Life in ChinaFrom unprecedented economic growth to the 2008 Summer Olympics, stories about China’s emergence on the world scene are very common. In all of this discussion, it’s easy to forget that China is over 4,000 years old, and it is one of the oldest civilizations in the world.
While it’s impossible to describe China in just a few paragraphs, here are some of the highlights:
GeographyChina is located in eastern Asia on the western shore of the Pacific Ocean, occupying an area of 9.6 million square kilometers, which is slightly more than the US. Its coastline extends for about 18,000 kilometers (11,000 miles) and is dotted by more than 5,000 islands, including Taiwan and Hainan.
China’s mountain ranges, highlands, plains and basins contain some of the most unique scenery in the world. It's home to the world’s highest mountain peak, Mount Everest, which towers 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) above sea level. China's lowest point is Xinjiang Province’s Turpan Basin, 154 meters (505 ft) below sea level. Southeast Asia’s Mekong River finds its headwaters in the mountains of south China.
The city of Urumqi, in China’s far west, is the most land-locked city in the world.