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Look What Came From China


                               by Zach R.


     Based on Look What Came From Mexico, by Miles Harvey



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Table of Contents 








Religion & Customs.......................11


Want to Find Out More?.................13

A Recipe From China.....................14







        Have you ever tried “digging to China”? Rumor has it that if you go to a beach and dig far enough, you will reach China. Although it’s just a myth, China is still a very intriguing place. China is very essential to the world, because not only is it the highest populated country in the world, the people of China have invented very useful and important things used today, such as the compass. Also, China is the third largest country in the world and has a remarkable shape of a rooster. China is also rich with culture. Holidays like Chinese New Year have many traditions like dragon dancers.

Culture-Rich China

       China has countless varieties of astounding food. Some of the foods, like dumplings, have a long history. Dumplings have a history of 1,800 years. It has become a traditional food that is eaten usually on Chinese New Years Eve. Dumplings could have minced meat, chopped veggies, diced shrimp, ground chicken, beef, and pork. They can be steamed, fried, or boiled.


      Another popular food in China is wontons. It is a custom to eat wontons on the winter solstice. Wontons are triangular shaped as an Italian tortellini. Soup often contains wontons, as they are a part of what is called wonton soup. Wontons can have a filling of diced shrimp or minced pork.


       Rice is a staple food in Chinese diets. In the past, rice has led the Chinese to many things and was a huge source of food.


      Tofu, made of soybean, is also a popular food and is one of the main sources of protein for plenty of people in China. Many of these foods are eaten in Chinese restaurants in other countries like Canada, America, and many other places.



This is a traditional dumpling dish.

      In China, architecture plays an extensive role. From giant skyscrapers to ancient gardens, China has a huge history of architecture. For example The Great Wall of China. The Great Wall was built by the criminals, commoners, and soldiers of China in the Spring and Autumn Dynasty (770-476 B.C.) and construction finished in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It was built to shield China from invasion. Different sections of the wall were built to prevent invasion by other states. Every time a new territory is conquered, the Wall was enhanced. The Wall was also used as a military base for the Chinese. The wall expands to an a incredible 13,171 miles long.


      Besides history, there are also present time structures that make an impact. For example, the Shanghai World Financial Center is Shanghai’s tallest building. It takes 1 minute to get from the 1st floor to the 95th floor from an elevator. There is also a viewing gallery, to look at the remarkable view.



This is Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China.

      China has a distant, rich chain of historical events. For starters, there are various dynasties and emperors. The first emperor was named Ying Zheng. He unified all of China in 221 B.C. Ying Zheng invented the word “emperor”, and that is what he called himself. When Ying Zheng took the throne that meant the start of the Qin Dynasty. The Qin Dynasty lasted 15 years but made a vital impact on Chinese history.


      The first ever dynasty began in 21st century B.C. it was called the Xia Dynasty. It marked the change from a primitive society to a slave society.

There was also the Shang Dynasty, which lasted from 1600-1046 B.C. The Shang Dynasty was the first dynasty where there was written and archaeological evidence towards what happened during the dynasty.


Retreat and Reflect Garden, Suzhou, China.


      Sports are another thing China is huge on. Retired NBA star Yao Ming grew up in China. Like the NBA in America, China has the Chinese Basketball Association.


      Soccer is another big sport in China. The Chinese Soccer League (CSL), has 16 teams and is played all over China.


      Other sports that are played professionally around the world are also played in China, like badminton, table tennis, chess, and diving. Each of those sports has their separate leagues or are an Olympic sport.


      Chess’ league is the Chess Olympiad, which is played by teams from all over the world.


      Table tennis and diving are both Olympic sports which China have excelled in. Table tennis has won 20 of the 28 gold medals offered, meanwhile, diving has won 6 of the 8 gold medals on offer.


Retired NBA star Yao Ming going up for a dunk.

      China has a humongous population. It is the highest populated country in the world, right in front of India and the United States. China soars at a record-breaking population of 1.38 billion people. India comes right in second at 1.33 billion people, and the U.S. falls far behind at 325 million people. China’s population is equal to about 18.7% of the world’s population.


      Shanghai, one of China’s biggest cities has a population of 24.1 million people. Another big city, also the capital of China, Beijing has a population of over 24 million, just like Shanghai, except Beijing is considered China’s biggest city.



An average street in Shanghai, China

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      In southeast Asia, there is an enormous rooster-shaped region of land called China. With astonishing measurements of 9.6 million square kilometers and a coastline of 18,000 kilometers, China claims its spot as the third-largest country in the world. Right behind the United States and Russia on the list, China is located on the coastline of the Pacific Ocean.


      China is bordered by Vietnam, Korea, India, Burma, Mongolia, and several more. China takes up 0.06% of the world’s total land mass, which is a lot seeing how much land the world has in total. In all that land, surprisingly only 10-15% of it is farmable, so farmers use terrace farming to maximize the land’s use. Terrace farming is a farming method where farmers flatten rocky parts of the mountains to plant crops. Irrigation is used to help the water flow to the crops.


A map of China.

      There is a huge amount of language varieties in China called dialects. The varieties of language are natively spoken more than any other language in the world.

      Mandarin is the national language of China. It is the most commonly spoken dialect in China and is mostly spoken in the northern, central, and western parts of China. Although Mandarin is common, there are other languages too. For example, the languages Min, Gan, Hakka, and Cantonese are commonly spoken in southeastern China. Another language called Wu is spoken in parts of the north, and is common in the south. The interesting thing is, that all the dialects have the same literary-- or written language.


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The characters for the word "rice" in Mandarin.

      The religion in China plays a HUGE impact on a regular Chinese citizen’s daily life. Rice is a big reason why. In almost every religious event, rice is devoured.


      There are also many holidays, which associate many foods and many customs. The Spring Festival invites the mark of the Lunar New Year, in which foods like rice congee and mustard greens are eaten traditionally.


      The Chinese New Year falls from mid-January to mid-February. During this time, parades are held with dragon dancers, music, and fireworks.


      The birthday of the gods honors the birthday of the many gods in Chinese religion. The birthdays are celebrated with fireworks, paper lanterns, and moon gazing.  


Religion and Customs


Dragon dancers during Chinese New Year.

      The government set up in China is pretty unique. The official name of China is the People’s Republic of China. A lot of government power goes to the National People’s Congress (NPC). The NPC elects the president, who gets a 5-year term and can be re-elected.

      China is a one-party state, which means that only one political party can have the right to form the government. This is usually based on the constitution of the state. Because China is a one-party state, the only real power goes to the NPC.


A congress meeting in China.

      In a saucepan or soup pot, heat the oil over medium high heat until it is hot. Then, add 1 tbsp of the garlic and the ginger, and cook it. Stir until fragrant for 1-2 minutes. Add the sliced scallions and chicken broth, then boil. Reduce heat to medium low so that the broth simmers. Allow the broth to simmer for 20-30 minutes while assembling the wontons.

      In a mixing bowl, mix the remaining 1 tsp of garlic, ginger, and add the 3 tbsp of chopped scallions. Also, add the pork, egg yolk, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, and the crushed red pepper. Mix them all together until it is mixed thoroughly. 

      Make sure you're on a flat surface. Then, lay out a couple of the wontons. Fill a small bowl with a little of cool water and set it aside. Place a teaspoonful of meat filling into the center of each wonton laid out. 

      After you assemble the wontons, set them aside. Add the sliced bok choy, mushrooms, and the bamboo shoots into the broth and cook it for 2-3 minutes. Use your hands or a slotted spoon to gently add the assembled wontons. Slightly increase the heat so the broth is at a gentle simmer. Very gently, stir occasionally and cook until the wontons float and the pork filling is cooked through. Should take about 5 minutes for pork to cook through. After, serve immediately and enjoy! 



A Recipe From China

How to Make Wonton Soup

    • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

    • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp of minced garlic

    • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger

    • ¼ cup thinly sliced scallions + 3 tbsp finely chopped

    • 10 cups canned low sodium chicken broth

    • ½ pound ground pork

    • 1 egg yolk

    • 2 tsp soy sauce

    • 1 ½ rice wine vinegar

    • ½ tsp sesame oil

    • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper

    • 30 wonton wrappers thawed if frozen

    • 1 ½ cups thinly sliced bok choy

    • ½ cup sliced shiitake mushroom caps

    • ¼ cup sliced bamboo shoots



A casual wonton soup dish in China.


      It turns out loads of people have tried digging to China. Instead, all they dug to was water. “Digging to China” is just a phrase people say at times. The phrase is usually used in North America, because of its distance from China. The People’s Republic of China has such beautiful features. From its ancient preserved gardens, to its soaring skyscrapers, plus mouthwatering food, China is one of the most unique countries in the world.


      It turns out loads of people have tried digging to China. Instead, all they dug to was water. “Digging to China” is just a phrase people say at times. The phrase is usually used in North America, because of its distance from China. The People’s Republic of China has such beautiful features. From its ancient preserved gardens, to its soaring skyscrapers, plus mouthwatering food, China is one of the most unique countries in the world.