China is a nation that is diverse in its peoples and customs. It also has a secretive air about it. But with the pervasive nature of the internet, secrets and little known facts can find their way to the light of day. Here are some fascinating facts about China that some of you may not have heard about...until now.
When will mothers start thinking about the consequences of the names they hang on their children? After the Olympics in Beijing in 2008, it is estimated that over 4000 newborn Chinese babies were named "Aoyun", meaning "Olympic". We understand that the Olympics being in Beijing was a source of national pride. The majority of the children named Aoyun are male. But there's more. More than 4000 Chinese share the same name as the Beijing Games mascots, the "Five Friendlies". It has become a popular endeavor in China to give children unique names as a way of expressing a child's individuality.