China is the world’s most populous country. Current population estimates show that around 1.38 billion people are living in China. The official name of the country is “The People’s Republic of China.” The capital of the country is Beijing; however, the largest city is Shanghai.
The official language of China is Chinese—of which there are numerous dialects. It is interesting to note that there are 292 living languages in the country and many more that have died out over the years too.
- The Great Wall of China, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is also known as the “Ten Thousand Li Wall”, where one Li is equal to 500 meters. The wall is over 1500 miles in length.
- Shanghai and Beijing are two of the largest and most populous cities in the world.
- Dashanpu in the Sichuan province of China has yielded over 1000 dinosaur fossils.
- The Chinese currency commonly known as Yuan (CNY) is also referred to as the Renminbi (RMB).
- Acupuncuture, a treatment in which illnesses are treated with inserting sharp thin needles in various pressure spots, originated over 5000 years ago in China.
- Chinese food is quite diverse; however, the food that most American’s associate with Chinese food is quite different than what most Chinese eat.
- China is a major sports destination and held the 2008 summer Olympic games as well as many other worldwide events.
- China is the third most visited country in the world, bringing in many tourists each year from around the world.