14 things you never knew about China
Get to know China, and impress your Chinese guests, with these fun facts.
- The word “China” comes from the rule of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, and the Qin (pronounced “chin”) dynasty.
- One in every five people in the world is Chinese.
- Fortune cookies were invented in 1920 by a worker in the Key Heong Noodle Factory in San Francisco.
- Cricket fighting is a popular game in China. Many Chinese children keep crickets as pets.
- Soccer originated in China around 1000 B.C.
- Viewed as a status symbol, stamp collecting is China’s number one hobby.
- Red symbolizes happiness for the Chinese and is used at Chinese festivals, birthdays and weddings.
- 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.
- In China, the bat is a traditional good luck symbol.
- The bicycle was introduced into China around 1891 and is now the main transportation for millions of Chinese people.
- 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
- China has recently overtaken the US as the world’s largest economy. However it is only related to the purchasing power of the country.
- China's annual instant-noodle consumption is enough to feed all of Algeria three meals a day for a year.
- Half of the world's pigs reside in China.