China is one of the most popular country in the world be it economy, army, history, art, sports, politics or in any aspect, China has a highlighted name in them all. China is not a unknown name for anyone in this world. China is known for one of the most rich cultures and tradition, history. China is the 3rd largest country in the world and second largest in Asia after Russia. China has proven among giants in Olympics. Given below are the top 10 China is known for.
10. Forbidden City.
The Forbidden City was the Chinese Imperial Palace from Ming Dynasty. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structure. From 1925 the Forbidden City has been under the control of Palace Museum. For 500 years it served as home for emperors and center of politics. It was built from year 1406 to 1420.China is known for its rich historical architectural backgrounds with many places, Forbidden City is one of the most attractive one.
9. Terracotta Army.
Terracotta army is a main attraction among tourists visiting China and the history related these warrior statues is one of the thing China is famous for. The Terracotta Army safeguards the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Qin Shi Huang was the first emperor of China. He had a desire to live forever, for which he spent much of his life searching ways to immortality and “Elixir of Life”. He spent his wealth to build his tomb which is the largest tomb built for any famous personalities or leaders of history. The terracotta army was popularly shown in the movie Mummy 3.More than 8000 clay warrior statues stand guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin. They are believed to help Emperor in his journey through afterlife. He was buried in the year 210 BC which is over 2224 years back. The Terracotta warrior statues are of clay and are with height of average human. The specialties of these statues are that they are very lifelike and no two statues have same face. Even expression changes from soldier to soldier. The soldiers are positioned according to rank and their armors are different according to ranks. Along with human there are statues of 150 cavalry horses, 130 chariots and 520 horses. This tomb was not discovered till 1947 until few farmers were digging a well. The army is located a mile away from the tomb.
8. Chinese Zodiac.
Chinese Zodiac also known as Shengxiao which means birth likeness is well known around the world. Moreover many people even follow Chinese zodiac. Chinese Zodiac relates 12 each year with an animal and its attributes. Chinese Zodiac has several similarities with Western Zodiac system. The major difference is that the Chinese Zodiacs correspond to 12 years rather than 12 months. There are 12 animals and there are elements associated with them. The animals in Chinese Zodiac are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. There are also animals related to months and days.
7. Giant Panda.
Panda is loved by everyone; no one can despise such a cute fluffy animal. They are one of the rarest animals. China is well known for giant pandas. Being a rare animal there are provisions in China to keep them safe. Pandas are very human friendly animals. They mainly feed on bamboo and boy is China lacking bamboo? No way. There are millions of people a year who visit China to see a giant panda.
China is known to be the birth place of fireworks. Beijing Olympics was a self explanatory of their firework pioneering. It is said to be originated in China in 7th century. It was invented by Li Tian, Chinese monk during Song Dynasty. Fireworks consist of gunpowder and fireworks were invented soon after invention of gunpowder.
5. Feng Shui.
Firstly, understanding Feng Shui- Feng means wind and Shui means water. Feng Shui is believed to bring good fortune. Feng Shui is a combination of art and science that was approximately developed 3000 years ago in China. According to Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health and thus with good health comes good fortune. Feng Shui assures balanced role of these elements in life. According to Chinese culture Feng Shui are of two types, a good one that brings good fortune and a bad one that brings misfortunes. Feng shui is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi or energy. The theories of Ying and Yang and five elements are some basic aspects of Feng Shui.
4. Chinese Food
Chinese food has been famous all over the world. It is a undeniable fact. In every corner of the world there are Chinese dishes available. There are big, fancy Chinese restaurants to small stores providing Chinese food. Chinese food has been famous for it contents of health. China is known for its unusually different food habits from the rest of the world too. Such unusual food habits include eating worms, bugs, lizards, snakes and many other animals. Whatever the food, China is known for that. It is also claimed Chinese people live longer than other human because of their food habits.
3. Kung Fu
Kung Fu refers to any study, learning, or practice that requires patience, energy, and time to complete. Kung Fu is also famously known name for Chinese martial arts. This martial art is similar in moves with karate. Mostly in every Chinese movies Kung Fu is used to increase the entertainment value of the movie. Started with Bruce Lee when he displayed his Kung Fu in movies, his strength and agility made him famous across the globe but he made Kung Fu much more famous around the globe. Now Jackie Chan and Jet Li display some excellent Kung Fu skills on the big screen.
China is the most populated country of this world. 1.351 Billion or 1,360,720,000 to be precise as officially stated in 2012 is the population of China and it covers 19.05% of the world’s population. China has been famous for its population and also imposed one child policy as a prevention method to get a hold of increasing population problem.
1. Great Wall Of China
China is unarguably known for its Great Wall from Ancient times. The Great Wall of China is one of the most famous landmarks of the world. It has consecutively found its place in Seven Wonders of the World. It was listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. This Great Wall is 8,851 kilometers long that crosses plains, grasslands, mountains from east to west of China. This architectural wonder is the World’s only monument visible from moon. It has been dated 2000 years old and many of the sections are now ruins yet the beauty never dies and thus appeals to millions of tourists around the world every year. The Great wall started from a few walls when in 221 BC when then Emperor Qin to strengthen his unified Chinese empire from Huns in the North ordered to build connecting walls built by others states. It was initially called Qin’s Great Wall. The wall we see today was mostly built during Ming dynasty that was from 1368-1644.