China is an East Asian country that has a unitary one-party socialist republic system of government. The currency used in China is Renminbi [ ¥] (CNY). Despite being a very large country (9,595,961 km2), China has only one time zone – UTC+8.
China is the fourth largest country in the world by total area.
China is the fourth largest country in the world by total area. The official languages in China are Standard Chinese and Simplified Chinese. Think you “know” China or Chinese culture, but eating Chinese food one night at week does not qualify you to be a Chinese culture aficionado. China is a fascinating country! There is not enough time to explore all the beauty of this country.
Here are 12 bizarre and amazing facts that may have some scratching their heads.
1. Longest traffic jam ever recorded
Beijing, China, holds the record of the longest traffic jam ever recorded. In August 2010, there was a 62-mile long traffic jam that lasted for 12 days along the Beijing-Tibet expressways.
2. While training new soldiers to always keep their chins up, a small, but very sharp pin is placed facing upwards through their collars
3. Weird table manners
Something that you have to avoid in most countries on the world is totally acceptable in China. Just like in Vietnam, spitting, yawning, grunting and burping are normal behaviours when you eat in China.
4. China executed more people than the rest of the world combined in 2016
China executed more people than the rest of the world combined in 2016. Prisoners on death penalty are also the main source of organs harvested in China. An Amnesty report revealed that farmers were more frequently sentenced to death than any other group in China.
5. China is the world’s largest consumer of dog meat
Dogs may be your favorite pet but they are a favorite source of meat in China. China is the world’s largest consumer of dog meat, as they kill roughly 20 million dogs for consumption annually. In Mandarin Chinese, dog meat is sometimes called “mutton of the earth” or “fragrant meat”. The Chinese believe that eating dogs brings good luck and health.
Restoring virginity is possible and quite popular in China. This plastic surgery even has a medical name — hymenorrhaphy. Chinese women pay a lot of money for reconstructing their hymens before the wedding night. They just don’t want their future husbands to find out that they are not virgins anymore…
7. Virgin boy eggs
A dish called ‘Virgin boy eggs’ – eggs boiled in the urine of young virgin boys is a delicacy in China. The Virgin boy eggs dish originates from Dongyang, Zhejiang, China. The urine of boys with maple syrup urine disease is usually sought after for its sweet taste.
8. Children toilet etiquette
This is really weird! Diapers are not popular in China. Most children wear special pants with big hole bottoms. When they feel they need to make a poo or pee, they just squat and do it wherever they want.
Women who are unmarried by the age of 27 in China are derogatorily termed “Shengnu” or “leftover women”, and are stigmatized.
10. Panda owners
China is the owner of all pandas. Literally, all of them! Every single panda that lives on this world belongs to China. If you see a panda in other countries, it means it is lent from PRC (People’s Republic of China). What’s interesting is that when a baby panda is born, it is sent to China (always by FedEx) to help expand the gene pool.
11. Over 4000 babies in China were named “Olympic Games” while the country was getting ready for Beijing 2008
The Beijing Olympics was more than just a point of pride for China — it was such an important part of the national consciousness that over 4,000 children have been named for the event. Most of the 4,104 people with the name “Aoyun,” meaning Olympics, were born around the year 2000, as Beijing was bidding to host the 2008 Summer Games. The vast majority of people named Aoyun are male. Names related to the Olympics don’t just stop with “Olympics.” More than 4,000 Chinese share their names with the Beijing Games mascots, the “Five Friendlies.” Chinese have increasingly turned to unique names as a way to express a child’s individuality.