As the old saying goes, “to know is to love”, if you’re going to stay in China, it might be an idea to learn some interesting facts about the place. Not only will these trivia titbits expand your own knowledge but they shall be great to pull out in conversation with locals!
1 All pandas in the world are on loan from China, and when a baby Panda is born, by agreement, it is sent back to China to help expand the gene pool.
2 Pencils are yellow because, in the 1890’s, the world’s best pencil graphite came from China. In China, the color yellow is associated with royalty, so American pencil manufacturers started painting their pencils yellow to indicate they contained high-quality Chinese graphite.
3 Despite spanning five time zones, all of China runs on Beijing time. Sunrise in the city of Kashgar (in Western China) officially occurs as late as 10:17 AM.
4 In ancient China, they used Mannequins to lure the enemies to shoot arrows, which they later pulled down to get free supply of arrows.
5 China has planted the biggest artificial forest in the world to stop the spread of the Gobi desert, and plans to expand it to 2,800 miles by 2074.
6 Fortune cookies are not a Chinese tradition but were invented by a San Francisco factory worker in 1920.
7 Toilet paper was first invented in the late 1300's in China – to be used by emperors only!
8 During the Holocaust Shanghai was the only port in the world which would accept fleeing Jews without an entry Visa.
9 Gunpowder was discovered in China and was used to make the world's first fireworks.
10 At around 2000 BC Ice cream was invented in China. It was made by packing a mixture of milk and rice in the snow. It’s rumored that Marco Polo brought the recipe back to Europe.