16 Mind-Blowing Facts About China
REUTERS/StringerA migrant worker eats instant noodles at lunch time at a construction site in Taiyuan, Shanxi province April 2, 2009.
The vast scale of China's land mass and its population means that China produces and consumes copious amounts of natural resources and food.
It also means that China houses a large chunk of the world's billionaires.
We dug around to find some interesting statistics. Did you know that China's railway lines could loop around earth twice?
Here are some interesting facts about the world's second largest economy, which could soon eclipse the U.S. to become the world's largest
20 million trees are cut every year to meet Chinese demand for chopsticks.
China's railway lines could loop around Earth twice.
China's coal reserves weigh as much as 575 million blue whales.
In two years, China produced more cement than the US did in the 20th century.
Smoking kills 1 million Chinese every year.
China's natural gas reserves are equivalent to about 1.24 billion Olympic size swimming pools.
China's annual instant-noodle consumption is enough to feed all of Algeria three meals a day for a year.
China eats about 5,200 Eiffel tower's worth of pork a year.
China’s 20 richest people have a combined net worth of $145.1 billion, which is larger than Hungary’s GDP.
Over 30 million people in China live in caves, that's more than the population of Saudi Arabia.
About 8 billion pairs of socks are made annually in China's Datang District, also known as sock city.
China’s suicide rate is more than double that of the U.S.
China is close in size to the continental US but has just one time zone.
China’s food system feeds nearly 25% of the global population on just 7% of its arable land.
Chinese consumer spending will triple by 2020.
Half of the world's pigs reside in China.
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