16 Fun Facts About China

China is one of the world’s largest and most influential countries and has been inhabited by humans for roughly 40,000 years. Over its several millennia history, it has changed world history several times and still influences much of our modern global society. With its global presence, it’s a country well worth learning about if you haven’t begun doing so already. But if you don’t know much about this interesting country, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are 10 fun facts about China:

  1. It has the world’s largest population with 1.3 – nearly 1.4 – billion citizens
  2. The Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days
  3. It only has one official time zone, despite covering a large portion of Asia
  4. Sections of the Great Wall were built using bricks and mortar made of sticky rice and lime
  5. Hong Kong has the highest number of skyscrapers in the world
  6. Mandarin Chinese beats out English as the most spoken language in the world
  7. Ice cream was invented in China when a mixture of rice & milk was frozen by placing in it snow
  8. Silk was first discovered & manufactured in China
  9. Fortune cookies weren’t created in China; in fact, they were created in San Francisco!
  10. The first recorded use of toilet paper was in China in the 6th century
  11. It’s one of the world’s longest continuous civilizations
  12. Mount Everest’s peak marks the border between China & Nepal
  13. Its economy is the world’s 2nd largest economy, behind the United States
  14. It has the largest army in the world
  15. The Great Wall is the world’s largest man-made structure
  16. The country derives its name from the Qin (Chin) dynasty

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Briana Maddox View All →

As an recent college graduate who studied media studies and anthropology in college, Briana Maddox enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, holidays, historical figures, experiences, and opinions. With a vested interest in sharing such learning experiences, Briana created Life & Anthropology in the hopes of helping other people gain a better understanding and working knowledge of such topics.

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