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China Introduction

         China is a huge country in eastern Asia. It is the world's largest country in population and the third largest in area. About a fifth of the world's people live in China.
           The country covers more than a fifth of the continent of Asia. Only Russia and Canada have more territory. China's vast land area includes some of the driest deserts and highest mountains in the world, as well as some of the richest farmland.

A Short Background

For centuries China has stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences. But in the first half of the 20th century, China was beset by major famines, civil unrest, military defeats, and foreign occupation.

After World War II, the Communists under MAO Zedong established a dictatorship that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, his successor DENG Xiaoping gradually introduced market-oriented reforms and decentralized economic decision making.

Output quadrupled in the next 20 years and China now has the world's second largest GDP. Political controls remain tight even while economic controls continue to weaken.

1UpTravel's Guide to China

Topography of China - Read more about the geography and topography of China

History of China - Presents a detailed historical background and culture of China

Life & People of China - Study the characteristics, background, and details on the people of China

Local Cuisine of China - Find out delicious local cuisines of China

Holidays in China - Check out a list of the local holidays in China

Festivals in China - Learn about the festivals in China

Embassies of China - Provides an Embassy database for China

Administration facts of China - Learn about the governmental administration facts of China

Newstands in China - Browse through a collection of local online newspapers of China

Attractions in China - Discover the best places to visit, sight seeing, and tourist attractions in China

Maps of China - Discover a detailed map of China

Map Database of China - Browse a large collection of city, country, historical, political, thematic, and shaded relief maps of China

Flags of China - Uncover the flag images and description of the flag of China. Includes historical flags, symbols, and related information

Weather for cities of China - Browse weather forecast, hourly conditions, temperature, sunrise, sunset, and other weather related reports for the cities of China

Shopping in China - Find out the best places for shopping in China

Restaurants in China - Browse a list of eat-outs in China

Geography of China - Highlights the location, map references, area, land boundaries, climate, natural resources, land use, natural hazards, environment, and geography of China

People of China - Learn about the population, age structure, birth and death rate, sex ratio, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy in China

Government and Politics in China - Profiles the country name, government type, administrative divisions, independence, national holiday, constitution, legal system, suffrage, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, political parties and leaders, and a flag description of China.

Economy of China - Study the GDP, growth rate, per capita, inflation, labor, budget, industries, exports, imports, currency, exchange rates, and economy of China

Communications in China - Browse statistics on telephones, mobile and cellular lines in use, radio broadcast stations, televisions, internet country code, ISP's, internet users, and facts on communications in China

Transportation in China - Offers statistical details on the railways, highways, waterways, ports & harbors, airports, and other facts on transportation in China

Military of China - Provides statistics on military branches, army, air force, navy, manpower, military service, expenditure, and facts on military in China

Transnational Issues of China - Explore international disputes and transnational issues of China


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