What are the top 20 things to know about China?
When I first went to China in 2010, I got a chance to experience a lot. I also studied and learned a lot about China, the people, and the culture.
Since then, I have been in and out of China countless times, too many to count. So here is a bunch of random things anyone should know about China.
1.China has the fastest growing economy and real estate in the world. It doesn’t take very long for China to create new buildings, expand and even make entire new cities in as little as months. However, due to the speed, they aren’t made from the best high quality materials.
2.China is not only Mandarin and Cantonese, but well over 200 individual dialects & varieties that are spoken.
3.Each year in China is represented by 12 different animals. It’s highly sought out that a child is born on the year of the dragon. Dragon is the most powerful animal. Families will go as far as having two kids, 12 years apart.
4.China soldiers train with a needle/pin in their neck collar sticking up, this ensures they keep their head up or they get poked.
5.Over 110 million Chinese live off of less than $2 USD per day.
6.China has the largest shopping mall and trade wholesale center in the world. The Futian International Trade Mall has over 75,000 stores.
7.There are more abortions in China in a month then most all other countries in the world combined in a year. However, hospitals are not allowed to let people know the ‘sex’ of a baby before it’s born. It’s illegal unless one of the parents has a nationality status outside of China (such as American or Canadian).
8.China used to have the highest rate of unregistered kids. This was due to China’s 1-child policy which ended in 2015. A massive amount of families would have more children over the limit and either keep them unregistered and hide them, or pay a hefty fee.
9.China has the fastest train in the world. Maglev trains are starting to become a very popular type of super high speed trains, and China has the fastest, at well over 400km/hour.
10.China makes more millionaires each year than any other country combined. This makes China the go-to spot for any international Entrepreneur looking to start a business.
11.China has the most female billionaires in the world.
12.85% of all items in most of people’s houses are ‘made in China’. So it’s safe to say that China has a large influence on just about everyone’s lives.
13.In some smaller cities in China, traffic can be very chaotic. Sometimes green lights mean go, sometimes yellow means go, and sometimes red even means go. This is due to lack of police presence in smaller cities.
14.China is the 3rd largest country in the world by land mass size. But it’s the highest populated country with 20% of the world living there.
15.Girls typically do not change their family (last) name after getting married. They usually keep their birth name.
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16.Just about everything in China can now be paid with apps on your phone. This includes even vending machines for drinks, and paying bills at a restaurant. It’s all phone-tap and QR code scanning.
17.In almost most places in China, it’s expected to haggle when buying something. Not doing so is a sign of weakness and disrespect.
18.Shenzhen is the best city to work in as a foreigner. It has the most opportunities for business. Shanghai and Beijing, while nice cities and very well known are overrated.
19.Food is different in each province you go to in China. There is a vast amount of types of cuisine. You can travel all over China
20.Some Chinese do eat dogs. But it’s becoming less and less. More people are still thinking of them as pets. But in the Guangxi province, especially the Yulin festival, it’s still popular there.
21.China allows people to visit their ancient cities. Many of these cities are used in film making and movies, including very popular ones.
22.China has the best rivers & mountains in the world. Gorgeous scenery.
23.Some places in China is hot all year round and never has snow.
24.Small villages in China often have never seen a foreigner before. So when a foreigner visits, the little kids will follow that person like little ducklings.
25.Everything in China is very cheap compared to other countries. Often times overseas tourists can come to spend 5x their money. So $1 their money is often $5 in China money.
26.Chopsticks were invented well over 5000 years ago and were originally used for cooking and not eating.
27.The number 8 is the luckiest number in China culture. With pronunciation of 'Ba' in Chinese, 8 sounds similar to the word 'Fa', which means to make a fortune. It contains meanings of prosperity, success and high social status too, so all business men favor it very much.
28.Parking in most cities in China isn’t free. There is often a freelancer person that watches each parking zone. Especially for shopping malls, restaurants, and events. You can park your bike or car and pay that person to watch it all day.
29.When you get your haircut in China, often times they will wash it, shampoo it, and give a 30 minutes head massage before washing and cutting again. This is very cheap, as well as getting facials.
Sunny Nguyen, Love Writing, Travelling, Yoga, Kpop and Taylor Swift
I try to list down my top 20 things to know about China on my first China trip ever:
1.Wechat is a must
Even if you chat with your Chinese friends by Chinese, it is still okay because they have the Translation function directly on the app.
Most of services here are integrated in the app. Very convenient.
- DIDI is Uber in China
They have English version of the app. You should download before your arrival and register by your own phone number (no need Chinese number).
They have translation on the texting part of the app to make it very easy for you to communicate with drivers.
There is even a police button on the app.
Good price, safe, fast and super convenient.
- Data Sim card
You should buy a data sim card before arrival. You can find a data sim card very easy online: Klook or Gohub,… with unlimited GB
- Wechatpay and Alipay
Beside Wechat, these are two apps that every Chinese must have. Because in China, people don’t use cash but QR Code and Face Recognition to pay.
I think this is impressive.
- iPhone is very popular
I am quite surprised to know that a lot of Chinese people use iPhone. That’s why you can use Apple Map and other platform of iPhone in here quite easy.
- You can find a lot of Starbuck in here
- Food display in China
I don’t know if it should be applied for most of China parts but in Guangzhou, most of places I have been have great food display and they serve you exactly what they show you, same size and same quality, in pictures or by real “model”, like this:
Display: (not real food, just kind of plastic - I think)
- Public bicycles
If you have Wechatpay or Alipay, it just costs around 1RMB/1 hour to rent a bicycle.
- Shared power bank
Again, it just cost 1 RMB to rent a power bank here if you have Wechatpay or Alipay. And you can find a lot of power bank stations around the big cities. I have not been in Chinese villages, so I don’t know yet.
- They use tea to wash bowls, cups, spoons and chopsticks
My Chinese friend told me that this is only happen in Guangzhou. Here, in almost every restaurants, you will see people use tea to wash their things before drinking that tea and take food. I find it very interesting.
- Tea is a must to try
Yeah, it excessed my expectation. I have never known that Chinese tea is that good. And if you have chance, you should visit those tea shops in here, sitting watching them making you a tea to see how rich and beautiful Chinese tea culture is.
Different tea is put inside different kind of tea pots with different kind of water temperature. It is not simple to make a cup of tea here, so you should feel blessed if you are able to witness the progress
- It’s super safe in here
If you travel alone, it is still okay, don't worry a lot
- Food is not all about oil and salty
Before visiting China, I always thought Chinese food is all about oil and salty ones until I officially arrived there.
No, it’s totally different from my imagination. The food is so good and it is a food paradise.
- They have Hop-on Hop-off in some cities
- There are lifts at pedestrian overpass
For me, this is awesome
- No ground or basement floor
They just have floor 1,2 and floor -1,-2. I don’t know why.
- There are “receptionist robots”
You can find robots at stores or restaurants using robots as a receptionists or security guards in here
- Electric vehicles are quite popular
Yep, I am quite fascinating by the facts that Chinese uses a lot of electric vehicles. You can find a lot on the road, sometimes it can be like this:
- You can find a milk tea shop in every corner
And I absolutely love it.
- It’s okay to travel to China if you cannot speak Chinese
Because those translation app in here work quite well, so other systems like public transportation,… It’s convenient to travel here without speaking Chinese.
Molly Shek, lived in China
1.China is a safe country.
2.Most people use WeChat.
3.Chinese food is very delicious, Chinese people like to research food.
4.Chinese is very friendly, and Chinese hospitality is shown especially to foreigners.
5.Chinese people use Taobao to buy things.And Young people use micro-blog,used to share feelings and pictures.
6.Chinese “zhihoo” like this software.
7.China has a lot of breathtaking beauty.
8.China’s RMB has 100yuan,50yuan,20yuan,10yuan,5yuan,1yuan.
9.Chinese are hardworking and kind-hearted, and we all love our country.
10.The stores in China opened early, closed late, and some supermarkets were open for 24 hours.