In 1980, China’s economy was smaller than Pakistan’s. After growing by more than 10% annually over the past 30 years, China’s economy is expected to surpass the U.S. by 2028.
In China, cigarette companies are allowed to sponsor schools, with slogans like “Genius comes from hard work. Tobacco helps you become talented.”
68 Chinese students paid 8,000 RMB per year ($1159) to be full time students at a university and after 4 years learned they weren’t enrolled, their teachers didn’t work for the school, and they got scammed. This happened on the school’s campus.
A Chinese business man bought a non-functional aircraft carrier from Ukraine, allegedly to use it as a floating hotel/casino. It took more than 4 years to tow it to China. Later the Chinese government bought and modernized the carrier, making it its only aircraft carrier its navy owns today.
Because of the decline in bee population, apple farmers in China are now pollinating the trees manually, using a paintbrush.
Female students in China outperform men to such an extent that some universities have introduced a male quota.
45 percent of couples in Hong Kong say they have given up on the idea of having children because of crowding and high housing costs. In another survey 38% of men and 31% of women simply said they didn’t like kids.
In the 19th century China came extremely close to being ruled by the leader of a Christian cult who believed he was the younger brother of Jesus Christ. It took the deadliest civil war in history with 30 million dead to defeat him.
The Shanghai government will lower your credit score if you don’t visit your parents. Parents can also sue their kids for neglect.
Currency shaped like knives was in circulation in China from 770 to 220 BC.