[ Wikipedia ] Under the First Emperor Qin, the Qin Dynasty built two of China’s most famous tourist attractions: the first version of the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Army.
The construction of both involved hundreds of thousands of men who conscripted into years of forced labor.
[ Wikipedia ] Interesting Chinese translation of foreign countries: The Chinese names of other countries were mostly derived by phonetically translating the Western names into similar sounding Chinese characters, with some interesting results.
Some Chinese names are flattering, such as America (美国 Mei Guo or “Beautiful Country”) and England (英 国, Ying Guo or “Hero Country”).
A group of fossil specimens—collectively known as “Peking Man”—were discovered in Zhoukoudian cave near Beijing.
These specimens of Homo erectus (a relative of Homo sapiens) lived between 780,000 and 300,000 years ago and could make fire and used primitive stone tools.
[ Wikipedia ] Founded in 1903 by German settlers, Tsingtao Beer accounts for over 50% of China’s beer exports (but only has 15% of domestic market share).
The company was privatized in the early 1990s and today is 27% owned by Anheuser-Busch.
However, the first signs of settled agriculture in China started around 5000 B. [Wikipedia] The Chinese name for “China” is “Zhong Guo” –which translates as “Central Nation” or “Middle Kingdom”—reflects their ancient worldview that China was at the center of the world.
Zhong Guo, which is still used today, was first used almost 3,000 years ago during the Zhou Dynasty (1066-771 BC).
[ Wikipedia ] Dating back to the Tang Dynasty, cricket fighting is still a popular pastime for many Chinese kids and adults.
It was particularly popular in Macau, where people bet on cricket fights.
[ Wikipedia ] Fortune cookies are not—nor have ever been—a Chinese custom.