Key Country Facts
China is roughly the same size as the U.S.A, it has the highest population in the world!
Tiananmen Square, Beijing, Great Hall of the People, the Museum of Chinese History, the Museum of Chinese Revolution, the Qianmen Gate, and the Forbidden City
Major exports: electrical and machinery parts, data processing equipment, apparel, furniture, textiles, and integrated circuits.
The capital of China is Beijing. There are approximately 1,373,541,278 people living here (2016). The official language of China is Mandarin Chinese, but a variety of other dialects—Cantonese, Wu, Minbei, Minnan,—are officially recognized in respective provinces. The majority of the population is religiously unaffiliated, but Buddhism, folk religions, and Christianity are also practiced. The time zone is 12 hours ahead of EST.
China is rich in cultural, linguistic, and ethnic diversity. Travelers would enjoy visiting the capital, Beijing. The center of the city is the world’s largest public square, known infamously as Tiananmen Square. Tiananmen Square is surrounded by other historic sites such as the Great Hall of the People, the Museum of Chinese History, the Museum of Chinese Revolution, the Qianmen Gate, and the Forbidden City.
Tourists cannot miss out on the Great Wall of China—it’s magnificent! A series of walls intended to keep foreign invaders out, the Great Wall was built by emperors during many imperial dynasties. Altogether it took over 2,000 years to build and four dynasties to build it! Tourists might want to avoid the Badaling section of the Great Wall because it is often overcrowded. Instead, try enjoying the Great Wall from less populated sections such as the Jinshanling, Huanghuacheng, or Simatai sections.
A fun fact is that though China is roughly the same size as the U.S.A, it has the highest population in the world!