Three things you didn't know about China

Beijing - Being in China and touring it allows to demolish myths entrenched in the West and discover things that we would never have imagined.

From the absence of religion to the fight against drugs more than 100 years ago, they are part of today's curiosities.
There many secrets about China that you don't know but these three truths are what you never expected from the Asian giant. Let Ugobleno show you Three things you didn't know about China
Three things and secrets you didn't know about China
Here are three things you don’t know about China:

Most of the population of China is atheist

It's probably because of the number of temples we see in the movies that we think most Chinese are Buddhists. The truth is quite far from that. In fact, most of the population in China is an atheist.
Only one in 13 Chinese declares to have some kind of religious faith. This means that almost 1,400 million inhabitants, only 100 million follow a religion, according to data from the State Council of China.
Data from other sources indicate that 81% of the population is atheist or agnostic, while 14% would be Buddhist, 3% Christian, 1% Muslim and 1% Taoist.
This is related to the revolution of 1949, in which communism was installed and cults were prohibited under the motto that ‘religion is the opium of the peoples.’ However, since 1982 the constitution guarantees freedom of worship.
It also influences that Confucianism, the doctrine of thought that has had great influence in China, puts the emphasis on education, morals and trust, and not souls and gods.
The origin of religions in China came with the silk trade route, from then Buddhism, Islam and Catholicism entered the country.
The only indigenous religion is Taoism.

China was the first country to fight drugs

In the mid-1820s, the United Kingdom maintained a significant trade deficit with China due to the high demand for tea, silk, and porcelain by the British and the Chinese emperor's refusal to open trade massively.
Because of this and the great business involved, Britain began to illegally export opium to China in order to offset its deficit.
Seeing the growth of consumption and addicts, Emperor Daoguang banned the sale in 1839 and expelled European merchants.
Banished merchants complained to the British government which subsequently attacked China, kicking off the Opium War.
The war ended with the defeat of the Asian country and the signing of the Nanjin Treaty in 1842, in which the loser agreed to open its ports to international trade and ceded Hong Kong to the United Kingdom.

Most Chinese companies are private

Most of the companies in China are private.
In 2015 there were 12.6 million firms, of which 8.5 million were private, a figure that has been increasing in the last thirty years due to commercial opening.
Even state participation in industrial production has been declining over time.
In 1998 public companies held 50% of industrial production, while in 2011 the figure was 26%. Furthermore, the profitability of private companies is double that of public companies.
The average profitability of Chinese private companies is 12%, while that of public companies is 5%.
Finally, the private sector is the largest employer in China, accounting for approximately 80% of the jobs.
These are the top three secrets you don’t know about China.

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