China is the mother of inventions. From compass and gunpowder to acupuncture and printing press, many world changing innovations were born in China and now it has emerged as an economic superpower. Large population, grandest mountain ranges, rich heritage, oldest government, vast history and immense culture are a few things which constitute China. From high-tech Hong Kong to tranquil Tongli (a water town), this country has a lots of diverse options to offer. So, here is a glimpse of things which are responsible for the worldwide fame of China.
12. Hangzhou (Heaven on Earth)
Hangzhou, situated in Eastern China, sits on the head of Hangzhou bay. It is China’s most illustrious tourist place with enthralling panoramas and astounding scenic view. Its dramatic landscape and magnificent West Lake famed it as the Heaven on Earth. When Marco Polo discovered Hangzhou, he said it was most beautiful and prosperous city in the world. It is one of the four garden cities of China. It permanently hosts the World Leisure Expo, the China International Animation Festival and the China International Micro Film Festival. After spending all of the daytime while sightseeing, one should be ready for miraculous night time. It is a city offering vibrant night life. The incredible night show, Impression West Lake, is an amazing blend of music, art, dance, drama and will leave you enthralled and awe struck with its breath taking background of lakes and hills.
11. Potala Palace
Potala Palace, now a museum and a world heritage site in situated Lhasa. It used to be residence of Dalai Lama. It is highest ancient palace in the world. Its construction was started by Lozang Gyatso and symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism. The originality of its architecture adds to its historic and religious value. Its gates and turrets are build of rammed earth and stone. From the palace’s roof and balconies, one can see intoxicated beauty of distant snow-capped Himalayan mountains.
10. Robots In A Restaurant
Imagine how exciting will it be, if a robot greets you, takes your order, makes the food and serves it to you? It is the reality of a restaurant situated in Henan province, where human-sized robots automatically carry dishes around the dining area of the restaurant and serve food. Song Yugang, the founder of this robotic restaurant spent $13,053 to buy the robots. There are more than a dozen of robots present there. Well, it must be pretty cool. So, when are you gonna make a reservation for your table?
9. Terracotta Army
Terracotta Army ,an example of funerary art is a world heritage site. It is basically, a collection of sculptures depicting the armies of Quin Shi Huang. Platoons of clay soldiers were buried with China’s first emperor to accompany him during his eternal rest and to protect his tomb. the sculptures of various war chariots, horses, warriors, soldiers, musicians, acrobats and strongmen are preserved there in the museum. It is an afterdeath army of first emperor of China to guard him till eternity.
8. Giant Pandas
Aren’t Giant Pandas adorable? Do you ever feel like cuddling them? Well, your wish can come true in China. Giant pandas, the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) logo, the emblem of China, the national treasure is an endangered species with less than 2000 in the whole world. They have a solitary lifestyle and spend most of the time eating, sleeping and seeking food. 99% of their food contains bamboo. These fluffy animals live in a few mountain ranges in central western and south western China, mainly in Sichuan Province, and also available in Shaanxi and Gansu provinces.
7. Feng Shui Principles
The famous Laughing Buddha and yin yang symbols are products of a set of beliefs called Feng Shui. It is a science which blends humans and their surroundings and assumes that every land has certain energy. It is based on Taoist visions. Placement or removal of certain products can alter the energy and thereby creating optimism. Crystal turtles, mandarin ducks, arowana fish with lotus are other products falling under category of Feng Shui.
6. Innovations and Inventions
Everybody uses Wi-Fi, but do you know what is next? Li-Fi, which uses light emitting diodes (LEDs) as a medium to deliver network communication. China is famous for its next-gen technologies and innovations. The smartphones which originate in China (not an imitation) give tough competition to other smartphone companies. Nanoleaf, a startup company in China has given the most efficient light bulb. Chinese scientists are even able to build an invisible cloak within 15 minutes. A 3D bio printer which is capable of printing human body parts is also a next to possible invention of China.
5. Potent Teas
Green tea, black tea, longjing tea, Chinese oolong tea, spring dragon longevity tea, gunpowder tea and the list goes on, these are a few varieties of teas which originated in China. From detoxification process to anti cancerous properties, these are like magical potions having medicinal virtues. Not only this, the most expensive tea, the Panda Tea is also a gift of China. Yanshi (founder of panda tea brand), claims that this tea has anti cancer function, although it has not been proved yet.
4. Chinese Cuisine
Chilly potatoes, chow mein, dimsums and munchurian are loved by many people in different parts of world. These mouth watering snacks belong to Chinese cuisine. This cuisine is known for its exotic blend of spices and is one of ”Three Grand Cuisines” in the world. Prawn crackers, tofu, gao, moon cake ,sun cake, wontons, spring rolls, pecking roasted duck, sweet and sour pork and baobing are some dishes common in China. Besides these, China is also famous for century eggs or pine patterned eggs. These are preserved eggs with pungent smell. Chinese food is finger licking good and highly nutritious.
3. Copycat China
If you cannot afford a high end luxurious product but you eat your heart out for it, how about buying an imitation of the product at a much lesser price. China is the hub of imitation of anything and everything. From instant noodles to luxurious hotels, China has succeeded in copying everything. You can have a coffee at Sunbucks coffee shop and stay at Hiayatt hotel. Shan Zhai, the culture and practice of producing fake and imitation products, services and brands forms a wide base of Chinese economy. Imitation is the cause of dwindling sales of brands, and is like an “Intelligence Theft” which discourages creativity and innovation. Replicating products lead to a decrease in quality, but for most people it goes like, who cares, as long as it is affordable.
In every five people on the planet, one is a resident of china. China is the most populous country and has more than 1.3 billion people. Its population is equivalent to 19.25% of the world’s population. The population growth rate is around 0.44%. The population density is around 145 people per Km2. There has been a slight control over the population with “One child policy” in effect since 1979 in China.
1. Great Wall Of China
Being one of the greatest wonders of the world, the Great Wall Of China is a spell-bounding fortification which stretches along northern borders of China. Emperor Quin Shi Huang ordered construction of the great wall but it was completed during Myng dynasty. It covers a distance of approximately 13,170 miles. Its architectural grandeur and historical significance makes it one of the appealing attractions all over the world. The most famous section of the Great Wall-Badaling, had been visited by over 300 heads of state and VIPs from around the world. Over 10 million people visit the Great Wall of China every year. An interesting fact is that it can be seen from Earth’s orbit.