20 Interesting Facts About China

This has long been a country that not that much is known about, because it used to be so inaccessible. Thankfully these days, we are much more able to venture to this cultural and colourful part of the world, and as a result, more information is known. So, if you’re considering heading to the Far East and blogging about your experiences yourself, perhaps to help others who might be thinking of doing the same, you’re sure to find out lots of intriguing information.

Let’s explore this mystical part of the world in a bit more detail

  • China’s official name is the People’s Republic of China
  • Beijing is the capital, but over the years it has been called various different things, including Dadu, Beiping, Peking, and Yanjing
  • China is the oldest civilization in history, dating bac to around 6000BC
  • The Chinese language is the world’s longest written language that is still in use

  • China is the third largest country by area
  • Also known as the Flowery Kingdom, China is home to some of the world’s most recognisable flowers, such as the orchid
  • In the word, one in every five people is Chinese on average
  • Mount Everest is the highest mountain on the planet, and sits at the border with Nepal
  • China is home to two of the world’s longest rivers, namely the Yangtze River and the Yellow River
  • Despite the fact that many people think fortune cookies are from China, they were actually invented in San Francisco
  • Despite its size, there is only one time zone in the whole country
  • The top hobby in China? Stamp collecting …

  • There is a dwarf theme park in China, called the Kingdom of the Little People
  • The world’s largest dam is also in China, called the Three Gorges Hydroelectric Dam
  • There is a Yeren, aka ‘wild man’ who is thought to live in the mountains of the Hubei Province, and is said to be China’s version of Bigfoot
  • The Peking Man, the world’s first homo erectus was found in China. He lived between 300,000 and 550,000 years ago
  • The mortar that was used during construction of the Great Wall of China, to bind together the stone, was actually made with sticky rice!
  • You will see bat images everywhere, and this is because the animal is a sign of positive luck
  • If you combined every one of China’s railways, they would circumnavigate the world two times over
  • Toilet paper was invented in China, and it was originally only used by Emperors

As you can see, China is certainly interesting and epic! If you want to learn more, check out travel blog sites to fuel your new passion, and start planning your own visit to this cultural and bright country.

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