By: Marijana Guduric, Alexandra Koller and Ijeoma Ohiaeri
Did you know…?
The word “China” most likely derives from the name of the Qin (pronounced “chin”) dynasty.
Fortune cookies are not a traditional Chinese custom. They were invented by a worker in the Noodle Factory in San Francisco in 1920.
Cricket fighting is a popular amusement in China. Many Chinese children keep crickets as pets.
The number one hobby in China is stamp collecting.
The most important holiday in China is the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year. Chinese traditionally believe that every person turns one year older on the New Year and, thus, that day is considered to be everyone’s birthday.
China has the world’s oldest calendar. This lunar calendar originated in 2600 B.C. and has 12 zodiac signs. It takes 60 years to complete.
China has an obligatory Military service of 2 years for all men between 18 and 22. Women of the same age group are also recruited for specific military jobs.
China has the second largest waterfall, Dietian, spanning two countries. Second only to Niagra Falls.
It was two monks who smuggled the secret to making silk out of the country and gave it to the western world
Wedding dresses never reflect black, blue or gray because it is believed that it may bring sorrow to the marriage. Red and white, symbols of love and prosperity are the two most popular colors.
The compass was invented in China, probably during the Han Dynasty (2nd century BC.) It was originally used for Feng Shui not navigation.
At least 14 countries and 4 seas border China.
King Tang (A.D. 618-97) of Shang is credited with the invention of Ice Cream. He combined milk and sugar using snow and saltpeter. His creation was likely brought from China back to Europe.
That 85% of all US artificial Christmas lights are made in China
That China has 20% of the world’s population
That the number of unmarried young men is predicted to be 30 million by 2020. The population is more male than female with 119 baby boys born for every 100 girls
That 34 children are born every minute in China. How many children would have been born by the time you’re done reading this?
That the number 250 means stupid