Wednesday, May 21, 2014

China

What are some of the most mind-blowing facts about China?


“Before the Communists came to power in 1949, China had only 22 dams of any significant size. Now the country has more than half of the world’s roughly 50,000 large dams, defined as having a height of at least 15 meters, or a storage capacity of more than three million cubic meters. Thus, China has completed, on average, at least one large dam per day since 1949. If dams of all sizes are counted, China’s total surpasses 85,000.”


“All of China operates on the same time zone. This means that when it’s 9 o’clock in Guangzhou, it’s 9 o’clock- and likely still dark- 2,600 miles to the west in Urumqi. This little quirk, installed in a quixotic attempt to forge national unity, means that in the far west of the country locals must distinguish between actual time and official time.”


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