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Capital city
Former English-language name for ^
Tallest mountain
Former British colony returned in 1997
Former Portuguese colony
returned in 1999
Most common dialects
Most famous historical philosopher
Northeastern region of China
Leader of China until 1976
Country annexed in 1950
Religion started by Laozi
First animal in the Chinese zodiac
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Where the emperor lived
Forbidden City
Full name of China
People's Republic
of China
Site of 1989 massacre
Tiananmen Square
Currency
Longest rivers
Great inventions of
ancient China
National animal (mammal)
National animal (fictional)
Largest island
Largest desert
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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 75
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 67
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 73
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 46
May 27, 2013
@allure11606 I think kalbahamut meant there are many 'great' inventions to choose from, which makes it subjective... and @kalbamahut- I found this interesting....I googled the Chinese inventions, and the four mentioned in the quiz are actually referred to as the "Four Great Inventions". On Wikipedia it makes the same point you made: "These four discoveries had an enormous impact on the development of Chinese civilization and a far-ranging global impact. However, some modern Chinese scholars have pointed out that other Chinese inventions were perhaps more sophisticated and had a greater impact on civilization – the Four Great Inventions serve merely to highlight the technological interaction between East and West". I never knew any of this! pretty cool
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level 58
May 31, 2013
"Made in China" does not mean "Invented in China".
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level 67
Sep 19, 2015
went for noodles and football (soccer) as the other 2 after the 2 obvious ones
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level 73
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 59
Dec 28, 2016
@JHAssassin this is why I love the Chinese. Always so modest about their greatness, comparing to other great inventors/civilizations/nations. Quite unlike the americans, who are always so busy propping themselves up that they have very little knowledge of others.
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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 58
Aug 18, 2014
xD
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level 55
Jun 15, 2014
I doubt it. Most Chinese people are lactose intolerant.
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level 9
Jan 3, 2015
You don't say. I'm from China but I drink milk anyway.
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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 53
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 79
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 67
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 79
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 62
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 69
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 67
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 60
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 26
May 5, 2014
paper was invented in Egypt, from papyrus.
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level ∞
May 5, 2014
Paper and papyrus are not the same
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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 33
Jun 17, 2014
By official intwrnational standards taiwan is part of chuna and should be acceptableas biggest island.
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level 48
Jun 19, 2014
Tell that to the Taiwanese. I dare you.
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level 37
Sep 20, 2015
They would wholeheartedly agree. Taiwan and China both consider the island to be part of China. They just disagree over who is the legitimate government of the country.
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level 48
Sep 29, 2015
That really depends on the person, but the significant majority would say no. Most Taiwanese people these days do not think of their country as part of China, or of themselves as Chinese. The cultural and political divide is very strong after generations apart, and Taiwanese people are generally more interested in sovereignty than retaking the mainland.
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level 74
Jul 16, 2016
There were two girls from Taiwan in my class as school, and they were pretty adamant that they weren't in the least Chinese.
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level 49
Sep 19, 2015
What's chuna? What's intwrnational? And what is acceptableas?
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level 46
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 55
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 45
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 49
Sep 19, 2015
I agree! That would be a great feature here.
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level 60
Sep 19, 2015
Ah. Yes. Hainan is the largest island in China and Hanoi is the capital of VIetnam. Oops.
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level 34
Sep 19, 2015
I thought the third dialect after Mandarin and Cantonese was Hakka, is this something different or is it just not the third biggest, could someone help if they know please?
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level 48
Sep 29, 2015
I guessed Hokkien, which I've often seen listed as the third-largest language, but it's actually true that more Wu is spoken; the key to it is whether Wu is a single language/dialect, or a group of them (i.e. do people in Suzhou and Shanghai each speak their own dialects of Wu, or do the Suzhounese speak Suzhounese and the Shanghaiese speak Shanghaiese?) Deciding where to draw the lines between languages, dialects, and other varieties of speech is very subjective.
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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 60
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 49
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 25
Jul 24, 2016
You should accept Yangcy for Yangtze.
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level 65
Nov 23, 2016
Surely China invented china!?
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level 59
Dec 28, 2016
28/28 with 2:00 to spare. Please make a more difficult one :)
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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 46
Aug 23, 2017
I kept trying Khanbaliq and Dadu and was confused for it not working.
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level 37
Dec 5, 2017
Might want to add Kong Fuzi for Confucius
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