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10 WTF FACTS ABOUT CHINA YOU WON’T BELIEVE ARE TRUE

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China is the second largest economy in the world and they are notoriously known for having some extreme rules and regulations. With a population well in the billions, the laws range from adult children required to visit their parents, intelligence as a requirement for college and a maximum of two kids per family! These are a few WTF facts that you simply won’t believe are true!

FACEBOOK IS BANNED.

Imagine a world without Facebook? In 2009, China did exactly that. They banned it from the country and created their own social media platforms. One in particular that has surpassed more users than Facebook is Weibo. Considered the Twitter of China, the social network is highly censored and controlled by the government.

AND THERE IS A REHAB FACILITY FOR INTERNET ADDICTION.

With nearly 632 million active internet users in China and 24 million being children, it’s no surprise that internet addiction could be a very real problem. So with that problem, comes a solution; an internet addiction rehab facility that has been referenced as a military boot camp. However, this boot camp must work wonders, with a 73% success rate for patients that are checked in.

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A ONE-CHILD POLICY EXISTS.

The one-child policy was introduced in 1980, originally designed to be a one-generation policy which has slowly been loosened by the government over the years given circumstance changes and provinces. In 2007, 36% of China’s population was subject to this policy, with only 53% allowed to have the second child if it was a girl.

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There was a surge in naming your baby Aoyun as a result of the Olympic games with over 4000 children registered under this name. AND COUNTING!

PING PONG IS THE NUMBER ONE SPORT.

Can you guess how many people play this recreational sport? 300 MILLION.

THERE ARE MORE THAN 200 PROTESTS A DAY.

The reason for this? The overworked and underpaid population of china who are just fighting for their rights!

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THE COUNTERFEIT PROBLEM IS VERY VERY REAL: CREEPY DISNEYLAND, FAKE IKEA STORES AND MANY MANY MORE.

This is a very serious (and surprisingly hilarious) issue. With everything these days labelled ‘Made in China’, we’re not surprised how many counterfeit products come from China which includes toys, cars, money, and knock-off brands. And we don’t just mean pirated DVDs and music, there’s the other weird stuff like fake apple stores, fake restaurants and even a fake Disneyland!

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BY 2025, CHINA MAY HAVE TEN NEW YORK SIZED CITIES.

With their fast paced economy and population growth, China is expected to have over ten New York sized cities built by 2025.

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45 BILLION CHOPSTICKS ARE USED EVERY DAY.

For food purposes only.

EVERYBODY IS REQUIRED TO WATCH THE SAME CHANNEL AT 7PM.

Want to sit back, relax and watch some movies? NUP, YOU CAN’T. In China, it’s required that EVERY TV channel broadcast a live 30-minute long news program that’s run by the China Central television.