After Chairman Mao gifted mangoes to workers during China’s Cultural Revolution, a mango cult developed, with workers preserving mangoes in formaldehyde and making wax mango replicas. Workers worshipped mangoes, holding processions that celebrated them and equating them with Mao’s image.
In 3rd century China, Han Emperors required anyone who addressed them to chew on Cloves first to freshen their breath.
After Puyi, the last Emperor of China, was dethroned, he worked as a street cleaner and would visit the Forbidden Palace as a tourist and point out the various objects on display that he used to own as Emperor.
The deposed Last Emperor of China was so used to having his needs catered to that whilst an imprisoned war criminal, it was observed that he had never brushed his teeth or tied shoelaces himself. Upon his release, others noticed that he would forget to flush the toilet and close doors behind him.
The world’s largest film studio is Hengdian Studios, in China. Basically a city of permanent full-scale replicas of palaces, fortresses, and towns from various periods of China’s history. Whole populations of nearby towns are often employed to be extras for period dramas & fantasy movies.
In a subway station in the Chinese city of Nanjing, vending machines sell live crabs. The crabs are kept at 0-10° C (32-50° F) – not enough to freeze them, but cold enough to make them docile. Around 200 crabs are sold daily – and if you buy a dead one, you’ll get three live ones for free.
The Chinese Army has been training 10,000 pigeons to provide support to the military’s communications in the event that war renders its modern technology unusable. The pigeons, flying at speeds of up to 75 miles (120 km) per hour, are being trained to carry loads of up to 3.5 oz (100 g).
Some schools in China now have uniforms with tracking devices in them. This is done to monitor attendance. If students try to leave during school hours, an alarm will go off.
A doctor in China used CRISPR to edit the genes of twin girls to be more resistant to HIV, creating the first genetically engineered “designer babies.” The Chinese government sentenced him to to 3 years in prison for illegal medical practice.
Wong Kei is one of the UK’s largest Chinese restaurants and once described as “the rudest restaurant in London”: staff would shout at customers, insult them if they asked for knives and forks, and chase them down the street if they felt they had not tipped enough.