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10 Interesting China Facts

Not everything made in China is crap.
Remember that iPhones are made in China. Need I describe it more?

Lets discover some other interesting facts about China and the Chinese ..

10. Facebook, Twitter have been banned in China since 2009

Facebook and Twitter were blocked by Beijing in mid-2009 after deadly riots in the western province of Xinjiang that authorities say were aided by these social networking sites. However, lately they have been made accessible in free trade zone in Shanghai. They even have their own alternatives to Google search engine like the baidu.com

9. The inventors of kites .. who later banned them

Sounds absurd isn’t it?

The Chinese invented kites as the famous “paper cranes” or “Aeolian harps” about 3,000 years ago. They were used to frighten the enemies in battle, and Marco Polo noted that kites were also used to predict the success of a voyage. It was considered bad luck to purposely let a kite go. But Paper cranes are believed to be a symbol of world peace.

However, Kite flying was banned in China during the Cultural Revolution, anyone found flying a kite was sent to jail for up to three years and their kites destroyed. Yet they believe seeing a kite soaring up in the sky is good for health- eyes and heart especially.

8. China has the world’s oldest calendar

This lunar calendar originated in 2600 B.C. and has 12 zodiac signs. It takes 60 years to complete. Long indeed!! It shows that Stone Age society was far more sophisticated than we have believed.

7. 35 million people still live in caves in China

We are taking about the country that has the largest population in the world. Not just the overcrowded cities of Beijing and Hong Kong , cave dwellers are found in many remote areas. Yes that comes with an advantage of low cost living and a lesser carbon footprint. However now, some caves have brick walls, electricity, running water, and multiple bedrooms with stone beds called kang.

6. Sports champions

Its Olympics and you have not heard a Chinese name as winner….impossible!! They are extremely good at some sports such as Badminton and “ping pong”.

So Chinese are good at anything with small balls. Good or bad I don’t know. But, they have no idea what Cricket is (lucky for us)!!

5. Fortune Cookies are not Chinese

Fortune cookies are often served as a dessert in Chinese restaurants in the United States and some other countries, but are absent in China. Their origin is unclear but they seem to be invented in San Francisco in early 1900.yes that’s difficult to believe when no Chinese take –away or Restaurant meal is complete without a fortune cookie.

4. The history behind the name of this country

Historically, the Chinese name for India was Tianzhu – meaning heaven. In return, Indians called them by the name chin (after their most powerful dynasty – Qin) that eventually got caught by rest of the world now. And today we call it China.

3. World’s biggest mall is located in China .. and is 99% empty

The world’s biggest mall , that has the capacity of having 2300+ stores , established 9 years ago is called the China ’the dead mall’. It hardly has any customers. This is not just the case with this one mall. It’s the case with many malls in the city which is hence called the ghost town. In the beginning they had as many as 100000 customers per day. However the rate kept declining. Now in spite of many cafes and other cool hangout places the area is deserted of humans.

2. 3 idiots is a hit in China too

Just like IITs and CETs ,JEE, and the numerous educational problems India has, China also has some elite institutions and every year hundreds of thousands of students take a test to get into these few colleges. The movie reflected very well what happens in Chinese universities also. So, the film made a lot of bucks from China the same year.

1. Despite its size, all of China is in one time zone

Chine alone has an area as large as the continent of America .Yet it follows only one time zone. Thus the single time zone does present odd sights: In the summer, for instance, it isn’t uncommon in Urumqi, Xinjiang’s capital, to see people enjoying a beautiful sunset … at midnight. Or for the sun to rise there in the winter around 10 AM. In order to accommodate people who are caught in trouble by the time zone change, shops and restaurants in Xinjiang often adjust their hours—but the effect can still be disorienting for a newbie or a traveller.

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