China is known as one of the most powerful and progressive country in the world. It is the home to Shaolin Kung Fu, the famous Great Wall, 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, beautiful landscapes, rich culture and more. However, there are still many things about this land that the world is yet to know.
Aside from being inclined to business, Chinese people are also good in many other things. Here are ten secrets of the Sleeping Giant which we all deserve to know.
Love hunting for rich bachelors
Love hunting is a common thing for bachelors in China. Hundreds of girls line up in the hope to find their man. On the other hand, men are also searching not just for beautiful girls but for a lifetime partner. Both have expectations. VIP memberships are organized for matchmaking events.
Ghost cities and malls are everywhere
These are not the usual types of ghost cities and malls we hear from other countries. In China, these landmarks have become ghosts before they were actually occupied. Yes, government and investors create empty cities and malls for the future. The Hallstatt in Guangdong is a great example of these under-populated cities. These cities have more than 60 million vacant homes.
Chinese cave dwellers
Cave dwelling is still a thing in China. Nearly 35 million Chinese are cave dwellers. Northern China has the largest number of these people. They dug into mountains to make comfortable caves. This is the exact opposite to the 60 million vacant homes in various empty cities. Poverty among Chinese people makes it possible.
“Sock City” of China
Dubbed as the “Sock City,” the district of Datang in Zhuji produces 1 of every 3 socks available in the world. That is equal to more than 8 billion socks each year. It means that when you are buying a pair of socks, you have a 1 out of 3 probability of buying one from the “Sock City.”
Major in bra studies
Chinese are very serious in making the right bra in the right size. Top Form, the country’s major bra manufacturer has its own bra lab factory. The company produces millions of high quality bras for well-known brands like Victoria’s Secret, Maidenform, and Playtex. Thus, after finishing a bra major from Hong Kong Polytechnic, graduates can apply for a job at Top Form.
Traditional Chinese medicines are from human body
Traditionally, Chinese are using human body wastes like urine and excreta as medicines. Some of these human parts are the human placenta to treat certain disorders. Ancient Chinese used bones, flesh and organs as medicines. These traditional ways of treating diseases are still practiced in China and it is even gaining worldwide popularity.
Too many disposable chopsticks
Chinese people are using approximately 45 billion disposable chopsticks in a year. About 25 million fully grown trees are cut to produce the massive amount chopsticks. China only has 25% of its land covered with forest to produce chopsticks. As a result, China is currently importing chopsticks from American manufacturers.
For more than 1,000 years, male crickets have been carefully raised for competition in China. They are nourished with pedigrees to make them strong. Cricket fighting was first developed as a sport during the Tang Dynasty, passed on by every generation and popularized by commoners. Today, Beijing has a two-day tournament for National Cricket Fighting Championships every year.
Death penalty execution
Strict laws and capital punishment are common ideas for all Chinese. The number of Chinese prisoners is one of China’s top secrets. In 2014 alone, more than 2,400 people were executed. Lethal injections are now used to execute prisoners. Firing guards are also a form of execution in China.
Dog meat festival
The Yulin Festival is an annual dog eating festivity in China. More than 10,000 dogs were killed in 2013. The event started in 2009 to bring in tourism and to honor the summer solstice. Dogs and cats are slaughtered and sold to visiting people. Pet dogs and cats are not exempted in the festival. The activity has drawn many protests from online campaigns and animal activists.