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10 Facts about China

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1. In 2006, 75% of Chinese didn’t know that sharks were killed to make shark fin soup. But now, 91% of Chinese support a nationwide ban, thanks to activism work by Yao Ming and others

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2. A man from China bought a first class ticket which came with access to a VIP lounge and a free meal. He rescheduled over 300 times over a year to enjoy (presumably) over 300 meals. When investigated, he canceled the ticket and got a full refund

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3. The Han dynasty of China drilled for natural gas, transported it in pipelines and gas containers, and burned it in stoves (in 200 BC)

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4. Over 60 percent of Chinese consumers also say that they are willing to pay more for products labeled “Made in USA” than those labeled “Made in China”

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5. A Chinese woman missing for 10 years and presumed dead was found living at an internet cafe. A runaway at age 14, she was good at the game “Cross Fire,”so other gamers paid to watch her play it; she slept at internet cafes and public bathhouses until being found at age 24

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6. Writing was likely only invented from scratch three times in history: in the Middle East, China, and Central America. All other alphabets and writing systems were either derived from or inspired by the the others, or were too incomplete to fully express the spoken language

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7. China has deforested most of its historically wooded areas. A law promulgated in 1981 requires that every school student over the age of 11 plants at least one tree per year

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8. A Chinese man bought and raised two puppies, cared for them despite their frequent killing and eating of chickens, and then discovered they were bears

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9. The world’s oldest stash of marijuana was found in a 2,700 grave in western China. It belonged to a blue-eyed Caucasian man who was a local shaman

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10. In the late 1950s, China’s government began a campaign to kill millions of sparrows because they ate crops. As a result, there was a huge increase in crop-eating insects, which led to a severe famine

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