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[ Wikipedia ] Today, Chinese (Mandarin) is the most widely spoken language in the world, with about 850 million native speakers (and about 1.34 total speakers worldwide).

China facts (interesting & fun statistics): China is the world’s longest continuous civilization, with some historians marking 6000 B. [ Wikipedia ] Chinese is the world’s longest continuously used written language.

[ Wikipedia ] Founded in 1903 by German settlers, Tsingtao Beer accounts for over 50% of China’s beer exports (but only has 15% of domestic market share).

The company was privatized in the early 1990s and today is 27% owned by Anheuser-Busch.

Today, China only has one time zone: Beijing time (UTC 8).

The Chinese name for Japan (Ri Ben, 日本) is similar to the meaning of Japanese name for their country, Nippon, which means the “Land of the Rising Sun” (as evidenced on their flag by red sun).

[ Wikipedia ] Throughout China’s history, China’s modern capital “Beijing” was once known as Yanjing, Dadu, Beiping, and most recently Peking.

Beijing is translated literally as “Northern Capital” and is one of China’s “Four Great Ancient Capitals of China.” The other three are Nanjing (“Southern Capital”), Luoyang, and Chang’an (today’s Xi’an).

The first use of the modern word “China” in the West was in 1555, from the Persian Cin (چین).

This use was derived from the Chinese Qín, after the First Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi of the Qin Dynasty, which first unified China under a single Emperor in 221BC.

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