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- Location: Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between North Korea and Vietnam
- Geographic Co-ordinates: 35 00 N, 105 00 E
- Area: slightly smaller than the US
total:9,596,960 sq km
land: 9,326,410 sq km
water:270,550 sq km
lowest point: Turpan Pendi -154 m
highest point: Mount Everest 8,850 m
- Land boundaries:
total: 22,457 km
border countries: Afghanistan 91 km, Bhutan 477 km, Burma 2,129 km, India 2,659 km, Kazakhstan 1,765 km, North Korea 1,352 km, Kyrgyzstan 1,063 km, Laos 475 km, Mongolia 4,630 km, Nepal 1,389 km, Pakistan 438 km, Russia (northeast) 4,133 km, Russia (northwest) 46 km, Tajikistan 477 km, Vietnam 1,297 km
- Coastline: 14,500 km
- Climate: extremely diverse; tropical in south to subarctic in north
- Terrain: mostly mountains, high plateaus, deserts in west; plains, deltas, and hills in east
- Natural Resources: coal, iron ore, petroleum, natural gas, mercury, tin, tungsten, antimony, manganese, molybdenum, vanadium, magnetite, aluminum, lead, zinc, rare earth elements, uranium, hydropower potential (world's largest), arable land
Facts About the Nation
- Population: 1,355,692,576 (July 2014 est.)
- Country Name: China
- Capital: Beijing
- Government: Communist state
- Languages: Standard Chinese or Mandarin (official; Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghainese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, minority languages
- Religions: Buddhist 18.2%, Christian 5.1%, Muslim 1.8%, folk religion 21.9%, Hindu < .1%, Jewish < .1%, other 0.7% (includes Daoist (Taoist)), unaffiliated 52.2%
- Ethnic Groups: Han Chinese 91.6%, Zhuang 1.3%, other (includes Hui, Manchu, Uighur, Miao, Yi, Tujia, Tibetan, Mongol, Dong, Buyei, Yao, Bai, Korean, Hani, Li, Kazakh, Dai and other nationalities) 7.1%
- Life Expectancy: 75.15 years
- Independence: 1 October 1949 (People's Republic of China established); notable earlier dates: 221 B.C. (unification under the Qin Dynasty); 1 January 1912 (Qing Dynasty replaced by the Republic of China)
- National Holiday: National Day, the anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, 1 October (1949)
- Flag:red with a large yellow five-pointed star and four smaller yellow five-pointed stars (arranged in a vertical arc toward the middle of the flag) in the upper hoist-side corner
- Currency: Yuan (CNY) Note: also referred to as the Renminbi (RMB)
- Currency Exchange: see the latest currency exchange rate on www.xe.com.
- Labour force by Occupation: agriculture 33.6%, industry 30.3%, services 36.1%
- Agriculture: rice, wheat, potatoes, corn, peanuts, tea, millet, barley, apples, cotton, oilseed; pork; fish
- Industries: mining and ore processing, iron, steel, aluminum, and other metals, coal; machine building; armaments; textiles and apparel; petroleum; cement; chemicals; fertilizers; consumer products (including footwear, toys, and electronics); food processing; transportation equipment, including automobiles, rail cars and locomotives, ships, aircraft; telecommunications equipment, commercial space launch vehicles, satellites
All information provided by The World Fact Book.
All visitors to China must carry a valid passport with accompanying visa. Due to tightened visa policy, travellers may be required to undergo a personal interview. Tourist visas are issued only after receipt of a confirmation letter from your tour agency.
> Passport must be valid 6 months beyond intended stay, and have one remaining blank page in it.
> Tickets and Documents for return or onward travel.
> One completed Visa Application Form with one passport photo (black and white or colour is acceptable).
> An applicant who was born in China is required to submit his/her Chinese passport or last foreign passport with a Chinese visa when he or she applies for a Chinese visa with a new foreign passport.
Be aware that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation completed to enter China, and incorrect documents may cause you delays, that affect you starting your tour.
For more detailed information, read the Visa Section on the Chinese Embassy USA website.
Travellers from the United States can also consult the Travel.State.Gov website: http://www.travel.state.gov.
This information is correct at time of publishing. Travellers should always contact their nearest embassy or foreign office, and travel agent to confirm all their requirements for visas, vaccinations and passports.