Fast Facts about China

Toilet paper was invented in China in the late 1300s, and only emperors could use it.

China's official name is the People's Republic of China.

In the Tang dynasty, anyone with an education was expected to say hello and goodbye to another person in poetic verse composed on the spot.

Beijing is the capital of China.

China is the most populous nation on earth, containing one fifth of the world's population.

Red symbolizes happiness for the Chinese and is commonly used at Chinese festivals, birthdays, weddings, and other special occasions.

One in every five people in the world is Chinese.

China has the third largest landmass of any nation, only outsized by Russia and Canada.

Fortune cookies are not a traditional Chinese custom, they were invented in San Francisco in 1920 by a worker in the Key Heong Noodle Factory.

Chinese internet users are five times as likely to have blogs as Americans.

The currency in China is called Yuan.

China's climate is very diverse, ranging from tropical to subarctic.

China's flag is red with five stars.

Chinese are much more likely to believe in evolution than Americans.

China's life expectancy is 71.8 years.

White is the Chinese color for mourning and funerals.

The primary language is Mandarin Chinese.

China is considered to be the world's oldest existing civilization, with its first recorded history dating as far back as 1500 BC.

China invented ice cream.

By 2030, China will add more new city-dwellers than the entire population of the U.S.

Mountains make up one-third of China's land area.

According to popular legend, tea was discovered by the Chinese emperor Shennong in 2737 B.C. when a tea leaf fell into his boiling water.

The number one hobby in China is stamp collecting.

By 2025, China will build ten cities the size of New York.

China has thousands of rivers, including the Yangtze, which is the third largest in the world.

Over 3,800 species of fish live in China.

Southwest China is home to the giant panda, who lives nowhere else on earth.

If the Chinese ever used as much oil per person as Americans in a single day, then the world will need seven more Saudi Arabia's to meet their demand.

China has changed faster in the past 20 years than any other country in the world.

China's history is divided by dynasties, each of which mark the rule of a line of emperors.

China has been under communist rule since 1949.

China is known for many inventions: Paper, gunpowder, porcelain, silk, the magnetic compass, printing, calligraphy, and much more.

China uses twice as much steel as the US, Europe and Japan combined.

The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing were the most expensive games in history, costing $40 billion!