General quiz about China 1Starter level quiz on the traditions, geography, history and language of China (1).
1. Which of these animals is NOT associated with China's astrological cycle of years?
The astrological cycle of years is rat; ox; tiger; rabbit; dragon; snake; horse; sheep; monkey; rooster; dog and pig
2. Zài jiàn means what in English?
再见 zài jiàn for goodbye is literally 'again see' so it is just like the French 'au revoir'.
3. The Art of War was written by which ancient author?
Sun Wu (Tzu)
The Art of War 孙子兵法 was written about 2,500 years ago by Sun Wu (Sun Tzu). It was the standard text on military strategy for over two thousand years.
4. The Bund is a famous waterfront feature in which city?
The world famous Bund (外滩 Wài tān in Chinese) along the waterfront was established in the 1920s in Shanghai's great international era as a trading port. The name 'Bund' comes from the Persian 'band' for embankment and is widely used in India, Japan and China.
5. The Forbidden City in Beijing was built during which dynasty?
The Ming dynasty capital was initially at Nanjing but Emperor Yongle moved the capital back to Beijing and built the Forbidden City on the ruins of the former Mongol capital (then called Dadu) .
6. Laozi is considered the founder of which tradition?
Daoism (or Taoism)
Lao Zi is considered the founder of Daoism. Unlike Confucius details of his life are very sketchy; often based on myths and legends. His name just means 'Old (or Venerable) Master'. Lao Zi probably lived in the sixth or possibly the fourth century BCE.
7. Which Chinese city generates more money from gambling than Las Vegas?
The Chinese are famous for their love of gambling and the former Portuguese outpost at Macau remains the capital city of gambling, although Hainan Island is starting to catch up.
8. Wanglang Nature Reserve is home to which famous Chinese creature?
The Giant Panda lives in mountainous regions of Sichuan; Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces. A captive breeding program has started to increase numbers of this critically endangered animal.
9. What is the capital city of Fujian province?
10. The Yangzi River is one of the longest rivers in the world, where does it stand in the world rankings for length?
The Yangzi river is the 3rd longest river after the Nile and Amazon rivers.
11. The largest hydro-electric dam in the world is located on which river?
12. Whose mumified body can be seen at the south side of Tiananmen Square?
13. Qingdao, famous for Tsingtao beer, was under which country's control at the end of the 19th century?
14. What is considered the luckiest number in China?
Eight is the luckiest number and you often see it associated with gambling web sites having 888 as part of their name. The Beijing Olympics was opened on the 8/8/2008 at 8p.m.
15. What is the Chinese Emperor's throne called?
16. What is the number nine in Chinese?
17. Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) usually takes place in which month(s)?
January or February
February or March
March or April
The Spring Festival starts on the second New Moon after the Winter solstice, the date falls between January 20th to February 21st depending on the position of the moon each year and lasts for two weeks.
18. The United States of America is called what in Chinese?
美国 měi guó
英国 yīng guó
中国 zhōng guó
美 měi means beautiful on its own, so with 国 guó it means beautiful country. It was chosen as a rough transliteration of America.
19. The Chinese character for heaven or sky is what?
The horizontal stroke on top represents the sky which is above the figure of a large man 大 dà.
20. Canton is the old name for which city?
The name was given by early European traders who rendered Guangdong (the name of the province) as Canton. Guangzhou is the name of the city. The character 州 'zhou' means administrative center or prefecture and is part of many Chinese city names.
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