What you have learned from school, the news and a few movies does not even touch the surface of what is considered the “norm” for the Chinese. Just beyond that great wall, lies dozens of secrets that you can never truly grasp unless you spend years living inside and being a part of day to day life.
What follows, is just a sample of the secrets and traditions that China keeps:
China’s Growing Military Has Roots that Transcend Thousands of Years
As home to the oldest civilizations still in existence today, there is evidence of a formal Chinese military dating back thousands of years. Those soldiers were armed with various swords, and bows and arrows. To keep themselves armed, they would use mannequins to encourage their enemies to shoot arrows, and would then pull them out to use. Today China is spending over $100 billion a year to keep their massive army properly armed.
The People’s Liberation Army is the largest military force on Earth with roughly 2,250,000 soldiers serving. It was formed in August 1927 during the Nanchang Uprising although, then, it was known as the Chinese Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army.
As part of military training today, a soldier’s collar is fitted with a straight pin. If he allows his chin to drop below the standard, he is quickly reminded to pick up his head by a prick to the neck.
To ensure that soldier’s arms are all extended at the mandated height when marching, they are trained by having their arms wired to a long pole.