About China

  • Dialing Code:86 
  • Local Time:GMT+08:00 
  • Capital City:Beijing 
  • Currency / Code:Chinese Renminbi / CNY 
  • Languages Spoken:Mandarin Chinese

Important British High Commission contacts in China

  • Beijing - (86) (10) 5192 4000 
  • Shanghai - (86) (21) 3279 2000
  • Guangzhou - (86) (20) 8314 3000
  • Chongqing - (023) 6369 1500

Trivia

  1. Ice cream was invented in China around 2000 BC when the Chinese packed a soft milk and rice mixture in the snow. 
  2. Long ago, silk making was a closely guarded secret. Anyone who gave the secret away could be killed. 
  3. Fourth graders are expected to know 2,000 of the over 40,000 written Chinese characters. By the time they leave college, they will know 4,000 or 5,000 characters. Each character is learned by looking at it and memorizing it. Unlike the 26 letters of our alphabet, words cannot be sounded out letter by letter. 
  4. China's money is called Renminbi meaning the peoples currency. 
  5. The Great Wall of China can actually be seen from outer space. The wall was started 21/2 thousand years ago and is more than 5,000 km long. 
  6. The compass, paper; gun powder and printing are all Chinese inventions. 
  7. Chi Le Mei You - "Have you eaten?" is the most traditional Chinese greeting. 
  8. The Forbidden City is one of the most ancient and largest wooden structures in the world.

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