China is known for its architectural wonders such as the Great Wall and Forbidden City, its staggering variety of delicious food, its martial arts, and its long history of invention. When we first visited in the 1990s Trent with his shock of white hair drew crowds who photographed him, touched his head and then disappeared as quickly as they had appeared out of nowhere!

🙂 When we visited in early 90s it was an undiscovered destination for Westerners and very exciting to travel through with a blond 5 year old. Scenery spectacular.

🙁 Disgusting toilets. Appalling human and animal right’s atrocities. No concern for the environment and global warming. Constant hacking up and spitting. Pick pockets.

Currency: Chinese Yuan Remnimbi

THREE things that we did not know about China:

  1. The one-child policy was a program in China that limited most Chinese families to one child each. It was implemented nationwide by the Chinese government in 1980, and it ended in 2016. We actually met a lady who took us to her home which backed onto a cave where she had a sister who was hidden from the world without a birth certificate!
  2. Ping Pong is China’s national sport. In  the last three Olympics, China has won every gold medal in ping pong, and the top 5 ping pong players in the world are all Chinese.
  3. Red symbolises happiness n China –

f you’ve ever celebrated Chinese New Year you may have noticed that the colour red can be found everywhere during this time. Red is a lucky and auspicious colour in Chinese culture. Red is associated with the fire element, which symbolises life, vitality, and light, good fortune and joy. This is also why red is banned at Chinese funerals.

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