Looking for funny China facts? Here are some of our best for you to enjoy…
1) “May you live in interesting times” is the literal translation of a famous Chinese curse. Ooohh scary. May YOU have a fairly average weekend. In your face … right back at ya!
2) In China it is illegal to hug a tree. You can stroke a hedge though, or kiss an apple, if intimacy with plants is something you desire (actually, you’d better not, I haven’t checked this with the local police!).
3) Many of the guards never left the Great Wall of China in their whole lives. “What shall we do today … go fishing, talk a walk, grab a bite to eat … what about hanging out at the wall again? Ok, sounds great!”
4) Chopsticks were invented in China approximately 4,000 years ago. I reckon it would take me another 4,000 years of practice before I could actually use them properly!
5) The compass, paper, gunpowder and printing are all Chinese inventions. Very useful if you have a task that involves making a map, navigating across the countryside, and blowing something up! Boom!
6) When the KFC slogan “finger lickin’ good” was first translated into Chinese, it came out as “eat your fingers off”. OK then Colonel, but only if you give me that secret recipe so I can give them a delicious golden coating first!
7) There are 42,000 characters in the Chinese language. Adult are only expected to know 5,000 of them. So what are the other 38,000 for then?!
8) Apparently in China it is considered rude to blow your nose in public. What should I do then, just let it run freely? It snot just going to go away … it has to go somewhere!
9) Acupuncture treats illnesses by inserting sharp thin needles into various parts of the body. It originated over 5,000 years ago in China. Torture is used to get information from prisoners, often by inserting sharp thin needles into various parts of the body. Just saying!
10) There is a type of tea in China called white tea, which is actually just boiled water. I just invented a type of tea … it is called ‘Warm Breeze Tea’. It’s just a cup full of air. Who wants some?