Must-Know Facts About China

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Recognized as one of the largest countries in the world, China has a very distinct and traditional culture. There are many myths and legends associated with this great nation. From the Great Wall to surprising geographic facts, continue reading to discover at least one thing you did not already know about China.

  • China’s total land mass is 9,569,901 sq km – approximately 14 times the land mass of Texas, United States.

  • It is the 4th largest country in the world.

  • China is located in Eastern Asia, bordered by the Eastern and Southern China Seas, Yellow Sea, and Korea Bay.

  • Many countries are bordering neighbors to China: Russia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, Nepal, and Mongolia, to name a few.

  • China is partially home to Mount Everest, the highest elevation in the world. Nepal claims the other half of the great mountain.

  • There are many volcanoes in China, some of which are still active. The last volcano erupted in the 1950’s.

  • Due to diverse geography and harsh climates, about 94% of the nation’s citizens live in the eastern third of the country.

  • Severe droughts are causing China to lose about 4,000 sq km of vegetation per year to desertification.

  • Roughly 40% of China’s rivers are polluted and unsafe to drink; as many as 300 million Chinese may be drinking contaminated water this very day.

  • China is the largest producer and consumer of coal.

  • Out of the world’s 10 most polluted cities, China is home to 4 of them.

  • China has a population of 1,336,718,015 people – 20% of the world’s population.

  • The Great Wall of China actually can not be seen from space, contrary to popular belief.

  • Stretching almost 8,852 km along the nation’s boarder, the Great Wall of China took about 2,000 years to complete; it was finished in 1644 under the rule of the Ming Dynasty.

  • Today, only about 30% of the Great Wall of China still remains in good condition.

  • China became the world’s largest exporter of goods in 2010.

  • The national unemployment rate was estimated in 2009 to be approximately 4.3%.

  • All broadcast media must first be approved by the government.

  • China is one of the world’s largest destinations for traffickers of both drugs and humans.

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