Chinese Trivia

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Chinese Culture Quizzes & Trivia

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is the English translation of Beijing?
    • A. 

      Eastern Capital

    • B. 

      Southern Capital

    • C. 

      Western Capital

    • D. 

      Northern Capital

  • 2. 
    What Chinese city is famous for the Bund, a stretch of European neo-classical buildings built early in the 20th century?
    • A. 

      Beijing

    • B. 

      Shanghai

    • C. 

      Guangzhou

    • D. 

      Hong Kong

  • 3. 
    The palace of the Chinese emperors in Beijing was known by what name?
    • A. 

      The Heavenly Palace

    • B. 

      The Tranquil City

    • C. 

      The Dragon Palace

    • D. 

      The Forbidden City

  • 4. 
    A popular pastime amongst Chinese people is Tai chi, or Tai Ji Quan. What is it?
    • A. 

      Slow-motion martial arts

    • B. 

      A board game similar to chess

    • C. 

      Breathing exercises

    • D. 

      A form of martial arts which uses sticks

  • 5. 
    • A. 

      Gate of Heavenly Peace

    • B. 

      Meridian Gate

    • C. 

      Gate of Divine Might

    • D. 

      Gate of Supreme Harmony

  • 6. 
    One of the attractions of the Summer Palace is a large boat made out of what substance?
    • A. 

      Glass

    • B. 

      Iron

    • C. 

      Marble

    • D. 

      Bamboo

  • 7. 
    What is a hutong?
    • A. 

      A rickshaw

    • B. 

      A street or alleyway

    • C. 

      A delicacy of fried snake

    • D. 

      A street food vendor

  • 8. 
    Which river flows through Beijing?
    • A. 

      Hai He

    • B. 

      Yangtze

    • C. 

      Huang He

    • D. 

      Huai He

  • 9. 
    Where would you find the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the Imperial Vault of Heaven?
    • A. 

      Tiananmen Square

    • B. 

      Summer Palace

    • C. 

      Beihai Park

    • D. 

      Temple of Heaven

  • 10. 
    The Chinese call their country "Zhongguo," which means what?
    • A. 

      Central Country

    • B. 

      Last Country

    • C. 

      First Country

    • D. 

      Important Country

  • 11. 
    How many countries does China border?
    • A. 

      Thirteen

    • B. 

      Fourteen

    • C. 

      Fifteen

    • D. 

      Sixteen

  • 12. 
    Approximately how many Chinese characters are in common usage today (that is, the number in a standard Chinese dictionary)?
    • A. 

      2,500

    • B. 

      10,000

    • C. 

      25,000

    • D. 

      50,000

  • 13. 
    Moon cakes are associated with what Chinese festival?
    • A. 

      Chinese New Year

    • B. 

      Dragon Boat Festival

    • C. 

      Mid-Autumn Festival

    • D. 

      Lantern Festival

  • 14. 
    In case you didn't know, the Chinese invented paper. Approximately what year is traditionally recognized as the year paper was invented?
    • A. 

      700 BC

    • B. 

      1400 BC

    • C. 

      AD 100

    • D. 

      AD 600

  • 15. 
    • A. 

      London

    • B. 

      Shanghai

    • C. 

      New York

    • D. 

      Taipei

  • 16. 
    Although it is the Chinese capital, Beijing is not China's largest city. Which Chinese city outstrips Beijing in terms of population?
    • A. 

      Hong Kong

    • B. 

      Nanjing

    • C. 

      Guangzhou

    • D. 

      Shanghai