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Maps of China show the location of major cities and regions in China. Check out our interactive maps of China.

Beijing

Beijing

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

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Macau

Macau

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Shanghai

Shanghai

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Country (long form) People's Republic of China
Capital Beijing
Total Area 3,705,406.97 sq mi
9,596,960.00 sq km
(slightly smaller than the US)
Population 1,273,111,290 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 1,470,468,924
Languages Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghaiese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, minority languages
Literacy 81.5% total, 89.9% male, 72.7% female (1995 est.)
Religions Daoist (Taoist), Buddhist, Muslim 2%-3%, Christian 1% (est.)
note: officially atheist
Life Expectancy 69.81 male, 73.59 female (2001 est.)
Government Type Communist state
Currency 1 yuan = 10 jiao
GDP (per capita) $3,600 (2000 est.)
Industry iron and steel, coal, machine building, armaments, textiles and apparel, petroleum, cement, chemical fertilizers, footwear, toys, food processing, automobiles, consumer electronics, telecommunications
Agriculture rice, wheat, potatoes, sorghum, peanuts, tea, millet, barley, cotton, oilseed; pork; fish
Arable Land 10%
Natural Resources coal, iron ore, petroleum, natural gas, mercury, tin, tungsten, antimony, manganese, molybdenum, vanadium, magnetite, aluminum, lead, zinc, uranium, hydropower potential (world's largest)
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China

China, or the People's Republic of China, a country in eastern Asia. It is sometimes called Communist China or Mainland China to distinguish it from the Republic of China, or Nationalist China, situated on the offshore island of Taiwan.

History of China

History of China. Prehistoric humans inhabited China as early as 600,000 years ago.