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Embarrassing Chapters in Chinese History

Guess these people, places, and things in Chinese history that the country would probably rather forget.
Last updated: September 10, 2018
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For over 150 years, this part of China is controlled by the United Kingdom
Hong Kong
Democracy protestors are slaughtered in this square in Beijing
Tiananmen Square
Mao starts this "Revolution", in which young people are encouraged to brutalize
and humiliate class enemies such as teachers
Cultural Revolution
A terrible famine is made worse thanks to Mao's campaign to kill this type of bird
Sparrow
Mao encourges everyday people to make this industrial material in backyard furnaces
Steel
Economic policies like the above, which kill tens of millions of people,
are collectively known as this
Great Leap
Forward
Western powers force China to accept shipments of this addictive drug
Opium
The Chinese River dolphin, native to this river, is driven to extinction
in the late 20th century
Yangtze River
Due to extreme pollution, factories are forced to close before this 2008 event
Summer Olympics
Foxconn factories in this industrial city install nets to reduce the suicide rate of workers
Shenzhen
This Mongol warlord conquers China
Kublai Khan
Manchus conquer China and force the men to adopt this hairstyle
Queue
For almost 1000 years, as many as half of all women are forced to endure
this crippling body modification
Foot Binding
During the Ming dynasty, the government employs 100,000 of these type of people,
considered trustworthy because they could bear no children
Eunuchs
Tens of millions die in the Taiping Rebellion after a man named Hong Xiuquan
proclaims himself to be the brother of this religious figure
Jesus Christ
This country establishes the puppet state of Manchukuo in northern China
Japan
Christian monks from the Byzantine Empire steal the secret for
making this luxurious fabric
Silk
In 2013, a zoo in the city of Louhe defrauds patrons by displaying a dog that
they claim is this type of animal
Lion
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level 59
May 3, 2018
Nothing about Three Gorges Dam? It’s impressive, but it flooded many coastal towns and cities.
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level 69
May 3, 2018
Coastal towns and cities were fine - one of the dam's stated purposes was downstream flood mitigation. It was the area around the dam itself, almost a thousand kilometres from the sea that was flooded by the reservoir.
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level 76
May 4, 2018
However, numerous towns and cities, not necessarily coastal, were evacuated and essentially erased to make room for reservoirs.
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level 75
Sep 29, 2018
I'd say that's more impressive than embarrassing. It's not like they flooded them on accident or without evacuating people first.
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level 45
Sep 29, 2018
It was also a large part of what drove the River Dolphin to extinction. I'd say it's not so much embarrassing as very, very sad.
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level 73
May 3, 2018
Losing at ping pong to Forrest Gimp must've smarted a bit too.
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level 68
May 4, 2018
Embarrassing enough for them to remove the scene from versions of the film shown in China
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level 67
Apr 20, 2019
But I bet they leave in the scene where Little Forrest whoops him.
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level 71
May 3, 2018
I think two stains on Chinese history - the Tibetan invasion of 1950, and their current attempt to "invade" the South China Sea - would qualify as embarrassing chapters. Maybe they think bullying their neighbours is more a matter of pride than embarrassment, even if to outsiders it is obviously the former.
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level 72
May 10, 2018
Well said Jerry. Not to mention the continual bullying of the democratic nation of Taiwan.
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level 65
May 27, 2018
Besides Tibet, the failed invasion of Vietnam in 1979 and destroying their then technologically advanced "treasure fleet" by the 1500s or so seem to me pretty embarrassing.
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level 67
Apr 20, 2019
These all seem like things that could replace some schmuck dressing up a pet dog as a 600-pound cat.
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level 80
May 3, 2018
It would be nice to have the year mentioned in the question about the massacre in Beijing. Now it sounds like it is ongoing.
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level 69
May 3, 2018
I think 'pig iron' is probably a better answer than steel, and should at least be accepted.
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level 77
May 4, 2018
Iron works though.
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level 75
May 3, 2018
Never heard of the hairstyle before. Tried "mullet." Got the rest.
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level 75
Sep 29, 2018
All I could think of was pigtail, but it was accepted.
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level 67
Apr 20, 2019
Pig tails are on the sides though. Young Chinese girls wear pigtails; women don't.
I couldn't get it with pony tail or braid.
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level 61
May 4, 2018
Can you accept "Beijing Olympics" too?
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level ∞
May 4, 2018
Okay
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level 58
May 4, 2018
Can you accept Tienanmen ?
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level 66
Sep 29, 2018
only if you'll accept Ingredertan
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level 67
Apr 20, 2019
How about Tin Men?
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level 78
May 7, 2018
How about the One Child Policy? How many children ended up aborted because they were the wrong gender or at the bottom of a well?
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level 54
Jun 14, 2018
It's a common misconception that second children in the One-Child days were always aborted. There was a fee and a higher tax structure attached to families who had more than one child, but it wasn't as if the government drove around in abortion vans. With all the crowding and booming populations that China has now, can you imagine what kind of overpopulation troubles that county would be facing if they didn't use the One Child Policy? I'm not saying it was the best idea, but I wouldn't think it at all qualifies as an "embarrassing chapter" in China's history.
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level 77
Jun 15, 2018
But it never required abortion vans; just the existence of the One-Child policy meant many families pursued abortion in instances where they may not have, especially if their first child was a girl (the preference for a male heir is still considerable).

So your question of "what kind of overpopulation would they have" is the wrong one in my mind, since the policy led to their current youth demographic, which is heavily skewed to males. A good article on this here.
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level 68
Jul 10, 2018
This policy could be and was largely avoided with a few tricks. The rich went overseas, or simply HK/Macau and when the child is not born in China, no problem. The poorer, but smart with a few strings to pull could simply 'move' to countryside (where, if the first child was a girl, a second was allowed). And many children could be given to relatives for care and hide (give, they'd be/are paperless and therefore in a huge risk of abuse) and so on. Basically you could say this was a limitation of 'riffraff' or sorts. The non-Han Chinese could have more kids by default, as every Chinese has been telling me.

If you want to see what would have happened without the one child policy, you can direct your eyes to India and their esp. lower cast males' problem and the rape-rampage and who knows what other social problems will pop up.

As what comes to Tibet, it was ripe and there for the taking. Not an independent country at all, as some seem to believe. China got there first.
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level 46
Sep 29, 2018
Abortion vans? What a fantastic idea!
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level 74
Sep 23, 2018
Great quiz! 100% and I feel like I earned it with this one, having never been there.
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level 75
Sep 29, 2018
This website just got blocked in China.
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level 54
Sep 29, 2018
I can't tell if you are kidding or not.
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level 69
Sep 29, 2018
Kidding, apparently: https://www.comparitech.com/privacy-security-tools/blockedinchina/#gref
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level 51
Apr 9, 2019
I'm current taking quizzes on this site in China (which is also where I live).
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level 51
Apr 9, 2019
I've lived in China for 16 years but got 18/18 on this quiz.
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level 33
Sep 29, 2018
With the level in censorship in China, I think a fair amount of these have either a) been totally blocked from public knowledge or b) spun into positive things for China. The rest of the world may like to forget these things happened to China, but most of China either already forgot or is totally ok with this list.
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level 45
Sep 29, 2018
It's TiEnanmen, not TiAnanmen
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level 66
Sep 29, 2018
strike one.
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level 69
Sep 29, 2018
In Italian, not in English transcription.
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level 45
Sep 29, 2018
I wouldn't say that the Opium Wars were an embarrassment for China. For the western powers, yes, but China, not so sure.
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level 56
Oct 7, 2018
Well, that period of their history is referred to as the Century of Humiliation. It also included things like losing territory to Russia and being mightily pushed around by Japan. The British vandalized imperial grounds in Beijing. The whole thing caused them great national embarrassment. Many of their efforts today are aimed at erasing that period from the national consciousness.
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level 58
Sep 29, 2018
Plus that time a bull destroyed their entire shop.
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level 43
Sep 29, 2018
Good quiz. I didn't know many of these things.
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level 45
Oct 6, 2018
Good quiz! Might I suggest the addition of the Boxer Rebellion though? Indiscriminately killing all foreigners and nearly all Chinese Christians is pretty embarrassing in my opinion. I was pretty surprised that it wasn't on the quiz. Otherwise a very good quiz though! :)
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level 37
Mar 25, 2019
I think pony tail should be accepted for the Manchu hairstyle question.