25 Interesting Facts about China

China official name is the People’s Republic of China (PRC) (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo) located in East Asia, measuring about the same size as the United States. The Chinese call their country “Zhongguo” which denotes “Central Country” or “Middle Kingdom.” Its name was given by foreign invaders and is certainly based on Qin’s dynasty's corruption who ruled China during 3rd century BC.
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Fenghuang, Xiangxi, China

Below are some of the further interesting facts and information about China:

1. China has over 35 million people who are still living in caves.

2. Some of the most popular social media sites today have been blocked since 2009 in China. These are Facebook, Twitter, and New York Times.

3. It was believed that the world’s oldest and first paper money was created in China 1,400 years ago.

4. In China, where the world’s biggest mall is found is shockingly 99% empty.

5. Their national flag is colored red with five stars that symbolize the Tiananmen Gate-tower that is encircled by ears of grain and with a gear wheel below as their national emblem.

6. Giant Pandas are considered China’s national treasure for over 1,000 pandas survive in the wild and most of them abound in Sichuan Province.

7. China doesn’t have “official” national flower, but the “tree peony” is considered their national favorite flower. It was regarded as the national favorite flower based on the unofficial survey that was conducted in 1994 in every district in China asking to choose a national flower and “tree peony” has received the highest votes. Almost 700 million Chinese people drink contaminated water

8. China is the third-largest country in the world with a landmass of 9,600,000 sq km following only to Russia and Canada.

9. China has 14 border countries: Kyrgyzstan, Tadzhikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.

10. The formal name of China is the People's Republic of China (PRC) and its capital city is Beijing.

11. China’s sunrise can be as late as 10 AM because the country combined its five time zones into a single one.

12. There are more bird species living in China than another place in the world.

13. The sad fact about China is that over 100 million people live on less than 1$ per day.

14. China uses over 45 billion chopsticks every year.

15. In China, reincarnation is forbidden without government permission\

16. Fortune cookies are actually invented in early 1900 in San Francisco and not a traditional Chinese custom.

17. They execute more than 4x as many convicts as the rest of the world when combined.

18. China’s gingko is considered the oldest tree in the world and is believed to have appeared during the Jurassic Age which was 160 million years ago.

The average life expectancy in China was 71.8 years in the year 2002 and has increased from 35 years on the eve of Liberation in 1949. They provide ample access to primary health care and child immunization.

20. China is considered the most populated countries in the world with 1.28453 billion at the end of 2002 which is 1/5 of the world’s total population. Their population density is roughly 4x greater than the United States.

21. China’s religious worshipers are estimated to have over 100 million and most of them are Buddhism followers. Some major religions in the form of Catholic and Protestant forms are Christianity, Taoism, and Islam.

22. National Day is celebrated on October 1 in honor of the establishment of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on October 1, 1949.

23. China has a diverse climate; in the southern region (Tropical Climate) and in the northern region (Subarctic).

24. Mount Qomolangma is the highest mountain in the world that towers above all others at 29,035 feet.

25. China’s currency is Renminbi (RMB)/yuan

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