November 27, 2021
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Some interesting facts about China

Some interesting facts about China

One of history’s liveliest debates is the exact location of the so-called “cradle of civilization”: the exact location for the beginnings of man. While the question remains unsettled, there’s no denying that China represents one of the world’s oldest and most historic societies. From the tea regions in the south to the bustling metropolis of Shanghai to the majesty of the capital of Beijing to the Great Wall and beyond, China fascinates the world. Facts about China you might not know:

  • The official name of the country is the People’s Republic of China.
  • China has an estimated population of 1.37 billion people. (U.S. Department of State.)
  • China has a land mass of almost 10 million square kilometers, or 4 million square miles. (National Geographic.)
  • Agriculture is China’s largest industry, employing almost one-third of the country’s labor force. (U.S. Department of State.)
  • China produces a substantial portion of the world’s rice, wheat, potatoes, corn, peanuts and other farming products. (U.S. Department of State.)
  • The Great Wall of China is a misnomer – it actually a series of walls, engineered together and stretching more than 3,000 square miles, to serve as protection against invading armies. (History.com)
  • The official state religion of China is atheism. (CIA Factbook.)
  • Mandarin and Chinese are the major languages in China, but residents also speak Yue, Wu, Minbei and other dialects. (CIA Factbook.) 
  • China has four of the world’s most populous cities, including Shanghai with 17 million people and Beijing with 12 million.
  • At just over 9 million barrels a day, China is the third largest consumer of oil in the world. (CIA Factbook.)
  • China is one of only three countries to have achieved space flight and is believed to be working toward a manned mission to the moon by 2020. (National Geographic.)
  • China’s Gross Domestic Product more than doubled between 2004 and 2009 (People’s Republic of China.)
  • Gunpowder, the compass, paper-making and block printing are just a few examples of the innovations with their origins in China. (People’s Republic of China.)
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