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Here are another five weird and wonderful facts about China. Missed the previous five? Click here.
1 | Population of China
China has the largest population of any country in the world. In the 1950s the population reached nearly 600,000,000. Now, in 2016, the population is approximately 1,400,000,000 people.
2 | Population growth rate
The population growth rate in China is quite low (0.52%), ranking 158th in the world. In comparison, Denmark ranks 170th (0.42%), Sweden ranks 139th (0.83%), and Chile ranks 129th (1.07%).
3 | Chinese vs. Western language concepts
A major difference between Chinese and Western concepts of language is that Chinese makes a sharp distinction between written language (wen) and spoken language (yu). This distinction extends to the distinction between written word (zi) and spoken word (hua).
4 | 100,000 and counting
There are over 100,000 Chinese characters recorded in the most advanced Mandarin Chinese dictionaries. New Chinese symbols are developed all the time, so the amount of Chinese characters never stops increasing.
5 | Logographical characters
Chinese characters appear to have originated in the Shang dynasty as pictograms depicting concrete objects. In the modern Chinese languages, the majority of characters are phonetically based rather than logographically based.
Post inspired by Taiwanese Secrets.