The vast scale of China’s landmass and its population means that China produces and consumes copious amounts of natural resources and food. It also means that China houses a large chunk of the world’s billionaires. We dug around to find some interesting statistics. Did you know that China’s railway lines could loop around earth twice? Here are some interesting facts about the world’s second-largest economy, which could soon eclipse the U.S. to become the world’s largest this year.
Twenty million trees are cut every year to meet Chinese demand for chopsticks.
China goes through 80 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks a year. The chopsticks are 1cm-by-0.5 centimeters (cms) and 20 cms long and can cover Tiananmen Square over 360 times. The trees that are cut down are around 20 years old.
Source: South China Morning Post
In two years, China produced more cement than the U.S. did in the 20th century.
China is the world’s largest cement producer and it produces and consumes about 60% of global cement.
Source: Financial Times
- At 115 billion tons, China has the world’s third-largest proven coal reserves. China accounts for 46% of global coal production and 49% of global coal consumption.
Over 30 million people in China live in caves: that’s more than the population of Saudi Arabia.
Many of China’s cave-dwellers live in the Shaanxi province. Chinese president Xi Jinping reportedly lived in a cave when he was exiled to Shaanxi province during the Cultural Revolution.
Source: LA Times