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Quiz I

  1. 'The Four Great Inventions' from ancient China which are are celebrated in Chinese culture for their historical significance are gunpowder, papermaking, printing and which other invention?



  2. Can you name the dam and largest hydro-electric power station in the world which is located on the Yangtze river?
  3. The city of Guangzhou was formerly known by what name?
  4. In which sport did Li Na excel at?
  5. In 2022 what is scheduled to take place from February the 4th to the 20th, in Beijing?
  6. What name was given to the network of trade routes which connected the East with the West from the 2nd to the 18th centuries?
  7. Beijing National Stadium is also known by what nickname?
  8. What, located in the center of Beijing, was the imperial palace from 1420 to 1912?
  9. What's the literal translation of 'Hong Kong'?
  10. Name the Chinese philosopher, teacher, editor and politician who died in 479 BC?
  11. Which treaty was signed in 1842 to mark the end of the First Opium War?
  12. Which is the largest Chinese city by population?
  13. Name the second longest river in China?
  14. The world's largest stone Buddha and the tallest pre-modern statue is near which city?
  15. What name is given to the 8,000 clay soldiers discovered in Xi’an?
  16. What is the currency of China?
  17. What is the literal translation of the word Beijing into English?
  18. Which autonomous region on the south coast of China was a Portuguese territory until 1999?
  19. Native to South Central China, the giant panda's diet consists mainly of what?
  20. Who founded the Yuan dynasty in China and ruled as the first Yuan emperor until his death in 1294?

Answers:

  1. The compass
  2. The Three Gorges Dam
  3. Canton
  4. Tennis (2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open Ladies Champion)
  5. The Winter Olympics (Beijing will become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics)
  6. The Silk Road
  7. Bird's Nest Stadium
  8. The Forbidden City
  9. Fragrant Harbour
  10. Confucious
  11. Treaty of Nanking
  12. Shanghai
  13. The Yellow River
  14. Leshan (The Leshan Giant Buddha)
  15. Terracotta Army
  16. Yuan (or Renminbi)
  17. Northern Capital
  18. Macau
  19. Bamboo
  20. Kublai Khan (grandson of Genghis Khan and the subject of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "Kubla Khan".)



Quiz II

  1. Which term literally meaning "wind-water" in English uses energy forces to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment? It is also known as Chinese geomancy.
  2. Which game, played with a set of 144 tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols, was developed in China during the Qing dynasty?
  3. According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2020 is the year of the what?
  4. True or False. In 2019 the populatin of China will be 1.2 billion?
  5. Which anti-imperialist and anti-foreign uprising took place in China between 1899 and 1901?
  6. What sort of revolution, launched by Mao Zedong, was a movement in the People's Republic of China from 1966 until 1976?
  7. Name China's longest river?
  8. How many little stars are to the right side of one bigger star on the Chinese flag?
  9. What was the name of the first dynasty which began in 221 BC?
  10. And which dynasty was China's last, it lasted from 1644 to 1912?
  11. With which country does China have its longest land border?
  12. Also known as the Lion Dog, which ancient breed of toy dog originated in China?
  13. How many official time zone's does China have?
  14. What colour does a Chinese bride normally wear?
  15. In 2012, Liu Yang was the first Chinese female to do what?
  16. In which year did the communist government start ruling China following a civil war with the Nationalists?
  17. Which autonomous region within China is often called "the roof of the world"?
  18. Which Chinese stock exchange is the world's 4th largest?
  19. Which language is spoken by 70 percent of all Chinese speakers?
  20. Which four letter word generally refers to China, the culture of China, the modern-to-ancient history of China, or the Chinese people?

Answers:

  1. Feng shui
  2. Mahjong
  3. Rat
  4. False. It will be just over 1.4 billion.
  5. The Boxer Rebellion
  6. The Cultural Revolution
  7. Yangtze
  8. Four
  9. Qin
  10. Qing Dynasty (note: if you guessed Ming, the Ming dynasty was the ruling dynasty of China from 1368 to 1644)




  11. Mongolia
  12. Pekingese
  13. One
  14. Red
  15. First Chinese woman in space
  16. 1949
  17. Tibet
  18. The Shanghai Stock Exchange (one of the two stock exchanges operating independently in China, the other being the Shenzhen Stock Exchange)
  19. Mandarin
  20. Sino






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