Top 5 things you didn't know about China!!

1. Ice Cream and Pasta may have been created in China:A frozen mixture of milk and rice was invented in China around 200 BC, giving birth to ice cream. Also, a 4,000-year-old bowl of noodles was discovered at an archaeological site in western China, possibly demonstrating that China invented pasta before Italy.Paper, compass, explosive powder and printing are known as the “Four Greatest Inventions of China“. Chinese are also credited with having invented the wheel and the first calendar.Toilet paper was invented in China in the late 1300s, but was made for emperors only.

2. Soccer actually originated in China:Many historians believe that soccer originated in China. China’s “Cuju” was regarded as the earliest soccer game by FIFA, the game was first played 2,300 years ago to train soldiers and check their physique. The ball was made of stuffed leather. The ancient painting shows that in front of the emperor’s palace, the opposing teams try to kick the ball through a small hole in a silken net. 3. The longest continuous civilization and written language:China is often considered the world’s longest continuous civilization, with a long civilization history dating back to 6000 B.C. marked by some historians. China also has the world’s longest continuously used written language. The characters carved into 8,600-year-old tortoise shells proved that Chinese writing history could be traced back to about 9,000 years ago .

4.China uses 45 billion chopsticks per year:In China, an estimated 45 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks are used and thrown away annually. This adds up to 1.7 million cubic metres of timber or 25 million fully grown trees every year. 5.By 2025, China will build TEN New York-sized cities: The scale and pace of China's urbanization promises to continue at an unprecedented rate. If current trends hold, China's urban population will expand from 572 million in 2005 to 926 million in 2025 and hit the one billion mark by 2030. In 20 years, China's cities will have added 350 million people—more than the entire population of the United States today. By 2025, China will have 219 cities with more than one million inhabitants—compared with 35 in Europe today—and 24 cities with more than five million people. Also, 40 billion square meters of floor space will be built - in five million buildings. 50,000 of these buildings could be skyscrapers - the equivalent of ten New York Cities.