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How well do you know China? Test your knowledge with our wide range of quizzes. Our China quizzes are designed to test your knowledge of China and all things Chinese. We are adding new quizzes and improving existing ones, so send your comments and feedback for subjects you would like us to cover. All the questions have their answer somewhere on this web site. The order of questions and possible answers are different each time you take the test. Most people find these quizzes pretty tough so don't be discouraged. The picture quizzes ask you to identify well known landmarks in China.
April 2019: New questions about China have been added and re-graded for difficulty. Quizzes are now all 20 questions long. At the end we give you a summary of the results and an opportunity to share your triumph on Facebook. New quizzes on traditions and customs.
General quizzes: history, geography, traditions, language of the country of China - a mixed bag.
General China quiz 1 (Starter level)
General China quiz 2 (Beginner level)
General China quiz 3 (Intermediate1 level)
General China quiz 4 (Intermediate 2 level)
General China quiz 5 (Tough level)
General China quiz 6 (Expert level)
Tasters: Du Fu, the famous Tang poet had a thatched cottage that can still be seen where? Matteo Ricci was a member of which Christian organization?
China history quizzes from earliest days to present day.
Chinese History quiz 1 (Starter level)
Chinese History quiz 2 (Intermediate 1 level)
Chinese History quiz 3 (Intermediate 2 level)
Chinese History quiz 4 (Tough level)
Tasters: Which leader spent some time working at a tractor factory at Xinjian, Jiangxi? The flag of Hong Kong shows which flower?
Chinese Geography quiz - places and people.
Geography quiz (Intermediate level)
Mandarin Language quiz - basic level.
Language quiz (Starter level)
Picture quiz - famous landmarks of China - can you tell where they are?
Picture quiz 1 (Starter level)
Picture quiz 2 (Tough level)
Chinese traditions and customs quizzes - pastimes, food, beliefs. *NEW*
Traditions quiz 1 (Starter level)
Traditions quiz 2 (Tough level)
Tasters: How many types of dragon are there in mahjong? Confucius and Lao Zi are both said to have lived how long ago?
百 之 虫 死 而 不僵
hundred foot insect dead but not motionless
A centipede with a hundred legs does not lose its life after one blow
An evil is not easily disposed of; old institutions take a long time to renew
All about Chinese proverbs
th May Chinese traditional medicine backed by UN
For thousands of years
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used very widely in China. The World Health Organization (special agency of the UN) has aroused some debate by publicly supporting TCM as a legitimate medicinal option by including a chapter on it in their global compendium.
Since the PRC was founded in 1949 China has supported both the Western system of medicine and the Traditional. Initially this was a necessity as funds could not support the rapid creation of a Western system of hospitals and medicines for 1,000 million people. Since then there has been a drift towards using both systems for different purposes. For injuries and infections Western treatments are sought while for long-term and minor ailments the traditional system is used. Another factor is cost, China does not have a free health service and so a cheap TCM treatment is attractive compared to a hospital visit. Many Chinese believe TCM can be a good preventive before a disease takes hold.
One of the main concerns about TCM is that quite a few remedies require parts of endangered animals. With increased prosperity these supposed cures for arthritis; impotence and so on have become increasingly sought after. However many ingredients are from common plants and fungi and do not give the same cause for concern as with tigers, pangolins, sea horses and other animals. Acupuncture and moxibustion are part of TCM and these do not require ingesting dubious ingredients.
The main criticism has always been that it has unproven efficacy; however some of the ingredients have been shown to have useful medical properties. The use of herbal medicine in Europe only came to an end in the early 20th century. Every village would have a herbalist with there own special potions. Here also some treatments were beneficial, many of no demonstrable effect (placebo) and a few were dangerously toxic. In China the government spent considerable effort in the 1970s and 80s to choose the ones that are beneficial and this is one reason why TCM has better credentials than remedies from elsewhere.
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