Sunday, October 3, 2010

Did you know this about China?

China is the world’s most populous country. It is estimated that almost one-fifth of the world’s entire population lives in China.

China is one of the oldest continuous civilizations of the world. In fact, the states and cultures present in China date back to more than six millennia. In addition to this, it also has the world’s longest continuously used written language system.

The most popular and important symbols of China is the Great Wall of China, also regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was started more than 2,500 years ago and was constructed by various ruling dynasties. It measures over 5,000 km long.

One can see striking contrasts in the lifestyle of Chinese people. Though the city has many high-rise and modern buildings, the countryside has very rustic bamboo houses.

The Chinese calendar was developed thousands of years ago and has the years named after 12 animals of the Zodiac. The Chinese had an advanced system of astronomy as well as mathematics, which laid a strong foundation for their beliefs and traditions, followed to date.

China was the first country to invent gun powder and fireworks and also use gun powder for guns, rockets and other arms. It also produced silk for the first time. The process of producing silk was a well-guarded secret!

China is known for manufacturing ceramic plates and it was a mystery known to the Chinese only, for a long time. 


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