Hong Xiuquan was a man who thought he was the younger brother of Jesus, led a rebellion in 1850 to establish his 'Heavenly Kingdom' in China. The conflict caused 20 million deaths which was more than World War 1.
2. A man named Hu Songwen in China built his own dialysis machine to keep himself alive.
3. There is a Korean eatery in Zhengzhou city, China, where people are allowed to dine at no charge if they happen to be among the five most beautiful patrons of the day.
4. In 1946, during a land survey of Sichuan province in China, a forester encountered a tree he had never seen before, so took a sample. He came to find it was as yet unknown to science, only previously existing as a fossil. It came to be known as the 'Dawn Redwood'.
5. A dairy farm (Hong Ning Dairy) in Hong Kong, despite having no cattle on site, has been churning out some 4000 bottles of “fresh milk” made of formula every day since 2008 without the public's knowledge.
People living in Hong Kong and Japan who cannot afford to live in a house, take advantage of McDonalds' "doors are always open" policy and live in their restaurants. These people are also known as McRefugees.
7. The tomb of the first Emperor of China (Of Terracotta Army fame) has not yet been explored. Ancient historians wrote that the tomb contains rivers of mercury mechanically operated to flow like real rivers. Modern tests have reported mercury levels in the soil over 100 times what occurs naturally.
8. There is controversy over China's top ranking in the international student assessment. Only the three richest Chinese school districts participate in the international student assessment.
9. In China, women who remain unmarried until their late 20s are given the term "leftover women".
10. A Chinese businessman bought a non-functional aircraft carrier from Ukraine, allegedly to use it as a floating hotel/casino. It took more than 4 years to tow it to China. Later the Chinese government bought and modernized the carrier, making it its only aircraft carrier its navy owns today.
The Last Emperor of China (Pu Yi) lived until 1967, and was a communist prisoner for years tending a vegetable garden, simply known as "Prisoner No. 981".
12. During China’s Ming Dynasty, powdered smallpox scabs were blown up the noses of the healthy. The patients would then develop a mild case of the disease, and from then on were immune to it. Although the technique had a 0.5–2.0% mortality rate, it was better than the disease's 20–30% mortality rate.
13. China's subway beggars have designed a system that governs which turf they get to work. Greenhand beggars who intrude on lines reserved for the disabled or elderly get a beating.
14. China has built a new skyscraper every five days, more than 30 airports, metros in 25 cities, the three longest bridges in the world, more than 6,000 miles of high-speed railway lines and 26,000 miles of motorway, all in the last 5 years.
15. After a girl in his community was killed by a red-light runner, a 74-year-old Chinese man spent an entire day hurling bricks at bad drivers. With his neighborhood cheering him on, he smashed over 30 red-light runners' cars before the police asked him to stop.
16Made in the USA
Over 60% of Chinese consumers say that they are willing to pay more for products labeled “Made in the USA” than for those labeled “Made in China”.
17. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett went to China to encourage their billionaires about the benefits of Philanthropy (giving to their community). They were mainly ignored because Philanthropy (outside of supporting the family) is not part of Chinese culture.
18. The three gorges dam in China holds back so much water that it slows the rotation of the earth slightly.
19. Basketball player Yao Ming's conservation campaigns have led to a 50% reduction in the consumption of shark fin soup in China.
20. In China, TV advertisements can only be shown at the end of a 45 minute program instead of during.
China gets a new Billionaire every 5 days.
22. In the 1400s, China owned the greatest seagoing fleet in the world. But by 1525, all of China's "Treasure Fleet" ships had been destroyed at the urging of the political elite who had become alarmed at the rise of a newly rich merchant class.
23. It is a taboo to wear green hats in China because it signals you as a cuckold.
24. A tombstone dating to 1342 A.D. was found in Eastern China of a woman named "Katarina Vilioni", sister of Antonio and daughter of Domenico. This suggests a thriving Italian community in 14th century China.
25. Hong Kong has one of the world's most efficient subway systems with a 99.9% on-time rate and the entire system is managed via Artificial Intelligence.