41 shocking facts about China

China is a millennial country full of mysteries. Home to Shaolin Temple, bizarre supermarkets, 100-year-old video game players, and grotesque counterfeits, the site still hides a number of secrets you probably don't know. Below you discover 41 peculiarities that only China has.

  • 1. All panda bears in the world are "borrowed" from China. Also, whenever a puppy of this species is born by contract, it must be sent back to the country to help perpetuate its genes. To make the return trip, the panda babies are sent by FedEx.


  • 2. More than 100 million people survive on less than $ 1 a day.

  • 3. China executes four times more prisoners than the rest of the world.


  • 4. The modern word "China" probably derives from the name of the Qin Dynasty (which in Chinese is pronounced "chin"). The first emperor of this lineage, Qin Shi Huang (260-210 BC), succeeded in unifying the country in 221 BC, beginning the imperial period that lasted until 1912 AD.

  • 5. One in four people from all over the world is Chinese. In 2014, China's population was over 1.347 billion.

  • 6. Chinese cookies - also known as fortune cookies - are not a Chinese delicacy proper. In fact, they were created in the early 1900s in San Francisco, USA.

  • 7. China uses about 45 billion chopsticks - the famous Chinese chopsticks - a year.

  • 8. Reincarnation is prohibited in China, except with the permission of the government.

  • 9. Facebook, Twitter, and the New York Times have been blocked in China since 2009.



  • 10. One of the largest malls in the world is located in China, however it is 99% deactivated.


  • 11. The first banknote paper was created in China about 1, 400 years ago.

  • 12. In China, about 35 million people still live in caves.

  • 13. In some parts of China, sunrise may be delayed until 10 am. This is because the country unites its five time zones into one.

  • 14. 78% of software installed in China in 2010 was hacked.


  • 15. There is a bridge connecting Macau to the main area of ​​China where cars change lanes from left to right.


  • 16. Generally, China is considered to be the most distant continuing civilization of mankind, and historians usually date to it more than 6, 000 years before Christ. In addition, it has the oldest written language still in use.

  • 17. China is the fourth largest country in the world, second only to Russia, Canada and the United States. At about 9, 706, 961 km² (slightly smaller than the US), it borders other countries over 188 km. Approximately 5, 000 islands make up the Chinese coast.

  • 18. Toilet paper was invented in China in 1300, but only the emperor could use it.

  • 19. The Chinese invented kites about 3, 000 years ago. They were used to scare enemies on the battlefield and Marco Polo (1254-1324) also noted that they were useful in predicting the success of a trip. Besides, it was considered a sign of bad luck to fly a kite and let it go on purpose.

  • 20. Every 30 seconds a baby is born with a disability in China.


  • 21. One out of every 3 pairs of socks you own was made in Datang District, Zhujim, China. Nowadays, the place is known as the "sock city".

  • 22. Every year, one million girl fetuses are aborted in China and tens of thousands of little babies are left on the streets due to the policy of limiting only one child per family.

  • 23. Table tennis is China's national sport.

  • 24. PlayStation is illegal in China.

  • 25. By 2020, China could have between 30 and 40 million single men.

  • 26. Every five days a new building is built in China.

  • 27. The word "censored" is prohibited in China.

  • 29. China has internet addiction treatment centers.



  • 30. In China, it is fashionable to paint pets so that they look like wild animals.

  • 31. Brad Pitt was banned from entering China because of his role in the movie "Seven Years in Tibet."

  • 32. 71% of the Chinese population measures its success based on its assets, making it the most materialistic place in the world.

  • 33. Every year approximately 4 million cats are consumed as a delicacy in China.

  • 34. In 1973, China proposed handing over 10 million women to the United States to increase the American population.

  • 35. Although Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) is known as the creator of parachute design, Chinese alchemists were able to “glide” and land using kites in the 4th century. Parachutes were not effectively used safely in Europe until the end of 1700.

  • 36. In 130 AD, Zhang Heng, an astronomer and literary, invented the first instrument for monitoring earthquakes. The machine could also identify and point the direction of the tremors.

  • 37. A civil servant named Su Song built the first mechanical clock between 1088 and 1092. In addition to informing the time, the device could also map the constellations so that the horoscope could be determined.

  • 38. The name of the Chinese capital has changed many times over the centuries. She was once known as Yanjing, Dadu and Beiping. Beijing or Beijing - the current title - means "Northern Capital." The site is China's second largest city and was for many centuries the most populous in the world.

  • 39. During the last imperial period, it was a healthy custom for Chinese men and women to grow the little toenail. The larger they were, the higher the owner's rank was. It was also common for them to use nail protectors made of gold and silver.

  • 40. In the 4th century BC, the Chinese used to use natural gas as a heating source. The practice was only adopted in Europe about 2, 300 years later.

  • 41. Mushroom consumption has been found in Chinese historical documents over 3, 000 years old. In 1996, the country produced over 600, 000 tons of this delicacy, becoming the world leader in production, with 60% of all varieties available in the market being in China.