China's emperors of the Ming and early Qing dynasties lived here. First built in 1420 and rebuilt due to fire, it is one of 980 buildings in the Forbidden City, located in the middle of Beijing. Inside is the imperial throne, from which the emperor ruled and received envoys from vassal states with their tributes, as well as foreign ambassadors. China's last emperor, Puyi, was married here in December 1922.
At 1.3 billion people, China
is the world's
China is big enough to cover several time zones, but it has only one.
Red is considered a lucky color in China.
Giant pandas are
considered a national
treasure and are protected by
law in China.
The Chinese calendar dates to 3600 B.C. A complete cycle of the calendar takes 60 years.
The Pekinese, or "Lion Dog," was sacred to the emperors of China for over 2,000 years. It is now a popular dog breed throughout China.
Silk notes were China's currency in the days of Kublai Khan. Later, silk was replaced by jade. Today, the Renminbi is in use — it means "people's currency."
Ice cream was invented in China. It was produced accidentally when milk and rice were packed in snow.
Umbrellas, silk and fireworks are among China's many gifts to the world.
The Chinese dragon is a snake-like creature, the symbol of power and authority, bringing rain and water.