”

#83 The Chinese Government controls the central heating for every home in Beijing.

#84 The Chinese have become the single biggest source of global tourism income after spending $102bn (£67bn; 79bn euros) while travelling abroad in 2012.

#85 The Chinese name for Winnie the Pooh was blocked on Chinese social media sites because people have been comparing the bear to China’s President Xi Jinping.

#86 China invests more each year in renewable power than any other country on earth.

#87 In China, 171,000 people perished in 1975 due to the collapse of the Banqiao Dam, an event hidden from the world until 2005.

#88 90% of Chinese teenagers and young adults suffer from myopia (short-sightedness).

#89 Canals are a Chinese invention – the Grand Canal of China is 1,103 miles long and was started in 486 BC.

#90 In China, women who remain unmarried in their late 20s and beyond are called “Sheng nu” which means “leftover women.”

#91 Facebook has 95 million users in China despite being blocked.

#92 The world’s largest producer of cigarettes is a company owned by the Chinese government.