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China is one of the largest East Asian countries in the world, spanning nearly ten million square kilometers, with borders reaching from the shores of the Yellow Sea, East China Sea and South China Sea on the east coast to the borders of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, and India to the west and southwest.
China is an ancient land, dating back over 5,000 years, and the origin of numerous modern inventions and technologies, including gunpowder, fireworks, acupuncture, as well as some of the most beautiful landmarks and historical sites in the world. China is the land of the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and some of the friendliest people in the world.
Population and Language
The estimated population of China ranges over one billion. Numerous ethnic groups reside throughout all provinces in China, including Han, Mongol, Manchu, Tibetan, and Hui, just to name a few. On mainland China, Mandarin is the most commonly spoken dialect, while in Hong Kong, Cantonese or Yue is spoken. In Shanghai, Wu or Shanghainese is spoken. The Mongolian dialect is the official dialect of provinces in northern China, bordering Mongolia, while Tibetan is the official dialect of Tibet.
Religion in China is as diverse as its language dialects and ethnicities. The most prevalent practiced religions in China include the Daoist or Taoist practices, Buddhism. A very small percentage of Chinese belong to Christian or Muslim faiths.
Because of its numerous ethnicities, cultural diversity in China is alive and well, as is "friendly" competition and comparisons between ethnicities. The Chinese themselves differentiate themselves between "Northern Chinese" and "Southern Chinese". Stereotypes are prevalent in China. Southern Chinese tend to eat more rice-based foods as opposed to the Northern Chinese, who eat more wheat-based foods. Northern Chinese tend to speak Mandarin dialects, while the Southern Chinese speak more Cantonese, Wu and Hakka dialects.
Major Cities and Tourist Destinations
China is a land of massive urban areas as well as rural plains, farmland, and mountain regions with scattered populations in smaller towns. Beijing, the capital of China, is home to over 12 million Chinese citizens, while Shanghai, classified as one of the most modern and high-tech cities in China, is home to over 16 million Chinese.
Other major cities in China include Chongqing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Visitors to China should stop and see:
- The Great Wall (Beijing)
- The Forbidden City (Beijing)
- Tiananmen Square (Beijing)
- The Xi’an (Terracotta Army in Xi’an)
- Victoria Peak (Hong Kong)
The climate in China in winter and summer differs by region. Mountain regions such as Tibet are naturally cooler throughout the year and then the deserts or plains of Mongolia or central China. Southern regions and provinces in China such as Guangzhou are tropical in nature, while near the northern borders such as Liaoning Province, temperatures are close to sub-arctic in wintertime.
The main currency in China is the Yuan. China relies heavily on natural resources in its economic wealth, as well as a quickly growing construction industry struggling to keep up with the needs of our population. Natural resources in China include but are not limited to coal mining, and mining of lead, zinc, iron ore as well as rare elements like uranium. China is now the second largest economy, closely behind the United States, and industry and agricultural output has exceeded that of the United States. The GDP of China is approximately U.S. $11 trillion. China exports over U.S. $1 trillion every year, mainly in electrical and data processing equipment, medical equipment, textiles, and apparel. China imports approximately U.S. $1 trillion, mainly commodities including machinery, plastics, mineral and oil fuels as well as optical and medical equipment.
The transportation system in China is extensive, and offers travelers numerous options including air travel, train, taxis, and personal vehicles. When in China, it is recommended that travelers favor car hires, as travel by taxi can be nerve-racking for those unaccustomed to Chinese driving habits. Major airports in China include the Beijing Capital Airport, the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, the Shanghai Hongqiao international Airport, the Dongying Shengli Airport (in Shandong province), and the Shenyang Taoxian International Airport in Liaoning province.
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