1- In China a baby is born every two seconds, and someone dies every two and a half.
2- China is the world’s third largest country, stretching from the soaring Himalayas in the west to the great plains of the Huang (Yellow) and Chang Jiang (Yangtze) rivers in the east where most people live.
3- China is the most highly populated country in the world. In 1979 it was growing so rapidly the govenment made it illegal for couples to have more than one child. In the countryside, people disliked the law because extra children where needed to work the fields. In towns the law worked better, but single children where often spoiled and so called “Little Emperors”.
4- 68% of China’s people still live and work on the land, growing rice and other crops to feed themselves. But as China opens up to western trade, so industry is growing in cities like Guangzhou and more and more country people are going to work there.
5- China Became communist in 1949, and the nationalist government fled to the island of Taiwan. Taiwan now has a thriving economy and makes more computer parts – especially microchips – than anywhere else in the world.
6- Rise is grown all over China in flooded fields called paddies.
7- With over 1200 milion inhabitants, China has more people than any other country. One in five people alive today are Chinese.
8- China is one of the world’s oldest civilizations and Chinese cities date back at least 4200 years. People were farming here long before the pharaohs came to power in Egypt.
9- China uses 45 Billion Chopsticks per Year.
10- The world’s first paper money was created in China 1400 years ago.