Interesting facts about China — tourist, cultural and historical trivia!

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8 min readOct 31, 2022

China is the third largest country in the world in terms of area and the first in terms of population density, inhabited by 56 ethnic groups. What surprises China? Interesting facts and intriguing facts about this remarkable country are listed below.

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Such a vast and diverse area simply has to hide a lot of curiosities, and indeed it does. The Middle Kingdom has different customs from the rest of the world, so at first, contact with the local culture may come as quite a shock to a tourist from Europe.

China, like other countries of the Buddhist-Confucian civilization, developed independently of the rest of the world. This has largely determined the cultural distinctiveness of the place. In the historical and cultural context, it is difficult to see any similarities between China and Western civilization. From the point of view of the average European, almost everything about the Middle Kingdom seems foreign, exotic. In order to bring the peculiarities of this unusual country closer, we have collected the most intriguing interesting facts about China.

Interesting facts about Chinese culture

Cultural differences are perfectly normal and can be seen even between neighboring countries. However, it should be noted that when confronted with Chinese customs, the strangest European customs seem almost common.

  • Often chrysanthemums are associated primarily with funeral ceremonies. In China, they symbolize youth.
  • The color white almost all over the world is associated with purity and innocence, but not in China. In the Middle Kingdom, white is the color of mourning.
  • In Chinese culture, great attention is paid to punctuality. Being late is seen as a sign of disrespect.
  • While almost anywhere in the world giving a watch as a gift is not considered a gaffe, in China such a gift is treated as a serious slip-up. In the culture there, a watch and alarm clock symbolize the time left to live.
  • Anyone who receives a gift from a Chinese person is not allowed to unwrap it in the presence of the giver. In the Middle Kingdom, such behavior is considered rude.