China: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

The list of absurd things going on in China seems to never end. The same can certainly be true about the United States, but there’s so much that is not well-known about China, so it becomes even more intriguing. Read on for the second part of the list of strange truths about China and its people.

Number Eight: Female Virginity is Highly Valued. So much so that Chinese women will pay hundreds of dollars to have their hymens restored. However the hell that works.

Number Seven: Breathing in Beijing is Like Smoking. Sure, we’ve heard the same about cities like Los Angeles. But if you were to walk around Beijing for a full day, breathing regularly, it would be equivalent to smoking more than a full pack.

Number Six: Many Video Game Consoles are Illegal in China. The Japanese PlayStation is included in this.

Number Five: They Do Eat Cats. Who knows? Maybe they’re tasty. The Chinese eat almost twenty million cats a year, so there must be something to it.

Number Four: Their Traffic is Atrocious. Once again, China has upstaged the United States. But not in a good way. Their record traffic jam lasted for almost two weeks and went on for 62 miles. It was in Shanghai. I wonder where all the pollution comes from.

Number Three: There are Smartphone Lanes. This is exactly what it sounds like. If you live in a city anywhere in the western world, you might like the sound of this concept. But yes, in some Chinese cities, there are specially carved out lanes for smartphone users who have an aversion to looking up.

Number Two: A Lot of Manufacturing is Done in China. A lot. And we know this already because we never stop hearing about it. But to put it in perspective, 85% of fake Christmas trees are manufactured in China, as are 80% of the toys gifted on Christmas. Maybe Santa is a lapsed communist.

Number One: China Has Empty Cities. This is one of the strangest phenomena about China. There is a huge government incentive to constantly construct new edifices, so entire cities are built preemptively with the hope that Chinese will be attracted to these planned cities. Often, they’re not. Thanks for reading our list of strange, little-known Chinese facts!