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Some more facts about China

  • Acupuncture is the use of fine needles inserted into particular points of the body to cure certain illnesses.
  • Because small feet were thought beautiful in a woman, girls' feet used to be bound tightly with bandages to stop them growing properly. This was forbidden by law in 1911. (The smallest shoes were 8 cm long and known as the Lotus Foot).
  • The Manchus (Qing Dynasty) who ruled China between 1644 and 1911 enforced the Chinese to wear the Manchu pigtail.
  • Dr Sun Yat-Sen (1867-1925) was the first leader of republican China and is thought of as the founder of modern China.
  • The flag of the People's Republic of China was raised by Chairman Mao in Tian'anmen Square in October 1949. This spot is now marked by a granite obelisk.
  • In 1556 an earthquake in Shensi killed over eight hundred thousand people.
  • In 1976 an earthquake in Tangshan claimed the lives of around six hundred and fifty thousand people.
  • An earthquake at Yunnan killed over three hundred people and injured many thousands in February 1996. Less than a year later, a quake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale left 44,000 people homeless in Zhangbei (150 miles from Beijing), over fifty people dead and many thousands injured.

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