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wow factor – china

china.jpgChina is the world’s largest consumer of Coca-Cola.

Ice cream was invented in China when a milk-and-rice mixture was combined with packed snow.

China has more English-speaking people than England.

China has the most televisions of any country in the world. China’s native animals include pandas, tigers, dolphins, monkeys, alligators, reindeer, yaks and snow leopards.

Colors have symbolic meanings in China. Red and gold are seen as “lucky” and are used in weddings, celebrations and on New Year’s Day. White and black are mourning colors, used in funerals and sad occasions. Because of this, wedding dresses are traditionally red. The color blue symbolizes heaven and the sky.

There are several thousand characters that make up the Chinese language. English only has 26.

Fourth graders are expected to know 2,000 of the over 40,000 written Chinese characters.  By the time they leave college, they will know 4,000 or 5,000 characters.  Each character is learned by looking at it and memorizing it. Unlike the 26 letters of our alphabet, words cannot be sounded out letter by letter.

It is considered good luck for the gate to a house to face south.

The Great Wall of China is so large that astronauts have seen it from the moon! 

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