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  1. The first emperor of China's tomb (Of Terracota Army Fame) has not yet been explored. Ancient historians wrote that tombs contains rivers of mercury mechanically operated to flow like real rivers; modern tests have reported mercury levels in the soil over 100 times what occurs naturally

  2. “Gu”—a poison created by placing scorpions, centipedes, and snakes in a jar and having them fight. The poison would be drawn from the survivor and then used to incapacitate enemies in Ancient China.

  3. China discovered multiple ancient tombs dating back 1,800 years in the city of Nanjing, only to destroy them by building an IKEA over the site.

  4. In ancient China, a huge war was sparked because of a board game gone wrong. The crown prince was arguing with his cousin, the son of a regional king, during a match of a game called Liubo, and when his cousin offended him, he threw the board at him. He died from the blow. His father revolted.

  5. The first Emperor of China's tomb (Of Terracotta Army fame) has not yet been explored. Ancient historians wrote that the tomb contains rivers of mercury mechanically operated to flow like real rivers; modern tests have reported mercury levels in the soil over 100 times what occurs naturally

  6. In ancient China, an emperor’s last line of defense was a small Pekingese dog literally hidden up his sleeve, that would viciously attack on command.

  7. The Great Wall of China was built using sticky rice, creating a super-strong mortar that remains the best available material for restoring ancient buildings to this day.

  8. There is a remote village in China where many of the inhabitants have blue/green eyes and fair hair. Researchers now believe the villagers may have descended from a legion of Roman soldiers who escaped from a doomed battle in ancient Parthia.

  9. Ancient China knew about the Roman Empire. They called them "Daqin" (大青) and documented several things concerning them, including a guide on how to reach them from China.

  10. The ancient Chinese symbol for "Ying and Yang" first appeared on Roman legions shields, Hundreds of years before its use in Ancient China

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There are tens of giant pyramid hills in the province of Shaanxi, China and they are what you expect to be: they were built for the same reason as the Great Pyramids of Egypt: as a final resting place for ancient kings

Wan Hu, is categorized as a scientist of the Chinese space program. In ancient China, Wan Hu had attached rockets to his chair in an attempt to fly to space.

The reason why the Ancient One from the Dr. Strange movie was played by a Caucasian (Celtic) person rather than an Asian (Tibetan) person. It's because if it was otherwise, there is a risk the movie will be banned in China. That's a big market they would lose if banned.

There is a ancient sunken city off the shore of China called, "The Alantis of the East".

A brutal form of execution in ancient China, the Waist Chop, was outlawed after a victim survived long enough to write the Chinese symbol for "miserable" seven times in his own blood.

Dogs were first domesticated in southern China, and that all modern dog breeds are the descendants of ancient Chinese wolves.

Following the destruction of Afghanistan's ancient Buddhas of Bamiyan in 2001, China built the 128 m (420 ft) tall Spring Temple Buddha, the tallest statue in the world to date.

In ancient China, homosexuality was referred to as ‘the cut sleeve’ and ‘pleasures of the bitten peach’.

The strength of ancient Chinese buildings including the great wall of China is due to sticky rice that was used for their construction.

It was Chinese astronomers who first spotted Halley's Comet, in 240 BC.

Although the modern German people have no direct connection to the ancient Huns, comparisons were drawn by the Allies during World War I. One of the reasons was because Wilhelm II gave a 1900 speech to the German military headed to China where he told them to "fight like Huns."

Many ancient Chinese people referred to rivers as "The Great Sorrow", because of the fact that they would flood the area around them and cause great destruction.

The Xia Dynasty ruled from the 21st to 17th century BC. Its founder was Yu the Great.

Bamboo strips were used by writers as paper in Ancient China before paper itself was invented.

Emperor Xiaowu of Ancient China was murdered by his consort when he joked with her, "Based on your age, you should yield your position. I want someone younger." She didn't think it was funny and murdered him in his sleep. She was only thirty years old when this occured.

There exists an ancient wall that is second only to the Great Wall of China, is over 120 miles long and built nearly 2200 years ago

Giant pandas are considered to be a symbol of bravery and clout and have existed in China for as long as three million years.

The royal physicians of Ancient China were not permitted to touch the emperor. This was forbidden.

The Great Wall of China was built during the Chang Dynasty. The Emperor at the time was Tsu.

Merchants and Traders in Ancient China were among the lowest (shang) of 4 tiers of occupations due to "the view that they do not produce anything, [and] only profit from others' creations".

Emperors in China have often used the dragon as their symbol as it signifies strength, power and good luck.

Ancient Chinese were the first people to drink tea and its use was often medicinal.

The yin-yang symbol was first used in Ancient Rome, not China. - fact check

China is trying to rush excavation and preservation of ancient Buddhist relics of major historical heritage sites in Afghanistan to quickly gain access to Afghanistans mineral resources which is worth estimated $1 trillion.

Professional Mourners are paid to cry at funerals. The job dates back to Ancient Egypt and Professional Mourners appear in the Bible. It remains a popular practice in China today.