#12STRANGEFACTS about China

#12STRANGEFACTS about China

April 6, 2017

If you believe the song, then the best way to get to Shanghai is "On a slow boat to China" but we would probably not have got here in time for the race if we'd taken that option. In English Cockney rhyming slang, "my old China" means "my old friend" – China =China plate = mate = friend. That's got absolutely nothing to do with the country we are visiting, but in the year of the STR12, here are 12 strange facts about China.



  

1: Ketchup is actually a Chinese invention. It was originally a pickled fish sauce called ke-tsiap

2: 30 million people live in caves in China called Yaodong. Although they have existed for centuries, recently, new ones have been built as award-winning energy efficient and environmentally sustainable dwellings.

3: One in every five people in the world is Chinese

4: Chinese Fortune Cookies were invented in San Francisco in the early 1900s.

5: Half of the world's pigs live in China

6: Ice cream was invented in China about 2000 BC

7: We come to Shanghai two weeks after the GP in Melbourne but you can have a little bit of Australia here, as a Sydney company is selling bottled Australian air to the Chinese, who are concerned about air pollution levels in their cities.

8: The Shanghai Circuit is where the great Michael Schumacher took his last race win, back in 2006.




9: Shanghai International Circuit is the biggest venue on the current calendar with a 200,000 capacity.
The paddock is so long that we think you could probably land the planes carrying the F1 freight there and not bother having to use an airport. The back straight of the track is the longest in use in the season.

10: Porcelain was first developed in China over 2000 years ago, which is why this form of pottery is often called china in the English language. "Faience" is the French word for a type of pottery and that name is simply the French for our team's home town of Faenza, which has produced pottery since the 14th Century.

11: The Shanghai Tower is the second tallest building in the world. Completed last year and with a height of 632 metres, it is located in the city's financial district.

12: The population of Shanghai is approximately 390 times bigger than that of Faenza.