5 Facts You Didn’t Know About China

Written by Admin,   on Aug 21, 2020

Toilet Paper’s Ancient Roots

Nobody is too sure when toilet paper was first used. Before the invention of toilet paper, people from different parts of the world had many different ideas for personal hygiene. The first “official” toilet paper was introduced in China in 1391, but the first mention of toilet paper (paper for personal hygiene) dates back to the year 589 AD in Korea. Between 875 and 1317 AD, paper was produced in large sheets (2-foot x 3-foot sheets and even perfumed) for Chinese emperor’s family hygiene.

Paper Armor Was a Thing

In ancient China, people found the way to optimize the resources and the technologies of the time as much as they could: paper! Not very useful for documents and personal hygiene, but good for military purposes. In ancient times, Chinese soldiers sometimes wore armor made from paper.
 Paper armor originated during the Teng Dynasty (600 AD), it was made from a process so that in wet conditions the armor could become tougher. Paper armor offered greater mobility, lighter in weight than steel. And in hot climates easier to wear. It was also cheaper to produce then steel. Its strength was such that it was effective against early firearms.

The Long History of Nail Art 

 China is one of the main producer of nail art products in the whole world. If nail art is a fashion trend today – accessible to everybody – in the past it was a tradition in elite groups. It was customary for both wealthy men and women in the late empire to grow the nails of their little fingers extremely long as a sign of their rank. They often wore decorative gold and silver nail guards to protect their nails.

The Origin of Ketchup

Ke-tsiap or Kecap was a spicy pickled-fish condiment popular in 17th century  in China and is said to be the origin of the name “ketchup.” British seamen brought the ke-tsiap home, then introducing it to other nations. Catsup without tomatoes is almost unimaginable these days But it wasn’t until the late 1700s, when English people added tomatoes to the blend and it became the condiment we know today as ketchup.The word ‘ketchup’ may come from a Chinese word for pickled-fish sauce.

The Longest High Speed Rail in The World

Chinese public transports are highly developed and work pretty well. Put together, all of China’s railways lines could loop around earth twice. As of 2015, the country has 121,000 km of railways, the second longest network in the world (the first one is the American). The Chinese High Speed Rail (HSR) is the longest in the world and it covers 19,000 km.

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