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  1. Watermelon is considered a good gift to give a host in China.
  2. Amazingly in China, finishing all the food in a meal is considered to be rude since it means host didn’t provide enough food.
  3. In 1946, during a land survey of Sichuan province in China, a forester encountered a tree he had never seen before, so he took a sample. He came to find it was as yet unknown to science and only existing as a fossil. It came to be known as the ‘Dawn Redwood’.
  4. More bird species live in China than any other place in the world.
  5. An amazing 10,000 cats are eaten per day just in China’s Guangdong province alone.
  6. Amazingly China has 38% savings rate, one of the highest in the world followed by India which has 35% saving rate.
  7. The high speed train in Shanghai goes 268 miles per hour (431 kilometers per hour), making it the fastest train in the world. China also possesses the world’s longest high-speed rail network over 9,676 km of service routes.
  8. Amazingly 73% of the world’s beer is consumed in China.
  9. China surpassed Europe as the world’s biggest beer market. Amazing fact is that in the space of a couple of decades the country has gone from barely touching a drop to become the world’s biggest beer market. Beer drinking in China is growing fast, by nearly 10% a year.
  10. Starbucks dominates the Chinese market with around 70% percent market share becoming Starbucks’ second-largest market behind the U.S.
  11. China is the world’s largest cotton producer and importer producing almost 30% of the world’s total output.
  12. Amazingly 98% of China’s banking assets are state-owned.
  13. China’s state-owned China Mobile is world’s biggest mobile phone operator, with 70% share of the domestic market.
  14. Facebook, Twitter and The New York Times have been blocked in China since 2009.
  15. Elgoog.com (Google backwards) has a huge following in China because because elgooG search terms are printed in reverse, so users are able to perform Google searches without detection by the Chinese government’s search filters.
  16. It’s amazing that the Chinese government employs an estimated 30,000 workers as “Internet police” to monitor Internet traffic, as well as instant messaging services, text messages, and online chat rooms.
  17. Amazingly qq.com , a popular social networking and instant messaging platform in China has more than 500 million active IM accounts alone.
  18. Its amazing that no Chinese citizen has won a scientific Nobel Prize.
  19. China has surpassed U.S. as leader in patent filings.
  20. Since 1978, China’s economy has consistently doubled in size every eight years.
  21. China will have an estimated 221 cities with a population of a million or more by 2025. Today, Europe only has 35 such cities.
  22. Out of Shenzhen’s population of more than 14 million people, amazingly only 2.5 million are residents.
  23. Chinese consume 55,000 cigarettes every second. One of every three cigarettes consumed around the world is smoked in China.
  24. Chinese smoke around 2.2 trillion cigarettes a year, of which 400 billion are fake, made mostly in illegal cigarette factories in caves below a city in China, often containing 80 percent more nicotine, 130 percent more carbon monoxide and occasionally insect eggs.
  25. Suicides in China account for 26% of all suicides worldwide. Amazing fact is that China is the only country in the world where more women commit suicide than men, according to World Health Organization statistics. Women in China have a 25% higher rate than men.
  26. The Chinese don’t give gifts as wedding presents. Instead, they give a hong bao (“red envelope”) with cash. The amount of money is chosen to avoid the unlucky number four and favor the lucky numbers 8 and 9.
  27. China was closed to foreign tourism between 1949 and 1974 during the rule of Mao Zedong. Deng Xiaoping decided to develop China’s tourism in the late 1970’s as a way of earning foreign exchange.
  28. Amazing Terracotta Army was accidentally uncovered by farmers digging a well near Xi’an in 1974 revealing one of the world’s most spectacular architectural finds. Archeologists eventually unearthed an entire Terracotta Army of some 7,000 warriors, chariots, and horses, which were buried with the emperor in a vast underground mausoleum to protect him in the afterlife. To keep the location secret, thousands of workers were killed and buried after construction was completed.
  29. Tiananmen Square in Beijing is the largest city square in the world, measuring 440,000 sq meters (880m by 500m).
  30. Amazing fact is that China has more pigs than the next 43 pork producing countries combined. Pig population is about half a billion. On an average day in China, 1.7 million pigs are consumed.
  31. Amazingly China has 64 million vacant homes, including some entire ghost cities that are empty.
  32. China tried to build a city that was a replica of Paris, right down to the replica Eiffel Tower, but it’s now a ghost town.
  33. In 2005, Chinese billionaire Alex Hu Guirong built the world’s largest shopping mall in Dongguan, China. At seven million square feet, the New South China Mall had room for up to 2,350 shops. Amazing fact is that from 2005 until the present, only about one percent of the mall has ever been used ever. 99 % area is gathering dust under cloth covers.
  34. It’s amazing that there are already more Christians in China (About 55 million) than Italy.
  35. When you buy Chinese stocks, you are basically financing the Chinese government as eight of Shanghai’s top ten stocks are government owned.
  36. For the first time in over 100 years, in 2008, China became the world’s biggest producer of gold. South Africa held the title of the world’s biggest gold producer for about a century.
  37. China uses 45 billion chopsticks per year.
  38. The giant panda is considered a Chinese national treasure. Just over 1,000 survive in the wild all of them in the bamboo forests of Sichuan Province. A panda’s entire mating season lasts only about two or three days. Once they have mated, females chase the males out of their territory and raise their cubs on their own.
  39. Amazing fact is all pandas in the world are on loan from China, and when a baby Panda is born, by agreement, it is sent back to China to help expand the gene pool.
  40. China is said to suffer from the worst brain drain in the world. 7 out of 10 students who enroll overseas never move back to live in China.
  41. The number one hobby in China is stamp collecting.
  42. White, rather than black, is the Chinese color for mourning and funerals.
  43. China executes more than 4 times as many convicts as the rest of the world combined. Many executions are done on the road using vehicles called the death vans designed by Jinguan Motors wherein lethal injections are given on site.
  44. Time Travel depictions in films and TV are banned in China.
  45. Amazing fact is people in parts of Western China put salt in their tea instead of sugar.
  46. Chinese soldiers stick needle into their collars to keep ideal postures during military parades.
  47. Students in China tie their hair to the ceiling to prevent falling asleep while studying.
  48. Fact is rich people in China hire body doubles to serve their prison sentence .
  49. In 2006, China slaughtered 50,000 dogs after three people died of rabies. Dogs being walked were seized from their owners and beaten to death on the spot. Owners were offered 63 cents per animal to kill their own dogs before the beating teams were sent in.
  50. Amazingly Brad Pitt was banned from ever entering China because of his role in Seven Years in Tibet.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team 

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