Eight facts about China
26th April 2013
Here’s a bonus fact to start: we included eight facts because the number 8 is considered lucky in China.
- Continuing the number theme, instead of 13, number 14 is considered unlucky in China.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Chinese title of the 1999 film ‘The Sixth Sense’ is ‘He’s a Ghost!’…
- White is the colour of mourning in China and is worn at funerals instead of black.
- 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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