You will not believe the things happening in China right now! The world’s most populated country (with a population of almost 1.4 billion) and the world’s second largest country in terms of area (with an area of almost 10 million sq km or 3.7 million sq mi), China is undoubtedly one of the most overwhelming and fascinating countries on Earth. A unique place where old traditions mix up with super modern technologies and advancement, China is also known to be one of the weirdest and most extraordinary places in the world. If you visit our site regularly, you might have learnt something about this country’s unusual shopping habits with these 25 Crazy Things You’ll Only Find In Chinese Walmarts; you probably know that the country has been struggling with enormous pollution (see these 25 Shocking Pictures Showing The Extent Of Pollution In China); you might have found out some cool facts about its most iconic feature with these 25 Astonishing Facts About The Great Wall Of China, and you have also learnt why China always wins in the Olympics with these 25 Reasons China Always Wins In The Olympics. Today, we are here with yet another post dedicated to this Asian superpower, but this time around, we will focus on unusual things that are happening in China right now. From a bizarre tradition known as the Ghost Wedding and the infamous dog-eating festival to schools that teach their students how to stab, here are 25 Unbelievable Things Happening In China Right Now.
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China is planning for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing
The problem is that Beijing usually does not get any snow. Therefore, Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics will rely completely on artificial snow.
China has Olympic training schools
Some Chinese children are selected at a young age to train their whole lives to win Olympic gold. The training is so brutal and intense that the kids often do not even get any other education. If they get injured or cannot win, they do not have many life choices.
China has a dog-eating festival
Around 10,000 poor dogs are eaten each year at the infamous Yulin Gog Meat Eating Festival. What makes this even sadder is the fact that most of these dogs are beaten and tortured before being killed as their meat is then alleged to taste better.
There is a serious Gerbil plague in Western China
A massive campaign to wipe out swarms of giant foot long gerbils was launched in 2003, but it has not been successful so far. The authorities have tried everything from poisons, gassing, breeding eagles to hunt them, hiring gerbil bounty hunters to dropping abortion pills on the plains.
A Chinese middle school is giving school girls knife training
There have been numerous cases of tragic school stabbing incidents in China in the past years, so one Chinese middle school decided to give their female students a military training that will teach them – among other things – how to stab.
If this shocks you, wait until you see number 10!
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China is building some of the world’s weirdest architecture
Buildings in the shape of the Star Trek Enterprise, a liquor bottle, a mobile phone, tea pots, and even several knockoffs of the US capitol building – all of that can be found in China. However, this trend might soon stop and the Chinese leader Xi Jinping has already called for an end to “the weird architecture.”
China has a bootlegged version of RoboCop called Robert Cop
Loose intellectual property and copyright laws means massive bootlegging in China. Robert cop has the tagline from terminator, is the furniture of law enforcement, is a futuristic robot, a terminator (autobotic), and a toy.
China wants to build a high speed underwater rail to the US
The high-speed rail will connect China and the continental United States, including a tunnel under the 200 km (125 mi) stretch of ocean beneath the Bering Strait.
China's IP theft and tech transfer network costs the US $5 trillion every year
Technology Transfer Centers take stolen IP’s, reverse engineer them, and give them to Chinese companies to make knockoffs. Those companies are usually run by people with high level military or government connections.
The Chinese Communist Party is murdering its citizens en masse for their organs
The Chinese government has been harvesting an estimated 60 – 100,000 organs a year from prisoners of conscience. Most organs come from the persecuted Falun Gong spiritual practice, others come from Tibetans, Uighurs, and House Christians.
The Chinese military uses drones to hunt Tibetans
A new frontier monitor system uses radar and drones to prevent Tibetans from leaving Tibet. Chinese soldiers have been caught on film shooting and killing Tibetan refugees, yet several thousand Tibetans flee every year.
Reincarnation is banned in China
Talking about Tibetan Buddhism, the officially atheist Chinese Communist Party banned reincarnation without government permission in 2007. As reincarnation is an important part of Tibetan Buddhism, the ban is also a way for the Chinese government to have a legal basis for choosing their own Dalai Lama.
There is a fake Panchen Lama
The second most important figure in Tibetan Buddhism, Panchen Lama finds the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. After the last Panchen Lama died, the current Dalai Lama selected a boy in China as the next Panchen Lama. However, the boy and his family disappeared (under weird circumstances), so the Chinese government selected its own Panchen Lama. Now, when the current Dalai Lama dies, the fake Panchen Lama will choose a new Dalai Lama (that will listen to the Chinese government, of course).
China has monstrous, centuries-old underground coal fires
The largest miner and consumer of coal in the world, China has thousands of coal mines, some of which have been burning with monstrous fires. With temperatures of up to 538 C (1000 F), these fires have been burning for tens, hundreds, or even thousands of years.
China’s space program has lost control of its space station
China’s first space station, Tiangong 1 (launched in September 2011) was decommissioned. Now out of control, it will crash somewhere on Earth sometime during 2017. But the space station is not the only thing out of control in China, they also have…
A Chinese doctor wants to perform the world’s first human head transplant
Doctor Ren Xiaoping thinks he can connect a living patient’s head to a deceased body. Unfortunately, all medical experts are sure such an operation is impossible. Dr. Ren says he has already experimented on human corpses, but with no donation system in China, there is a controversy over who those bodies might have actually belonged to.
A Chinese doctor discovered a cure for Malaria using traditional Chinese medicine
Tu Youyou discovered cure for malaria in the 1970’s in what started as a secret plan by Mao Zedong to find a cure for malaria to help Chinese and Vietnamese forces fight the US. Tu Youyou tested the drug on herself first to see if it was safe. She won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for her discovery in 2015.
There is a guy called the Angel of Nanjing who saves lives of those who want to commit suicide
Chen Si has dedicated 10 years of his life to talking people down from committing suicide by jumping off a bridge over the Yangtze River in Nanjing, the Jiangsu Province.
Chinese people consume 50,000 cigarettes every second
China produces 42% of the world’s cigarettes, and the tobacco industry is run by local government, so it comes as no surprise that there are few anti-smoking campaigns in the country. It is estimated that about 68% of Chinese men smoke.
Families find corpse brides for deceased sons in a bizarre tradition called Ghost Weddings
In China, it is considered unlucky if a son dies unmarried, so families buy actual corpse brides and hold wedding ceremonies for their deceased sons. There is so much money in this weird tradition, it has already led to grave robberies and even the murder of several mentally disabled women.
One Chinese town makes as much as 60% of the world’s Christmas decorations
That is right, the Yiwu City in the Zhejiang Province produces 60% of the world’s Christmas decorations. In 2015, half a billion dollars of Christmas decorations were imported to the US from Yiwu. This specialized production is actually common in China; there is also a city that produces only socks; another one makes only umbrellas, etc.
There are entire ghost cities in China with millions of empty apartments
While some of China’s cities are literally bursting at seams with overpopulation, other cities are completely empty. These cities were built to artificially boost the GDP, but unfortunately, nobody moved into them.
China is building the largest city in human history
A combination of 3 regions (Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei), Jingjinji is the biggest urbanized region in Northern China, and it might become what would be the largest city ever as there might up to 130 million people living in the “supercity.” That is more people living in one city than the UK, Canada, and Australia have combined.
China is running out of water
In 1950’s, there were as many as 50,000 significant rivers in the country, but now just half of them remain. Moreover, the government statistics say that half of China’s current lakes and reservoirs are polluted beyond what is safe to drink.
There is a World of Warcraft Theme Park in China
It sounds cool, but the problem is they did not get permission for it. It is a giant, $48 million, totally unlicensed theme park that looks exactly like World of Warcraft.