China is an incredible destination to travel to and explore, but how much do you really know about the most populated country in the world? To help you scrub up on your knowledge and bust the myths before planning a holiday to China, here are 24 facts about the Chinese people, culture, history and geography.
2. Ketchup is a Chinese invention. It was originally a pickled fish sauce called ke-tsiap.
3. The highest mountain in the world, which is 29,028 feet tall, is named after the first surveyor of India, Sir George Everest. The Chinese people call Mount Everest Qomolangma, which means “Mother Goddess of the Earth.”
4. Because of their aggressive nature and keen vision, geese are used as police animals instead of dogs.
6. China is also called the Flowery Kingdom, and many of the country’s flowers and fruits, such as the orchid and orange, are now being grown all over the world.
7. When McDonald’s first introduced drive-throughs to China, the concept was so foreign that many people would pick up their food through the drive-thru, park their cars, and bring the food inside the restaurant to eat it.
9. For the Chinese, red symbolizes happiness and is used at Chinese festivals and many other celebrations, such as birthdays and weddings.
10. Many Chinese children are being named after the Olympic games. More than 4,000 Chinese children are named Aoyun, meaning “Olympic Games.” It’s actually quite common for Chinese children to be given names of common events and popular slogans.
12. There are currently 32 million more males than females in China.
13. China’s annual consumption of ice cream would fill 2,344 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
15. If you took all the disposable chopsticks used over 3 years in China and distributed them around the world, every single person could get about 32 pairs.
16. China has more English speakers than the United States.
17. In China, the Guest is Seated at the Table’s “Head” . The honoured guest is customarily seated furthest from the door with the fish, chicken, duck… heads pointing his way.
20. As early as the Qin Dynasty (221-207BC) when building the Great Wall of China , glutinous rice flour was used in making the binding material to bind the bricks.
21. Over 10 million people visit the Great Wall of China every year.
22. China is the world’s largest producer, and importer of rice.
23.In the West it is common to wear black as a sign of mourning, in China, they mourn in white.
24. For the most part of the last two thousand years, China has been the largest economy in the world, seeing cycles of decline and prosperity during this time.
25. There are five yellow stars on the Chinese flag: a large one that represents the Communist Party and the four smaller ones that surround it represent the four different classes of society.