When KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) first translated its advertising slogan "finger lickin' good" into Chinese, it came out as "eat your fingers off."
There are 600 Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets in China (February, 2002). China is the second largest fast food market after the United States.
Pepsi spent a lot of money on an advertising campaign in China with the slogan 'Pepsi gives you life' - the only problem was they got the translation a little skewed - the translation came out 'Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave.'
China Produces about 19% of the world's corn crop, about 4 1/2 billion bushels.
(2004, National Corn Growers Assn)
China produces 66% of the world's garlic, 13 billion pounds in 2002. Next are South Korea (5%), India (5%), and the U.S. (3%).
If you are offered 'fragrant meat' in China, be aware that this is their way of referring to dog meat!
The hog, swine, or pig, was first domesticated almost 10,000 years ago in China.
Souchong is a high quality grade of black China tea, and Lapsang Souchong is a distinctively smoky flavored version of Souchong.
One of the most prolific breeds of pig in the world is the Meishan breed from China. They reach puberty at less than 3 months of age, and generally have litters of 15-17 pigs. Many have 2 litters per year.
China is the largest producer of tomatoes in the world, producing over 16% of all tomatoes.
One species of yam is used to make a dye in southern China.
During the Tang Dynasty (around 900 A.D.) the Chinese were 'farming' fish exclusively for the emperor's consumption. Some sources date the beginnings of Chinese fish farming as far back as 3,500 years ago. Today China farms more freshwater fish than any other country.
Fish consumption in China is more than 3 times what it is in the United States. In China, the average person eats over 45 pounds of seafood each year.
China is now the world's largest apple producer, followed by the U.S. in second place.
There are over 400 different varieties of kiwifruit (Yangtao) in China where they have been used for over 700 years.
The Chinese consume 40% of the world's supply of chestnuts, and their use in China dates back to the earliest times of recorded history. They use them roasted in hot sand, in simmered dishes and in soup.
Chopsticks originated in China almost 4,000 years ago, and the replacement of chopsticks for knives for eating at the table supposedly indicates the increased respect for the scholar over the warrior in Chinese society.