China Basics

  • Minority

    China has long been a unified multi-national state. The Chinese nation is composed of 56 different nationalities. The majority of the Chinese are the Hans, who make up about 92 per cent of China's total population. The name Han originated over t More >>

  • Religion and Philosophy in China

    China is a country with great diversity of religions, with over 100 million followers of various faiths. The main religions are Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, China's indigenous Taoism, along with Shamanism, Eastern Orthodox Christianity and the More >>

  • Chinese Language

    There are seven major Chinese dialects and many sub dialects. Mandarin (or Putonghua), the predominant dialect, is spoken by over 70% of the population. It is taught in all schools and is the medium of government. Non-Chinese languages spoken widely More >>

  • Chinese Food

    Confucius once said: "Eating is the utmost important part of life."Food is a central part of the Chinese culture. Chinese cuisine is one of the greatest methods of cooking. Many elements have influenced its development. The Chinese people enj More >>

  • History

    When the Chinese refer to their history, they might be speaking of times that are already legendary. After all, Chinese written history dates back approximately four thousand years. Archaeological material, which has been found, indicates that people More >>

  • Climate

    The vast territory of China spans nearly 50 latitudinal degrees, and most of it is in the temperate zone, with a small part extending south into the tropical and subtropical zones and the northernmost tip close to the Frigid Zone. There are perennial More >>

  • Geography

    The People's Republic of China is situated in the southeastern part of the Eurasian Continent, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, and between North Korea and Vietnam, the total area of China is almost 9,600 More >>

  • China General

    Full country name: People's Republic of China Location: East Asia, on the west coast of Pacific OceanArea: 9,596,960 sq km Population: 1.3 billion (mainland)Capital city: Beijing (pop. 14 million)People: Han Chinese (91.9%), plus 55 ethnic minor More >>