Fun Facts About China

China is home to some of the oldest traditions and cultures found anywhere. Furthermore, this vast nation with over 1.4 billion people residing here makes for an incredible cultural experience.

China boasts many breathtaking sites, from majestic mountain landscapes and the Great Wall of China to 37 cultural and natural UNESCO sites. Additionally, this ancient nation gave us paper, printing technology, the compass and gunpowder as vital contributions.

Fortune Cookies

Fortune cookies have long been an iconic symbol of Chinese culture and history, dating back to Japan where their creation began. Although the fortune cookie originates there, its longstanding connection to China makes it an easy shorthand symbol to represent all things Chinese – heavy accents and squinty eyes included!

Sugar cookies are typically prepared from a mixture of sugar, flour and vegetable shortening. Once formed, slips of paper bearing messages can be folded inside before they’re left to cool and harden before being served or packaged for later delivery.

Fortune cookies have long been a beloved treat throughout restaurants and homes across the world, from grocery stores to Chinese food chains across the nation. Fortune cookies also make great tokens of good luck or fortune when given as a present or used to convey wishes for prosperity in other cultures.

Chinese cookies may typically be eaten in Chinese restaurants, but you can make and enjoy them anywhere! Their simple preparation allows for numerous flavor options; sesame seeds or food coloring can add festive or celebratory notes.

Although its exact date of invention remains unknown, fortune cookies are believed to have first been made by Japanese immigrants during the 19th century. Following World War II and internment of Japanese-Americans during their internment camps, fortune cookies became an American cultural icon and are most commonly associated with Chinese cuisine, though they can also be eaten worldwide. There are various companies producing fortune cookies in various shapes and flavors which make up our daily fortunes!


Mushrooms have long been associated with longevity and immortality in Chinese culture. Additionally, mushrooms represent fertility, good fortune and wealth. Mushrooms provide many essential nutrients as well as health benefits including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that have proven particularly useful for cardiovascular health and protecting against heart disease; mushrooms have even been shown to reduce cancer risks and enhance immune system functions.

Mushroom cultivation in China is an essential industry, producing 75% of global mushroom and truffle production. China is home to one of the most celebrated varieties: Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum). Reishi are sacred medicinal mushrooms known for their powerful healing effects including balancing blood pressure, treating insomnia, strengthening immunity systems and fighting depression. Reishi’s fame lies primarily with its medicinal use. Reishi thrives under deciduous trees both tropical and temperate forests where it is found at their bases; Reishi mushrooms grow on deciduous tree bases both tropical and temperate forests where it grows alongside deciduous trees in both environments where it grows on deciduous tree bases as it grows on deciduous tree bases as it grows on deciduous tree bases it stands as well known healing effects such as balancing blood pressure, treating insomnia, strengthening immune systems against depression.

Mushrooms also aid other plants by breaking down hard-to-digest materials like woody residues, bark and mulch into nutrients more readily absorbable by other organisms – helping other plants survive conditions of low fertility, drought or temperature extremes more easily. Mushrooms have even been found growing back after forest fires thanks to mycelium networks that survive heat.

Shimeji mushrooms (Pleurotus geesteranus) are another favorite among seafood dishes and stir fries, often boasting a distinctive bitter flavor when eaten raw; this taste subsides when they’re cooked, making this variety ideal for antidepressant studies. Additionally, this variety has also been studied as potential antidepressant agents and medical uses of Lion’s Mane mushrooms (Auricularia auricula or Auricularia polytricha) are considered some of the world’s most nutritious mushrooms as they strengthen liver, spleen lung heart kidney and treat deficiencies of Qi or vital energy deficiencies in traditional Chinese medicine practices.

Toilet Paper

Paper was first used to wipe behinds in China during the 6th century, though large-scale production didn’t begin until 14th century. People found more creative methods of wiping their buttocks such as grass blades, leaves and stones; corncobs; lace; wool; even sponges attached to sticks for those at sea! Modern commercial toilet paper first made its debut during 19th century when Joseph Gayetty in New York began selling “Medicated Paper for the Water Closet”, bearing his initials at 50 cents each sheet! Modern commercial production started during 19th century when Joseph Gayetty in New York began selling his “Medicated Paper for Water Closet”, bearing his initials and cost 50 cents each sheet!

Toilet paper can serve multiple functions around the house. From blowing your nose or wiping away sweat, to removing lipstick or make up, and wiping food off tables. Furthermore, it can even be used as part of an amusing prank known as “toilet papering,” where people leave an inappropriate message or drawing on someone’s door or car window using toilet paper as “prank material”.

Today, toilet paper has become one of the essential household products, and China’s growing middle class provides one of the biggest opportunities for manufacturers of this staple product. 16 out of 23 listed paper manufacturers have suffered sales declines and losses, but three toilet paper specialists such as Hengan International, Vinda International (which was recently taken over by Svenska Cellulosa AB), and C&S Paper have flourished. Most toilet papers are designed to be highly absorbent, and come in sizes and thicknesses ranging from one- to six plies for increased strength and absorption. Furthermore, they’re manufactured to decompose quickly in septic tanks, possibly featuring light coatings of lotion or wax to reduce roughness or aromatherapy fragrances that add an aromatic experience.


Kites have long been associated with Chinese culture. At traditional festivals such as Qingming and Mid-Autumn Festivals, kites are flown as a sign of health and good fortune – also to pay our respects to deceased friends or relatives.

Kites have been an integral part of Chinese history for over 2,300 years. It is believed that the first kite was constructed by a farmer attaching a paper membrane to a sturdy frame with string before watching it sail away in the wind.

Modern kites are constructed of materials like paper, cloth, bamboo and silk and designed to fly through the wind with great joy and color. Some kites even play music; in fact a palace worker in China used bamboo pipes attached to his kite’s surface so when flown it made sounds similar to those made by stringed instruments – known as zhengs in Chinese.

Kite is a quadrilateral shape with four parallel sides that can be divided into pairs with adjacent equal sides – known as its lines of symmetry.

Kites have two diagonals that cross each other at right angles; these are called congruent angles. Additionally, one diagonal forms two isosceles triangles AB and BC where all their sides are equal in length.

Kites were widely employed during ancient Chinese battles. A large kite could transport soldiers into enemy towns or drop propaganda leaflets; General Hanxin even employed one as a distance measuring tool against enemy walls to ensure accurate placement of guns and tunnels.


Understanding Chinese numbers and their cultural meaning is integral when learning about this nation. For instance, number 8 is widely believed to be extremely auspicious due to its pronunciation sounding similar to “wealth” or “prosperity,” making the 2008 Olympics begin at 8:08:08 PM! Nine is another regarded as lucky due to its closeness in pronunciation with double joy which often used by lovers (such as getting married on September 9th or giving 99 roses for Valentine’s Day).

Chinese culture regards the number four as particularly unlucky, which might seem surprising given how populous China is. Four is seen as unlucky because it rhymes with Si, Chinese for death – this explains why many hotels avoid featuring fourth floor rooms and elevators don’t include four floor options as a safety measure.

China considers the number one a very auspicious number, possibly because it is homophonous with their word for fortune: Jiang (). Additionally, 6 is seen as particularly lucky; unlike in English where numbers require specific lines to represent them, Chinese writing proportionally represents each number size.

Unbeknownst to many is the fact that ping-pong, the popular table game seen everywhere from restaurants and bars worldwide to parks, stadiums and streets worldwide was actually developed in Britain rather than China! Yet today this game remains part of Chinese culture as people play it at parks, stadiums and streets around the country.

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