[ Wikipedia ] The oldest form of the Chinese written language was found in the Oracle Bone inscriptions carved on tortoise shells and mammal bones during the Shang dynasty (c 1600-1100 BC).
[ Wikipedia “Chinese language” ] Humanoids have lived in China for hundreds of thousands of years.
In Liujiang in southern China, the first modern human skull was discovered and is estimated to be about 67,000 years old.
[ Wikipedia ] The Chinese started cultivating rice and millet as early as 7500 BC, according to scientist and author Jared Diamond (Guns, Germs, and Steel).
The most famous was Zheng He, the legendary naval admiral and explorer who commanded seven diplomatic voyages—sailing with up to 300 ships and 20,000 people. Tsai 1996; Wikipedia ] Click here for “ in China facts: CRIME & PUNISHMENT.
Before the Communists took control of China in 1949, the country had five time zones.
[ Wikipedia ] Fortune cookies are not—nor have ever been—a Chinese custom.
However, drivers in mainland China drive on the right side.
[ Wikipedia ] Founded in 1903 by German settlers, Tsingtao Beer accounts for over 50% of China’s beer exports (but only has 15% of domestic market share).
The company was privatized in the early 1990s and today is 27% owned by Anheuser-Busch.
However, the first signs of settled agriculture in China started around 5000 B. [Wikipedia] The Chinese name for “China” is “Zhong Guo” –which translates as “Central Nation” or “Middle Kingdom”—reflects their ancient worldview that China was at the center of the world.
Zhong Guo, which is still used today, was first used almost 3,000 years ago during the Zhou Dynasty (1066-771 BC).