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About China

Staggeringly vast and a land of great diversity, China, the world's most populous and third largest nation is more like a continent in itself than a country. Stretching from its southern borders in the Himalayas to the deserts of Mongolia in the north, and from the East China Sea through the Yangzi River Valley plains, to the Tibetan Plateau in the western mainland, China covers an area of 9,596,960 square kilometres.

The nation comprises five autonomous regions and twenty-two provinces, as well as Hong Kong, which is now titled a 'Special Administrative Region'. The seat of government,Beijing, is a large city of 11 million people, and like all of Pudong SkylineChina's urban metropolises, life here contrasts immensely with that of the peasant farmers in rural areas.

The official language in China is Mandarin, as spoken in Beijing, but there are also many different dialects to listen for. Chinese food - and much of the ingredients used to create it - is like no other cuisine – and it differs greatly between regions. Art in China is also stunningly unique, perhaps best typified by calligraphy, performed with ink and brush, and held in extremely high esteem by the Chinese.

There are a vast number of websites with information about China's politics, weather, geography, history, culture and more. Listed below are just a few.

China Resources

Lonely Planet Guide

Health Information for Travelers to China - from the CDC

ChinaToday - A directory of websites from around the world

Library of Congress

People's Daily News Online - English Version

Embassy of the People's Rebublic of China in the US

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