♥The first vending machine to sell live crabs debuted in 2010 in a subway station near Nanjing. The machine sells an average of 200 live crabs a day—with prices ranging from 15 to 50 yuan (about $2-7 depending on size). A sign next to the machine guarantees each crab will come out alive, offering compensation of three live crabs for every dead one that pops out.
♥The ultimate in diva dogs, a miniature pinscher named Lu Lu prefers to walk upright on her back legs while carrying a teddy bear-shaped purse that holds her own waste bags wherever she goes. Her owner taught her to walk upright when she was just four months old. Lu Lu attracts local fans during her daily walks with her owner every morning.
♥China has a Dwarf Theme Park called “Kingdom of the Little People” that employs over 100 Chinese dwarves to sing and dance (including breakdancing and Swan Lake). The 13,000-acre and US$115 million park also features tiny dogs and tiny fruit trees.
♥China has the world’s biggest mall, … but it’s been 99% vacant since opening in 2005. The New South China Mall in Dongguan (Guangdong province) –spearheaed by an instant noodle billionaire– has seven zones modeled on international regions (Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Venice, California, Egypt, and the Caribbean). It includes a 25m replica of the Arc de Triomphe, a 2.1km canal with gondolas, and an indoor-outdoor roller coaster. – There are many shopping malls like this in China, but the funny thing is that sometimes there might just be 2 or 3 shops in a shopping mall, but then you end up finding something awesome in one of those shops 😀 haha
♥With almost half a billion pigs, China is the world’s largest pork consumer and producer. China has more pigs than the next 43 largest pork producing countries combined (U.S. is #2 with 65.9 million pigs).
♥An anonymous Chinese phone bidder paid US$232,000 each for three bottles of 1869 Château Lafite Rothschild at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong —smashing the record of $156,450 paid in 1985. – That person must really love wine 😛
♥All pandas in the world are on loan from China, and when a baby Panda is born, by agreement, it is sent back to China to help expand the gene pool. The baby pandas are shipped back by FedEx.
♥Chinese researchers wear panda suits to fool cubs. Workers at the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda dressed up to minimize contact with humans and prepare captive-born cubs to live in the wild.
♥When McDonald’s first introduced drive-throughs to China, the concept was so foreign that many people would pick up their food through the drive-thru, park their cars, and bring the food inside the restaurant to eat it. – That’s kinda cute in a weird way.. haha. I remember one time going back home from a club with my friend we got the driver to stop by at McDonald’s and we were waiting in line for the drive-thru, when the driver of the car in front of use decided to get out of the car and use the bathroom while he was waiting for he’s food, well the food was there within 1 minute, but he was gone for 5 minutes -.-
♥Rich people in China hire body doubles to serve their prison sentence. – I don’t know if this is a common thing (I doubt it), but I remember that there was a big thing about that on the news in China a few years ago, a rich Chinese women hired someone that looked like her to serve her prison sentence..
♥China has planted the biggest artificial forest in the world to stop the spread of the Gobi desert, and plans to expand it to 2,800 miles by 2074
♥China set up state-sanctioned protest zones for the 2008 Olympics and then arrested people who applied to use them.
♥During the 2008 Olympics, China employed 30 airplanes, 4,000 rocket launchers, and 7,000 anti-aircraft guns to stop rain by shooting various chemicals into any threatening clouds to shrink rain drops before they reached the stadium. – I remember being so surprised about the blue skies when I moved to Beijing, which was 2 weeks before the olympics, I later found out why it was such nice weather ~ the famous rockets thingys they use to get nice weather. They use it when they need it to rain also! haha. I remember one time during the winter, Beijing really needed some rain, so they used the rockets to make it rain, the only problem was that it was so cold that it turned into snow, so it ended up being a snow day at school, because it was “too dangerous to drive” so no school buses were allowed to drive either 😀 haha
♥There used to be fake Apple stores in China. Even the staff were convinced that they were working for Apple. – My friend told me she had bought “iPhone 6” at apple store, when the real “Apple” had just realized iPhone 4… haha
♥In 2010, China had a traffic jam that lasted 12 days and spanned 62 miles – Love love love hate love the traffic jams in China..
♥1 in every 3 socks you have were made in the district of Datang in Zhuji, China, now known as “Sock City”
♥Fortune cookies are not a traditional Chinese custom, they were invented in early 1900 in San Francisco
♥China uses about 45 billion chopsticks every year.
♥The sunrise in parts of China can be as late as 10 am, because the country joined it’s 5 time zones into a single one.
I guess most of this is things that people know already, but was there something that you didn’t know already? 😛
The only thing that surprised me was the “With almost half a billion pigs, China is the world’s largest pork consumer and producer” haha.