November 17, 2013

Mind-blowing facts about China

As the title says, mind-blowing facts about China:
All of China operates on the same time zone. This means that when it's 9 AM in eastern China, it's 9 AM - and likely still dark - 2 600 miles [4 200 km] to the west. The idea is to forge national unity. Russia used to have 11 time zones until 2010, but has now only 9 due to government's new regulations.
If dams of all sizes are counted, China has more than 85 000.
The literacy rate of 95.9 percent, but with 1.3 billion people in China, 60 million are illiterate.
On average, seven coal miners die for every day of production. But that is down from the 19 deaths a day ten years ago.
China has ongoing territorial disputes with the following countries: Bhutan, India, Taiwan, South Korea, Pakistan, Vietnam, Philippines, Japan, Malaysia and Brunei. It has also internal territorial disputes in Tibet and Xinjiang.
China uses a system of household registration which determines where you can live and where your children can go to school. Even if your child is born in Shanghai and you are registered in Anhui, they won't get a place in a Shanghai school. The system was designed to prevent mass permanent migration to the wealthier cities.
Air pollution in China has gotten so bad that one entrepreneur has decided to sell cans of fresh air to raise awareness of the pollution. But China is also the world's largest producer of power from renewable energy.
China consumes half the world's cement, one-third of its steel, one-fourth of its aluminum, and has more Starbucks than United States.
China will have build 50 new Nuclear Reactors by 2020 - the rest of the world: 15.
China's "one child per family" policy in combination with the cultural preference for male children has resulted in that China has approximately 30 million surplus men between age 25 to 40 who will never find a partner. There are signs of rising crime rates among restless unmarried men in China, and this will grow in time. It has also resulted in an increase in sex trafficking.
China is still a cash-based society. To limit the impact of counterfeiters, the highest bill printed is 100 (about $18). The result is that you can often see people with briefcases or plastic shopping bags full of cash.
China has about 100 000 traffic deaths a year.
Many of China's new cities are empty. Many rural residents are being displaced by the expansion of these cities. They are forced to move elsewhere because the apartments in these new buildings are far more expensive than what they can afford. Their farmlands have also been cleared to build these towns.
The people of China are not allowed to invest abroad. With few options, many people are putting their savings into real estate. Some individuals with no investment experience have bought as many as ten apartments.
Chinese citizens can get around the social media government censorship, which filters out an ever-changing list of words depending on what topic is taboo at the moment, by using a host of clever play on words/characters (which are much more abundant in Chinese than English due to the nature of the language). Of course censors catch on and start filtering those, but then creative users come up with new ones.

Source: Quora