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Unbelievable Things That Only Happened in China

China, unfortunately, is often in the news for the wrong reasons lately. It should not be forgotten that, as a country of unusual customs, China has always fascinated by its vast culture and its unusual lifestyle. Today we will discover some surprising facts about Mao’s country. Some will make you smile while others will surprise you. So here are Unbelievable Things That Only Happened in China.

  • China is the most populous country in the world. In 2019, its population was estimated at 1.4 billion people. 
  • China celebrates the Lunar New Year in a big way. The whole family gets together and the Chinese don’t hesitate to travel, even from afar, to celebrate…
  • …and even if one of the family members is absent, an empty chair is placed on the table, so that the other members feel that they are among them. 
  • For a man to get married in China, he must make a living.
  • In China, there is a term for single men over the age of 30. It’s “Sheng Nan”, which means “the remains of a man”. 
  • If you invite a Chinese man to eat or drink, he will automatically refuse, even if he wants to, but only out of courtesy. That’s why you should always invite him again.  
  • The Chinese use plastic bags a lot, even to wrap up restaurant cutlery that will be washed by a cleaning company, or to put an umbrella up if it gets wet.
  • Did you know that toilet paper was invented in China? And did you also know that used paper is thrown away… in the garbage? The Chinese avoid flushing it down the toilet so as not to clog up the pipes because they’re narrow.  
  • In China, it is common to see an entire family, including the dog, on a scooter or a small motorcycle.
  • If you go to China, you may come across “dingzihu” or “nail houses”. These are houses that owners refuse to give up to construction companies when they want to build a road or facilities. Therefore, they are left untouched. 
  • In Sichuan province, tradition dictates that the future bride should cry for one hour a day one month before the ceremony.
  • To eat, read or rest, the Chinese stand in this position, bending over in this way. 
  • In China, there is a fully automated hotel. All the staff, from the doorman to the receptionists and the waiters, are 100% robots.
  • The social networks we know, like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, are not allowed in China. They are replaced by WeChat, Sina Weibo, etc. 
  • In China, on the island of Hengkin, there is the largest aquarium in the world.
  • In some subway stations, you can find vending machines that offer… live crabs! They are sold in plastic containers and are kept at a temperature of 5°C. 
  • In China, we don’t get angry in public because this attitude is very badly perceived.
  • Chinese pizza is different from the Italian one. It has fruits, mayonnaise… But did you know that the pizza is of Chinese origin and that it was introduced in Italy by a certain Marco Polo? 
  • Inlaws often move in with their partners after the birth of their first child.
  • In China, there are public bathrooms everywhere. Except these Chinese baths are Turkish…
  • In Guizhou province, school children must stop and greet all passing cars.  Thanks to this law, the number of traffic accidents involving children has been reduced to zero. 
  • Time travel is forbidden in Chinese films and series because it tends to distract viewers from contemporary reality and the communist regime. 
  • China has built the tallest and longest glass bridge in the world. 
  • In Shanghai, women have a reputation for being authoritarian. 
  • At a family meal, the Chinese never serve themselves and never start eating before the host, the distinguished guest or the older member of the family. 
  • The Chinese army trains itself to keep the arm at the right height by using cables attached to a pole.
  • …and to always keep his chin up, he puts a needle in his neck. Watch out for the one who puts his head down! 
  • Men are so gallant that they don’t hesitate to carry their wives’ or girlfriends’ bags in the street.
  • The Chinese government bans all media that spread uncontrolled information.
  • The movie Avatar was banned in China in its 2D version because the government would not have appreciated its content. However, it allowed the 3D version, except that the country had almost no 3D cinema at that time.
  • Playing with their chopsticks or licking them is frowned upon. Also, you should always use them in the right direction and never put them in your rice bowl because it reminds you of the incense that is burned for the dead. 
  • If you ever get stuck in a traffic jam in China, you can call a special service that will send two people to you. You can entrust your car to one of them, while the other will take you on a motorbike.
  • The Chinese prefer to take bathe at night rather than in the morning.
  • Collecting stamps is the favorite pastime of the Chinese.
  • In China, the cursed number is the number “4”. It’s the equivalent of “13” for Westerners.
  • The Chinese love table tennis and play it often. You can find Ping-Pong tables everywhere, and it is common to see the Chinese drinking hot water because it is good for their health and maintains their body temperature. Eating soup or noodles by sucking on them noisily is tolerated in China.
  • In some regions, the police use geese instead of dogs. This animal can be just as aggressive and has better vision than a dog. Also, geese require less care.   
  • The Chinese do not like to hug and kiss.
  • In China, wearing a green hat means that a man has an unfaithful wife.
  • In China, the last name precedes the first name, and the Chinese prefer to be called by their first name.
  • Watches are never offered to the elderly in China because the expression “offer a watch” in Chinese means “Your time is running out”.  
  • In China, tipping in a restaurant or hotel can be considered rude. 
  • Some Chinese are very addicted to their smart phones and barely look up at the screen.
  • Due to the lack of space in their homes, the Chinese do not hesitate to hang out their clothes on the street. 
  • Before 2015, video game consoles were banned in China.
  • A few years ago, the Chinese launched a strange challenge: to place a small fish in some water in the hollow of its clavicle to show that they are thin.
  • The Chinese love ice cream, especially peas. By the way, did you know that ice cream is of Chinese origin? 
  • Offering a medicine in China is not a good idea, because the person receiving it will think they are going to get sick or that the person offering it wants them to get sick.  
  • As big as China is, it only has one time zone. However, there were five before they were reduced to one by Mao Zedong after the communist revolution of 1949. 
  • In China, everyone takes a nap no matter when or where, even in IKEA stores.
  • In the country of “Made in China”, counterfeit products are very common, even ingenious and very creative!
  • In China, Google has launched a site to download music that is legal and free. 
  • The Chinese are surprised when people blow their noses in public.
  • but they don’t hesitate to spit in the street and find it natural.
  • In China, people prefer electric scooters to cars because of the pollution. So they are widely used and so important that they are given priority. 
  • To say “no” with a gesture, the Chinese do not wave their index finger, but their whole hand.
  • But in general, the Chinese do not use their hands to speak.  
  • It is said that the Chinese are not used to seeing blondes with blue eyes. And when they see them, they like to take pictures of them.
  • If you carry a bottle of water on the subway, you may be asked to take a sip at the checkpoint to make sure it’s water.
  • The Chinese are experts in ecommerce. To make their purchases, they place their orders on the Internet and have them delivered quickly.
  • For their funerals or when they are in mourning, the Chinese do not dress in black, but in white. 
  • During meals, everyone shares the dishes. 
  • In China, there is a hot pepper tasting contest in which candidates dive into a pool full of hot peppers and have to eat as much as they can in a limited time.
  • The Chinese play sports in groups in the parks. 
  • Offering a pear to a Chinese couple means their separation.
  • To celebrate a special event, the Chinese blow up a bunch of firecrackers.  
  • The Chinese are generous and can snatch a restaurant bill to pay for it.
  • In China, if a very rich person is sentenced to prison, he can pay a double to serve his sentence instead.
  • The biggest traffic jam ever recorded in China was a distance of 96 km and it lasted 10 days!
  • In China, some companies install safety nets around their buildings to prevent employee suicide attempts.
  • The Chinese drive as they see fit. They also love to honk their horns.
  • It’s not only the red lights that people pass in China, but also the queue.
  • The Chinese like to exchange gifts with each other.
  • In China, there is a competition like no other: the lobsters fight. 
  • Chinese women like to wear red dresses embroidered with gold thread because these two colours represent luck, fortune and joy.
  • Shanghai is so polluted that a pollution cloud is crossing the Pacific.
  • In the subway, there are sometimes ladies who check bags at the entrance to each line. 
  • Both the Chinese and the Japanese love karaoke. 
  • It’s estimated that by 2025, China will have 10 cities the size of New York…
  • …and in the meantime, its population will grow by about 350 million people. 
  • In China, there are many “ghost towns” where no one lives. They’re built just to keep the builders busy and generate growth.
  • Advertising is everywhere: on the streets, in the subway and even in taxis. 
  • Chinese women love shiny manicures.
  • Wherever you go, you’ll find masseurs everywhere.
  • In China, there are not only soda cans, but also fresh air cans. 
  • There is a line specially drawn for pedestrians who are so busy checking their phones that they don’t pay attention to the traffic and don’t look where they are going.
  • China is home to all the world’s giant pandas. The ones you see in other countries are just “rented”. 
  • The Chinese are so humble that they tell you everything they do is wrong. 
  • There will be more English speakers in China than in the United States. 
  • In some cities, the Chinese have no problem going out in pajamas and slippers.
  • Chinese hairdressers are creative and even patriotic.
  • According to a study recently published by the American NGO Berkeley Earth, breathing the air in Beijing for one day is equivalent to smoking 21 cigarettes. 
  • Insects are bred for use in Chinese medicine.
  • “100 years old eggs” is one of the Chinese specialties. Of course, they are not 100 years old, but they are prepared according to a special recipe.
  • The Chinese love to dance and start the day dancing.
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Every country has its own culture, and China will never cease to surprise us. What facts have most impressed you? Tell us in the comments.

 

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