10 Interesting facts about China

For anyone interested in visiting or curious to learn more about China, here’s a brief overview for help getting started.

  • 1. China is the world’s most populous country with over 1.3 billion people.  The largest city is Shanghai with over 22 million people, followed by Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Dongguan, Chengdu, Chongqing and Nanjing.  China has the second largest land area worldwide, only after Russia.
  • 2. The languages used in China include Standard Chinese or Mandarin, Cantonese, English, Portuguese, Uyghur, Tibetan, Mongolian and Zhuang.  The written language used is Chinese Simplified, while Chinese Traditional is used in Hong Kong.
  • 3. China has a long history, with a continuous civilization going back to 6000 BC and has the world’s longest continuously used written language.  Ancient Chinese inventions include papermaking, printing, gunpowder, the compass, kites, ice cream, the mechanical clock, silk making and many others.   Some believe football (soccer) originated in China around 1000 BC.
  • 4. China has borders with 14 countries, including Vietnam, Laos, Burma, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia and North Korea.
  • 6. China has the world’s longest high-speed rail network with almost 10,000 km of service routes, with about 35% of these having top speeds of 300 km/hour.
  • 7. The currency is the Renminbi, Yuan or simply pronounced RMB, the exchange rate symbol is CNY.  China has the world’s second largest economy.
  • 8. The cuisine in China can be highly regional, such as Dim Sum for Cantonese cuisine, Szechuan with lots of garlic and chili peppers, Anhui from the Huangshan Mountain region with local herbs and vegetables, Shandong cuisine in northern China with different types of seafood, Fujian in the Fujian coastal region with edible mushrooms, bamboo shoots and seafood in a soup or broth, Jiangsu cuisine with many salted, dried and steamed dishes, Hunan for hot and spicy dishes as well as others for Zhejiang, Xinjiang, Mongolian and Tibetan.  When eating out in China, you will not find Fortune cookies, these were invented in 1920 in San Francisco.  Complimentary desserts often include a piece of fruit, such as watermelon or orange slices.
  • 9. Drinks include many different types of tea served with most meals, Yellow wine or rice wine and some beers such as the popular Tsingtao.
  • 10. There are about 60 million people the visit or travel to China each year, the 3rd highest worldwide behind France and the US.

Have your own networks with others in China

If you regularly share content or work with people in China, here are a few benefits you get from using an Odysen solution:

  • Use in your preferred language, including Mandarin or Chinese Simplified, Cantonese or Chinese Traditional, English, Portuguese and others.
  • Have separate networks for different groups, keeping content focused for each.  This could be having separate networks for different groups of friends, family members, organizations as well as using in professional environments, having separate networks for different clients or customers.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated views in respective parent folders.
  • Within each folder you can add content to the applications, including actions, notes, events, photos, graphics, audio files, office files, videos, websites and blogs.
  • Get started and invite other users for free with the Basic plan.  This includes the ability to add networks, use the applications, and initial storage for your various files.

Learn more about having your own networks with others in China, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples and relevant blog articles.

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