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50 interesting facts about Beijing

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Imagine a huge city whose population exceeds that of many small countries. Skyscrapers in the center, anthill houses in the suburbs, and sparkling futuristic skyscrapers are harmoniously combined with street kitchens, crowds of pedestrians, and other Asian flavors. Indeed, Beijing is an incredible city. Here, in the heart of an ancient country, Eastern culture and Western innovation meet and merge.


Interesting facts about Beijing


Interesting facts about Beijing is a great opportunity to learn more about Asian capitals. The city has huge popularity all over the world. Millions of tourists come here every year to look at local attractions and get acquainted with Chinese culture.



1. The city of Beijing is the capital of China. The giant capital of China is amazing.


2. Beijing is a huge metropolis, the political and historical center of China.


3.Beijing is such a huge city that its population exceeds that of many small countries.


4. Four times as many people live in Beijing than in the whole of Slovakia - about 22 million.


5. And the area of ​​Beijing is larger than the area of ​​Moscow by about 12 times.


6. The first cities on the site of the modern capital of China existed more than three thousand years ago.


7. And the history of Beijing has 3 thousand years. It's about as old as London.


8. In ancient times, there were 4 great capitals in China, and Beijing is one of them.



9. Beijing, which means "Northern Capital" is the sixteenth name given to this city.


10. Before the city received the name "Beijing" in 1403, it was also called Jicheng ("City of Ji"), Yanjing ("Yan Capital"), Nanjing ("Southern Capital"), Dadu ("Great Capital"), Peiping ("Central World") and others.


11. Beijing is the second largest city in China after Shanghai with a population of almost 22.5 million. Almost the same number of people live on the continent of Australia.


12. This ancient city is literally crowded with people, cars and motorcycles, everyone is in a hurry somewhere, and it seems that people here never sleep at all.




13. Indeed, Beijing is an incredible city. Here, in the heart of an ancient country, Eastern culture and Western innovation meet and merge.


14. In China, they like to borrow what they like, so this city has entire blocks that are very reminiscent of European cities.


15. In Beijing, skyscrapers are located in the center, anthill houses in the suburbs. These sparkling futuristic skyscrapers blend in harmoniously with street kitchens, crowds of pedestrians and other Asian flavors.


16. Beijing drivers never give way to pedestrians on zebras. However, almost everywhere in Asia the situation is exactly the same.


17. Bicycles are very popular in this city due to their cheapness. There are a lot of bike paths, they are usually fenced off from the roadway and the pedestrian zone.




18. The Beijing subway, consisting of 17 "branches", takes 2nd place on the planet in terms of the total length of lines. The championship is held by the Shanghai subway.


19. Climatic conditions in Beijing are not simple: in summer the temperature can rise above + 42°C, while in winter the thermometer can drop to -27°C. The best months to visit Beijing are April, May, September and October.




20. Beijing Airport is the second busiest in the world: more than 100 million travelers pass through its terminals every year.


21. In Beijing, a new airport is under construction - when it is completed, Daxing should become the largest air harbor in the world. The complex is scheduled to open in 2025.


22. The most impressive historical sights of China are located in Beijing.


23. The center of the city is the famous Tiananmen Square. Until 1989, mass gatherings and political protests took place on the square, until access to the square was restricted and meetings were banned. Now only ceremonial events are allowed here.




24. Tiananmen Square is surrounded by four monumental buildings: the Tiananmen Gate of the Imperial City in the north, the Great Hall of the People in the West, the Mao Zedong Mausoleum in the south, and the National Museum of China in the east.


25. Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing, with a size of 440 thousand square meters, was the largest in the world until the 20th century.


26. In January 2011, an eight-meter statue of Confucius was installed on the square, but just a few months later, someone dismantled it under cover of night and took it away in an unknown direction.


27. Residents of China call their capital not Beijing, but Beijing, however, in Russian and many other languages, the outdated pronunciation of the city's name has been fixed.


28. One of the world's five mausoleums of socialist leaders, Mao Zedong, is located in Beijing.




29. Mao Zedong, one of the founders of the Communist Party of China, rests in a huge memorial complex with 44 granite columns and 10 halls.


30. The most famous modern attraction in Beijing is the Olympic Park. As soon as Beijing was chosen to host the 2008 Summer Olympics, the entire country embarked on a plan to impress the world.


31. In total, 30 Olympic buildings were built and reconstructed. The main venues are located along the lake, such as the National Stadium - a masterpiece of the world-famous architects Herzog and de Meuron. Because of its bizarre shape, people call it the "Bird's Nest".




32. In 2008, Beijing hosted the Summer Olympics, which cost the Chinese government about $44 billion to prepare.


33. Many citizens here wear medical masks on their faces, trying in this way to protect themselves from smog, exhaust gases and dust.


34. Air pollution in Beijing exceeds European standards by more than 5 times. Emissions from transport and industrial enterprises prevent citizens from breathing deeply.


35. And here, due to global climate change, for several decades, fierce sandstorms have often fallen on Beijing, capable of paralyzing the life of the metropolis.


36. Local ladies often walk with umbrellas to escape the sun. In Beijing, as in all of China, it is believed that the whiter the skin, the more beautiful the person, so everyone is afraid of sunburn.


37. School students in Beijing wear a uniform that is very reminiscent of tracksuits. The color of the uniform depends on the particular school.


38. In local parks, someone is constantly playing sports. Especially a lot of pensioners.


39. Many Beijingers here always carry thermoses with them, into which they pour tea or compote.


40. In many shopping centers, train stations and airports, you can see free vending machines for pouring boiling water. There are also regular fountains with drinking water.


41. There are also a lot of public toilets in Beijing, and they are all free.


42. Even in the city center, turning from a wide street into an alley, you can see how local residents cook food, dry clothes and do other household chores right on the street.




43. Peking duck is one of the most famous Chinese delicacies. It takes about 2 days to prepare the poultry and fry it in a special oven on special wood.


44. Outside the tourist area of ​​Beijing, locals are very fond of taking pictures with foreigners.


45. Most Beijing residents do not speak English at all. So it will not be easy for a tourist without knowledge of Chinese.




46. ​​There are a lot of police in Beijing, passers-by often check documents. At the same time, everyone is calm, everyone understands that this is safety, and no one gets annoyed.


47. Beijing is a safe city. Even in poor areas, theft and especially robbery are extremely rare.


48. The first hotels and hotels for foreigners began to be built here only in the 70s of the last century.


49. The longest traffic jam in the world was recorded in Beijing: it lasted more than 9 days.


50. Beijing is a huge and incredible city. This is the very charm of Beijing - if some foreigners are shocked by the hectic atmosphere, then others find this never-ceasing seething of life attractive in its own way.



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There is no more contrasting country in the world than China. Contrasts start with climate, are traced in culture and cuisine, and, do not end there. There are a lot of people who have a lot to do with China and mainly travel there. And for beginners, we have compiled this material. 


Interesting facts about China



1. When people talk about China, they mean the People's Republic of China (PRC). The country is ruled by the Chinese Communist Party, the largest political party in the world, with 90 million members. Of course, there are so many party members in the country because the population is also not at all small - 1.4 billion inhabitants at the beginning of 2020. There is no president in China, the head of state is the chairman of the Communist Party, since 2013 this post has been occupied by Xi Jinping. 


2. China can be reached by plane, car, train and ship. You can fly direct regular flights of S7, Ural Airlines, AirChina, China Southern and others to all major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Harbin, Shenyang, Ordos, Xi'an, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan, Urumqi, Lhasa, Shenzhen, Hong Kong . There are pedestrian and automobile border crossings in the Primorsky, Khabarovsk, Trans-Baikal Territories, as well as in the Jewish Autonomous and Amur Regions.


3. If you have all the tickets and the necessary documents to enter a third country, then you can stay in Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou for up to 144 hours (6 days!) and travel within the provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu. At the same time, a transit visa from Guangzhou and Shenzhen will be valid, which allows you to stay within the province of Guangdong. The cities of Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Shenyang, Guilin, Xian, Xiamen, Kunming and Harbin are allowed to stay on their territory for up to 72 hours (3 days).


4. The geography and landscape of China is very diverse. You will find in the country deserts and jungles, snow and sea, mountains and plains. The northernmost province of the country - Heilongjiang - is located in a temperate climate, similar to the climate of Vladivostok and Khabarovsk in both summer and winter. But the southern island of Hainan and the province of the same name is located in the tropics. In the west of the country there are high mountains, in the east and south there are also mountains, but a little lower, and access to warm seas.


5. The most comfortable time to visit any region of the country is April-May and October-November. However, it is important to clarify the weather situation in the south of the country, which is the entire area south of the Yangtze River - an important physical and cultural dividing line between north and south China. In summer, it is deadly hot, humid and stuffy, and there is a chance of catching a cold under the icy air conditioners.



But in winter, although the air temperature rarely drops below zero, it is still cold there - due to high humidity, thin walls and window frames. At home, the Chinese often walk in down jackets and warm shoes, save themselves with foot warmers, electric blankets, hot air conditioners and heating pads, but the windows are still regularly opened for ventilation. Central heating in China is only in the provinces conditionally north of the Yangtze.


6. China is large and is divided into 34 administrative divisions. These are 23 provinces, 5 autonomous regions, 4 cities of central subordination and 2 special administrative regions. Cities of central subordination: Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Chongqing are large financial, cultural, densely populated megacities. Autonomous regions (AR) are regions of China where a significant part of the population is made up of national minorities. They are autonomous simply because representatives of national minorities occupy high positions in the field. These are Inner Mongolia, Ningxia Hui, Xinjiang Uyghur, Tibet and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Regions.


7. There is the concept of mainland (or mainland) China. It includes all of China with the exception of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Hong Kong and Macau are Special Administrative Regions. They are part of China on the principle of "one country, two systems" and are content with greater freedoms in the sphere of the economy (for starters: they have other currencies) and domestic politics. To travel to Hong Kong and Macau.


8. Taiwan is one of the island provinces of China. In 1949, the leaders of the Kuomintang party fled to the island, which lost the civil war to the communists. Since then, the island has its own administration, although the PRC insists on the principle of "indivisible China", and the Taiwanese do not consider themselves Chinese - in general, relations between the shores of the Taiwan Strait have not been completely normalized. At the same time, the vast majority of countries in the world do not recognize Taiwan as an independent state.


9. PRC currency - Chinese yuan. Banknotes come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 yuan: there are no larger ones, so that there are fewer fakes. Less - there is, but almost never used.



10. Visa and MasterCard cards are not accepted everywhere in China, because the Chinese use their own UnionPay payment system. But withdrawing cash will not be a problem: any Chinese ATM will issue money from VISA and MasterCard cards at a good rate. For insurance.


11. Cash in China, in principle, is not needed - mobile payments are common throughout the country. The Chinese bypassed plastic cards and switched from cash immediately to payments using QR codes: almost no one goes out with a wallet, because everywhere (everywhere!) You can pay by phone, in shops, restaurants, subways, buses, at the migration service for a new visa. In many cafes, orders are also made using QR codes that are glued to the tables. Payment is made through the phone - a real paradise for social phobes. Even street musicians and beggars print out QR codes, and in some places paper money and cards are no longer accepted.


12. The convenience of mobile payments would not exist without good mobile Internet, and it is chic in China. You can buy a temporary SIM card from a Chinese operator at airports. To buy a regular SIM card, you need a passport. In China, the main three mobile operators: China Unicom, China Mobile and China Telecom, they differ little in terms of cost and coverage. To connect to public Wi-Fi, you most often need a local phone number. However, mobile internet chic is limited to Chinese websites and apps. The Western segment of the Internet is either very, very slow, or completely blocked. Since the early 2000s, the Golden Shield program has been operating in China, jokingly it is called the Great Firewall of China (Great Firewall of China). "Golden Shield" filters malicious and unreliable, according to the authorities, information on the Internet, which is just in abundance on many Western sites. In order to use Google, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, WhatsApp, Telegram, Netflix in China, to read news in Western media, you need a VPN service. These are programs for a computer and phone that change the IP address of the device and allow you to use blocked sites. Yandex and its applications in China work without a VPN. At the same time, the Chinese do not suffer without the social networks and websites we are used to. Each Western service in China has its own more suitable counterpart. For example, instead of Twitter, there is the Weibo app, which does not have a character limit.



13. In China, officially there is only one time zone, and Beijing time UTC + 8 is used throughout the country (the difference with Moscow is +5 hours). But since the country is geographically spread over 4 time zones, people in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Republic live according to a shifted schedule: most companies start working at 10 am, schools open at 9.


14. Remember, there is no single Chinese language. The official language of China is Putonghua, the so-called common dialect, which in the West is called Mandarin. But there are also 7 large dialect groups. The largest of these are the northern dialect group on which Mandarin is based, Cantonese in Guangdong, Wu in Shanghai, Gan in Jiangxi, Xiang in Hunan, Southern Min in Fujian, and Hakka in the south. Speakers of the dialects will not understand each other by ear, so the Shanghainese and the Guangdong will speak the common Putonghua for both. Putonghua is a tone language. There are four tones, and they are extremely important for mastering the language at a decent level. If you will be forgiven for the flaws in the pronunciation of consonant sounds, since the Chinese themselves have different dialects, then the tones are universal for everyone and necessary for understanding.


15. In China, you should only speak English to young people, students, service workers - they are more likely to understand you and be able to explain. The general study of English in China has spread not so long ago, and most people do not speak foreign languages. But many Chinese, except Putonghua, speak one of the seven dialects, for them dialects are often more familiar than common Chinese.


16. China is a multinational state, so "Chinese" is not a nationality, but a citizenship. 92% of the country's population are Han Chinese - the titular nation. Officially, the constitution recognizes another 55 national minorities, including Russians, Kazakhs and Uzbeks.



17. According to the constitution, there is no official religion in China. Although the country has the largest number of Christians and Muslims in the world, there are many of them simply because there are many Chinese themselves. Some are superstitious and adhere to old popular beliefs, but in general they are a people down to earth and practical. They themselves joke that the religion of New China is money.


18. Three topics with the letter "T", which are better not to talk with the Chinese (if you do not share their point of view): Tiananmen, Taiwan and Tibet. Tiananmen is a square in Beijing where protests took place in 1989, which are hushed up by the government. Also, do not try to convince the Chinese that Taiwan and Tibet have the right to independence, you will still fail, and the sediment will remain and they will stop communicating with you.


19. But what you can and should talk about with the Chinese is about food. Even instead of greeting, they always carefully ask their friends: “Have you eaten yet?” Chinese cuisine is not only noodles or rice! There are 8 culinary schools in the country, and each is unique in its own way. For example, in the provinces of Sichuan, Hunan and Hubei, dishes are very spicy, and in Guangdong, chefs only slightly emphasize the taste of fresh ingredients with various seasonings. So if you are asked if you like Chinese food, specify which one. The Chinese will definitely appreciate your knowledge of different cuisines and dishes. And if you don't like Chinese food, you just haven't found one you love yet.


20. To taste all the richness of Chinese cuisine, you need to learn how to eat with chopsticks. Practice before the trip at home and in Asian cafes, because the Chinese use forks and knives only in European restaurants. In all cafes, disposable wooden chopsticks are given free of charge, in Korean establishments, metal chopsticks, and in ordinary canteens, plastic ones. It is very convenient to eat with chopsticks: the rice is sticky, and all the ingredients in the dishes are cut into pieces.


21. The Chinese do not skimp on treats during feasts. Groups of friends and family usually eat at a large round table, both in restaurants and at home. Everyone has their own bowl of rice, and the rest of the dishes are shared. There is no need to reach to the other end of the table and ask someone to pass something: the dishes are on a rotating platform, which everyone turns in turn. So you can order many different dishes for everyone.



22. In China, you should definitely try the Chinese samovar hogo 火锅 (huǒguō), Peking duck 北京烤鸭 (běijīng kǎoyā), gongbao chicken 宫保鸡丁 (gōngbǎo jīdīng) from Sichuan, “burger” from joujiamo 肉夹鸍Shaanxi Province, Lanzhou-style noodle soup 兰州拉面 (lánzhōu lāmiàn) is Gansu's hallmark, numbingly spicy malatan soup 麻辣烫 (málàtàng) from Hunan, sweet and sour pork 糖醋里脊 (tángcù lǐ) and general Chinese fried rice with egg 鸡蛋炒饭 (jīdàn chǎo fàn). In major cities, there are many visiting chefs from different parts of China, so all these dishes are easy to find. At least one of these dishes you can't help but like.


23. Some products that are loved by us are very difficult to find in China. There are few dairy products here, a limited selection of cheeses, no kefir in our understanding, but sweet yogurt can always be found. Baking is also different, and there is no bread familiar to us. Almost all dough is sweet, even if it is pastries with meat. “Our” products are sold in imported supermarkets, but, of course, at exorbitant prices.


24. There are also 50 facts about Chinese tea without any problems, because there are a lot of varieties, all differ in taste, method of collection, storage, brewing, cost. The best black pu-erh tea is grown in Yunnan. High-quality teguanyin and dahongpao oolongs are in Fujian. You don't have to go to different provinces to buy different varieties, you will find the right tea at any decent tea market. The Chinese often drink tea (although they drink hot water more often). Tea ceremonies in everyday life are not as luxurious and long as in films, but all Chinese know about the rules and rituals of tea leaves.


25. WeChat (微信 wēixìn) is indispensable in China. For the Chinese, WeChat is almost a calling card. With any acquaintance, the first thing you will be asked is to be added as a friend on WeChat. The Chinese literally live in it: it is a social network, a messenger, mobile games, online government services, ordering food and buying tickets for any type of transport. There is also a built-in translator!


Another essential app is the Alipay e-wallet (支付宝 zhīfùbǎo). It is just tailored for mobile payments via QR codes, and you can easily attach a foreign bank card to it, so for a tourist trip it is even more important than WeChat. Always make sure that you have a charged phone and carry a portable battery in reserve, you cannot live without a phone in China now.



26. Everyone may have heard about air pollution in China. We hasten to assure you that this problem has already been solved or is being solved almost everywhere: harmful emissions are being reduced, the number of personal vehicles is being carefully limited, so smog is now rare in China, mainly in the north and in winter, because they are heated with coal. If you are concerned about air quality, you can monitor it in the AirVisual app.


27. It is very convenient to ride bicycles in China! In cities, bicycle paths along all major roads are equipped for this. But the coolest thing is that bikes can be rented almost everywhere, because there are several bike-sharing companies operating in the country. How to rent a bike from the street? Scan the QR code on the bike with the Alipay application, to which the card is linked for payment. The same can be done through WeChat, but it is more difficult to link foreign cards to it, so in a pinch, ask for help from Chinese passers-by and give them a few yuan in cash - they will never leave a foreigner in trouble.


28. If you prefer to travel by personal transport when traveling, then we have to disappoint you. China does not recognize an international driver's license, so you won't be able to rent a car here. Also, be extremely vigilant on the roads: Chinese drivers do not give way to pedestrians even at crossings and sometimes drive through red lights. Add to this mess motorcycles that do not have any rules, tuk-tuks and bicycles and cross the road, looking around three times. Of course, at big, busy intersections with traffic lights, everyone stops, but if you are crossing the road alone, it is better to patiently wait for all the cars to pass or until the locals come to the crossing. The Chinese have a magical ability to sense and calculate if they'll make it across the road, so usually pedestrians don't rush on zebras and drivers don't slow down.


29. The most popular and trusted taxi app in China is Didi (滴滴 Dīdī). It is also available inside WeChat and Alipay. It has an English version with a built-in translator to communicate with the driver, and you can directly link a foreign bank card to Didi. At airports and train stations, you can take city taxis, they charge by the meter.


30. China is relatively new to the path of reform, urbanization in the country is proceeding at a very fast pace, so people from the villages suddenly turn out to be urban residents who do not immediately master the cultural norms. Because of this, the older generation in China and yesterday's villagers are very simple people. While eating, they smack their lips and even slurp (because it’s delicious!), after eating they calmly burp and do not apologize, fart in public places, bite or cut their nails in public, allow children to urinate right on the sidewalks. The younger progressive generation condemns such behavior.



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In anticipation of the start of the holiday season in Thailand, we offer you to get acquainted with this wonderful LAND OF SMILES!


Thailand is an amazing country. Paradise islands, white sand beaches, fantastic temples, unique architecture, ancient culture, and incredible gastronomic masterpieces.


The life and customs of the Thai people are no less interesting. To write about all this is not enough for 10 articles. Therefore, we decided to bring to your attention the 30 most interesting facts about Thailand.


Top facts about Thailand



1. The chronology in Thailand is different from the world. Now there is 2555.


2. Thailand has become a popular tourist country "thanks" to the Vietnam War. Large military bases were located here, as well as vacation spots for US military personnel on leave. Especially popular among the soldiers was the city of Pattaya, since then it has remained the sex capital of Thailand.


3. You don't usually meet drunk people on the streets of Thailand. Thais almost never get drunk, and if drunk, they behave calmly and do not rage. The usual state of a drunken Thai is to sit and smile.


4. A Thai policeman is a well-dressed dandy who is deeply respected by the locals and endowed, to put it mildly, with unlimited rights. He can sweep away any disobedient citizen.


5. In Thailand, a bare-chested man should not appear in public places. This is a breach of order.


6. Speaking in this country in a raised voice is not accepted. And a smiling person does not evoke associations with a fool, a smile in response in Thailand is the norm. That is why Thailand is often called the land of smiles.


7. Thais love to ride, not to walk. And they do it in cars, tuk-tuks (a type of motorbike), buses, subways, scooters, sky trains, boats, boats, as well as various home-made carts.


8. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the Thai alphabet is the second largest in the world. It is second only to Khmer. The Thai language is common to the entire population, but in the eastern provinces there is an Isaan dialect similar to Lao.


9. Almost all Thais learn English in schools but are often ashamed to use it. However, very often in the most unexpected places you can meet a Thai who is fluent in English.



10. There is no word for "hunger" in Thai.


11. About 6,000 years ago, rice as a cultivated plant was bred in Thailand. And it is this country that is the largest exporter of rice in the world.


12. Unlike Cambodia, Laos or Vietnam, Thailand is not on the list of the poorest countries in Asia.


13. Even far outside the capital, it is normal for a road to have 3 lanes in one direction, U-turns in the form of bridges over roads, pedestrian bridges, tunnels, and multi-level crossings.


14. Thais love and respect their king very much. Many residents call him a god. Here it is better not to offend the family of monarchs, otherwise you can end up in prison for a long time.


15. His Majesty the King of Thailand is the only monarch in the world with American citizenship. He is also listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest-serving king.


16. One of the royal regalia is the usual fly swatter. It is made of engraved ivory and the tail of an albino elephant.


17. Thailand is called the "land of the white elephant." Thai rulers greatly appreciated the white elephant. These animals are still highly respected. They serve as a symbol of peace and prosperity.


18. "Boom-boom" in Thai means an offer to have sex.



19. You should not touch the head of a Thai, including a child. In addition to the fact that the Thais do not like this, they also believe that the soul, which is super-sacred for them, is located in the head.


20. Thailand is the country where the largest percentage of Buddhists, approximately 95% of the Thai population. 4.6% are Muslim. 0.75% identify themselves as Christians, mostly Catholic. There is also a small Jewish community in the country.


21. Thailand is the only country in the world where the king is the patron of all religions, according to the Constitution, he must be a Buddhist.


22. There are about 32,700 Buddhist temples in Thailand, where 370,000 monks live.


23. The official name of the capital of Thailand - Bangkok - is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest city name. It translates as “the city of angels, the great city, the city is an eternal treasure, the impregnable city of God Indra, the majestic capital of the world, endowed with nine precious stones, the happy city, the grandiose Royal Palace full of abundance, reminiscent of a divine abode, where the reincarnated god reigns, the city donated by Indra and built by Vishvakarman.


24. Miang Boran (Ancient City) at Samut Prakan in Thailand is the world's largest open-air museum.


25. The tallest pagoda in the world is located in the Thai province of Nakhon Pathom.



26. To "slope" from the Thai army, it is enough to become a kato (transsexual). And you don't even have to cut anything.


27. Real Thai massage should not be associated with erotic massage. This is an ancient method of Thai medicine.


28. Most Thais before 1913 did not have surnames, only first names.


29. Sawatdee began to greet only during the Second World War. Prior to this, residents greeted each other with the question: “Have you eaten?”


30. Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia that has never been a colony.



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The Marshall Islands is a small state lost in the endless ocean. Few people in our country were closely interested in him, and it was completely in vain - this is the land of insane beauty.

The islands were discovered by the Spanish in the first half of the 16th century and were explored by British Captain John Marshall (1788), from whom they received their name. Between 1885 and 1914 they were under German protectorate, and during World War II the area was part of the Japanese first line of defense. In 1944 the islands were conquered by the Americans, who administered them until 1990, when the country gained its independence. On Bikini and Enewetak Islands, the U.S.A. they conducted nuclear experiments.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands is an island state in the Pacific Ocean, north of the Equator, between the Caroline and Hawaii archipelagos, with an area of ​​181 km.

The territory of the country occupies several hundred islands (32 atolls, 867 reefs), arranged in two rows: Ralik in the west and Ratak in the east.

The climate is equatorial, determining a tropical (tree) vegetation, dominated by banana and palm trees, but also a fauna rich in birds, fish.

Bemorepanda collected some more interesting facts:

1. The Republic of the Marshall Islands is actually under the control and jurisdiction of the United States.

2. The archipelago, on which the republic is spread, includes 5 islands and 29 atolls.

3. The Marshall Islands were discovered in 1526.

4. The land area of ​​this state is about 181 square kilometers.

5. Nuclear weapons were tested on two atolls.

6. There are no nature reserves in the Marshall Islands.

7. There are paved roads only on the two largest atolls of the archipelago.

8. The maximum height of the Marshall Islands above sea level is ten meters.

9. The country gained independence only in 1983.

10. It is here, on the Kwajalein Atoll, that the world's largest lagoon is located.

11. In the northern part of the archipelago, the climate is so arid that it receives about the same amount of precipitation as in the American deserts.

12. The Marshall Islands have two official languages ​​- Marshall and English.

13. The currency of the Republic is the US dollar.

14. 98% of the population of the islands are Marshalls.

15. The Marshall Islands maintains diplomatic relations with many countries. With Russia too.

16. Also the Marshall Islands is a member of the United Nations.

17. Subsidies from the United States and other countries account for a large share of the state 


18. On the territory of the Marshall Islands there are more than two thousand kilometers of highways.

19. Internet and mobile phones are available in the two largest atolls, but they are very poorly distributed.

20. The Marshall Islands publishes two newspapers, one private and one public.

21. The country's islands are significantly distant from each other.

22. In total, the Marshall Islands is home to just over fifty thousand people.

23. The most popular sport in the country is basketball.

24. In 2008, athletes from the Marshall Islands took part in the Olympic Games for the first time, but did not take prizes.

25. There are only two hospitals in the country.

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During the entire period of the pandemic, Mexico did not close its resorts to tourists, which significantly increased the number of visitors. And for a good reason, because this land always has something to offer: monuments, great history, and rich culture.


Mexico is a land that always has something to offer its guests. These are sights, amazing history, and rich culture. We bring interesting facts about Mexico; let them become an incentive to visit this wonderful country!


Interesting facts about Mexico



1. Buritos and tacos are a national and very popular food here, based on corn, wheat and even cactus flour tortillas. The second component is meat, chicken or vegetables, and beans or beans, all directed with hot chili sauce.


2. Freshly squeezed juices, as well as various soft drinks sold on every corner, are very cheap, but be careful - ice is generously put there or diluted with water of unknown origin.


3. Fruits on the streets are sold already peeled and cut in plastic bags, before selling they are offered to be sprinkled with chili powder and sugar on top, for those who like it hotter.


4. Homemade ice cream that you can find on sale is sold without packaging, and what looks like chocolate chips may be chili peppers. Even when buying ice cream, you need to clarify - "but spicy please" :)


5. Tequila (full name Santiago de Tequila) is the name of the Mexican city in which the main production of the drink of the same name is located.


6. Blue agave is the plant from which tequila is made, contrary to popular belief that it is made from cacti. The blue agave belongs to the asparagus family and looks like a small bush with thorns, which is probably why the stereotype about cacti appeared.


7. Tequilero is the name of the tequila specialist.



8. Popular local sweets: pastille from apple and other fruits - in the form of toffee and in the form of cubes; coconut candied in lime; sweet beans with chili peppers in the shape of a churchkhela.


9. Boiled corn is also a popular delicacy here - you can buy the whole cob or already peeled in a glass. The seller, in addition to corn, adds salt and mayonnaise to the glass, sprinkles it with cheese and squeezes lime juice onto all this mess. And for the cob, and for the cup the price is the same - a little more than a dollar.


10. Corn is generally a universal product here - it is eaten raw, boiled and grilled, it is used to make cakes, stew, yogurt and even corn ice cream with pieces of corn.


11. Meat in the villages is often sold without refrigerators - despite the heat, it just hangs on a hook.


12. In large supermarkets, sellers work in gauze bandages.


13. Mexican Groupon is very developed in large cities - interesting offers are often found, discount lovers will like promotions. We have repeatedly bought coupons in a cafe, booked a hotel room (3 nights for the price of two), paid for an “extreme tour” with a 75% discount, a visit to a crocodile farm for 50% and a Segway tour for 30% of the tour cost.


14. The sand on the Caribbean coast of coral origin is very fine, white and almost does not heat up. In 40-degree heat, you can safely walk on it barefoot


15. The water in the Caribbean Sea is very warm, around 25-28 degrees all year round.



16. An underwater museum with four hundred sculptures located at a depth of 2 to 10 meters is located near Cancun. It will surely appeal to divers who are bored with tropical fish and coral reefs.


17. The beaches of Cancun and Tulum are among the ten best beaches in the world according to TripAdvisor.


18. Cenotes are natural wells or small lakes that the Mayans used as water sources and places for sacrifices, they will definitely appeal to snorkelers. Most of the cenotes are located in caves with many bizarre stalactites and stalagmites. The water there is crystal clear and pleasantly cool, good for relaxing from the heat outside.


19. Iguanas of different colors and sizes are very common in villages and small towns in Mexico.


20. In official taxis in Mexico City, a state license with a photo of the driver is required to hang on the glass. To avoid misunderstandings, it is recommended to check the photo with the one who is driving.


21. Taxis in Mexico City vary in security classes. The safer, the more expensive, but in general it is quite cheap. For 3-4 people, it is often more profitable to take a taxi than to use public transport.


22. The cost of local calls from a pay phone does not depend on the duration of the call. For example, an unlimited landline call will cost 3 pesos (25 cents).



23. Mexico City is located in the mountains, at an altitude of 2240 m, so if you are flying from the coast or lowlands, get ready to put on a sweater or jacket at the exit from the airport. During the day it is warm here, and in the morning and in the evening it is quite cool.


24. The metro in the capital of 20 million, in comparison with St. Petersburg and Moscow, is relatively uncrowded, even at rush hour.


25. In addition to the name, each metro station has a picture designation - this is done specifically for those who cannot read.


37. The numbering of streets and houses in cities is very curious - the streets are called by numbers: Calle 1, Calle 2. Moreover, the even ones go perpendicular to the odd ones, and the address is listed as “Calle 2, house 56, between Calle 1 and Calle 3″. This is very convenient and allows you to quickly find the desired street and the house on it, even without having a map at hand.


38. One-way traffic is organized in many cities due to the fact that most of the streets are narrow. Moreover, the direction of movement alternates - for example, on Calle 1 in one direction, and on Calle 3 - in the other. There is two-way traffic on wide streets, they are usually called Avenida - avenues.


39. Most small towns and villages are built according to the same principle: a square central square, on which the cathedral assembly and the police building are located, and in the middle there is a park area.



40. Tricycle is the most common mode of transport in small villages. Moreover, one wheel is located at the back, and two at the front, and they have a large basket in which they carry everything in a row - from firewood to people


41. Residents of very poor villages live in thatched huts. Often inside such a hut, the only "piece of furniture" is a hammock.


42. Chips, cookies and Coca-Cola - a permanent set of products that is in every shop, in any most seedy village. The inscription Coca-Cola flaunts here on all stores.


43. Most car rental companies offer deductible insurance. It takes a lot of hard work to find full coverage insurance.


44. The difference between "automatic" and "mechanical" when renting a car, as a rule, is not very significant - we overpaid only $ 12 per week.


45. There are no license plates on many cars - instead of them, a “registration certificate” hangs on the rear window.


46. ​​Imprinting - this ancient procedure had to be subjected to a bank card to pay for a rented car. A few days later, the bank blocked the card due to the fact that it was “compromised”. Whether this is related to imprinting or simply spending in Mexico is unknown.



47. Heavy things, especially basins, women often wear on their heads.


48. Police officers patrolling the streets of the city, standing in the back of an SUV - a frequent occurrence in tourist cities.


49. Corruption is very common among the police - in case of any violation on the road, they begin to gently offer to "solve the issue on the spot."


50. The Mayan city of Chichen Itza, which belongs to the list of "7 New Wonders of the World" is located on the Yucatan Peninsula.


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Kiribati is an island country in the Pacific Ocean. It is the largest state in Oceania in terms of extent, with an area of ​​about 5,000,000 km² covered by the ocean, but the land area is only a small fragment of it, only 811 km², in the form of 32 small islets . The country has about 100,000 inhabitants who can be proud of the official title of "land of the rising sun". taking into account the conventions that set the time zone across the planet. The Republic of Kiribati is one of the first places on Earth traversed by the first rays of the Sun every morning. The time zone is 14 hours ahead of UTC - the farthest time zone in the world.

The state comprises three groups of islands - the Gilbert Islands, the Phoenix Islands and the Line Islands. The capital of the Republic of Kiribati is South Tarawa, and the island relief is of coral and volcanic origin, the maximum altitude in the area being only 80 meters. The climate is equatorial, and vegetation is represented by tropical trees and grassy plants. Coconut and pandanus forests occupy 50% of the territory.

The island state of Kiribati is located immediately in Polynesia and Micronesia. Currently, the small country is successfully developing, despite scarce natural resources. Bemorepanda collected some interesting facts:

1. The name of the island state of Kiribati comes from the distorted English "Gilbert Islands".

2. All the islands on which Kiribati is located are atolls.

3. Kiribati covers an area of ​​33 atolls.

4. The highest point in Kiribati is 81 meters above sea level. It is located on Banaba Atoll.

5. On the territory of Kiribati there are two freshwater lakes and about a hundred salt ones.

6. Kiribati is a member of the United Nations.

7. Two of the atolls of Kiribati were once used for testing atomic weapons.

8. The main problems in Kiribati are overpopulation, lack of fresh water and soil erosion.

9. The total population of Kiribati is just over one hundred thousand people.

10. About 90% of the population of Kiribati are representatives of the people of the same name. Its other name is tungaru.

11. The official language of the country is English, but very few people speak it. The majority of the population speaks the Kiribati language.

12. The writing system of Kiribati is based on the English alphabet.

13. Kiribati does not have its own army.

14. There are two official currencies in the country - the Australian dollar and the equivalent Kiribatian dollar.

15. The Kiribati one dollar coin has a dodecagonal shape.

16. Stamps issued by the country are popular with philatelists around the world and are a significant source of replenishment of the state treasury.

17. Kiribati has the second largest exclusive economic zone in the Pacific Ocean - more than three and a half million square kilometers of water space.

18. Kiribati has two radio stations - a government and a private one.

19. Kiribati is the least visited country on the planet by tourists.

20. Athletes from Kiribati take part in the Olympic Games.

21. Also, the Republic of Kiribati is unique in that it is located in all hemispheres of the Earth at once. Part of Kiribati, islands

22. Phoenix is ​​the world's largest marine reserve.

23. On one of the atolls of Kiribati there is a city called London.

24. Christmas Island, one of the Kiribati atolls, is the largest atoll in the world. He alone occupies 48 percent of the country's total land mass..

25. The Republic of Kiribati as a state appeared in 1979, having gained independence from Great Britain.

26. There is not a single river in Kiribati.

27. The only diplomatic mission in the world of the Republic of Kiribati is located on the Fiji Islands. In Russia, for example, the British consulate is in charge of Kiribati's diplomatic affairs.

28. Tarawa and others of the Gilbert group were occupied by Japan during World War II.

29. The island is slowly disappearing.

30. Most of the islands of Kiribati are low-lying coral atolls built on a submerged volcanic chain and encircled by reefs.

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