China is one of the largest nations in the world and has a deep, rich history. Some of the things that make China so popular are its ancient traditions, culture and medicinal practices. China's alternative and traditional medicines are adapted in western countries and are supported and practiced by western health care professionals.Continue Reading
The country's ancient and historical structures are also renowned around the world. The Great Wall of China is considered one of the wonders of the world and attracts tourists from all over the globe. China also holds the largest and most famous snow festivals, explains About.com. Aside from tourist attractions, the country is also famous for its inventions. The Chinese invented gunpowder during the ninth century, and China is the producer of many famous and potent teas. China remains as the largest exporter and producer of green tea in the world.
China is also well-known for its one-child policy, which limits urban couples to one child as long as they live in the mainland. This policy excludes parents with twins, ethnic minorities and parents who are still children themselves. Parents with twins or triplets, however, are often restricted from getting bonuses in their jobs and are excluded from society.Learn more about Ancient History
Great Britain took Hong Kong from China after winning the First Opium War and took southern Kowloon after winning the Second Opium War. Portugal claimed the Macau region and kept it until 1999. France took over the region that is now northern Vietnam from China by winning the Sino-French War.Full Answer >
Peasants in ancient China were mostly farmers and merchants. Farmers were respected for the food they supplied to the nation, but merchants were considered especially lowly and were prohibited from wearing silk or riding in carriages. Farmers paid taxes on their crops and spent a month every year working for the government in the military or on construction projects.Full Answer >
The prodigious land area of ancient China harbored resources like coal, drinking water, numerous minerals and plant and animal life. China is the biggest producer of salt on Earth, with 17 million tons annually. There are 760 billion tons of coal located in China's Shanxi region, and the 3 trillion cubic meters of rainfall and river water rank 6th in the world.Full Answer >
China has had several names throughout history; some of the earliest names were Wei Lu, Hua Xia, Zhong Hua, Hai Nei and Shen Zhou. China's name has changed depending on the dynasty or government ruling over the country at the time. As of 2015, the most common Chinese name in use is Zhong Guo.Full Answer >