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Some facts about China

  • China is one of the largest countries in the world and has more people than any other country.
  • Shanghai is one of the world's largest cities.
  • Mandarin Chinese is the world's most spoken language with over 870 million speakers.
  • The Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Shanghai is one of the tallest buildings in Asia.
  • Tiananmen Square is the largest public plaza in the world.
  • The Three Gorges Dam is the world's largest dam.
  • A fossil of the world’s oldest flower (142 million years old) has been found in China.
  • The Great Wall of China  is more than 1,500 miles long and took many years to build. It is the only man-made structure which can be seen from outer space.
  • Thousands of years ago the Chinese had developed a calendar, writing and the wheel.
  • Nearly four thousand years ago China's scribes recorded a sighting of 'ten flying suns' in the sky.
  • The Chinese used lodestones as compasses about four thousand years ago.
  • Chinese writing uses pictures or characters.
  • Paper and movable type (separate pieces for each character) were invented in China hundreds of years before they were used in Europe.
  • The oldest surviving printed book in the world is Chinese - a Buddhist text printed in 868 CE.
  • Early mathematical texts have been discovered on books of bamboo strips.

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