The Han dynasty of China drilled for natural gas, transported it in pipelines and gas containers and burned it in stoves… in 200 BC.
On a trip to China, Prince Philip joked to students that “If you stay here much longer, you’ll go slit-eyed.” After initial concerns of offense, Chinese officials responded that they also warned their students of going “round-eyed” when studying abroad.”
Chinese government takes its officials and members of their families on prison tours on a regular basis to give officials an introduction to what awaits them if they should engage in corruption. The tours include meet-and-greets with former government officials who were caught for corruption.
For a man in China, the show “Friends” never ended. The man — who goes by the name Gunther and has a son named Joey — decided to live his life Friends-style. After he went through a bad breakup, a friend recommended Friends as a way to cheer him up. And, in Gunther’s words, “It’s changed my life.”. He quit his job to open his own coffee shop (called Central Perk), replicating the Friends cafe down to custom-made couches. The Central Perk in Beijing is where Gunther and his fellow “Friends” lovers can watch and talk about the show.
Anyone with a BMI of 40 or more is not allowed to adopt a child from China.
Because of prenatal scans and boys being the preferential gender in China. That in 20 years there will be 30-50 million men without wives in China.
Women in ancient China were told that drinking hot mercury would prevent pregnancy. Which is kind of true, since drinking mercury can lead to organ failure and death, so those women definitely wouldn’t be carrying a child anytime soon.
Chinese people born in the year of the dragon are actually less successful on average because parents try to have children during these years and it causes increased competition for limited university spots.
Number 4 is considered an unlucky number in China because it is nearly homophonous to the word “death” (pinyin sǐ). In a study of five years’ worth of real estate sales in the greater Vancouver area, researchers found that houses in Chinese neighborhoods with an address containing a 4 sold for an average of $8,000 less than their luckier counterparts.