With offices in Chile, China, Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden and Vietnam, TextMinded is becoming increasingly global.
We’ve visited Denmark, Sweden and Chile the past few weeks. Now, let’s look at China.
1 | China
The modern word “China” most likely derives from the name of the Qin (pronounced “chin”) dynasty. First Emperor Qin Shi Huang (260-210 BCE) of the Qin dynasty first unified China in 221 BCE, beginning an Imperial period which would last until CE 1912.
2 | Fourth-largest country
China is the fourth-largest country in the world (after Russia, Canada, and the U.S.). It has an area of approx. 9,600,000 square kilometers (slightly smaller than the U.S.) and its borders with other countries total more than 189,000 kilometers.
3 | Imperial toilet paper
Among many other things the Chinese invented paper, the compass, gunpowder, printing and toilet paper. Toilet paper was invented in China in the late 1300s. It was for emperors only.
4 | Beijing
China’s capital, Beijing, has changed names over the centuries. It has been known as Yanjing, Dadu, and Beiping. Beijing is the second largest city after Shanghai.
5 | Chinese
Chinese is spoken by 92% of China’s population. There are at least seven major families of the Chinese language, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Wu, Hakka, Gan, Xiang, and Min.
Post inspired by Random History.