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…
In 1921, the 15-year-old former emperor of China, Puyi, decided he wanted to have a telephone. His advisors were afraid it would give him too much independence since Puyi usually had no contact with the outside world. But when he finally got his phone, he just used it to make prank calls. thebeijinger.com/blog/201…
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…
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…
The US has had the largest economy in the world since 1871. Accounting for just 5% of the worlds population, the US represents 23.6% of the worlds GDP, China has grown to 15.5% and third place Japan at 5.7% investopedia.com/insights…
Pizza Hut restaurants in China stopped offering one trip salad bars- due to customer's creating elaborately engineered "salad towers" carefully balanced on one plate. kotaku.com/how-chinese-in…
There are only 4 passports whose holders can enter the world's largest economies [i.e. USA, EU, China, India] without a visa: Japan, Singapore, Brunei, and San Marino en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vis…
Afghanistan shares a 46-mile border with China. Marco Polo used it in his Silk Road travels. It's rumored to have a fort Alexander the Great was not able to conquer, and it has one of the largest untouched copper mines in the world. insider.com/afghanistan-c…
In 2019 LEGO polled more than 3000 kids aged 8-12 year olds about future dream professions - while a majority of kids in China (56%) wanted to be astronauts when they grow up, in the US and UK, becoming a Youtuber was the most chosen profession, 3X more popular than astronauts businessinsider.com/ameri…
China's "Lost Army." Following the Chinese Civil War, a KMT army fled into Burma and continued to fight the CCP from there. To fund their war, they seized a Burmese province and turned it into narco-state. Some of these soldiers eventually formed some of Southeast Asia's first drug syndicates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuo…
The USSR were seriously considering a nuclear strike on China in 1969, before Nixon stated that the USA would nuke 130 Soviet sites in retaliation telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Finns weren’t originally considered β€œwhite” in the United States, they were linked to Mongols and called β€œChina Swedes” due to not speaking an Indo-European Language en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Def…
The Kingdom of Bhutan, one of the only non-European nations that have never been colonised, doesn't have formal ties with any of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (USA, China, Russia, UK, France) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhu…
The USA navy operates more aircraft carriers than all other navies combined - the USA operates 12, while all other nations operate 11 (China, the UK, and Italy each operate 2, while Russia, France, Spain, India, and Thailand operate one apiece) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
China has 7 coffee shops that are a blatant ripoffs of Starbucks, competing with actual Starbucks without any legal consequences. inventorspot.com/articles…
During China’s Ming Dynasty, powdered smallpox scabs were blown up the noses of the healthy. The patients would then develop a mild case of the disease, & from then on were immune to it. Although the technique had a 0.5–2.0% mortality rate, it was better than the diseases 20–30% mortality rate. wikipedia.org/wiki/Smallp…
In 1985, Australia decommissioned its only aircraft carrier, and sold it for scrap to a Chinese company. It was towed to China where, before scrapping, it was studied extensively by the military to help design China's first aircraft carrier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMA…
FedEx officially recognizes 'Taiwan' as 'Taiwan, China' fedex.com/lite/lite-ship.…
, when Americans take pictures, we're usually asked to say "cheese", in China they say, "eggplant" and in Bulgaria they say, "cabbage", among other things in other countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Say…
FDR's grandfather from his mother's side made a fortune from smuggling Opium into china that was banned due it being addictive, he later supplied the union army with it during the civil war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
In China, Korea, Russia and Mexico, Belgium, Germany and Austria escaping from prison is not illegal. denmarkfacts.com/not-ille…
Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 partly because of the trade embargoes on both oil and scrap metal. This ultimately interfered with Japan's expansion into China. history.com/news/why-did-…
The descendants of the Ming Dynasty, whose last Emperor lost power in 1644, are not only alive and well, but still hold vast wealth and power over modern-day China, occupying top positions in the ruling Communist Party and various state corporations, schools, and societies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
The distance from the top of Africa to the bottom (5000 miles) is the same distance as London to Beijing, China (5055 miles). Senegal in west Africa is closer to Jamaica across the Atlantic than Somalia in east Africa. britannica.com/place/Afri…
Billions of cockroaches are being farmed in China to solve urban waste, provide medicinal treatment, develop beauty products, and feed livestock. One particular company has raised over six billion and prevents their escape by surrounding them in a moat filled with fish. businessinsider.com/chine…
In Mainland China and Malaysia, movies have restrictions that villains should be punished in the end. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inf…
In 2015, Tu Youyou became the first Chinese woman to win a Nobel Prize, for helping to create an anti-malaria medicine. In China, she is being called the "three noes" winner: no medical degree, no doctorate, and she's never worked overseas bbc.com/news/blogs-china-…
Koreans eat about 600 million chickens per year and Korean fried chicken (or KFC) and beer is so popular that its facination has spread to China via Korean soap operas. A Chinese company once flew all 4500 of its employees to Korea so they all can have KFC and beer. vice.com/en_us/article/vv…
Historically, monarchs in East Asia would use two alternative titles: internally they claimed to be β€œemperors”, but in dealing with China they called themselves β€œkings” to avoid offending the Chinese. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
There is a popular resort town in China that is a near-replica of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, complete with its own Teton Village and Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. The town’s Chinese name translates literally to β€œHometown, USA”. theatlantic.com/technolog…
Chinese Paddlefish, one of the largest freshwater fishes, found mainly in the Yangtze river in China has been declared extinct in the wild after surviving 150 million years on this planet due to overfishing and construction of the Gezhouba Dam. youtu.be/7QcOprNyTEo
Today I learned of Little emperor syndrome. A term given to children in China who have been given excessive attention by parents & grandparents due to the one child policy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lit…
Prior to the Beijing Olympic games, China used contreversial weather manipulation techniques to ensure that there would be no rain during the opening ceremony. Its cloud-seeding weapons included 6,781 artillery guns and 4,110 rocket launchers. nbcnews.com/id/23397205/n…
5 Of The 10 Deadliest Wars in World History Began In China businessinsider.com/blood…
In mid-1950, China was poised to invade Taiwan after having annexed Hainan Island. The Korean War outbreak prevented that as the U.S. 7th Fleet was ordered to patrol the Taiwan Strait, and China redirected its troops trained for the Taiwan invasion to instead help North Korea in their conflict. history.state.gov/milesto…
Kim Il Sung University is one of two North Korean universities that presently accepts foreign students, the other being Kim Hyong Jik University of Education. It hosts approximately 100 exchange students a year, the majority from China. Alumni include Kim Jong Il, Chinese official Zhang Dejiang tongiltours.com/travel-gu…
Less Than 70 Years Ago- China Culled An Entire Social Class Due To "Not Being Socially Or Financially Viable". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Two countries (India & China) make up approximately 20% of the worlds population en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There was once a Theme Park owned by People's Rep. of China called Splendid China (Florida). It was shut down in Dec 2003, 10 years after opening. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spl…
Mexico is the only country other than China that owns Giant Pandas news.yahoo.com/mexicos-gi…
Chinese Empress Cixi once remarked that she has heard much of Queen Victoria but she did not think that "her life is half as interesting and eventful as mine". Under her, China attained the attributes of a modern state: industries, railways, electricity, telegraph, and an army and navy napoleon.org/en/magazine/…
Justin Yifu Lin, a former Taiwanese military officer who defected to Mainland China in 1979 to pursue his ambitions. He studied at Peking University and the University of Chicago, became Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank. Now, he is still a wanted criminal of taiwan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus…
China is the first and only country that's currently constructing a national forensic DNA database. They aim to collect and store genetic profiles of 10% of the country's male population, which can be used to construct genetic links to China’s entire male population, roughly 700 million people. aspi.org.au/report/genomi…
Chinese billionaires are trying to "return" China's lost cultural artefacts that were looted from the country by colonial powers in the 19th Century. Their efforts range from "buying back" said artefacts to hiring thieves to steal them away from museums and private collections. telegraph.co.uk/news/2018…
Most of the Cambodians did not even know that Pol Pot was the head of Khmer Rouge until his communist friends from China β€œinsisted” him to show his face to the world as the leader of Cambodia. Even his family members who were working in the fields did not know he was running the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khm…
Today I learned of the Wanggongchang explosion in 17th century China. It killed 20,000 people, released roughly the same amount of energy as the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and contributed to the eventual fall of the Ming dynasty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan…
In 1979, the movie "The China Syndrome" - about a nuclear reactor failure in Pennsylvania - premiered 12 days before an actual nuclear reactor failure in Pennsylvania called the Three Mile Island accident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
Vatican City recognizes the Republic of China (Taiwan), but the ROC embassy is on Italian soil due to Vatican City's small size. The ROC embassy is therefore located in a country that does not recognize it as independent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emb…
A book named 'Xing Fengsu' ( Sexual Customs) was banned in China in 1989 for insulting Islam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of the "Giant Panda Kindergarten" in China where 18 cubs celebrated their 1st birthday in 2019. Researchers mistakenly thought pandas liked solitary life & kept each panda in a tiny den; the pandas got depressed & didn't want to mate; this changed when pandas were allowed to hang out together. chinadaily.com.cn/a/20190…
In 1968 Mao Zedong received a box of 40 mangoes from Pakistan. They were taken on a tour of China and became part of Chinese propaganda. A dentist that compared the mangoes to sweet potatoes in appearance was executed. surprisinglytrue.com/post…
The Australian government owns all Koalas like how China owns all pandas. independent.com/2018/07/1…
Yellow River (Huang He) in China had shifted its course in 1855 when the river breaches its northern levees, causing the river mouth to be shifted hundreds of kilometres, from Yellow Sea south of Shandong Peninsula, to Bohai Sea, north of Shandong Peninsula. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
On a postflight tour in China in 1982, astronauts from STS-3 showed pictures of an emerald-colored lake taken over China to a crowd in Beijing and accidentally revealed a secret atomic test site. historycollection.jsc.nas…
99% of consumer grade fireworks are made in China npr.org/2018/07/03/625405…
Fireworks were invented in China sometime between 200 BC and 900 AD. It is believed Marco Polo brought fireworks from China to Europe in 1295, and the global popularity exploded after that. In 1830, colors were added in Italy by adding different metallic powders. cottagelife.com/entertain…
Huaxi Village is the so-called richest village in China. Founded in 1961 by Wu Renbao, Huaxi touts itself as a model of Chinese communism. The citizens enjoy a high quality of life, most having well over $100,000 in their bank accounts, living in mansions, and driving expensive European cars. atlasobscura.com/places/h…
An offshoot of Christianity called Manichaeism was popular for a while in Medieval China en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
In China, Santa Claus is often depicted with a saxophone and no-one seems to know why chinadigitaltimes.net/201…
As part of the Imperial Examination in Ming and Qing dynasty China, candidates would bring stationery, food, water, bedding and a chamber pot to be isolated with in a tiny room for 3 days and 2 nights to write essays. If any died, the bodies were simply wrapped in a mat and tossed over the wall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imp…
The Chinese referred to the Roman Empire as "Great China" (Daqin) because they thought of Rome as a civilized counterpart to the Chinese Empire, and describing: "Their kings are not permanent. They select and appoint the most worthy man. [...] The people of this country are all tall and honest." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daq…
When US-born giant panda twins arrived in China, they struggled with local food and language. Mei Lun & Mei Huan were confused by "have you eaten up" in Chinese but responded to English "come here". They preferred "Western fast food" biscuits instead of local "wowotou" (steamed corn bread). straitstimes.com/asia/eas…
Today I learned of Giuseppe Castiglione, an Italian Jesuit missionary to China who became the court artist of the Qing Emperors. Rather than just force European art on the Chinese or copy Chinese styles, Giuseppe blended the two styles together, which created an entirely new fusion painting style in Chinese art en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giu…
Hollywood only has 4% market share in India, compared to overwhelming dominance in other Asian countries like Japan ,South Korea and China. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
The dudou, an undergarment in ancient China, was known to be given by women to their lovers and subsequently worn as a sign of affection. speakingofchina.com/china…
China is by far the biggest producer and consumer of potatoes in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pot…
The Bubonic plague, the cause of the Black Death, is still around. Congo, Madagascar and Peru have several cases a year. Isolated cases occur in the United States and China as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bub…
Vietnam has an island in the South China Sea with military bases, civilians, and tourism for locals, called Spratly Island, the main island in the infamous chain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spr…
Fortune cookies, despite being associated with Chinese cuisine in the United States, were invented in Japan and introduced to the US by the Japanese. The cookies are extremely rare in China, where they are seen as symbols of American cuisine snopes.com/fact-check/ins…
Ice cream originated in Ancient China en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice…
In ancient China, people believed that letting off fireworks and firecrackers could expel ghosts, ward off evils and bring about happiness and good luck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
One prominent noble Japanese clan, the Hata Family (秦氏) claims direct descent from the Qin Dynasty in China (221-206 B.C.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat…
Inoculation against smallpox was already practised in Africa, China and Turkey long before it reached Western Europe and North America history.com/news/smallpox…
To this day, Pasta's ethnic roots are still being debated. Many Experts claim that it was a dish that was enjoyed in pre-Roman Italy, while many claim that Marco Polo brought Pasta from China. Before 1270, the Muslim geographer al-Idrisi wrote of seeing pasta produced on Sicily. nationalgeographic.com/hi…
The famine in China during the 1958-1962 Great Leap Forward was so bad there were several cases of cannibalism ocurring npr.org/2012/11/10/164732…
Today I learned of a failed 1996 space rocket launch that flew directly into a village and China tried to cover up en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
President Warren G. Harding once gambled away the entire White House china set in a card game millercenter.org/presiden…
A traditional Australian fable tells of the Great Wall of China being built to keep out Rabbits. This modern classic fable originated with the Australian telecommunication company and continues to be told today. It is also told that Emperor Nasi Gorang was responsible for building the wall theinspirationroom.com/da…
There are more English speakers in China (390 million) than in the U. S. academia.edu/2034954/The_…
All GPS coordinates in China are intentionally obfuscated and shifted by 50-500m by a "confidentiality algorithm" serviceobjects.com/blog/w…
Today I learned of Ignaz Trebitsch-Lincoln, a Hungarian Jew, throughout his life he had jobs such as a Christian Priest, an MP and conman, in WW1 he became a German spy, took part in a Nationalist Revolt in Germany and met Hitler, left to China and was a Buddhist Abbot and claimed he was the next Dali Lamar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ign…
Your eyes can change in accordance with their environment. Looking at things close up (reading, computer games and photos ect.) Will cause your eyes to grow causing myopia. One of the major reasons behind China's 90% myopia rates. newoptixoptometry.com/why…
Cebu City is the busiest sea port in the Philippines and was also once a bustling commercial hub between Mexico and China. However, almost none of its long coastline contains beaches and it is instead occupied by industry, ports, slums and marshlands wikitravel.org/en/Cebu_Ci…
Today I learned about the fate of Concubine Qi at the hands of Lu Zhu. Regarded as the most beautiful woman in China, 'she had Qi's limbs chopped off, eyes gouged out, ears sliced off, forced her to drink a potion that made her mute, and thrown into a latrine. She called Qi a "human swine". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
North Korea participated in its first World Expo as Kim Jong-Il visited China in 2010, when the North Korean pavillion was featured at Expo Shanghai. Kim Jong Il's rare trip to China prompted speculation that he was seeking help to rescue his country's economy voanews.com/east-asia/nor…
The eunuchs who served Puyi (1906-1967), the last Emperor of China, had to keep their severed penises and testicles in jars of brine worn around their necks. This was done to prove that they were really eunuchs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puy…
Today I learned of Qin Shi Huang the 1st emperor of China. Obsessed with immortality he sent out quests for magicians & searched for powerful mountains to give him long life. Reportedly, he died from poisoning due to ingesting mercury pills, made by his physicians believing it to be an elixir of immortality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin…
Only 14 of the 193 countries in the UN formally recognize Taiwan as a separate state from China . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
The distance of the great wall is almost double the distance between the US and China chinahighlights.com/great…
Qian Xuesen was a Chinese scientist/colonel in the US army partially responsible for helping America go to space. But because of racism, he was deported to China. He was the father of Chinese rocketry and is one of the reasons why China is a world power today with ICBMS. youtu.be/CDvosSqSUTw
Before Nihon came into official use, Japan was known in China as Wa (ε€­) meaning "short" or "submissive". Japanese envoys found it offensive and requested a name change academic.oup.com/ijl/arti…
Moldy bread was used to treat infected wounds more than 2000 years ago in ancient China, Greece, Serbia and Egypt. amrls.cvm.msu.edu/pharmac…
The "China" that actually helped found the UN and sat on the Security Council until 1971 was the Taiwanese government. After this they started losing a lot of international recognition. taiwaninsight.org/2018/02…
In the '80s there was an intense nationwide effort in China to study ESP among children cia.gov/library/readingro…
In 2011, Harry Potter fans from across the UK, and as far as China and Argentina, were in Trafalgar Square to see JK Rowling and the cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2. The red carpet - which stretched 1.2km from Trafalgar Square to Leicester Square was the longest in the world bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Since the 1978 initiation of China's policy of reform and opening-up, Dongguan is now regarded as: "The World's Computer City", "The World's Toy City", "The World's Shoe City", and "The South China Fashion City" china.org.cn/sports/2010a…
The Kuomintang army fought the People's Republic of China from neighboring Burma into the 1960s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuo…
The Lotus Bridge between left-lane-driving Macau and right-lane-driving China allows for traffic to seamlessly switch the side of the road that they are driving on at the border. cntraveler.com/stories/20…
The Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang , a leftist breakaway of the main Kuomintang, is one of eight registered minor political parties in the People's Republic of China and is seen as second in status to the Communist Party of China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rev…
The 1968 Pandemic H3N2 virus, commonly referred to as the Hong Kong Flu Virus, was an extremely contagious virus with a low fatality rate that originated in China and was widespread in the United States about five months later. It struck in two waves, with the second being more deadly. britannica.com/event/Hong…

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