China, one of the world’s oldest civilization, is typically best-known for its magical economic development and plays an important role in the global economy. It ranks the world’s fastest-growing major economy with average growth rates of 10% for the past 30 years and even surpasses the United State to become the world’s top manufacturer in 2011.
The Chinese economic development is just one of the most amazing facts about the world’s biggest country. You may feel very surprised when knowing that 85 percent of artificial Christmas trees and 80 percent of toys are made in China or the nation has more pigs than the next 43-pork-producing countries combined.
China uses 53% of the world's cement, 48% of the world's iron ore and 47% of the world's coal
Chinese economy developed seven times as fast as that of the US over the past decade (316% growth vs. only 43%)
China’s GDP per capita ranks the 91st-lowest in the world, after Bosnia & Herzegovina
China produces 85 percent of artificial Christmas trees and 80 percent of toys to meet the world’s consuming demands
China has more pigs than the next 43-pork-producing countries combined
Chinese people smoke 50,000 cigarettes every second
Chinese new train between Shanghai and Beijing goes twice as fast as the America’s fastest high speed train (302 mph vs. 150 mph)
China has 64 million vacant homes, including entire cities that are empty
The world’s biggest mall is located in China but it is has been 99% empty since 2005
By 2025, China will build enough skyscrapers to fill ten New York-sized cities. By 2025, 40 billion square meters of floor space in five million buildings will be constructed, 50,000 of which could be skyscrapers