As part of its ‘Toilet Revolution’, a campaign to improve sanitary conditions across the country, China has been installing dispensers with facial recognition technology in order to fight the stealing and overuse of toilet paper.
“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” was originally planned to start with Indie riding a motorcycle on the Great Wall of China, followed by the discovery of a “Lost World” type of hidden valley with dinosaurs. The idea was scrapped when the Chinese government refused to let them film there.
One of the richest woman in China was born in extreme poverty in a remote mountain village. She got her wealth by selling her chili sauce, lao gan ma, which she originally made for her noodle stand.
In July 2017, the Chinese government banned Justin Bieber from performing in China. They released a statement later on saying “In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers.”
Roughly one out of every three pair of socks you wear was made in a place known as “Sock City”. A small Chinese village in the 1980s it has grown to employ over 100,000 people and produces 8 billion socks a year.
At some Chinese universities, students have a fitness requirement, so that means fitness tracker cheating has become a lucrative business for a few enterprising entrepreneurs.
In 2013 a zoo in China tried to pass off a hairy dog as a lion.
Uber drivers in China changed their profile photos to ghosts and zombie images so that when potential passengers saw these pictures they would cancel the ride they’d just booked, thus earning the driver the cancellation fee.
In 2013 police busted a meat packing plant in Guangxi, China that was selling 20 tons of chicken meat slaughtered in 1967. It had been treated with hydrogen peroxide to make it look presentable in markets and stores.
China is implementing a ‘Citizen Score’ system where you will be ranked against your peers to determine if you are a good citizen or not. Your score will also be affected by the types of people you socialize with.