Travel, Teach, Live in China
China is the world's third-largest nation by area and the largest by population. China is bordered by the Mongolian Republic and Russia on the north, by Russia and North Korea on the north-east , by the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea on the east, by the South China Sea on the south, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, India, Bhutan, and Nepal on south-west, by Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan on the west ; and by Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan on the north-west. China covers 6,000,000 square miles and spanning 60 longitudinal degrees.
For centuries, China has played a leading role in civilization, excelling in arts and sciences. China, a land of beauty and fascination, attracts adventurous travelers all over the world.
Below is a brief introduction about China's geography, population and economy
Official Country Name:
The People's Republic of China
The National People's Congress
China is the world's third-largest country, after Canada and US.
1.26 billion (July 2000)
9,600,000 sq. km
Beijing (12 million population)
Official Language: Mandarin Chinese or Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect.
Other Languages: Seven other major Chinese dialects, Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghaiese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka.
69% Non-religious or atheist; 20% orthodox Chinese beliefs, mainly Confucianism and Daoism
9% Buddhism, 2% Other, including Muslim and Christian.
Largest Metropolitan Areas:
Extremely diverse, tropical in the south to sub-arctic in the north.
Han Chinese: 92%
Zhuang, Uygur, Hui, Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Manchu, Mongol, Buyi, Korean, and other nationalities: 8%
A wide range of minerals are to be found in China, among them coal, iron, copper, aluminum, mercury and others. The size of Chinese mineral reserves is rated third largest in the world. China is also rich in oil and natural gas resources
Services sector contributes 32% to the Chinese economy, industry contributes approximately 53% and the balance, 15% in agriculture and forestry
Main Export Products:
Machinery and equipment, clothing and toys
21% to the United States,17% to Hong Kong and approximately 14% to Japan
18% from Japan, 12% from Taiwan, 10% from South Korea. 8% from United States
Main Trading Partner:
United States, Japan and Taiwan
GDP - Per capita
Estimated at 5,000 dollars, low compared to the developed countries
800 - 2,500 Yuan(between 30 - 97 dollars) as of April 2004. Average monthly salary in the financial sector as well as in business with foreign investments is very much higher.
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Rosie From Learn Chinese Language Online http://www.learn-chinese-language-online.com
The goal of Learn Chinese Language Online (LCLO) is to reduce the Mandarin Learning curve, promote and introduce the most efficient way to grasp the broad foundation of Chinese language.