China is the world’s third largest country with a total land area of 3,691,502 square miles or 9,596,960 square kilometers. It shares a border with 13 countries namely: Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Vietnam. Because of its large size, the climate in China is extremely diverse ranging from tropical to subarctic. [Featured photo: Gobi Desert by Christopher Michel under creative commons]

Danxia, China
Danxia | Photo by lwtt93 under creative commons

Key Facts About China

Location Located in Eastern Asia bordering Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, India, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Kyrgyztan, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Vietnam
CurrencyChinese Yuan
Currency Conversion1CNY = 0.15USD
ClimateThe climate is extremely diverse ranging from tropical to subarctic.
Population1,418,582,421 (2019 est.)
ReligionMostly Buddhism and Folk Religions
LanguageThe official language in China is Standard Mandarin.

Top Tourist Attractions in China

  • Great Wall of China
  • Terracotta Army in Xi’an
  • Forbidden City in Beijing
  • Bund in Shanghai 
  • Li River in Guilin
  • Giant Pandas in Chengdu
  • Yellow Mountains near Shanghai
  • Potala Palace in Tibet
  • West Lake in Hangzhou
  • Zhangye’s Danxia landscape
  • Zhangjiajie’s Precipitous Pillars
  • Yuanyang Terraced Fields
  • Stone Forest (Shilin), Yunnan
  • Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
  • Gobi Desert
  • Jiuzhaigou Valley
  • Hongcun Village
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Mogao Caves

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