25 Truly Bizarre Things China Is Doing Right Now

Winter Olympics Bid

Winter Olympics Bid

After beating off the competition to be announced as the host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Beijing will host the Games. "What's weird about that?? you may ask. Well, it doesn't usually snow in the city!

Artificial snow all 'round then!

Olympics Training

Olympics Training

Still on the Olympic theme, China is said to select children when they're very young to become Olympic athletes of the future. They train them so hard that quite often they'll devote so much time to it that they don't get a real education. If they should encounter a career-threatening injury, they're pretty much screwed.

Dog-Eating Festival

Dog-Eating Festival

Yes, a dog-eating festival!

During the infamous Yulin Gog Meat Eating Festival, dogs are said to be tortured before they meet their death as it apparently results in a better taste.

Gerbil Plague

Gerbil Plague

For more than twelve years, parts of Western China have been battling plagues of huge gerbils, without success.

Knife Training For Schoolgirls

Knife Training For Schoolgirls

Just like there are many school shootings in the US, there are many school stabbing in China. Bizarrely, however, one school decided that they should provide the girls at their school military training. One of the things covered is how to use a knife to stab! Fighting fire with fire...??

Feaky Architecture

Feaky Architecture

Some Chinese architecture trends to make weird buildings have seen the authorities attempt to curb the behavior, legally. There's been buildings that look like teapots, the Star Trek Enterprise, and even a cell phone.

Robert Cop

Robert Cop

This is the best entry on this list. Because laws make bootlegging a big thing in China, you can get your hands on a toy which is a bootleg version of RoboCop called Robert Cop. For some reason, Robert Cop, has the tagline "I'll be back", and is advertised as a "futuristic Robert".

Underwater Rail To The US

Underwater Rail To The US

Yeah! They want to build an (partially) underwater high-speed railway to the United States.

Costly IP Theft And Transfer Network

Costly IP Theft And Transfer Network

Apparently, China's IP theft and tech transfer network puts the United States out-of-pocket by around $5 trillion each and every year. Tech transfer centers take stolen IPs and reverse engineer them, selling them on to companies with connections to the Chinese government or military.

Organ Harvesting

Organ Harvesting

Reports have surfaced which suggest the Chinese Communist Party allegedly engages in organ harvesting in the tens of thousands each year, taken from prisoners and the persecuted (Tibetans, etc).

Drone Hunt

Drone Hunt

Speaking of Tibetans, the Chinese military supposedly use drones to hunt them.

No Reincarnation

No Reincarnation

We don't have time to go in to the history, however, you may be aware of the deal between the Chinese and the persecuted Tibetans. Well, the Chinese government has made reincarnation (a major part of Tibetan Buddhism) illegal. Think about that for a second....

Of course, it is a method which helps the Chinese pick their own Dalai Lama...

The 2IC

The 2IC

The Panchen Lama is the second most important figure in Tibetan Buddhism, and when the current Dalai Lama chose a boy in China, that boy went missing soon after. Then, of course, the Chinese Government chose a new one. How thoughtful of them!

Of course, when the current Dalai Lama dies, it will be up to the Panchen Lama to select a new one. See where this is going?

Coal Burning

Coal Burning

It makes sense that China would be the largest consumer of coal in the world. But what may surprise you is that the country is home to a number of continuously burning underground coal fires, some of which have been burning for centuries, some say even thousands of years!

Forgotten Space Program

Forgotten Space Program

China launched a space station in 2011 which has since been decommissioned. It will crash somewhere on Earth, some time during this year.

Head Transplant

Head Transplant

There's a doctor in China with designs on becoming the first surgeon to transplant a human head! Well, some call it a "full body transplant" for who are we if not the head, right?

Chinese Medicine Tackles Malaria

Chinese Medicine Tackles Malaria

Dr Tu Youyou discovered a cure for malaria using Chinese medicine, back in 1979. She received a Nobel Prize for the find in 2015.

The Angel of Nanjing

The Angel of Nanjing

The Angel of Nanjing is a guy who makes it his business to save the lives of those who try and commit suicide at an infamous spot on a bridge over the Yangtze River. I know it might seem like a strange thing considering there are already so many people in the country but hey, it's kind of nice, right?

Chinese People Love To Smoke!

Chinese People Love To Smoke!

Seriously!

Since they produce a shade under half of the world's tobacco, and that is under the control of local government, it makes sense that there is next-to-no anti-smoking campaigning.

Corpse Brides

Corpse Brides

A son who dies before marriage is bad luck in Chinese culture, and so many families who suffer such a fate will marry their children after they have met death. Seriously.

The Town That Makes Christmas Decorations

The Town That Makes Christmas Decorations

China makes a lot of stuff, right? And as it turns out, each product that they do make is quite often centralized to one town or city. So, there is a city in China known as Yiwu City, which makes around 60% of the whole world's Christmas decorations.

Ghost Cities

Ghost Cities

There are whole cities in China, built to artificially hike GDP, that remain completely void of people, while most of the country struggles to find a place for the world's largest population.

Largest Ever City

Largest Ever City

It depends upon your interpretation of the term "city", however, if we go with a metropolis, Japan's Tokyo is currently the world's largest and the largest that has ever been, of course. But China, it seems, is working towards combing the three areas of Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei, in to a mega monster metropolis named Jingjinji. If all corners meet (as many predict will happen) the supercity will be home to around 130 million people!

There'll Be A Water Shortage

There'll Be A Water Shortage

Half of China's rivers have dried up in the last 50 or 60 years. Half of the lakes and water reservoirs that remain are polluted beyond safety.

China Has A World of Warcraft Theme Park

China Has A World of Warcraft Theme Park

That might sound awesome to many people, however, it sucks ass, simply because it is unlicensed. Seriously, they spent close to US$50 million to build the thing, but there was no permission given to open it.