Touristic interest in China is booming, and it's no wonder with its ancient history, cultural wealth, and breathtaking natural wonders.

For anyone captivated by China's beauty and eagerly awaiting the opportunity to explore it, this article offers a starting point by uncovering some lesser-known curiosities that are rarely known outside national borders.

1) The fortune cookies are not Chinese

The first curiosity that will surprise most foreign travelers in China is that the famous fortune cookies are not Chinese at all; most Chinese people probably don't even know them.

Associated worldwide with the end of a Chinese meal at a restaurant, these sweets are actually of Japanese origin. However, it was the Chinese who found fertile ground for their business in the USA, spreading their commercialization, which is why they are mistakenly associated with Chinese culture in the rest of the world.

2) China isn't afraid of heights

In recent years, a real business has developed in China around tourist attractions at dizzying heights. Across the country, there are boastful glass-bottomed walkways spanning deep canyons, narrow footbridges clinging to cliffs over the sea, observation points suspended in thin air, and the largest number of bridges with record heights: the world's highest bridge spans the Beipan River.

The development of so-called "vertical tourism" in China caters to an increasingly broad number of adventurous tourists unafraid of heights. For everyone else, just seeing photos online is enough to realize how adrenaline-inducing these structures can be.

3) Ping-pong is the national sport of China

In the rest of the world, ping pong - or rather, table tennis - is a niche sport, more commonly played for recreation than for competition. However, the status of table tennis in China is quite different. Comparable to soccer in many Western countries, this sport in China holds significant importance and popularity.

This is evident from the outcomes of world and Olympic events. It's an understatement to say that Chinese athletes win numerous gold medals, as they often dominate entire podiums on many occasions.

4) There are internet addiction rehabilitation facilities

China is the only nation in the world to have declared the existence of a "national crisis" of internet addiction. In 2004, it was the first to establish numerous rehabilitation centers for youths addicted to the Internet.

Here, internet addiction is regarded as a clinical disorder, akin to drug addiction. A youth spending more than 6 hours a day on the internet for reasons other than study or work, such as online gaming, is considered addicted.

5) The most widely used social media platforms aren't used

In China, social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and even WhatsApp don't work. Travelers accustomed to sharing their trip content instantly on these platforms will have to wait.

Instead, the country utilizes social media platforms created within the Chinese context, such as Weibo, a hybrid of Twitter and Facebook. WeChat is another system predominantly functioning through text and voice messages, allowing users to share photos and videos as well.