Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Country of the Month: China!

The time has come for us to move on to another exciting country. Join us on our journey of discovery in China!!

Lets start with a few facts to get your interest sparked!!

1- Ice cream was invented in China around 2000BC when the Chinese packed a soft milk and rice mixture in the snow. (I think ice cream may deserve MORE attention in later posts!)

2- China is the fourth largest country in the world. Depending upon the time of year, China is sometimes a day ahead of the United States.

3- The Chinese year is based on the cycles of the moon. This is called a lunar schedule. A complete cycle of the Chinese calendar takes 60 years.

4- Each year is represented by an animal. 2009 is the year of the OX and 2010 will be the year of the TIGER!

5- When a Chinese child loses a baby tooth, it doesn't get tucked under the pillow for the tooth fairy. If the child loses an upper tooth, the child's parents plant the tooth in the ground, so the new tooth will grow in straight and healthy. Parents toss a lost bottom tooth up to the rooftops, so that the new tooth will grow upwards , too.

Bet you didn't know that! And if you did already know that, then you probably know a lot more and you should share your knowledge with us.

Send us your best (and even second and third best) story about your trip to China, or your friends' trip to China, or a movie you saw about China. (you get the point... We want to hear about China and we want YOU to tell us!!)


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