China Facts for Kids
For many people, China is a strange and exotic place. Some facts about China may make your home country seem downright boring in contrast. Here are some China facts for kids that you may not know.
21 China facts for kids
- Eighty percent, of the world's toys, are made in China, which has quickly built factories to keep up with demand.
- The high speed train in Shanghai goes 268 miles per hour (431 kilometers per hour), making it the fastest train in the world.
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- In China, besides Father's Day and Mother's Day, people celebrate Children's Day by giving children gifts or money.
- The total number of students in school from kindergarten to university is over two hundred million students, which is bigger than the entire population of Japan.
- The tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, which the Chinese call "Zhumulangma", or Mother Goddess of the Earth, is at the border with Nepal. Every year, hikers try to make it to the top via this northern side.
- Some people enjoy eating specialties like a bird nest soup, frog, snake, scorpion and dog. But be careful! Not everyone in China likes these. Some Chinese people may find them as strange as you do. It depends on their hometown, their family and their personal taste.
- Chinese names usually have a meaning chosen by the family, to reflect something about the person. Also, the last name comes first, usually followed by two syllables that make up the first name.
- The Chinese call Mcdonald's "Maidanglao", which approximates the sound and indicates that there is food made of wheat there (the hamburger buns).
- While cars are increasingly popular, many Chinese people still ride bikes to work. Large cities often have large bike lanes on both sides of the road.
- It is estimated that about three million people live in caves near the Yellow River.
- Unlike dragons in the West, dragons in China are typically regarded as positive symbols of power and good luck.
- It is not uncommon for children to keep crickets or cicadas as pets in small wooden cages.
- The Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year is the biggest holiday. On the seventh day, everyone turns a year older according to the lunar calendar.
- Most Chinese love nature, especially mountains. Some people even start at around midnight and hike all night so they can arrive at the peak in time for the sunrise.
- To stop population growth the government, has employed a one-child policy. This means very few children grow up with brothers or sisters.
- The abacus is an ancient counting machine.Iit is used in schools, to learn math. Many shopkeepers still use it for calculations. It can make very complex calculations.
- There are more English language learners in China than anywhere else in the world.
- In ancient China, exporting silkworms used to be illegal and punishable by death! Two monks smuggled silk out of the country around 550 AD by hiding the silkworm eggs in their walking sticks.
- Chinese students have to learn around 5,000 Chinese characters at a minimum by the time they leave school. College graduates learn as many as 10,000. But, overall, around 40,000 characters exist!
- The number 13 is just another number in China. However, most Chinese think the number four is unlucky, it's a similar word for death.
- Eight, on the other hand, is thought to be lucky. This explains why the government scheduled the 2008 Olympics to begin on 8/8/08 at 8:08:08 PM.
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While these China facts for kids are all true, remember that China is a huge country with many different types of people. Each person, family, city and the region, has its own particular ways of doing things. If you have a chance to go to China or make some Chinese friends, you can learn some interesting facts of your own and make your own list.