30 Cool Facts About China!

On 19 February 2015 it's Chinese New Year! Join in the celebration here at National Geographic Kids with our 30 cool things about China...


1) The Chinese New Year celebration lasts for 15 days.

2) In China, every year is represented by one of 12 animals. 2015 is the year of the sheep (or goat!).


Dragons are used to celebrate Chines New Year!

3) China's Bailong Elevator carries visitors more than 300m up a cliff's edge.


4) You can buy green-bean-flavoured ice pops in China!


5) In Ancient China, soldiers sometimes wore armour made from paper.


6) In 2010 a 2,400-year-old pot of soup was unearthed in Xi'an, China.


7) The Forbidden City, a palace complex in Beijing, contains about 9,000 rooms!


The Forbidden Palace of Beijing, China

8) Found in northern China, long-eared jerboas have ears that are one-third longer than their heads!

9) People race boats with dragon designs at a Chinese festival in the spring.


10) Chinese monal birds sometimes build nests in caves.


11) Put together, all of China’s railways lines could loop around earth twice!


12) The mortar used to bind the Great Wall’s stones was made with sticky rice!


The Great Wall of China

13) 7th-century Emperor Tang of Shang had 94 'ice men' who made him ice-cream.


14) Temperatures in China's Turpan Depression can range from 49°C in summer to -29°C in winter.


15) Asiatic golden cats in the country's south sometimes communicate by spitting.


16) Developed about 5,000 years ago, the earliest chopsticks were used for cooking, not eating.


17) Hong Kong has more skyscrapers than any other city in the world.


Hong Kong, China

18) Chinese white dolphins, which live off southern China, are often pink.


19) China is about the same size as the continental USA but it only has one official time zone. Continental USA has four.


20) China's Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys live at a higher altitude than any other primate except humans.

21) More people speak Mandarin, a Chinese Dialect, as their first language than any other language in the world.


22) China is home to a cluster of ancient rock pillars called the Stone Forest.


The Stone Forest of China

23) China's Leshan Giant Buddha, a gigantic stone statue, has 5.5-m-long eyebrows!


24) China's giant pandas are good swimmers.


25) Many Chinese emperors considered themselves to be descendants of dragons.


26) The word 'ketchup' may come from a Chinese word for pickled-fish sauce.


27) Half of all pigs on earth live in China.


28) It took  around 37 years to make the Terracotta Army, a set of around 8,000 clay soldiers built in Xi’an to guard an Emperor's tomb. Let's take a look at these super-impressive statues!



29) Dogs get special treats on one day of the Chinese New Year celebration.


30) Chinese brides often wear red, a colour considered to be lucky.


Photos: Getty Images UK

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