Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Wad’daulah, the 29th Sultan of Brunei is one of Forbes richest men in the world with a net worth of USD 20 Billion. He owns five thousand cars, including around 20 Lamborghinis, 160 Porsches, 130 Rolls Royces, 360 Ferraris, 170 Jaguars, 180 BMWs, 360 Bentleys, and 530 Mercedes-Benzes. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah belongs to the same family that has ruled Brunei for over six hundred years. Despite the fact that Brunei is classified as a developing country, Bruneians get free education and health care, subsidized food and housing, and they do not pay personal income taxes.
In Hong Kong, Feng Shui or Chinese geomancy plays a key role in shaping architecture, business and lifestyles, so much so that the government had to compensate residents living around civil construction projects for disturbing their feng shui. Feng Shui, meaning “wind-water” is a form of geomancy – divination – used to promote prosperity, health and well-being by seeing how energy, or qi, flows through a room, building, or garden. Feng Shui experts said this Hong Kong building needed a hole.
The Philippines have the world’s longest Christmas season, from September to January.
Pakistan used to be home to one of the world’s earliest civilizations. These Indus Valley people were one of few peoples at the peak of mankind that is dated as far back as 3300 BCE. More than 5,000 years ago this society had complex water/sewage systems and flushing toilets.
Yemen is the only country in the Middle East that is a Republic, yet it is one of the most Conservative. For example Alcohol is forbidden and it is also a forbidden to take photos of women. Many historians believe that Yemen was the ancient homeland of “Queen of Sheba” (Balqis or Bilqis in Arabic). Her dealings with the Jewish king Solomon have been mentioned in the Bible and Qur’an. Since the history and culture of Yemen is ancient and somewhat preserved, the Queen of Sheba may have looked similar to this Yemeni woman in traditional formal dress.
The military might of China. China has the largest military in the world. They have 2.3 million active personnel and 1.2 million in reserve. By comparison America has under 3 million in total active and reserve personnel. China is one of the leading world power regarding ground forces, Navy, and Air Force. China has one of the most rigorous training for soldiers in the world. While training new soldiers to always keep their chins up, a small, but very sharp pin is placed facing upwards through their collars. Another, of many extreme training practices is, in order to ensure uniform arm height while marching, soldiers learn to march with their arms wired and attached to poles.