by That's Mandarin | Jun 4, 2021 | Quizzes
Hey you, yes – YOU! How much do you really know about China & Chinese culture?
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Chinese Culture Quiz
Just starting to learn Chinese? Take this quick quiz to test your basic knowledge of China!
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1. How many of the major modern Chinese dialect groups do we know?
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2. What is the capital of China?
Did you also know that That's Mandarin has classes in Beijing?
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3. What is considered to be a major staple food in the South of China?
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4. Which of the following inventions belong to China?
Rice cooker, fortune cookie, and rickshaw are all Japanese inventions, while Iron plate armor, ceramics, taekwondo are Korean.
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5. What is China's longest river?
China has thousands of rivers. The Yangtze and the Yellow River are the most important. At 3,915 miles (6,300 kilometers) long, the Yangtze is the world's third-largest river.
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6. Do you recognize this famous place in China?
Visiting places like this in China is only one of the perks of studying and working here. See what else awaits for you on an adventure of living in China.
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7. How many animals represent Chinese zodiac?
The Chinese zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao or Shu Xiang, features 12 animal signs in this order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Originated from ancient zoolatry and boasting a history of more than 2,000 years, it plays an essential role in Chinese culture. The 12 Chinese zodiac animals in a cycle are not only used to represent years in China, but also believed to influence people’s personalities, career, compatibility, marriage, and fortune.
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8. What color is considered to be the most representative in Chinese culture?
Red is the national color of China. While traveling to China, you would see red everywhere. The lanterns that are on the buildings are red. People are wearing red. Festivals have all kinds of decorations which are red. The flag of China is red. So, red is everywhere. This is because in Chinese culture, red means vitality, long life, happiness, success. It is a color that is thought to bring luck, recognition, and fame. This is why Chinese people give to each other during Chinese New Year red envelopes with money, as a gift. Red is a color that is present during weddings too.
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9. Which Chinese word translates as "steamed bun'?
In spite of the similarity in pronunciation between these two words, “报纸 (bàozhǐ), meaning newspaper” is pronounced in a different way from “包子 (bāozi), which means steamed buns” in terms of the second character. 纸 (zhǐ) in “报纸 (bàozhǐ)” should be pronounced with a tongue-rolling sound, which is not necessary when it comes to the pronunciation of子 (zǐ) in “包子 (bāozi)”. Therefore, be careful with how you pronounce them when you are in a shop as you wouldn’t be able to get what you want if you make a mistake.
Bàozi on the other hand means... Leopard!
Read more about similar pronounciatione here!
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10. What is the most popular Chinese surname?
The Ministry of Public Security of China surveys registered names and populations every year. According to the most recent report released in 2021, surname Wang is still the most common surname in China, followed by surname Li.
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