What are 5 facts about China

20 interesting facts about China

A culture that spans 5,000 years, an area of ‚Äč‚Äčover 9,571,000 square kilometers and a population that is unmatched by any other country on earth - China, the Middle Kingdom and land of superlatives. Known for its peculiarity and its curious customs, China fascinates with its extraordinary character. That's why I've put together a list of 20 interesting facts that you probably didn't know about China.

In China, gifts should be turned down a few times before they are accepted. A hasty acceptance can quickly be interpreted as greedy or indecent. Of course, after some persuasion, you can take your gift - the polite rejection is usually ignored anyway.

The same principle applies to compliments as to gifts - just don't accept them! To say thank you for a compliment seems extremely arrogant and conceited to the Chinese. Usually, flattering statements are simply tacitly acknowledged.

In China it is not only customary to bring gifts for guests, but they are also expected. You can therefore look forward to receiving attention from work colleagues or the host family, for example. But be careful! Make sure you have something ready to swap, otherwise you will be making a bad mistake.

Based on the whole gift culture, it is customary in China not to remove the price tag. This is not a no-go here - on the contrary: with the price you demonstrate to the recipient what it is worth to you and the recipient can then return the favor with an equivalent gift.

It is an open secret in China that many applicants are sorted out based on their zodiac sign. In the Middle Kingdom, the zodiac sign has a particularly high priority and should determine the character traits of the potential applicants. Some companies already state in their job advertisement that, for example, taps do not even have to apply.

Not every character is an independent word in Chinese. Most of them are so-called morphemes or language syllables which, in combination with other characters, make up a word.

Several websites such as Google, Facebook and Co. are blocked by the so-called "Great Chinese Firewall". In addition, there are numerous other sites that cannot be accessed in China. The "bad" websites include, for example, Amnesty International, BBC News, Dalailama.com or Wikipedia.

Many Chinese use elgooG.com (Google backwards) to do research or just to surf the Internet. ElgooG's principle is simple: the page simply reflects the entire content of the Google search function upside down. So everything appears mirrored.

About 1,500 years ago the Chinese developed a very special recipe for extremely hard-wearing and long-lasting mortar. They mixed sticky rice soup with lime and thus obtained an extremely strong building material. He glued the bricks of the Great Wall so tightly together that even today many places are in extremely good shape.

As is well known, China heavily regulates population growth. However, very few people know that married couples are now allowed to have a second child with government permission. However, this must be approved at least three months before or after conception, otherwise the parents face an immense fine.

Because there were so many abortions during the one-child policy, Chinese hospitals were banned from disclosing the sex of their child to parents-to-be. This is to prevent the female fetuses from being aborted, since in China, the birth of a boy is still preferable to a girl.

Reincarnation is forbidden in China. In order to be born again, one must first get permission from the state. The reason for this strange law is the Dalai Lama himself. In view of the unrest that has raged between the Chinese military and the Tibetan population for decades, the 14th Dalai Lama expressed himself in several interviews about the goal of reincarnation as the 15th Dalai Lama: "The goal of reincarnation is to continue the unfinished work of a previous life If the situation in Tibet remains as it is, then it is logical that I should be reborn in exile (outside of Tibet) in order to continue my task. " Of course, China cannot tolerate this, so reincarnation was banned without further ado.

In China and in many parts of Asia, the age is determined differently than in Europe. The time of pregnancy is included in the official age. In addition, all Chinese get one year older for the Chinese New Year. In 2016, New Year's Day fell on February 8th according to the lunar calendar and on January 28th in 2017. A baby born on 02/07/2016 will therefore celebrate its third "birthday" at the end of January 2017.

Although the Chinese territory basically spans five different time zones, only one time zone is used in China - the Beijing time zone. In the Xinjiang region, which is striving for more independence, the question of time can pose a number of problems. Two times are used there: the one in Beijing and the local time.

More than 30 million people in China still live in caves today - six times more than during the Stone Age worldwide. For many it is mainly financial reasons that move them to opt for a cave dwelling as a dwelling, but for some these early earth dwellings also have something to do with tradition. Famous people like President Xi Jinping himself have lived in caves. As part of the Long March, Mao Zedong set up the new communist headquarters in the Yanan Caves. To this day, the cave dwellings are an important symbol of the Chinese revolution.

The Green Wall is a Chinese environmental project that aims to prevent the Gobi Desert from spreading. 350,000 square kilometers of land are said to have been planted in northern China, an area the size of the Federal Republic of Germany.

In some rural areas in China, the police use geese instead of dogs to guard the police station. The animals should have very sharp eyes and be easy to train. In addition, one should not underestimate a geese attack - geese can cause severe wounds with their beaks.

You hear a lot about overcrowded cities in China, but only very few people think of the huge lines of cars that block traffic more often than you would like. In order to avoid being stuck in traffic for hours or even days (everything has already happened!), There is a service in China that sends employees over to stay in the car for you. In the meantime, you can comfortably drive away on the motorcycle and pursue other activities.

In view of the table manners of the Chinese that take getting used to, it is surprising that you can go wrong with the use of chopsticks. For example, simply sticking the chopsticks into the rice is a no-go. This could be interpreted as insulting by the host, since chopsticks stuck vertically into the rice represent a death ritual and thus remind of death and the deceased.

After Mao Zedong seized power and was named President of the People's Republic of China, which he founded, there were more suicides in Shanghai than ever before. It even went so far that people were afraid to walk too close to skyscrapers because they could be killed by a falling body at any moment.

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