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China Country Quiz

Name these facts about the country of China.
Last updated: May 28, 2013
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Capital city
Beijing
Former English-language name for ^
Peking
Tallest mountain
Mount Everest
Former British colony returned in 1997
Hong Kong
Former Portuguese colony
returned in 1999
Macau
Most common dialects
Mandarin
Wu
Cantonese
Most famous historical philosopher
Confucius
Northeastern region of China
Manchuria
Leader of China until 1976
Mao Zedong
Country annexed in 1950
Tibet
Religion started by Laozi
Taoism
First animal in the Chinese zodiac
Rat
Question
Answer
Where the emperor lived
Forbidden City
Full name of China
People's Republic
of China
Site of 1989 massacre
Tiananmen Square
Currency
Renminbi
Longest rivers
Yangtze
Yellow
Great inventions of
ancient China
Compass
Gunpowder
Papermaking
Printing
National animal (mammal)
Giant Panda
National animal (fictional)
Dragon
Largest island
Hainan
Largest desert
Gobi
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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 ∞
Jul 8, 2015
RMB is a currency code like USD or GBP. It's not the name of the currency.
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level 68
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 33
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 74
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 49
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 61
May 31, 2013
"Made in China" does not mean "Invented in China".
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level 68
Sep 19, 2015
went for noodles and football (soccer) as the other 2 after the 2 obvious ones
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level 74
Sep 19, 2015
yes, what giraffe said.
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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 75
Apr 6, 2017
Sure Lumi, no one but Americans do that. :-/
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level 26
Sep 19, 2015
I missed Wu and compass also. I also missed Peking.
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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 43
Mar 8, 2014
What about the Italians?
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level 71
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 60
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 54
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 25
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 25
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 80
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 35
Jun 18, 2013
Huanghe is probably more acceptable
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level 68
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 80
May 20, 2016
You realize there are many dialects of chinese along the river, right?
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level 57
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 65
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 70
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 68
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 59
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 30
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 45
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 59
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 37
Feb 19, 2015
Am I just seeing things or is Everes accepted for Everest?
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level 60
Sep 19, 2015
It appears so. I typed "everest" and the "t" was left in the box for typing.
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level 60
Sep 19, 2015
I'm not an expert on the subject but aren't Mandarin, Wu, Yue etc separate languages, not dialects of Chinese? Chinese, according to my knowledge, is a group of related languages like Germanic or Romanic languages while Mandarin, Wu and Yue are languages consisting of several dialects.
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level 48
Sep 29, 2015
It depends on who's doing the classification. They are all related languages and share a common writing system and, most importantly, are rooted in the same country. (It's crazy how much worldly politics is involved in deciding whether a variation of speech gets to be called a language or a dialect.) Within China, the other varieties of Chinese are often called "dialects", and outside of China, it depends on whom you ask. You are absolutely right that they are much more different from each other than what is normally considered a "dialect"; spoken Cantonese and spoken Mandarin are considerably less mutually intelligible than are Spanish and Portuguese.
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level 56
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 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 59
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 51
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 26
Jul 24, 2016
You should accept Yangcy for Yangtze.
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level 66
Nov 23, 2016
Surely China invented china!?
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level 57
May 29, 2017
Dang! Said Forgotten City.
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level 43
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 40
Dec 5, 2017
Might want to add Kong Fuzi for Confucius
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level 24
Aug 29, 2018
Papermaking technique was invented in Korea
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level 28
Nov 25, 2018
And what's the inventor's name? I mean, who invented this historical fact?
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level 26
Oct 5, 2018
Mount Everest is in Nepal not in China.
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level 28
Nov 25, 2018
It's on the border of Nepal and China, shared by both nations.
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level 28
Nov 25, 2018
Taoism is developed based on Laozi's philosophy, but not started by him as a religion. Taklamakan Desert is the largest dessert in China