China – some really amazing and surprising facts

Nothing has changed faster than China fortunes: the country has shown brutal, breathtaking, miraculous, and stupendous economic growth.The future may well belong to China.

Map of China

Rich people in China can hire body double to serve their prison sentence.

29% of San Francisco’s air pollution comes from China.

A soup quite popular in China is made entirely out of edible bird’s nest.

In China, there is a website that lets you rent a girlfriend as low as $31/week

China is building massive cities to just keep builders busy and generate growth. The results are ghost metropolis.

A man was sentenced to 12 years of prison for killing and eating the last indo-chinese tiger.

China is known to suffer from worst brain drain. 7 out of 10 students who enroll outside of China do not return.

The longest traffic jam in China lasted 10 days and was 60 miles long. The drivers were stuck between Beijing and inner Mongolia in 2010.

China owns all the giant pandas in the world. Any panda born outside China is being leased. Even the new born cubs, anywhere in the world, belongs to China.

Its acceptable to walk in to an IKEA store to relax and take a nap.

Not all Chinese look like “Asians”. There are 55 officially recognized ethnic minorities in China and some of them are genetically Turkish, Central Asians, or even Russians.

Chinese perception of the deities is by and large shaped by a classic Chinese novel Journey to the West. The book was written in 16th century, strongly rooted in Chinese folklore and Buddhist and Taoist theology.

It is reported that there are about 300,000 Africans living and working in Guangzhou city, the capital of Guangdong province. But a large proportion overstay their visas and are staying at an illegal status.

The current China’s government is only 66 years old. From 2000 BC to 1911 AD, China underwent 83 dynasties and 559 emperors.

Russian was the dominant foreign language at schools through 1950s to 1960s.

Besides Chinese animations, Japanese Manga is the major source of entertainment for young kids and even young adults. Although the images of Batman, Superman, and other American comic figures are popular among young people due to the Hollywood movies, very few of them actually read the original comic books or television shows.

There are roughly 1,000 high speed trains in China. Not just train cars, whole trains.

Chinese is not a single language but many languages and dialects some completely unintelligible to one another. There are 56 ethnic groups in China who speak a total of around 290 languages. Mandarin Chinese is the country standard and is spoken by about 850-900 million people. This is followed by Wu at about 90 million and Cantonese at about 80 million. Most of the people. I have many Chinese friends who speak Shanghainese as they grew up in Shanghai.

Every Chinese person is officially classified by one of the country’s 56 recognized nationalities, even those of mixed blood.

Deng Xiaoping, China’s maximum leader for well over a decade, was never actually President or Prime Minister.

Mao Zedong, China’s ruler for 27 years, only visited one foreign country in his life: Russia, and there he only visited on two occasions.

The Communist Party has a membership roughly equal with the population of Germany, approximately 80 million.

There are around 22 million Muslims in China, only a couple of million less than Saudi Arabia, and roughly equal in terms of “native” Muslims.

Chinese people use separate “passports” to travel to Hong Kong or Macau. Their real passport is for international travel only. Both are usually held by the person’s employer and have to be requested when they want to leave the country.

There are almost twice as many people living today in China ( a nation slightly larger than the US) than there are in the entire New World

North America’s population : 528,720,588
South America population : 387,489,196
China’s population : 1,353,821,000