For centuries, China has played a leading role in civilization, excelling in arts and sciences. China, a land of beauty and fascination, attracts adventurous travelers all over the world.

myanmar adventure tourBelow is a brief introduction about China's geography, population and economy

Official Country Name:

The People's Republic of China

Government:
The National People's Congress

Geography:

China is the world's third-largest country, after Canada and US.

Population:
1.26 billion (July 2000)

Area:
9,600,000 sq. km

Coastline:
14,500 km

Capital City:
Beijing (12 million population)

Languages:
Official Language: Mandarin Chinese or Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect.
Other Languages: Seven other major Chinese dialects, Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghaiese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka.

Religions:
69% Non-religious or atheist; 20% orthodox Chinese beliefs, mainly Confucianism and Daoism
9% Buddhism, 2% Other, including Muslim and Christian.

Largest Metropolitan Areas:
Shanghai 14,150,000
Beijing 12,510,000
Tianjin 9,420,000
(1995 estimates)

Climate:
Extremely diverse, tropical in the south to sub-arctic in the north.

Ethnic Groups:
Han Chinese: 92%

myanmar adventure tour Zhuang, Uygur, Hui, Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Manchu, Mongol, Buyi, Korean, and other nationalities: 8%

Nature Resources:
A wide range of minerals are to be found in China, among them coal, iron, copper, aluminum, mercury and others. The size of Chinese mineral reserves is rated third largest in the world. China is also rich in oil and natural gas resources

Industries:
Services sector contributes 32% to the Chinese economy, industry contributes approximately 53% and the balance, 15% in agriculture and forestry

Main Export Products:
Machinery and equipment, clothing and toys

Main Export:
21% to the United States,17% to Hong Kong and approximately 14% to Japan

Main Import:
18% from Japan, 12% from Taiwan, 10% from South Korea. 8% from United States

Main Trading Partner:
United States, Japan and Taiwan

GDP - Per capita

Estimated at 5,000 dollars, low compared to the developed countries

Monthly Wage:

800 - 2,500 Yuan(between 30 - 97 dollars) as of April 2004. Average monthly salary in the financial sector as well as in business with foreign investments is very much higher.