50 Facts About China That Sound Fake But Are Totally True

The rise of China is no secret, and the country has fascinated everyone with their dynastic cultures and technology. But one thing we can say with certainty is that they are a very different nation. Whether it’s their lifestyle or their culture, the country can shock you in many ways. So, let’s have a look at some bizarre and surprising facts you probably didn’t know about China.

1. Don’t Lower Your Chin

Soldier training in China is challenging from the start, as is the case with other countries. But they do things a bit differently.

Don't Lower Your Chin


During training, a pin is put in their collars which prevents them from lowering their chins.

2. Eating Dogs to Celebrate Summer

People in the southwestern city of Yulin eat dogs to celebrate summer.

Eating Dogs to Celebrate Summer


According to the International Business Times, people believe that the tradition is supposed to bring good luck, and over 10,000 dogs are eaten during their winter solstice festivals.

3. Every Second in China, 50K Cigarettes Are Smoked

According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO), China has about 300 million smokers and the country produces 42% of the world’s cigarettes.

Every Second in China, 50K Cigarettes Are Smoked


Moreover, smokers in the country puff 50 thousand cigarettes every second.

4. The Dam That Slowed Earth’s Rotation

 China has the Three Gorges Dam, which is the largest dam ever built in the world. The dam has the capacity to hold 39.3 cubic kilometers of water. So, how does it slow the earth’s rotation? 

The Dam That Slowed Earth's Rotation


According to Business Insider, “Raising 39 trillion kilograms of water 175 meters above sea level will increase the Earth’s moment of inertia and thus slow its rotation.”

5. 30 Days of Rest After a Woman Has Given Birth

In China, women have to sit in bed for 30 days after giving birth.

30 Days of Rest After a Woman Has Given Birth


This is called ‘sitting the month’ and the mothers are obligated to avoid walking, taking a shower, or drinking cold water for 30 days.

6. Virginity Restoration Surgery in China

Believe it or not, there are many women in China who are fine with paying a lot of money for doctors to re-construct their hymens before marriage.

Virginity Restoration Surgery in China

They do it before marriage so that their would-be husband doesn’t find out about previous intercourse.

7. A Social Network for Plastic Surgery

China has a social network called SoYoung which is specifically for plastic surgery.

A Social Network for Plastic Surgery

It is a Beijing-based social networking platform that connects people to share their surgery experiences. It also helps them connect with various plastic surgery clinics.

8. Keeping Crickets As Pets

Did you know that crickets are a commercially available food source in some parts of the world? If you haven’t tasted cricket, you should know that it takes like nutty chicken.

Keeping Crickets As Pets

In China, many kids often keep crickets as pets. Moreover, cricket fighting is a sport in the country which dates back to the 14th century. Beijing even hosts an annual Chinese National Cricket-fighting tournament.

9. Cave People Still Exist

Did you know that in this age of technology there are still about 30 million people in China that live in Caves?

Cave People Still Exist


They are forced to live there. In fact, they love their lifestyle.

10. Eggs Boiled in The Urine of A Boy Younger Than 10 Years Old

The tradition of boiling eggs in the urine of a boy younger than ten years old is recognized as a cultural heritage.

Eggs Boiled in The Urine of A Boy Younger Than 10 Years Old


It is believed that consuming these eggs helps increase blood circulation in the body. The eggs are considered a special delicacy in the country.

11. China’s Role in San Francisco’s Pollution

China is a big country and it produces a lot of pollution. About 29% of the pollution in San Francisco comes from China alone.

China's Role in San Francisco's Pollution

According to a study in Environmental Science and Technology, the pollution in the city is due to the dust which travels from China over the Pacific.

12. Animals As Cosmetic Test Subjects

It is mandatory in the country to test every cosmetic product on animals.

Animals As Cosmetic Test Subjects

This means that even the European and American cosmetics brands have to go under the law.

13. The Inventers of Toilet Paper Weren’t The First To Use It

The Chinese invented toilet paper long ago. Although it was invented in 851 AD, they didn’t use it, and nothing was written about their invention until the 14th century.

The Inventers of Toilet Paper Weren't The First To Use It


Romans were the first to use it because they could afford toilet paper made from giant sheets of soft fabric.

14. Lucky Bats

Unlike most countries, Chinese people consider bats as a symbol of luck.

Lucky Bats

It is because there are many legends of bats bringing good luck and prosperity in the Chinese culture.

15. Judging A Book By Its…Weight

You may think that books with glossy pages and shiny hardcovers are expensive compared to books printed on recycled paper.

Judging A Book By Its...Weight

However, in China, none of this matters because they sell books based on their weights. That’s pretty much the only criteria.

16. Half of the World’s Pig Are In China

Chinese bacon which is quite popular in the country is made from pork belly and less frequently from the shoulder.

Half of the World's Pig Are In China

That explains why over one billion pigs are killed in China annually. China also exports the meat to other countries.

17. It is Mandatory to Visit Your Folks Regularly

Although thousands of citizens in China criticized the government for the “Elderly Rights Law,” it was still passed.

It is Mandatory to Visit Your Folks Regularly

The law was a way to prevent the growing loneliness of elderly people.

18. KFC’s Rip-Off

China has the original KFC, but it also has a rip-off with the name KFG. It may come as no surprise that China doesn’t have any competition when it comes to ripping-off famous brands.

KFC's Rip-Off


From Adidas to Sunbucks, you’ll find some of the most laughable brand copy-cats in the country. The best part of these copy-cats is that they don’t even try to hide it.

19. Observing Sunset At Midnight

In Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi, people observe the beautiful sunset at midnight during the winter season.

Observing Sunset At Midnight

It is because the country follows a single time zone which is Beijing Standard Time.

20. Giant Panda As A Loan

Did you know that most giant pandas in China are on loan? Well, it is because of their dwindling number that the government has started to be careful when it comes to giving them to other countries. According to China Daily, “Before 1982, giant pandas were given away to other countries by the Chinese government as a token of friendship and goodwill.”

Giant Panda As A Loan

According to Business Insider, American zoos will shell out up to $1 million dollars a year to rent just one. Most sign ten-year “panda diplomacy” contracts and if any baby cubs are born, they pay an additional one-time $400,000 baby tax.”

21. Country with The Highest Skyscrapers

China loves skyscrapers and that explains why there are hundreds of skyscrapers in the country.

Country with The Highest Skyscrapers

By the way, there are 300+ skyscrapers and 7,000 high-rise buildings in China.

22. Toilets without Toilet Papers

China has the world’s largest population and that explains the reason behind so many toilets in the country. But the majority of the toilets do not have toilet paper in them.

Toilets without Toilet Papers

So, if you go to a Chinese toilet, always take toilet paper with you.

23. Ghost Marriages

In China, there are ghost marriages in which a lady has to marry a dead man.

Ghost Marriages

It sounds super creepy because the woman has to enter into the family and spend her life knowing about the dead.

24. The Origin of the Word ‘Ketchup’

The concept of so many foods without ketchup is impossible. Did you know that the origin of this tasty word came from the Chinese word ke-tsiap which means a pickled fish sauce?

The Origin of the Word 'Ketchup'

Moreover, ketchup was actually invented in the 17th century by the Chinese.

25. No, No, Yes

In China, if you want to accept the gift then first you’ll have to decline it two or three times.

No, No, Yes

If you accept the gift without refusing it, then your behavior will be considered rude.

26. Sunrise at 10 AM

In some regions of China, you can actually see the sunrise at 10 am.

Sunrise at 10 AM


For instance, Urumqi is located 2,000 miles away from Beijing, and though they are many miles apart, they have to follow the same time zone. That’s why many people in distant regions start their day way before the sun is up.

27. Want to Be Reincarnated? Get Permission

Since 2007, there is a new law that if you want to get yourself reincarnated, then you’ll have to get official permission from the government.

Want to Be Reincarnated? Get Permission

The State Administration for Religious Affairs is behind this odd law.

28. Popular Chinese Dish That Translates to “Husband & Wife Lung Slices”

Don’t start making assumptions about China after reading such a horrible name.

Popular Chinese Dish That Translates to "Husband & Wife Lung Slices"


Don’t worry because it is just a mixture of cow offal and beef slices which is marinated in a bunch of spices.

29. Hair To Show Whether You Are Married or Unmarried

In ancient China, young women who were not married used to have simple hairstyles or their hair down to show that they were unmarried.

Hair To Show Whether You Are Married or Unmarried

Traditionally, maidens used to braid their hair until they were 15-years-old and would wash their hair and pin it into a twist for a cultural event to declare the girl’s eligibility for marriage.

30. Chinese White Dolphins Are Often Pink

Chinese White Dolphin is the other name for the Indo-Pacific Humpbacked dolphins.

Chinese White Dolphins Are Often Pink

These beautiful sea creatures have spots of green skin that turn to a pinkish color as they grow.

31. China Once Banned Playstation

Chinese are hardworking people and they are always focused on education and development.

China Once Banned Playstation

So, it wasn’t a big surprise when the government banned Playstation because they didn’t want children to waste their time playing video games.

32. Chivalrous Chinese Men

You can often find Chinese men holding purses for ladies as it is an act of love and respect.

Chivalrous Chinese Men


It is not only the Chinese but also an Asian culture to not let women carry the weight.

33. Trained Pigeons for the Army

The People’s Liberation Army in the central city of Chengdu has a unit of trained pigeons. The pigeons are known for being smarter than domestic pigeons.

Trained Pigeons for the Army

“They will be primarily called upon to conduct special military missions between troops stationed at our borders,” said Chen Hong, an air force expert, to China Central Television (CCTV), the state broadcaster. The pigeons have surely come a long way from delivering messages.

34. You Can Become a Professional Bra Expert

If you are a student in China and you like bras, you can major in bra studies and pursue a career in it.

You Can Become a Professional Bra Expert

Becoming a professional bra expert is possible, and you will also get a degree that can be attained at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University.

35. Drinking During Business Deals is Appreciated

Here is a fact about China that party lovers would love. According to Global Times Canada, in Chinese business, success is often related to alcohol.

Drinking During Business Deals is Appreciated

That’s why the boss or business partners don’t mind drinking during business deals.

36. China Has The World’s Largest Army

With a population of over 1.4 billion, it is understandable that the country has the largest active force level.

China Has The World's Largest Army

The Chinese military forces have also increased their funding by 10% in the last ten years.

37. Extended New Year’s Celebrations

Unlike the rest of the world, China celebrates the New Year with 15 holidays.

Extended New Year's Celebrations

The Chinese tradition is full of celebrations that extend to half-a-month, and there is a complete public shutdown during this time.

38. One Billion People Watch News

It has been made mandatory since 1978 for all television channels to broadcast a special news program that is about 30 minutes long.

One Billion People Watch News


The program is run by China Central Television, and given the humongous population of the country, it is most-watched news in the entire world.

39. China Invented Football

It is believed that football was invented in China about 2,200 years ago.

China Invented Football


They used to call it ‘Tsu’ Chu.’ This term meant kicking balls. The balls back then were made of stuffed hair and feathers into a leather masking.

40. There is No Facebook in China

Yes, you’ve read it right. Facebook has been banned in the country since 2009. After the July 2009 Ürümqi riots, China completely banned Facebook.

There is No Facebook in China


It is because it was found that Xinjiang independence activists were using the social platform to plan their agenda.

41. No Film Rating in The Country

There is no set system in the country which checks whether the movie is appropriate for a certain age group or not.

No Film Rating in The Country


Instead, there is an advanced committee that comprises 36 members, and they are responsible for cutting down any content from the film that is obscene.

42. Pirated Software Installation

In the year 2010, about 78% of software the Chinese people installed was pirated.

Pirated Software Installation

According to the BSA’s EMEA compliance marketing director, Julian Swan, “The market is being driven by emerging countries, which also have higher piracy rates,” He went on to say, “But it is the high-piracy countries that are now the engine of the software industry.”

43. Wearing Gloves While Eating Fat-Rich Food Items

In China, you can see many people eating fat-rich foods with gloves on their hands.

Wearing Gloves While Eating Fat-Rich Food Items


It is because many restaurants and food chains don’t want fat stains to ruin their customers’ clothes.

44. Alice in Wonderland Was Once Not Welcomed In China

Here is a fact that’ll make you laugh. Alice in Wonderland was once banned in China due to a strange reason.

Alice in Wonderland Was Once Not Welcomed In China


The Hunan banned it because General Ho Chien thought that it was insulting that the animals are talking and acting like humans.

45. Sock City

Datang is known as the Sock City of China. Do you know why? Obviously, socks.

Sock City

Well, the city has a justifiable name because it produces 70 percent of China’s socks and about 30 percent of the world’s socks.

46. Chinese Were the First to Know that the Heart Pumps Blood Throughout the Body

The Chinese discovered that the human heart is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body.

Chinese Were the First to Know that the Heart Pumps Blood Throughout the Body

It is only fitting that they now have the technologies to make an artificial human heart.

47. China’s Amazingly Long Railway Line

Did you know that you can loop around the earth not once but twice by using the railway line of China?

China's Amazingly Long  Railway Line

China has extensive railway tracks so intertwined that they look like a web of iron logs from far away.

48. Expensive Summer Olympics in China

In the history of the Summer Olympics games, the most expensive games were hosted in Beijing.

Expensive Summer Olympics in China

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It is believed that the cost of hosting the games was about $40 billion.

49. Expected Male Population Boom

As per the 2017 statistics of the population in China, men outnumber women by about 32.66 million.

Expected Male Population Boom

It is expected that the population of men will exceed by 30 to 40 million by 2020.

50. God Bless China for Giving Us Green Bean Flavored Popsicles

If you haven’t tried the green bean flavored popsicles, then we urge you to go find them and try them out for yourself. 

God Bless China for Giving Us Green Bean Flavored Popsicles

It is a perfect combination of condensed milk with green and red beans. We are confident you will love it.

51. Mirror Protection From the Devil

In ancient China, people used to believe that mirrors provide protection to their owners from the devil.

Mirror Protection From the Devil

The people thought that mirrors had supernatural powers that help protect against the dark spirits.

52. The Power of Phoenix

According to many Chinese legends, the Phoenix represents the empress of feminine power.

The Power of Phoenix


Thousands of years ago, people used to believe that the phoenix symbolized affluence and peace.

53. The Practice of Concubinage By The Rich Men

The practice of concubinage continued until the Communist Party took control of China in 1949.

The Practice of Concubinage By The Rich Men

It was then declared that it would be socially disrespectful for a male to have any relationship with another woman other than their wife.

54. Every Chinese Year Is Represented By A Zodiac Animal

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve-year cycle and there is an animal signature for every lunar cycle.

Every Chinese Year Is Represented By A Zodiac Animal


These signs are in the following order: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

Then And Now: 20 Of The Most Famous Landmarks From Around The World

Brenda Miller

This article was originally published on Kueez

All around the world, there are tons of incredible landmarks that often serve as a source of pride to many. For the people living near these structures, they offer a sense of shared history, values, or a communal memory that will never be forgotten. From buildings to bridges, monuments, and statues, there are several landmarks that have withstood the test of time no matter what they’ve had to endure. In fact, how these landmarks ended up there in the first place is often as interesting as the structures themselves! So we decided to find out more about the historical background of some of the most iconic landmarks in the world. Take a look at the most memorable ones and be prepared to not recognize what some of them looked like 100 years ago.

The Lincoln Memorial – Then

When the 16th President of The United States was assassinated back in 1865, there was a huge demand to memorialize the president. So after two years, Congress passed a number of bills that would result in the construction of a monument in the honor of Abraham Lincoln.

The Lincoln Memorial - Then


Believe it or not, it took 60 years in total to finalize the structure – 50 years to start building it plus another ten until it was really completed. Though initially, the plan was to build 31 pedestrian statues, six equestrian statues, and a 12-foot statue of Lincoln, in the end, only the simple stately version of the statue lasted.

The Lincoln Memorial – Now

The famous Lincoln Memorial includes several excerpts from Lincoln’s two most memorable speeches: “Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address” and the unforgettable “Gettysburg Address”. To this date, several people still regard him as the “Savior of the Union”, which is in line with the fact that many protests and speeches continue to happen where his memorial is until today.

The Lincoln Memorial  -  Now

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In fact, that’s where one of the most memorable events in history took place when Martin Luther King delivered his 1963 speech “I Have A Dream”. Today, the memorial sees some 6 million visitors on an annual basis.

The Berlin Wall – Then

The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 with the intent of dividing East from West Germany. Before it was put up, approximately 3.5 million East Germans crossed over to West Berlin. For decades, the Wall has been regarded as the “wall of shame”.

The Berlin Wall - Then


The wall was guarded heavily as it aimed to prevent Western “fascists” from making their way into Eastern Germany. Though there was wide criticism against it, the Wall lasted for almost three decades. Ironically, the wall wasn’t that tall, but it served as a constant reminder of the country’s deep division.

The Berlin Wall – Now

After decades of controversy around the Berlin wall, people finally said enough in 1989. With revolutions happening in Hungary and Poland, and social change taking over most of Europe, people began making their voices heard. Celebrities such as Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, and David Hasselhoff also put some pressure on the government with their star status.

The Berlin Wall - Now


Finally, the German government gave in to the pressure and announced to all citizens that they would now be able to visit West Berlin freely. Almost immediately, people began tearing different parts of the wall until it officially and completely fell in October of 1990.

Las Vegas – Then

When one thinks of Sin City, the Las Vegas Strip is probably one of the first places that come to mind. But some might not know that before a Strip even existed, there was what was known as Fremont Street. The street exists since the founding of Las Vegas back in 1005 and became the pioneer of absolutely anything that took place in Vegas.

Las Vegas - Then

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The Street became the first Las Vegas paced street in 1925, and also had the first traffic light in Las Vegas in 1931. Even more, the first official gambling license for Nevada also happened in Fremont street. Today, the street looks completely different.

Las Vegas – Now

Today, Fremont Street is nothing more than a walkway, looking completely different from the magical place it was back in the days. The “Golden Nugget” now has an impressive barrel vault canopy cloaking it, looking bright and as if it received some sort of facelift.

Las Vegas - Now


The main attraction of the place is a narrow pedestrian mall with several attractions, giving tourists the possibility of venturing off the strip directly into Downtown Las Vegas. More recently, the Fremont Street Experience was enriched by sound shows and nightly lights that are displayed on the impressive LED canopy that is located above the street.

The Flatiron Building – Then

In this picture from 1903, we can see New York City’s Flatiron Building. When the building was built it was aimed at serving as offices for George A. Fuller Company, the famous Chicago contracting firm. This picture was taken roughly a year after the place was built, featuring its iconic street sweepers and horse-drawn carriages.

The Flatiron Building - Then

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The building’s memorable shape is believed to have been behind the building’s name. Fight Avenue, Broadway, 22nd, and 23rd Streets contained a triangular space of land in the area.

The Flatiron Building – Now

Today, the area around the Flatiron Building is almost unrecognizable. It is populated with huge skyscrapers that look into lower Manhattan. Yet, the 22-story building still contains some office space, welcoming several publishing companies over the years.

The Flatiron Building - Now


The building holds several quirks. For example, it is said that some offices are very strangely-angled and are some of the most sought-after offices due to their marvelous views. According to people who work in the building, the gendered bathrooms are also oddly placed on alternating floors.

The World’s Tallest Building- Then

It’s pretty hard to picture Dubai without its huge skyscrapers and billion-dollar cars, but can you believe that in 2000, Dubai was merely a barren of sand? Yep, it looked pretty much like what you can see in this picture. But it was also around that time that Dubai was becoming the city with the most number of people in the United Arab Emirates.

The World’s Tallest Building- Then

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Though at the time Dubai was already one of the best places for farming, fishing, and pearl diving, it’s economy got a huge bump thanks to its oil trade. In this picture taken in 2005, we’re able to see the beginning stages of the world’s tallest building.

The World’s Tallest Building – Now

Though this picture was taken in 2009, it’s possible to see that the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building amongst several other really tall structures in the area. To this date, the Burj Khalifa still remains the tallest building in the world at 2,717 feet.

The World’s Tallest Building - Now


Once, Dubai’s ruler claimed that Dubai would not allow any other building to take its “first place” status. In addition to claiming to be the world’s tallest building, Dubai also has the tallest hotel, shopping center, and the largest indoor theme park.

The Brandenburg Gate – Then

The Brandenburg Gate, also known as the Brandenburger Tor is located in Berlin and characterizes one of the most iconic symbols in Germany. The Gate was built all the way back in 1971, commissioned by the Prussian King Frederick William II.

The Brandenburg Gate - Then

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Throughout time and the many bumps in Germany’s history, the Gate has continued to stand tall. Its design is very much inspired by Acropolis in Athens, a decision made by the architect Carl Gotthard Langhans. Probably the most distinctive feature of the gate is The Quadriga, the four-horsed sculpture chariot being driven by goddess Victoria – once stolen by Napoleon during the war.

The Brandenburg Gate – Now

The Gates were restored in the past, passing through some of the worst times Germany has ever seen. During the Cold War, the Brandenburg Gate player an important role as part of the Berlin Wall. In 1963, when President John F. Kennedy visited Germany, Soviet authorities went on to hang red banners across the entire gate.

The Brandenburg Gate - Now


In 1987, the gate also had another emblematic role in history. When Ronald Reagan delivered his speech, he famously said: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” When the Cold War finally ended this appeal was eventually met.

The Eiffel Tower – Then

When the Eiffel Tower was originally built in 1889, it had the purpose of being the entrance to the World’s Fair for the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. More than a hundred artists hoped to be chosen for the monument, but the honors were eventually given to Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, one of the world’s most acclaimed bridge builders.

The Eiffel Tower - Then

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The idea for the wrought-iron tower came from one of his employees at the time, a man named Maurice Koechlin.

The Eiffel Tower – Now

It took at least two years to create the complex iron framework for the tower – which had to happen before the assembly even started taking place. Curiously, this wasn’t the first time that Eiffel and Koechlin worked on a monument before.

The Eiffel Tower - Now

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They were also behind the one and only Statue of Liberty. In 1889, the Eiffel Tower finally made its debut and was the world’s tallest building back then, at 1,000 feet high.

The Golden Gate Bridge – Then

This vintage photo depicts the Golden Gate Bridge when it was being built. Joseph Strauss was the engineer behind the bridge, hired in 1919. When he was hired, he quickly said that it would cost $30 million or less to build the bridge.

The Golden Gate Bridge - Then

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Though the bridge is obviously beautiful, it was also inspired by the necessity for people from San Francisco to travel easily to its northern suburban neighbors. At the time, a good number of people opposed the construction of the bridge claiming that it would take away the natural beauty of the area

The Golden Gate Bridge – Now

Building the bridge was no easy task, and engineers had to find safe ways of preventing workers from falling into the ocean. For that, they installed a net right under the construction site, which eventually saved nineteen workers who would have otherwise fallen to the ocean.

The Golden Gate Bridge - Now


During the four years that it took to build the bridge, there was one major casualty. In 1937, 10 workers were sadly killed when a scaffold fell through the net. Today, the Bridge is one of the most photographed bridges in the entire world.

The Gateway Arch – Then

The tallest arch in the world is located in St. Lois, Missouri, standing at 630 feet. The Gateway Arch was designed by Eero Saarinen, a Finnish-American architect who designed the arch’s plans in 1947, with construction beginning over ten years later, in 1963.

The Gateway Arch - Then

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The stainless steel arch was completed in 1965, representing the westward expansion in America. A ton of public money was spent on the arch, which raised concerns amongst citizens – today, the cost for building the arch would be equivalent to $77.5 million.

The Gateway Arch – Now

Though some people would still characterize it as some sort of superficial project, the truth is that the arch stands to this date. In 1987, the arch was officially classified as a national landmark, being ranked the fourth on the list of  “most-visited human-made attractions” in the world in 1974.

The Gateway Arch - Now


Thanks to careful thinking by city planners, developments around the arch were thought around it so that nothing could obstruct or block its view.

The World Trade Center – Then

In 1943, the concept of the World Trade Centre was introduced, but only when David Rockefeller encouraged the project was when it actually went through. Though the World Trade Center consisted of seven buildings located in lower Manhattan, the Twin Towers quickly became the most iconic of them all.

The World Trade Center - Then


Several construction firms and engineers joined their forces to come through with the plans for the buildings, which began construction in 1966 and were completed in 1973.

The World Trade Center – Now

The devastating terrorist attack that took place on September 11, 2011, targeted the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, and killed 2,606 people from in and around the towers, in addition to 157 who were on board the two aircraft.

The World Trade Center - Now


The horrible attack affected Americans and global citizens greatly but also inspired people to come together. Since the attack, a memorial has been created at Ground Zero, honoring the many victims and heroic firefighters, and other first responders.

“Hollywoodland” – Then

Though probably everyone knows or has heard of Hollywood, many probably don’t know that it used to be called Hollywoodland. When the iconic Hollywood sign was built on Mount Leet in 1923, it intended to attract developers from the area to start building real estate around it. Well, it’s safe to say that the plan worked.

“Hollywoodland” - Then

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Each letter of the sing was initially 50 feet tall and 30 feet wide, requiring some 4,000 light bulbs. Each section of the word (Holly-wood-land) would light up at different times, and then as a whole.

Hollywood – Today

Today, the Hollywood sign is widely known and the area is also one of the most prestigious areas in the world. The area poses as the center of the entertainment and pop culture industry.

Hollywood - Today


The “land” part of the word was eventually dropped and the letters have changed to 352 feet long and 44 feet tall. Because the sign looked pretty bad in 1978 due to time, Hugh Hefner and eight other donors contributed $250,000 to restore it.

Disneyland – Then

It might be hard to believe that before 1955 a world without Disneyland actually existed. When Walt Disney visited Griffith Park in Los Angeles he had the vision of creating a theme park inspired by his films

Disneyland  - Then

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In his vision, families would be able to “walk into” the magical world that his movies created. So between 1954 and 1955, the theme park was built with some essential funding from ABC.

Disneyland – Now

Since its grand opening in the 1950s, Disneyland has continued to be one of the most magical places in the world.

Disneyland -  Now

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Entertainment and technology have been on their prime at the theme park, though several changes and restorations had to happen throughout the years. On a daily basis, an average of 44,000 people visit the park with it being considered one of the happiest places on earth.

The Seattle Space Needle – Then

Some would say that Seattle without the iconic Space Needle would have never been the same Seattle we love today. The Space Needle was built in 1961 with the sole purpose of being an observation tower. The tower is enormous, standing at 605 feet tall while being prepared for natural disasters such as earthquakes with a 9.1 magnitude.

The Seattle Space Needle - Then

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Edward E. Carlson and John Graham were the ones behind the design of the Needle as a project for the 1962 World Fair.

The Seattle Space Needle – Now

To this date, people from all over still travel from different places around the country to experience the incredible view from the Seattle Space Needle. Though it’s not particularly as tall as the CN Tower located in Toronto, it sure does hold its ground well. In 41 seconds, one is able to climb the entire 520 feet of the tower through its elevators.

The Seattle Space Needle - Now


Though there were once two restaurants located at the top of the Needle, today there is only a Northwest cuisine restaurant that rotates 360 degrees every 47 minutes.

Morandi Bridge – Then

In 1963, the Morandi Bridge (or Ponte Morandi) located in Genoa, Italy, began its building processes but only opened four years later. The bridge, which belongs to the A10 motorway, has been one of the most important links to not only France but the entire European route E80.

Morandi Bridge - Then

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The bridge helped link two huge parts of Genoa that were otherwise separated by the Polcevera river. Riccardo Morandi was the designer behind the bridge, an Italian Civil engineer widely renowned for his skills in reinforced concrete in his projects. The bridge is composed of different smaller parts that form an overpass, thus being built as a viaduct.

Morandi Bridge – Now

Sadly though, the Morandi Bridge didn’t last. This was discovered by Gnoan citizens in August of 2018 when the bridge eventually collapsed in the midst of torrential rainfall. Just like that, what was once an incredible bridge, simply collapsed, with almost 700 feet of it falling on to the ground and to the river below it.

Morandi Bridge - Now

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At the time it collapsed, the bridge had three heavy vehicles and 35 cars traversing, resulting in 43 people dead and some 15 people injured in critical condition. Though there are many theories around why the bridge collapsed, the main two involve lightning and the structural weakness of the bridge.

Shanghai – Then

For decades Shanghai has continued to be considered one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. In this picture, we’re able to see the view overlooking Shanghai’s Pudong district and the Huangpu River during the 1980s.

Shanghai - Then

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Before that though, famine, drought, reform, and suppression were characteristic of the now magical city as a result of the Communits Party establishing the People’s Republic of China in 1949. The situation improved drastically though after the Cultural revolution that started in the 70s when the Shanghai Communiqué was signed by then-President Nixon and Shanghai’s then-leader Premier Zhou Enlai.

Shanghai – Now

Here we get to see present-day Shanghai. Shanghai ended up becoming a cultural and economic hub that is recognized all over the world, largely thanks to Deng Xiaoping, China’s leader in 1990. Xiaoping had the vision of developing the city and creating the hub it is today, allegedly stating once: “If China is a dragon, Shanghai is its head.”

Shanghai - Now

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In less than 25 years, Shanghai has developed at a rapid pace and is now called the “vertical” city home to some of the tallest and largest buildings in the world, such as the Shanghai Tower (measuring 2,037-foot).

Dresden Frauenkirche Old Church – Then

When World War II finally ended, hopeful citizens of Dresden started salvaging what had become the mere fragments of Dresden Frauenkirche. They hoped that the landmark would be rebuilt once the war had ended, but unfortunately, the Communist regime refused to do so.

Dresden Frauenkirche Old Church - Then

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Though there were many efforts made into transforming the area into a parking lot, citizens felt so emotionally attached to the area that it eventually became a memorial against the horrors caused by the war in 1966. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the city rebuilt the church, which wasn’t completed until 2005.

Dresden Frauenkirche Old Church – Now

In front of the old Church laid the statute of Martin Luther, who amongst many other things, was the forerunner of the Protestant Reformation. He was memorialized with the statue pictured here, located in Dresden  Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) which was originally built in the 18th century.

Dresden Frauenkirche Old Church - Now

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When Anglo-American forces attacked Dresden in 1945 with a ton of firebombs, the church’s dome that had stood proudly until then was destroyed. Some 25,000 people were killed in the attack, and all that remained from the church was a pile of rubble that remained untouched for at least 45 years.

The World Exposition Buildings – Then

When the World Exposition took place in 1900, 48 million visitors came from all over the world to experience the huge event. Several countries from around the world were represented in buildings during the event. This picture showcases some of these countries, with the United States, the Ottoman Empire, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belgium, Germany, Spain, and Macaco represented.

The World Exposition Buildings - Then

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Though the buildings were really stunning, they were eventually demolished not too long after the exhibition was concluded.

The World Exposition Buildings – Now

If you look closely enough you’ll be able to see the only remaining structure in the area today, which is the Eiffel Tower. Other than that, it’s actually really hard to believe that the area is the same one today. Because the buildings were built with mostly cheap materials, it would have simply cost way too much to maintain the entire structures.

The World Exposition Buildings - Now


In addition to the Eiffel Tower, the Passerelle Debilly is also still intact, but both monuments remain the only landmarks still standing since the 1900 World Exposition. Today, the area remains a sort of open-air area, and constructions are not really being encouraged there.

A Polish Apartment Complex – Then

This crushing picture shows yet another devastating landmark by World War II. The war caused widespread destruction all over the world, and some of the most important buildings have been affected by it. This particular photo shows an apartment complex in Poznań, Poland, located in the corner of Św. Marcin and Ratajczaka Streets.

A Polish Apartment Complex - Then

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During the war, over 6 million Polish citizens lost their lives, which was almost one-fifth of the whole population of Poland. Citizens not only endured attacks on their homes but were also killed and tortured in camps and prisons.

A Polish Apartment Complex – Now

With over seven decades passed since the end of WWII, the beautiful structure that was basically demolished in the previous picture now stands gorgeously tall. In fact, many people might not even know that the picture once looked the way it did in the previous photo since today it shows a beautiful facade. After six horrible years of war, everything ended in May of 1945.

A Polish Apartment Complex - Now

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The Germans had surrendered to the Allied Forces and Hitler was dead, which meant that several concentration camps were liberated. The country finally started rebuilding its structures including the Polish Apartment Complex in the emblematic corner.

The Azure Swimming Pool – Then

The Azure Swimming Pool was recognized as one of the most popular and emblematic indoor swimming pools located in  Pripyat, Ukraine. At the time, there were only three popular indoor swimming pools, and The Azure was certainly one of the favorites.

The Azure Swimming Pool - Then

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It was built during the 1970s and could often be seen full of young people spending hours having fun and doing sports. But sadly, the Azure Swimming Pool bore the consequences of one of the most devastating nuclear accidents in history. In April of 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant had an explosion, and the area became completely uninhabitable.

The Azure Swimming Pool – Now

After the Chernobyl disaster took place, many buildings in the “ghost town” stayed open so that workers that were still involved or working in and around the plant could use them. The Azure Swimming Pool was amongst some of the open structures, being characterized as one of the cleanest buildings in Pripyat.

The Azure Swimming Pool - Now


However, for 20 years now the Swimming Pool has been completely abandoned. Because no one knows what the long-term effects of radiation exposure could be yet, only in 2065 there will be a more accurate estimation of the death rate caused by the disaster.

The Dharahara Tower – Then

The Dharahara Tower is a grandiose nine-story tower that was built by Mukhtiyar in 1932. The tower is located right at the center of Sundhara in Kathmandu and was the tallest building in Nepal for a while. It has 213 steps displayed in a spiral staircase that visitors love to hike to the top.

The Dharahara Tower - Then

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Though the trek was pretty difficult to climb, it was apparently really worth it. Allegedly, there was a circular balcony with panoramic views located on the eighth floor – showing a perfect picture of the Kathmandu Valley. Since it was built though, the tower has experienced a ton of challenges that included two earthquakes, one in 1834 and the other one in 1934. Yet, the tower survived both of them.

The Dharahara Tower – Now

Sadly though, the tower wasn’t invincible after all. It wasn’t so lucky when a 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck the entire area in April of 2015 resulting in a complete collapse of the tower, except for the base. Several people were in the area and ended up being trapped under the rubber, with at least 60 lives being lost due to the disaster.

The Dharahara Tower - Now

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The year after, the government declared that the tower would be rebuilt, this time ensuring that the tower would be earth-wake resistant. They started building it back in June of 2018.

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