10 Fascinating Facts about China

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Before we talk about some little-known facts about China, I’d like to thank Tour Beijing for giving me the opportunity to guest post on this great site. For the tech-minded like me, I recommend checking out the page on electricity in China, to get one step closer to your dream destination with your favorite conveniences!

Today, China is known for having one of the fastest growing economies in the world. New skyscrapers seem to be popping up every day. However, China also is home to some of the oldest written records in history. The history and culture of China is incredibly unique and enticing. It would take a lifetime to learn all there is to know about China, but here are 10 facts about China you may have never heard!

1.    4th largest country in the world

In square footage, China is the fourth largest country in the world, after the United States, Canada and Russia. Even though China is the 4th largest, it has the highest population in the world. According to the CIA World Factbook, in 2014 the population reached a number of 1,355,692,576.

2.    Virtual Private Network (VPN)

A VPN will make it appear as if you are accessing the internet from a different location, allowing users to access these sites. Bonus fact: With a VPN, you can also watch Netflix in your traveling down-time, and protect yourself from security threats and hackers. For more information, you can also check out this article about watching Netflix overseas.

3.    Toilet Paper was invented in China

Can you imagine a world without toilet paper? I prefer not to. This simple invention is something we often take for granted. But, if it was not for the ancient Chinese in A.D. 851, this necessity may never have been invented.

4.    Red symbolizes happiness in China

If you’ve ever celebrated Chinese New Year you may have noticed that the color red can be found everywhere during this time. This is because red traditionally symbolizes happiness, good fortune and joy. This is also why red is banned at Chinese funerals.

5.    Fortune Cookies are not a Chinese custom

Although fortune cookies have been associated with China for decades, they actually were not invented there. Although there has been some debate on the true start of the fortune cookie, most think it was invented in San Francisco, California by a Japanese immigrant.
 
6.    There is only one time zone in china

China is the 4th largest country in the world, and geographically spans over 5 time zones. All 5 time zones were in use during the Republic of China from 1912 to 1949, but since then China has decided to use just one standard time. Of course, this creates some problems in parts of China, particularly Xinjiang where you may have sunsets at midnight, and sunrises at 10AM.

7.    Ping Pong is China’s National Sport

Some may not even consider ping pong a sport, but after watching the intense ping pong matches in China you may change your mind. China completely dominates when it comes to ping pong champions. In the last three Olympics, China has won every gold medal in ping pong, and the top 5 ping pong players in the world are all Chinese.

8.    Tea was discovered in China

Tea has been used and consumed for thousands of years in China. It was often utilized as medicine when it was first used in the 10th century BC. Since then, the customs and use of tea has flourished and evolved. There is an entire culture and art that surrounds Chinese tea. There are certain ways to grow, brew, serve and drink tea.

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9.    China is home to the world’s largest canal

The Grand Canal, starting in Beijing, is the longest in the world at 1,115 miles. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is not only the world’s longest, but also oldest canal.

10.   Shanghai is home to a Chopstick Museum

This museum is quite small, but it is home to 2,000 pairs of chopsticks that date back to the Tang Dynasty. Lan Xiang, the owner of this museum, has travelled all over to create his extensive museum. However, this is not the only unique museum you can find here. Shanghai, China is also home to a calligraphy and typewriter museum as well.

Bio: Hi, my name is Jess Signet. My parents were travelers since before I was born. Even in the womb, I was able to travel all over the place! Boy, did things NOT change as I grew older!
Knowing there’s more to the world than the bubble I live in made me want to travel even further. Traveling is my drug and I’m addicted. (Please, no intervention!)

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