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In 1995, the Chinese government kidnapped a 6-year old Tibetan boy called the Panchen Lama and replaced him with a Han Chinese "fake Panchen". The Panchen Lama is in charge of choosing the next Dalai Lama, and the real Panchen Lama has never been heard from since.

The most typical human on the planet is now a Han Chinese man who speaks Mandarin and has neither a car nor a bank account.

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  1. The Chinese Han empire was aware of the Roman empire and they sent envoys to each-other.

  2. Han Chinese are the largest ethnic group in the world, representing 92% of China's population and 19% of the entire human population. (~1.3 Billion people)

  3. In early Vietnam, after a Chinese general assassinated a man suspected of creating a revolt, the mans wife and her sister created and headed an army of 80,000 to take back Vietnam from the Han Dynasty. They then established an independent Vietnam for 3 years as 2 ruling Queens.

  4. Since the Han Dynasty in 200 BC, the Chinese have drilled for natural gas which was transported in bamboo pipelines to be burned in stoves.

  5. The Han Dynasty in China was aware of the existence of the Roman Empire, calling them Daqin or "great Qin". In 97 CE the Chinese attempted to send an envoy but he turned back after reaching a large "western sea", discouraged by the long and perilous journey it would take to reach Rome itself.

  6. The Chinese word for "contradiction" is 矛盾, consisting of the characters for "spear" and "shield" respectively. It's derive from the book "Han Fei Zi" in which a Chu (楚国) merchant proclaimed to sell "spears that could pierce any shield" and "shields that could defend from all spear attacks"

  7. Tian Han, the man who wrote China's national anthem, died after two years of mistreatment and torture in a Chinese jail during the Cultural Revolution

  8. Chinese Emperor Ai of Han fell asleep with his male lover. Legend says the Emperor was woken up but his lover was asleep on his sleeve. Instead of waking up his lover, the Emperor cut around his sleeve. The 'Passion of the Cut Sleeve' has since become a euphemism of same-sex love in China.

  9. Genghis Khan is worshipped by Inner Mongolians and paid homage to by some Han Chinese

  10. The world's oldest marijuana leaf (2,700 y/o) was found in the grave of a blue eyed, European man living in China. It was used for psychedelic purposes. His people's spoke Celtic and lived in western China, which was conquered by the Han Chinese in 60 BC

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There was almost a Male Queen in Chinese history. His name is Han Zi Gao. The Emperor felt in love with him and wanted to make him the Queen but it goes against the Traditional. There is a Chinese Drama about him made in 2016.

Chinese emporers during the Easter Han period had a complicated system of ranking their wives, such as "Virtuous Lady" and "Beautiful Lady." One, 五官, translates to "Lady of Miscellaneous Uses." - source

Certain ethnicities have dry ear wax (e.g. Han Chinese and Koreans) as opposed to wet ear wax - source

92% of the Chinese believe that they are of one race, the Han Chinese, unlike the other most populous nations such as India, the United States, Brazil and Indonesia, which recognize themselves to be highly multi-racial and multi-cultural

The first known mention of the game "rock paper scissors" dates back to the time of the Chinese Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), and early Japanese versions used "slug", "frog", and "snake" as the three possible choices. - source

About Consort Qi, a concubine of the Han Chinese Emperor Gaozu. For bearing the Emperor a second son, a rival to her own, Empress Lü Zhi gouged out Consort Qi's eyes, chopped off her limbs, nose, and tongue, then locked her in a pigsty calling her "The Human Swine" (人彘). She survived for days

The last of emperor of China married a Han Chinese commoner as his last wife.

In the late 1980s, the leaders of three majority Han Chinese countries (Deng Xiaoping-PRC, Lee Teng-hui-ROC, Lee Kwan Yew-Singapore) all had roots in the Hakka Chinese subgroup, a subethnicity comprising only around 5% of all Chinese people worldwide

Khabarovsk, Russia, is only 30km from the Chinese border. Before 1860, this was a typical Chinese city, with more than 50% Han residents and it was once a regional capital during the Tang dynasty

Chinese banknotes have five minority languages printed on them: Han, Mongolian, Tibetan, Uyghur, and Zhuang

"[t]he total number of Arabs are an estimated 450 million. This makes them the world's second largest ethnic group after the Han Chinese [1.3 billion]."

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Su Song was a renowned Han Chinese polymath who was described as a scientist, mathematician, statesman, astronomer, cartographer, horologist, medical doctor, pharmacologist, mineralogist, zoologist, botanist, mechanical and architectural engineer

Uighur women in the 12th century had children after having relations with multiple Han Chinese men, with her desirability as a wife enhancing if she had been with a large number of men

The scale of the Han Chinese migration into Manchuria in the late 19th and early 20th centuries is comparable to the scale of the historical westward migration in the United States.

Taiwan didn't always have Chinese people inhabiting the Island. There was an indigenous population that lived there peacefully until Dutch and Spanish trade posts spurred Han immigration to the island.

Han Jiaying, 5, can put animals to sleep with her voice and her hands. She showed off her skill on a popular talent show Amazing Chinese where she hypnotised five creatures, including a lizard and a rabbit, in five minutes.

Culturally, the city of Ürümqi in China largely remains a Uighur city, in spite of the fact that Han Chinese constitute the great majority of the population—especially with the increased influx of Han since the 1990s

Qin Shi Han, a Chinese emperor, established a standardization to things such as weapons and wheel axles to prevent rebellion

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