During the Second Opium War (1860), French and British troops reached the Imperial Palace in Peking, China. The troops *looted* everything in sightβ€”including five Pekingese dogs. The dogs were taken back to England and one of the dogs was given to Queen Victoria. She named the dog β€œLooty" nationalpurebreddogday.co…
Many Chinese medical tourists who go to South Korea for inexpensive and high quality plastic surgery have difficulty re-entering China due to their passports photos not matching their new face post op. kotaku.com/how-south-kore…
That, since 2008, China has built nearly enough high speed rail (23,500mi) to go around the circumference of the earth (24,901mi) cnn.com/travel/article/ch…
For the 2015 Chinese film "Wolf Totem", 35 Mongolian wolves were trained in China for over 4 years by a Scottish trainer, who trained them to sit, snarl, and fight on cue. After filming, the wolves were ultimately relocated to Canada, since they only understood commands in English en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wol…
Today I learned about the 996 working hour system, which is mainly implemented in China. "996" stands for "working 9 am to 9 pm, 6 days a week". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/996…
Despite the fact that China is wider than the contiguous United States and could ideally have 5 different time zones, China uses only one time zone called China Standard Time (CST) across the entire country. infobloom.com/why-does-ch…
Numbered musical notation is popular in China, making conventions to encode and decode music more accessible than in the West, as more Chinese can sight read it than standard notation. Indexing with numbers makes it possible to search music by melody, but it has never become popular in the West en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Num…
The 3 gorges dam's, an absolutely massive dam in South-Central China, has a max carrying capacity of a mind-numbing **42 billion tons of water**, and that when the reservoir is carrying maximum capacity, it reduces the Earth's mass so much it slows the Earth's rotation by 0.06 microseconds. interestingengineering.co…
According to a 2013 study, there are 450 to 500 million positive atheists and agnostics worldwide (7% of the world's population), with China having the most atheists in the world (200 million convinced atheists). oxfordhandbooks.com/view/…
There are health requirements to get a desk job/get into university in places like India and China and people with things like type 1 diabetes are rejected because the institutions don't want to deal with possible hypoglycemia. People with illnesses hide their diagnosis. tandfonline.com/doi/abs/1…
In order to hand draw all of the bubbles in The Little Mermaid, the manpower was outsourced to a China based firm, and the finished artwork of the bubbles was kept in a vault blocks away from the demonstration at Tiananmen Square in 1989. This almost delayed the production of the movie. screenrant.com/disney-pri…
Late in his reign as Emperor of China, Wu of Jin had over 5000 wives and concubines. Given this gluttony of choice, he let his goats decide whom he should spend the night with. He would ride on a cart drawn by the goats, and wherever the goats would stop, that's who he would have. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
China held elections in 1909 in 22 provinces during the Qing Empire in a move toward constitutional monarchy. About 1.7 million men, or 0.42 percent of the population, were eligible voters. It marked "the first day in Chinese history that people can elect their representative" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/190…
A man in Guangzhou, China went through a successful penis transplant in 2006. Although a surgical success, the patient and his wife suffered psychological trauma as a result of the procedure, and had the surgery reversed 15 days later. theguardian.com/science/2…
Geographic data (latitude and longitude of places!) is restricted in China, and there is a GIS datum GCJ-02 which is mathematically obfuscated and known informally as "Mars Coordinates". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
There's a replica of the Eiffel Tower in China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tia…
When David Attenborough's series "Blue Planet II" aired in 2017, so many Chinese fans downloaded the programme on the country’s online Tencent Video channel that the internet in China temporarily slowed down standard.co.uk/culture/tv…
In 1955, prominent physicist Qian Xuesen was deported from the United States to China under suspicions of being a communist. He would go on to help China become a nuclear power by 1964, launch a satellite by 1970 and witnessed China's first manned space mission in 2003 bbc.co.uk/news/stories-54…
Behind the China and the US, Spain has the third largest network of expressways, beating Canada, Germany, the UK, and France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The length of the Great Wall of China is more than half the circumference of the Earth newsfeed.time.com/2012/07…
After Chairman Mao gifted mangoes to workers during China's Cultural Revolution, a mango cult developed, with workers preserving mangoes in formaldehyde and making wax mango replicas. Workers worshipped mangoes, holding processions that celebrated them and equating them with Mao's image. bbc.com/news/magazine-354…
A 14th century Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta went as far as modern Indonesia, China, India, Russia, Central Asia, Balkans, Spain, Tanzania, West Africa and Maldives, and was by far the most well-travelled human before the modern era. He wrote an account of his travels, known as The Rihlah. britannica.com/biography/…
Today I learned of Gunther PlΓΌschow, a WWI German aviator, escaping from the siege of Tsingtao, he smuggled himself across China, through Japan, and into the US. Captured in NYC, sent to a POW camp in Britain, he broke out and escaped to Germany, after visiting the British Museum and taking souvenir photos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun…
In 1991, the Chinese government made developing e-bikes an official technology goal. Electric bike sales went from 150,000 in 1999 to 21 million in 2007, a growth in sales that is unmatched by any other mode of transportation in China large.stanford.edu/course…
In 2001 a Chinese steel firm purchased an entire shuttered steel mill from Germany for its scrap price, disassembled it, shipped it back to China, and reassembled it. Production was resumed in less than two years. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
In 1965, the CIA Lost Plutonium in the Himalayas. The CIA lost the plutonium after a secret mission to monitor China’s nuclear program. The plutonium, which the Central Intelligence Agency abandoned in the 1960s, was meant to power sensors designed to monitor Chinese nuclear tests. dianuke.org/lost-plutoniu…
China's first aircraft carrier Liaoning was an incomplete Soviet Kutsenov class ship sold to Ukraine, and auctioned to the PLAN using a private purchaser as a cover, Hong Kong businessman Xu Zengping. Zengping claims his $120 million has never been reimbursed by the Chinese Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
, Robert L. Scott Jr., a retired USAF Brigadier General and WWII flying ace, in 1980 at the age of 72, gained national attention by hiking the 1,900 miles (3050 km) of the Great Wall of China. The journey took 94 days and he sustained himself with 1,200 oatmeal raisin cookies. historynet.com/col-robert…
The Opium Wars were due to the British trade deficit with China due to tea. In 1685, China declared all goods bought from China must be paid in silver or bullion. Traders used opium to sell to China to earn back the silver to pay for the tea thus, leading to the Opium Wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea
Today I learned of Junzi Imperialis, an extinct species of Gibbon apes. Not much is known about it other than the skull found in the tomb of the grandmother of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun…
Paper Mache originated in China during the Han Dynasty where it was used for a variety of items from pot lids to armor helmets. brainart.co/2019/05/01/pa…
Today I learned of the silver mines of Potosi or the β€˜Mountain that eats men’. At one point it produced 60% of the worlds silver. The silver funded Spain’s wars and caused an economic crisis in China in the 16th Century theguardian.com/cities/20…
Yuan Shikai, the first official President of China, was appointed supreme adviser on Korean government policies at age 23 and stationed in Korea. In 1884, Yuan commanded the Huai Army and helped the Koreans defeat the Japanese, protecting Korea and the Qing government's interests in Korea chinahighlights.com/trave…
In 2020 in China, 9 members of the same family died after eating stale corn-based noodles, which gave them bongkrek acid poisoning. 3 kids survived because they wouldn't eat them india.com/news/india/chin…
Chinese 20 something superstar vlogger described as a β€œcute goddess” by China’s Global Times and is β€œworshipped” on the Douyu platform by her 100,000 followers, is not the glamorous young woman in the videos but actually a 58yr old using filters. bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-tren…
The earliest form of sushi, a dish today known as narezushi, has its probable origin in ancient Southern China. The prototypical "narezushi" was made by lacto-fermenting fish with salt and rice in order to control putrefaction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In the mid 1600s China evicted every person and forbid settlement within 25km of the coast in 5 of its southern provinces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Mobile payment is so popular and convenient, China’s authorities needed to punish merchants who refuse to accept cash payment scmp.com/business/compani…
If you dig through any part of the continental U.S. Not only would you be nowhere near China, but there's actually a very slim chance you'd hit any land at all. geodatos.net/en/antipodes…
Printing was first conceived and developed in China and Korea. The oldest printed book using woodblock printing, a Korean Buddhist scripture, dates to 751 AD. The oldest surviving book printed using block printing, the Chinese Diamond Sutra, dates to 868. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
There is another kind of Panda that is brown and super rare. It’s a subspecies of the giant panda and only inhabits in Qinling Mountains of China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin…
Up until the mid twentieth century in China, coins produced during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127CE) were unofficially used as currency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
In the 2012 remake of Red Dawn, the invading army was originally written as being China. In post-production, all references to China were changed to North Korea, as the studio wanted access to the Chinese market. The film was still never released in China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
A 6-ton night pearl worth 2.2 billion yuan (331 million US dollars) was discovered in Northern China's Inner Mongolia. It is mainly composed of a fluorite mineral and emits translucent crystal ray in the darkness. geologyin.com/2016/10/six…
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…
The Tang Dynasty (618-906 A.D.) of China was considered the golden age and they invented gun powder, made the first gas cylinder, had air conditioning, and a way to print books. thetangdynasty.org/tang-d…
Today I learned of Robert Fortune who in the 19th century was hired by the British East India Company to infiltrate China and steal their tea and reveal their tea-making process kept secret for thousands of years. clairepetras.com/stealing…
Only 3 countries use heavy/strategic bomber aircraft today: Russia, USA, and China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Archaeologists in China found a surprising haul in one tomb, where they uncovered a bronze cooking pot. When they opened the pot, they found 2,400-year-old bone soup. Because of oxidization, the soup turned green, but it was still in liquid form, and the bones were still floating on top. hindustantimes.com/india/…
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…

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