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Eight facts about China


26th April 2013

Emily Robertshaw

Here’s a bonus fact to start: we included eight facts because the number 8 is considered lucky in China.

  1. Continuing the number theme, instead of 13, number 14 is considered unlucky in China.
  2. Contrary to popular belief, the fortune cookie is not a Chinese invention. It is thought to have been invented in San Francisco in around 1920.
  3. The one-child policy in China has resulted in a gender imbalance. It is estimated that there are 32 million more boys than girls in China.
  4. Traditionally, it is thought that everyone turns a year older at Chinese New Year. That’s why the seventh day of Chinese New Year is considered to be everybody’s birthday.
  5. You might have thought that ice cream was invented in Italy…the recipe actually originated in China and was transported to Europe by Marco Polo.
  6. The Chinese title of the 1999 film ‘The Sixth Sense’ is ‘He’s a Ghost!’…bit of a spoiler in that title!
  7. White is the colour of mourning in China and is worn at funerals instead of black.
  8. Tea was invented accidentally in China in around 2737BC when a tea leaf fell into a cup of boiling water and Chinese Emperor Shen Nong found he liked the taste.

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