Unknown Facts about China: A Collection of Interesting and Fascinating Places, Foods, Languages and Common Misconceptions

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China is a country that has been shrouded in mystery to the Western world for centuries. The Chinese people have led an isolated existence, and as such, they have developed many fascinating customs and traditions that are still practised today. In this article, we will discuss some of these interesting facts about China. From food to language to popular misconceptions, there’s a lot you don’t know!

Let’s Gain Few Unknown Knowledge Of China

Many people believe that chopsticks originated in China, but this is not the case. They were invented by a man named Wang Xian around 500 AD while he was trying to make a more convenient way of eating soup.*

  • China has one of the oldest cultures and languages on Earth. The Chinese language is spoken by over 90% of all Chinese citizens, although it contains many different dialects which are based largely on geography-Zhongwen being the most commonly used form throughout mainland China. *As for food, there’s no shortage! Rice or noodles (usually) accompany your choice from hundreds if not thousands of dishes available at any given time.* One thing you might NOT know about foods in China: they have their own version of the Big Mac-the McPork!
  • The Chinese have a long history and culture. The most common philosophy is Confucianism, which combines aspects from Taoism, Buddhism, Legalism and other religions.*
  • One popular misconception about China is that it’s an extremely poor country. This couldn’t be further from the truth; in fact, some sources estimate their GDP to be around $11 trillion USD with over 100 billionaires living there!
  • Another common mistake many people make is thinking of Chinese as a language when in actuality it’s two languages-Mandarin and Cantonese.*
  • There are 12 zodiacs tied into the ancient practice of astrology which originated in China. In addition to these animals representing different years (such as 1924 being represented by The Sheep), each animal also represents certain personality traits that can help you understand better what type of person someone might be if they were born during one year or another. For example, those born in 1924 are said to have a beautiful voice, deep thinking and kindheartedness.
  • The first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang was the one who found out about coal in 221 BC. In order to avoid future wars caused by bamboo and wood shortages due to deforestation, he ordered his people to cut trees for fuel and build a wall that would also be used as protection from invaders.
  • China is home to over 20% of the world’s population but only takes up .34% of its landmass according to Wikipedia (though other sources say it should be closer to 18%). This means there are factors like climate change or pollution could affect an estimated 40 million people living within 150 miles along any given coastline with significant flooding if sea levels rise another two feet.
  • According to Adam Smith’s book “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations”, China was home to over a quarter of all manufacturing output in 1750.
  • China has an estimated 20% minority population, but they make up 80% of those who are on death row according to Amnesty International. This is due largely to cultural biases that see minorities as inferior people without any rights or protections under the law.
  • The first newspaper published in English by Chinese journalists for international readers about current affairs within their country was called The Beijing News, which started publication back in 1985 just after reformist leader Deng Xiaoping came into power following Mao Zedong’s death two years prior. It used Western standards like circulation figures which were unheard at this time period because newspapers were rarely ever read by the general public.
  • Since 1982, China has been home to 44% of all fatal occupational accidents within the entire world according to data from the World Bank. Mining causes over 20% of these incidents and at least 50 million workers are employed in coal mining alone with about four times as many miners working at other dangerous jobs like construction or manufacturing industries including steel production which emits noxious gases that lead to respiratory illnesses like black lung disease (particular chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
  • This is largely due to policies put in place during Mao Zedong’s rule where safety standards were scrapped because they believed it was more important for people to be useful members of society regardless if their work killed them than spend time ensuring everyone had a safe place to work.
  • In 2013, at least 17% of China’s GDP was attributed to agriculture with rice and wheat being the country’s two most popular crops if you include seafood as well.
  • This is largely due to policies put in place during Mao Zedong’s rule where safety standards were scrapped because they believed it was more important for people to be useful members of society regardless if their work killed them than spend time ensuring everyone had a safe place to work.
  • China’s farming practices are often criticized by environmentalists who believe its reliance on chemical fertilizers erodes soil quality, which makes native species like pandas disappear since bamboo forests that provide crucial food sources also die out when there aren’t any trees left standing from deforestation according to National Geographic.
  • -China’s government is often criticized for its fossil fuel dependency and the pollution that comes with it, but in 2015 China announced a plan to transition towards clean energy by spending at least $360 billion on renewable sources like solar panels or wind turbines which could create 13 million new jobs for people who are being displaced from traditional industries because of automation according to The New York Times.
  • This would make it an even bigger player within this industry than other countries like Brazil, Germany, India, Russia or Japan combined as well as help combat climate change since coal power plants produce more carbon dioxide emissions per unit of electricity generated when compared against natural gas facilities while also releasing sulfur dioxide (the main cause of acid rain) and nitrogen oxides into the atmosphere.
  • -China is also home to a large number of refugees, with the UN Refugee Agency estimating that more than 440,000 fled their homes due to persecution from religious or ethnic minorities. This means they’re about as common in China as they are anywhere else in the world despite government efforts to restrict them from moving across borders and establishing refugee camps according to Human Rights Watch.

China Military

China has the second-largest military in the world, with a total of about two million active personnel (including reserves). It is also ranked first within the global arms trade market and its defence budget was $150 billion USD as of 2015 according to CNN.

Since 1962, it’s been ruled by an authoritarian communist party that controls all aspects from wages and taxes to employment demographics or political institutions; this means that there are no elections for any positions higher than local councils who must nominate people for various posts like mayors or city managers. China uses these types of systems because they believe their population will be more devoted to following orders if everything isn’t left up to individual choice.

-But despite being one of the world’s wealthiest countries and having a GDP per capita of about $14,000 USD as of 2017 according to the World Bank, China has not managed to implement any substantial poverty alleviation programs over the course of its existence.

This is largely due to policies put in place during Mao Zedong’s rule where safety standards were scrapped because they believed it was more important for people to be useful members of society regardless if their work killed them than spend time ensuring everyone had a safe place to work. Poverty rates are still high with an estimated 200 million people (out of total population size around one billion) living below the national poverty line set at $800 USD or less; this means that there are still plenty who live without access to clean water or sufficient food, or who have to deal with unsafe working conditions.

That’s why this phrase was created: “In China, even the rich are poor”.

World’s Largest Hydroelectric Dam

The Three Gorges Dam is the world’s largest hydroelectric dam and spans across two provinces in southern China. This project was put into place by former President Jiang Zemin to increase electricity production from sources like coal; it also has a number of environmental impacts which include displacing around one million people, destroying natural habitats or even an entire ecosystem (like Yangtze River Delta) while potentially accelerating climate change according to Michael Buckley who works for the World Wildlife Fund.

What is the purpose of the Three Gorges Dam?

The Three Gorges Dam was built to generate electricity from coal, increase the country’s energy production and provide flood control for an area with a population of about 100 million people. It also has several impacts on the environment which include potentially making climate change worse according to Michael Buckley who works for the World Wildlife Fund.

It displaced around one million people and destroyed natural habitats or entire ecosystems like the Yangtze River Delta as well while accelerating climate change according to Michael Buckley who works for the World Wildlife Fund. But despite these concerns, there are some benefits such as lower greenhouse gas emissions per unit of power generation when compared against other countries like Brazil, Germany, India, Russia or Japan combined plus it provides hydroelectric power instead of burning fossil fuels which is usually used to generate power.

If you were wondering how long it takes for the Three Gorges Dam to produce a significant amount of energy, then one day’s worth of electricity generation would be enough to supply 60% of Beijing and Shanghai’s needs as well as 90% for Guangzhou according to World Bank Group data from 2016.

In terms of water volume, this dam can hold more than 20 trillion gallons with an average annual flow rate that reaches 95 billion cubic meters; when we account for other factors like surface area or depth (which are both 262 square kilometres), storage capacity could reach up 900 million acre-feet depending on water levels at any given time. Interestingly enough, there was speculation about whether this project should even go into place in the first place due to fears about environmental or social impacts, but now it’s considered a success story according to some experts.

The Three Gorges Dam spans across two provinces in southern China and is currently one of the world’s largest hydroelectric dams which also has several environmental impacts such as displacing people from their homes, increasing climate change that could accelerate over time according to Michael Buckley who works for World Wildlife Fund.

However, there are benefits like lower greenhouse gas emissions per unit of power generation when compared against other countries combined with providing hydroelectric power instead of burning fossil fuels; these factors make this project worth completing despite its negative effects like destroying natural habitats/ecosystems while accelerating climate change.

Why does China flood so much?

  • There are a number of reasons why China floods so much; one example is the Three Gorges Dam which was built to produce hydroelectric power which has environmental impacts such as displacing people from their homes, but it also provides benefits like reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing hydropower instead of burning fossil fuels. In addition, there’s a variety of factors involved with how often these events happen that includes climate change due to industrialization or urbanization as well as deforestation in some parts. For instance, an increase in soil erosion causes flooding issues by carrying dirt into streams and rivers while affecting water quality downstream according to Union of Concerned Scientists researcher Jesse Sallinger who published his findings last year after studying this issue for over six years.
  • Jesse Sallinger found that an increase in soil erosion causes flooding by carrying dirt into streams and rivers; this is one of the many reasons why China floods so often. It’s a result of factors like climate change from industrialization or urbanization as well as deforestation which affects water quality downstream according to Union of Concerned Scientists researcher Jesse Sallinger who published his findings last year after studying for over six years.
  • China also struggles with pollution due to high levels of air, water, and land contamination throughout its cities; depending on where you live these issues could be worse than others since certain regions are more polluted such as Beijing or Shanghai while rural areas have less impact although still present among other places around the country.
  • More than half of the wastewater in China’s largest river, the Yangtze River, is untreated according to research published by a team of scientists from Harvard and Yale last year which could lead to health risks as well as worsening environmental issues like water scarcity over time.
  • -The fact that more than 50% of the wastewater found in one of its most popular rivers isn’t treated means it has many negative consequences for both people and their environment; this includes increased risk for diseases while exacerbating long term effects such as water scarcity or air pollution due to climate change.
  • *This also applies to other parts around China where there are high levels of contaminants including Beijing or Shanghai depending on your location even if rural areas have less impact but are still present among other places throughout the country.
  • It’s a result of factors like climate change from industrialization or urbanization as well as deforestation which affects water quality downstream according to Union of Concerned Scientists researcher Jesse Sallinger who published his findings last year after studying for over six years.
  • -China also struggles with pollution due to high levels of air, water, and land contamination in its cities; depending on where you live these issues could be worse than others since certain regions are more polluted such as Beijing or Shanghai while rural areas have less impact although still present among other places around the country. More than half of the wastewater found in one of China’s most popular rivers is untreated according to research from Harvard and Yale scientists that were published last year which could lead to health risks as well as worsening environmental issues like water scarcity over time.
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