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China is one of the oldest civilizations in the world and has a long history. The country was ruled by various dynasties and kingdoms until it became a republic in 1912.
The country went through many changes, but it always managed to keep its traditions.
Here are 10 fun and interesting facts about China that you might not know of.
1) The Great Wall of China is the Longest Man-made Structure in the World
The Great Wall of China is one of the seven wonders of the world. It was built to protect against nomadic tribes invasions from the north.
The Great Wall stretches for more than 13,000 miles, but it was not always this long. The wall has been rebuilt and repaired many times over the years.
Construction on the wall started more than 2,000 years ago and continued off and on for about 1,500 years.
2) China Has one of the Highest Rates of Dog Ownership in the World
It's no surprise that China has one of the highest rates of dog ownership in the world.
It's estimated that about 44 percent of households have at least one dog.
This is partly due to the fact that pet dogs are seen as a status symbol and many private enterprises also provide free dog insurance packages to their employees.
3) China is Home to One-Fifth of all Humans on Earth
China is a densely populated country with over 1.4 billion people. It is the world's most populous country.
It is also the world's second-largest economy by nominal GDP.
It's one of the fastest growing economies in the world with a GDP that has grown for over two decades consecutively.
The nation's growth is powered by manufacturing and exports, and has created a large consumer class with increasing international spending power.
4) The Forbidden City is Immensely Huge!
The Forbidden City is a palace in Beijing, China. It covers 720 acres and has 9999 rooms! It served as the home of the emperors from 1420 until 1924.
Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a museum that attracts millions of tourists every year from all over the world.
5) The Chinese Fortune Cookie is Not a Traditional Chinese Food
Yes, you read that right. Chinese fortune cookies were invented in San Francisco in the early 1900s.
Fortune cookies are a popular treat enjoyed in many cultures around the world.
Though most people assume that fortune cookies originated in China, they were actually invented in San Francisco in the early 1900s by Japanese American baker, Charles Jung.
He made the cookies for a New Year’s party in 1916 and soon became a regular at parties and celebrations.
6) The Chinese New Year is The Most Important Festival in China
This festival lasts for 15 days. People celebrate it with fireworks, traditional food, and other family activities.
The Chinese New Year starts on the first day of the first month on the lunar calendar (New Moon) and ends after 15 days with the Yuan Xiao Festival, when thousands of paper lanterns are released into the sky.
7) More Than Half of All People Who Live in China Are Under 35 Years Old.
It's no secret that China has an enormous population. But what might be more surprising is that more than half of the people who live there are under the age of 35.
In fact, this age group makes up about 60 percent of China's workforce. This is the largest percentage of young people in any country in the world.
This is a result of the one-child policy enacted by Deng Xiaopeng and his successors.
With the booming youth population, China has become a world leader in various industries such as manufacturing, e-commerce, technology, and finance.
8) China is Home to Some of the Most Breathtaking Natural Wonders
One of China's natural wonders is the Big Buddha. It is a giant statue of Buddha sitting on top of the Tian Tan Buddha temple, on Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
The temple was constructed in 1993 following the local tradition of building temples in front of statues and it took 3 years to complete.
The statue itself is 14 meters tall and weighs 350 tons.
9)The World's Oldest Noodles Were Made in China
Noodles are one of the most popular international foods.
The Chinese were the first to create noodles back in the 2nd century B.C., and today, over a billion servings of noodles are eaten each day worldwide.
They come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors and can be made from wheat flour or rice flour.
10) There is No Alphabet in China
The Chinese language has no alphabet and is instead made up of symbols that represent different sounds.
Chinese writing is not based on an alphabet, but rather a pictorial representation of the words in the language.
This makes it notoriously difficult for non-Chinese speakers to learn, as there are over 50,000 different characters to memorize in the traditional Chinese.
The Chinese alphabet is one of the oldest written languages in the world.
There are many more interesting facts about China that could have been included in this article, but these ten will provide you with an idea about what makes China such a fascinating and diverse country.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2022 Alex Ferris