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20 Fun & Interesting Facts about China

Updated on October 13, 2011

1. The Current Chinese government seized power in 1949 created the new communist china

2. China was the first place that actual paper was invented

3. China invented wood block printing before the printing press was widely available

4. The great wall of China is one of the ancient wonders of the world

5. China produces more silk than any other country in the world

6. China named the panda a national treasure in 1965

7. China has the largest population on earth more than 1.3 billion people

8. One famous sport for children is cricket fighting many children keep them as pets

9. Instead of wearing the traditional black to funerals in china it is customary to wear white

10. On September 27, 2008, Zhai Zhigang made the first spacewalk by a Chinese astronaut

11. Chinese is spoken by 92% of China’s population. There are at least seven major families of the Chinese language, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Wu, Hakka, Gan, Xiang, and Min

12. In ancient china the locust was seen as a symbol of purity by many Buddhist and Daoist

13. Suspension bridges date back to 25 B.C. and were first used in china before they were ever known in the west

14. The longest river in China is 3,494-mile it is called the Yangtze

15. The Chinese
lunar calendar is the oldest calendar in the world dating back to 2600 B.C

16. The 2008 Olympic games in china were the most expensive on record costing china over $40 billion

17. In ancient china mirrors were considered sacred protecting their owners and reveling evil spirits that may have haunted them

The Boxer Rebellion between 1898 and 1901 in northern China was against Christian missionaries, foreign diplomats, and technology by a secret group called the “Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists because the members practiced weaponless martial arts as well as secret rituals. Westerns called it “shadow boxing” and the members “Boxers”

18. During WW2 Shanghai was the first port to open its doors to Jews fleeing the third Reich

19. Zhang Heng was the first person in the world to invent a machine to monitor earthquake activity

20. The number one hobby in China is Stamp collecting


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  • Deborah Demander profile image

    Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

    Great facts.

    Thanks for the hub.