A dam failure in China, 1975 caused as many as 240,000 deaths. The chief engineer predicted it beforehand, and was removed from the project. It was covered up for decades en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
Today I learned of Wei Jie. A frail youth who lived in 3rd Century AD China, he was considered to be so beautiful that hordes of admirers mobbed him/his home all day, which caused him to die of stress. "Wei Jie died of stares" is now a Chinese idiom describing celebrities who have very obsessive fandoms. ecns.cn/learning-Chinese/…
If you're under 18 in China you can only play games up to 90 minutes on weekdays and three hours on weekends. independent.co.uk/life-st…
In 1900, a sealed cave was discovered in China's Gansu province containing 1,100 scrolls and 15,000 Buddhist texts. Believed to have been sealed around 1002, the last recorded date, the cave contained lost texts and the earliest dated printed book, a copy of the Diamond Sutra printed in 868. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mog…
In Tang Dynasty China (600s-900s AD), women wearing men's clothing was a fashion trend. Normally a taboo in China, it was made acceptable by the Li Clan's (the Imperial Family's) women- notably Princess Pingyang- who actually commanded armies during the Dynasty's foundational wars. newhanfu.com/what-did-the…
China's 17th-century Tianqi Emperor suffered from a learning disΠ°bility, and was illiterΠ°te. However, he was an outstanding carpenter and craftsman, spending vast amounts of time on woodworking, and he instructed his servΠ°nts to sell his creations undercΠΎver, to see how much they were worth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tia…
The first country to formally declare war on Japan during WW2 was actually Canada. China, despite fighting Japan since 1937, did not officially declare war until the day after the United States did. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dec…
Countries like China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan have Tetraphobia, the fear of the number 4. Chinese people take care not to use the number 4 during important holidays, or if someone in the family is sick. Numbers such as 14, 24, and so on, are not used because they also have the number 4. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
A guy in 19th Century China managed to convince over 30 million people he was Jesus Christ's brother, and attempted to rebel against the Chinese Government, starting one of the bloodiest civil wars in human history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Kiwifruits were originally called Chinese gooseberries, as they are native to China. The name was first changed to melonette, which was unpopular because melons were subject to higher tariffs than other fruit. They were renamed kiwifruits in 1959. nzhistory.govt.nz/the-chi…
The majority of the Great Wall of China has broken down or disappeared. Only sections built in the Ming Dynasty (roughly 10% of it) is still in good condition. chinahighlights.com/great…
The world's largest film studio is Hengdian Studios, in China. Basically a city of permanent full-scale replicas of palaces, fortresses, and towns from various periods of China's history. Whole populations of nearby towns are often employed to be extras for period dramas & fantasy movies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Chen Si, a Chinese man, has spent every weekend of the past 13 years patrolling the most notorious suicide spot in China, helping prevent suicides. He has saved well over 300 people. news.com.au/lifestyle/rea…
Most of the Great Wall of China that we see today was constructed starting in the late 1400s, making it contemporary with The Renaissance. (Leonardo da Vinci was in his 20s and painting professionally by the time the Ming Dynasty resumed building it) history.com/topics/ancien…
A doctor in China used CRISPR to edit the genes of twin girls to be more resistant to HIV, creating the first genetically engineered "designer babies." The Chinese government sentenced him to to 3 years in prison for illegal medical practice. nature.com/articles/d4158…
China had to relocate over 1 million people to build the Three Gorges Dam because 13 cities, 140 towns and 1350 villages had to be flooded and were no longer inhabitable. The impact on those residents is portrayed in the poignant movie "Still Life" (2006) which won 11 international film awards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
Norman Borlaug has been credited with saving over a billion people from starvation by his use of genetic crossbreeding to greatly increase crop yield in places like Mexico, India, Pakistan, and China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Scientists in China have successfully grown tooth enamel which paves the way to replace fillings & crowns. A chemical mixture applied to whole human teeth created an enamel layer 2.7 micrometers thick within 48 hours. (Calcium & phosphate ions with triethylamine in alcohol). telegraph.co.uk/science/2…
Carfentanil, a substance with 100 times the strength of fentanyl and 5,000 times the strength of heroin, was not a controlled substance in China until 2017. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The United States had a plan to bomb Japan from China endorsed by President Roosevelt over a year before the attack on Pearl Harbor. The attack would have been led by Claire Chennault, and only didn’t occur because there weren’t any Chinese bases close enough to reach the Japanese archipelago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
There are more companies making pianos in China than there are piano stores in the USA. The largest piano manufacturer in China (Pearl River) has three factories in China, any one of which produces more pianos than all the new pianos sold in the USA each year livingpianos.com/where-ar…
The Great Wall of China has stood for centurie thanks to it being made of a unique mortar made of a mix of rice flour and slaked lime ripleys.com/weird-news/gr…
The largest shopping mall in the world (in terms of gross leasable area) is the South China Mall in Dongguan, China. When opened in 2005, the mall failed to attract merchants and has mostly remained vacant since it opened. Leading it to be dubbed a "dead mall." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
KFC is the largest restaurant chain in China, with 5,003 outlets as of 2015 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KFC
Some schools in China now have uniforms with tracking devices in them. This is done to monitor attendance. If students try to leave during school hours, an alarm will go off. interestingengineering.co…
World's largest printer of Bibles is in China, and is also the only company in China authorized to print Bibles. christianitytoday.com/new…
The oldest known pottery is from China and dates to 20,000 BC, at the height of the ice age, long before the beginnings of agriculture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
A village in China where no foreigners are allowed to visit, has a population of 80 where 36 of them are dwarves. The exact cause is unknown. procaffenation.com/truth-…
Today I learned that the "Indian People's Party" has twice as many members as the "Communist Party of China", which makes it the biggest organization on the planet with over 180 million members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The Kangxi Emperor, China's longest-reigning emperor (ruled 1661-1722), had a strict military rule: a commander or a soldier who returned from a battle alone would be put to death. This pushed them to fight valiantly, because there was no benefit in being the sole survivor of a battle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
Rong Yiren, known as "the red capitalist", came from one of China's richest families and donated all his private property to the state in 1956. He was appointed vice mayor of Shanghai in 1957 and became vice chairman of the PRC in 1993. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron…
Different cultures count on their hands differently and in China you can count to 10 on one hand termcoord.eu/2016/09/fing…
In 1937, TIME named Chinese First Lady Soong Mei-ling Person of the Year alongside her husband, declaring, β€œNo woman in the West holds so great a position as Mme Chiang Kai-shek holds in China.” time.com/5793488/soong-me…
The adopted son of China's President during WW2 was a Nazi Wehrmacht officer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Imperial China had laws on depicting Dragons in artwork: commoners can only depict their dragons with 3 claws, nobility/high officials can only use 4-clawed dragons, while the Emperor reserved 5-clawed dragons for himself. Any one else using 5-clawed dragons can be executed for treason. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
China launched a localized cloud seeding project in Beijing shortly before the 2008 Olympics, which successfully forced anticipated rains to fall before the event started. theguardian.com/sport/200…
A poor 19th century Chinese man failed the civil service exam, fell ill, reread a Christian pamphlet he had earlier ignored, & hallucinated that he was Jesus' brother. He led a cult/rebellion that conquered much of southern China, crowning himself as king. This civil war killed over 10 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tai…
Ming China placed limits on how frequently its client states could offer tribute. This was because Ming China always provided a return gift whenever they received tribute, which would often be of greater value than the tribute received. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Nobody really knows when or where yo-yos come from. Some historians even believe that they could have originated as early as 1000 BCE in China. nevadainventors.org/yo-yo…
Today I learned about Zheng He, a 14th c. Muslim Chinese admiral who expanded Ming China's influence to places as far as modern-day Kenya and Brunei; he also fought and won a land war against Sri Lanka, taking the Sri Lankan king back with him to China so that he could apologize to the Emperor directly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhe…
A US IT worker outsourced is own job to someone in China at 1/5 the salary. He was only found out because a security audit discovered suspicious VPN activity. bbc.com/news/technology-2…
A massive hydroelectric dam in China has increased the length of one day by 0.06 microseconds. businessinsider.com/china…
In 2019, Archaeological ruins and artifacts discovered in Liangzhu, China predate the Shang dynasty, which historians have traditionally taught was China’s earliest recorded, by nearly 1,700 years bbc.com/culture/article/2…
The Warlord of North East China had an affair with Mussolini's daughter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zha…
The Jiahu neolithic site in China has yielded flutes dating back to 7,000 BC – 5,000 BC that could represent the earliest playable instruments ever found. Fragments of bone flutes from this period are still playable today, and are remarkably similar to modern versions in terms of hole placement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diz…
: During the Korean War of the 1950s ( aka 'Forgotten War' ) Nukes were deployed in Guam & there were contingency plans to drop upto 50 Atomic Bombs to Strategically Target North Korea & parts of China news.yahoo.com/korean-war…
The longest straight-line path you can take on Earth while only travelling on land goes from Jinjang, China to Sagres, Portugal. It is 11.241 km (6.984 miles) long without ever hitting the sea. technologyreview.com/2018…
The most popular card game in China is called "dou dizhu" which translates to "fighting the landlord" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
The Great Wall of China was built over 2500 years (~124 generations) and that multiple states and dynasties contributed to it, including the Wei Dynasty featured in the popular video game Dynasty Warriors. history.com/topics/ancien…
Today I learned that Chinas high-speed rail network is 500 times longer than the US high-speed rail network and accounts for two thirds of the global total. eesi.org/papers/view/fact…

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