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China Country Quiz

Can you answer these questions about the country of China?
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Last updated: December 10, 2019
First submittedApril 17, 2013
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What is the capital of China?
Beijing
What was the former English-language spelling of that city?
Peking
What is China's tallest mountain?
Mount Everest
What former British colony did China regain control of in 1997?
Hong Kong
What former Portuguese colony returned to China in 1999?
Macau
What are the three most-commonly spoken branches of the Chinese language?
Mandarin
Wu / Shanghainese
Yue / Cantonese
What is China's largest desert?
Gobi
What is the informal name for the northeasternmost part of China?
Manchuria
What is the name of the compound where the emperor of China once lived?
The Forbidden City
Who was the first leader of communist China?
Mao Zedong
What country did China annex in 1950?
Tibet
What religion / philosophical tradition follows the teachings of Laozi?
Taoism
What is the full English name of the country of China?
People's Republic
of China
What square was the site of democracy protests, and a bloody massacre, in 1989?
Tiananmen Square
What is the currency of China?
Renminbi
What are China's two longest rivers?
Yangtze
Yellow
What were the four "Great Inventions" of ancient China?
Compass
Gunpowder
Papermaking
Printing
What is China's national animal?
Giant Panda
What mythological animal is often used to represent China?
Dragon
There are twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac. Which one comes first?
Rat
What is China's largest island?
Hainan
Who was the most influential philosopher in ancient China?
Confucius
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Level 50
May 27, 2013
I thought the Yuan was China's currency.
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Level 65
Jun 7, 2013
It is one name for it. Renminbi is the official name. Kuai is also a casual name. Quizmaster would you consider adding any of these, or at least the abbreviation, RMB?
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Level ∞
May 5, 2014
Yuan would have worked
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Level 76
Sep 22, 2014
Tried RMB but it wasn't accepted
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Level 74
Sep 19, 2015
doesn't state that one was must use the "name" of it...rmb is a common way of referring to the chinese currency, especially amongst expats
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Level 50
Mar 19, 2018
The currency code is CNY; RMB is a common abbreviation in English, as it's common to abbreviate using the first latin letter of each character/syllable.
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Level 78
May 27, 2013
doh. Of course Everest.. I knew that. half in China half in Nepal. Only other ones I missed were Wu and Compass. We could argue about the "greatest inventions" thing- very subjective- but fine quiz anyway.
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Level 52
May 27, 2013
greatest inventions? well, half of the world's current products have a label on the back that says "MADE IN CHINA." take a look in your house. i bet many of your things have the words "MADE IN CHINA.'
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Level 69
May 31, 2013
"Made in China" does not mean "Invented in China".
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Level 74
Sep 19, 2015
went for noodles and football (soccer) as the other 2 after the 2 obvious ones
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Level 32
Sep 21, 2015
It's been made clear that although we have been the first people to make the compass, we did not spread it to the western world, instead we kept it ourselves and shortly after westerners made compass without our help. Paper was already in Egypt a long time ago.
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Level 81
Apr 6, 2017
Sure Lumi, no one but Americans do that. :-/
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Level 72
Jul 20, 2019
I’m going to disagree with you, JHAssassin, to give your country more credit for inventing paper! True the Egyptians did come up with papyrus, and the word paper does come from the word papyrus, but the two things are not the same, nor equivalent in quality. To get papyrus, they just sliced the stem of the papyrus plant stem real thin, squashed and glued a bunch of the strips together, and called it a day. Papyrus isn’t as strong, pliable, or long-lasting as paper. Making paper is a much more complicated process, which requires agitating the plant ingredients in water until the fibers are cleaned, separated, and soft. The mush is then poured into molds and dried under pressure. The fact that the fibers now criss-cross every which way is why paper is strong & supple; being cleaned of the plant goo that would make it mold/mildew gives it longevity. Paper is awesome, WAY better than papyrus, and China deserves all the credit!! ❤️🇨🇳📝!
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Level 62
Nov 8, 2019
I typed 'my pencil sharpener' but it didn't work, ALTHOUGH IT CLEARLY STATES THAT IT WAS *MADE IN CHINA*!!! Just joking.
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Level 26
Sep 19, 2015
I missed Wu and compass also. I also missed Peking.
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Level 54
Mar 10, 2020
It's subjective but also well established that these are considered the four great inventions of China. Google it & you will find the same list on a thousand web sites. It's similar to the seven wonders of the ancient world. It might be subjective but you still know which seven to list.
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Level 28
May 27, 2013
The Chinese invented ice cream didn't they? That's a pretty great invention too...
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Level 45
Mar 8, 2014
What about the Italians?
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Level 74
Mar 12, 2014
I don't think China invented the Italians...
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Level 55
Jun 15, 2014
I doubt it. Most Chinese people are lactose intolerant.
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Level 59
Sep 19, 2015
I recommend you read quizzicalgiraffe's comment not too far up from your own. It explains the issue quite well. Unless, of course, you were joking.
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Level 58
May 27, 2013
The four great Chinese inventions is a well established concept and all Chinese know about it, though it's actually originated from European scholar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Great_Inventions
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Level 27
May 27, 2013
I believe the yellow river is actually called Huangho, but it won't take this answer.
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Level 32
May 27, 2013
I think you're right, Yellow is just the more common name for englishspeaking peoples I guess... By the way, never heard of "Wu"??
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Level 28
May 27, 2013
Wu is the 'dialect' spoken around Shanghai with around 70mil speakers
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Level 73
May 28, 2013
Wu is the dialect spoken by Sun Jian and his people...oh wait...that's Dynasty Warriors...is that based on fact? Because that's where i get most of my knowledge about Chinese history.
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Level 85
May 28, 2013
Yes, Huangho is a (fairly close) romanization of the name of the river. The character transliterated as 'Huang' literally means yellow, and 'ho' is a word for river.
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Level ∞
May 28, 2013
Okay, that will work now. FYI, this site is in English so we always use the generally accepted English names for things. That's why it's the Yellow River and not the Huang He.
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Level 36
Jun 18, 2013
Huanghe is probably more acceptable
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Level 74
Sep 19, 2015
so you went for the chinese word for yellow river, but no problem just accepting that they want the western word for everest and not Zhūmùlǎngmǎ Fēng? yellow river is just the english translation of the chinese...everest is the name some white dude decided to go with and the west accepted it...if there was a problem, would think the latter would be the pressing and concerning
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Level 32
Sep 21, 2015
It's pronounced as "Huang He"
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Level 85
May 20, 2016
You realize there are many dialects of chinese along the river, right?
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Level 62
Feb 24, 2016
They don't accept "Yangzi" either. This is odd as the proper pinyin for the river is most certainly not "YangTze".
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Level 57
Dec 9, 2017
Actually, I believe (as is stated on Wikipedia) that “Yangzi" for 扬子江 is only the lowest part of the river; the entire river is the 长江 (chang2jiang3). Of course, although I didn't test every possible word, it seems that pinyin answers do not work (e.g. xianggang, putonghua, shanghaihua, kongzi/kongfuzi, xizang, zhonghua renmin gongheguo). Fortunately, however, it accepted my "Shanghainese" for the Wu question. Note: my Chinese is not that great.
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Level 32
Jun 18, 2013
isn't Everest more in Nepal than China?
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Level 45
Jul 29, 2013
what the quiz maker is talking about is the four greatest ANCIENT Chinese inventions that had the most influence in later history and ICE CREAM is not one of them
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Level 66
Sep 23, 2013
But ice cream (or its predecessor) was invented around 200 BC. D:
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Level 45
Nov 30, 2013
easy i am chinese anyways
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Level 71
Apr 23, 2014
I slapped myself on teh forehead when I saw "Everest". I didn't know it was on the border with China. Talk about feeling stupid.
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Level 74
Sep 19, 2015
some people don't believe it is in china..it straddles nepal and tibet...to some tibet isn't china
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Level 58
Sep 19, 2015
Yup. I stared at the screen and went, "Everest is in China?? What? Since when??" and then realized that I always just assume it's entirely in Nepal, because Everest = sherpas, and sherpas = Nepal!
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Level 72
Jul 20, 2019
There actually is a Chinese route up Everest, and here’s an interesting story about each’s popularity vs. the other, and why.
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Level 28
May 12, 2014
rather than ^, put down "the above"
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Level 28
May 25, 2014
shouldn't 'press' also be accepted for invention?
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Level 56
Jul 15, 2014
Can kuai be accepted for the currency please? I am currently learning Mandarin, and kuai is often used colloquially in China.
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Level 57
Nov 13, 2014
Isn't Taiwan the biggest island? I believe the Taiwanese and PRC governments both claim legitimacy over both the mainland and the island. The question isn't whether Taiwan is part of China, but which government should rule. From Wikipedia: "Constitutionally, there is dispute over whether the government [of Taiwan] claims sovereignty over all of 'China,' in a definition that includes mainland China and Outer Mongolia, but the ROC has not made retaking mainland China a political goal since 1992. However, the government's stance on defining its political position of relation with China largely depends on which political coalition is in charge. Meanwhile, the PRC also asserts itself to be the sole legal representation of China and claims Taiwan as its 23rd province to be under its sovereignty, denying the status and existence of ROC as a sovereign state." I am hardly an expert on such things, though, and defer to the group mind.
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Level 34
May 26, 2015
I am with you 100%. The issue isn't whether it is in china but which is the legitimate government over all of china
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Level 48
Sep 29, 2015
Most people in Taiwan these days consider themselves to be a separate country from China and are not interested in retaking the mainland. Frankly, I don't think they'll ever be part of the same country again and we should all start thinking of them as separate nations.
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Level 59
Sep 19, 2015
very relieved to see everest only known by 2 in 5 ppl....doh! how did i not get that
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Level 44
Sep 19, 2015
Quizmaster, you could add voting for comments :) I mean, sometimes i see such a good or funny comment, that i wont to like it, but i cant :D
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Level 72
Jul 20, 2019
And now that we have it, what I really want is the agility to DOWNvote comments! 😜
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Level 37
Sep 20, 2015
I feel Taiwan should be accepted as the biggest island. Both the Chinese (PRC) government and the Taiwanese (ROC) government consider Taiwan to be a province of greater China.
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Level 58
Sep 21, 2015
Nearly didn't get the religion one. Then I remembered: "There's Maoism, Taoism, I Ching and chess!"
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Level 55
Jan 30, 2016
In China, the term Gobi only refers to the desert in Inner Mongolia, not the vast desert in Inner Asia. In this case the largest desert in China should be Taklamakan in the Tarim Basin.
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Level 68
Mar 10, 2020
That's what I thought.
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Level 27
Jul 24, 2016
You should accept Yangcy for Yangtze.
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Level 70
Nov 23, 2016
Surely China invented china!?
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Level 60
Nov 20, 2019
I tried porcelain in various spellings.
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Level 56
May 29, 2017
Dang! Said Forgotten City.
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Level 39
Jun 24, 2017
Can't believe I missed Everest and Gobi, I foolishly associate them with Nepal/India and Mongolia!
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Level 13
Jul 21, 2017
Didn't get any historical things lol, but geography and currency was awesome! glad to get the 4 inventions. Also, I think shanghainese is a more common form of saying "Wu", but it is also longer :P
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Level 45
Aug 23, 2017
I kept trying Khanbaliq and Dadu and was confused for it not working.
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Level 44
Dec 5, 2017
Might want to add Kong Fuzi for Confucius
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Level 29
Aug 29, 2018
Papermaking technique was invented in Korea
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Level 32
Nov 25, 2018
And what's the inventor's name? I mean, who invented this historical fact?
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Level 25
Oct 5, 2018
Mount Everest is in Nepal not in China.
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Level 32
Nov 25, 2018
It's on the border of Nepal and China, shared by both nations.
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Level 66
Feb 16, 2019
Great quiz, but, Ice Cream is China's greatest invention and it was left out
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Level 18
May 31, 2019
can you add kongzi for confucius and changjiang for yangtze
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Level 47
Jun 9, 2019
What are you talking about? What is this Tiananmen Square thing? 1989 was a completely peaceful year...
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Level 45
Jul 11, 2019
Have you seriously never heard of the Tiananmen Square Massacre?
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Level 72
Jul 20, 2019
Sarcasm. PatoPotato is doing it. 😬
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Level 62
Nov 8, 2019
I live in Suzhou, a city close to Shanghai, where the Suzhou dialect (aka 'Suzhounese'), a sub-dialect of Wu, is locally spoken. Many locals speak it amongst themselves, especially if they know each other quite well, but if you go to a shop or speak to a stranger, you would converse in Mandarin.

Although Wu is a dialect, it contains a huge number of sub-dialects, which may vary from town to town; a native speaker of one of these sub-dialects might not readily understand another sub-dialect, or even find it incomprehensible/unintelligible.
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Level 32
Mar 10, 2020
everest is in nepal
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Level 81
Mar 10, 2020
If you were standing at the summit of Mt. Everest, you could put one foot in Nepal and one foot in China.
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Level 47
Mar 10, 2020
I tried typing the capital of China, "Taipei", but apparently it was incorrect? I think something is up with this quiz because even the easiest questions have the incorrect answers.
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Level 45
Mar 10, 2020
What is the 16th one? There is just blank space..?