Facts about Chinese National Day

The People's Republic of China was founded on October 1st 1949 with a ceremony at Tian'anmen Square.

To mark the day, here are 21 interesting facts about Chinese National Day.

China has more English speakers than the United States Chinese National Day Facts

If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction Chinese National Day Facts

Almost a quarter of Chinese people share three surnames: Li, Wang and Zhang. Chinese National Day Facts

One in every five people in the world is Chinese. China is the world's most populous country, with over 1.38 billion people, and the second-largest country by land area. One in every five people in the world is Chinese. China is the world's most populous country, with over 1.38 billion people, and the second-largest country by land area. Chinese National Day Facts

One-third of the population of China can't speak Mandarin, the country's official language. Chinese National Day Facts

In China over 30 million people live in caves. Chinese National Day Facts

Half the world's pigs live in China. Chinese National Day Facts

Reincarnation is forbidden in China without government permission. Chinese National Day Facts

China's nation sport is table tennis. Chinese National Day Facts

1 in every 3 socks you have were made in the district of Datang in Zhuji, China, now known as "Sock City". Chinese National Day Facts

More people go to church on Sunday in China than in the whole of Europe. Chinese National Day Facts

The Chinese are the single biggest source of global tourism income. Chinese National Day Facts

The 1556 Shaanxi earthquake in China was the deadliest earthquake on record with 830,000 deaths. Chinese National Day Facts

Fortune cookies are not a traditional Chinese custom. They were invented in early 1900 in San Francisco. Chinese National Day Facts

Almost all of The Great Wall of China is in ruins. Any photographs you have seen of the Wall are from Beijing, where some of the Wall was restored in the 1400s. Chinese National Day Facts

​The Great Wall of China is 13,170 miles long. It was built by one million laborers 2,200 years ago. 400,000 of those workers died while making it and their bodies were buried inside the wall. ​It's so long that it covers three countries - China, North Korea and Mongolia. ​The Great Wall of China is 13,170 miles long. It was built by one million laborers 2,200 years ago. 400,000 of those workers died while making it and their bodies were buried inside the wall. ​It's so long that it covers three countries - China, North Korea and Mongolia. Chinese National Day Facts

In China almost 90% of teenagers are short sighted; yet during the 1950s, that figure was about 15%. Chinese National Day Facts

The Sunrise in parts of China can be as late as 10 AM as the country joined its five time zones into a single one. Chinese National Day Facts

China is the world's largest consumer of red wine. Chinese National Day Facts

In China, there is an "Elderly Rights" law which makes it illegal for anyone who has parents over 60 not to visit them regularly. Chinese National Day Facts

Many Chinese words have been adopted into the English language including "ketchup", "typhoon", and "tycoon." Chinese National Day Facts
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