14 things you never knew about China

  • 29 January 2016

Get to know China, and impress your Chinese guests, with these fun facts.

  1. The word “China” comes from the rule of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, and the Qin (pronounced “chin”) dynasty.
  2. One in every five people in the world is Chinese.
  3. Fortune cookies were invented in 1920 by a worker in the Key Heong Noodle Factory in San Francisco.
  4. Cricket fighting is a popular game in China. Many Chinese children keep crickets as pets.
  5. Soccer originated in China around 1000 B.C.
  6. Viewed as a status symbol, stamp collecting is China’s number one hobby.
  7. Red symbolizes happiness for the Chinese and is used at Chinese festivals, birthdays and weddings.
  8. Originating as far back as 250 B.C., Chinese lanterns were once symbols of wealth. The wealthiest families had lanterns so large it required several people with poles to lift them.
  9. In China, the bat is a traditional good luck symbol.
  10. The bicycle was introduced into China around 1891 and is now the main transportation for millions of Chinese people.
  11. The carp is a symbol of strength and perseverance. The scales and whiskers of the fish make it resemble a dragon, the greatest symbol of power in China. Fish in general play a large role in Chinese culture and the words for “fish” and “abundance” are pronounced the same in Chinese
  12. China has recently overtaken the US as the world’s largest economy. However it is only related to the purchasing power of the country.
  13. China's annual instant-noodle consumption is enough to feed all of Algeria three meals a day for a year.
  14. Half of the world's pigs reside in China.