Countries 180-181

180

180. China (Capital city: Beijing)

  • The Shanghai Tower, with 121 floors, is the 2nd tallest building in the world.
  • China has unusual table manners. Just like in Vietnam, spitting, yawning, grunting, and burping are normal behaviors.
  • Split crotch pants are still popular in China…
  • China legally owns most pandas. If China lent a panda to a country and it gave birth, the newborn would still belong to China.
  • Restoring virginity is possible in China. That plastic surgery procedure is called hymenorrhaphy.
  • More than 30 million people still live in caves.
  • The New Year is celebrated sometime in January or February, many people during the 15-day celebration do not work.
  • About half of the pigs in the world are in China. Chinese people eat a lot of pork.
  • It is believed that the Chinese invented ice cream by mixing flour, camphor, and buffalo milk with ice.
  • An imperial palace called “The Forbidden City” has more than 9000 rooms.
  • The longest bridge in the world is 102.4 miles! It’s called the Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge.

Macau

  • Macau is the only Chinese territory where it is legal to gamble in a casino.
  • The money passing through Macau today is more than 5 times that going through Las Vegas.
  • Macau was the last to remain as an European colony in Asia.

** Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong Disneyland, which opened in 2005, is the 3rd Disney theme park outside the US and the 1st in China.
  • Hong Kong has the highest number of skyscrapers in the world. It has twice as many skyscrapers as NYC.
  • It is the 4th most densely populated country.
  • It has more than 200 islands.
  • Tourists are allowed to bring in only 19 cigarettes into the city.

I suggest this video to understand how these independent states relate to China.

181. Taiwan (Capital city: Taipei)

  • Some argue that Taiwan is not a country since it’s not a member of the UN, but Taiwan is not controlled by People’s Republic of China, so the case may be argued otherwise.
  • The official name of Taiwan is the Republic of China. It’s often confused with People’s Republic of China..
  • Taiwan is one of the few countries that still use traditional Chinese characters.
  • The garbage truck plays music like an ice cream truck in the US.
  • Lots of people fear the rain and run to cover themselves because of acid-rain fears.

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