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• Location: Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between North Korea and Vietnam;
• Area: 9,596,961 km2;
• Border countries: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, India, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Vietnam;
• Climate: extremely diverse; tropical in south to subarctic in north;
• Terrain: mostly mountains, high plateaus, deserts in west; plains, deltas, and hills in east;
• Elevation extremes: lowest point: Turpan Pendi -154 m; highest point: Mount Everest 8,850 m;
• Population: 1,336,718,015;
• Nationality: Chinese;
• Ethnic groups: Han Chinese, Zhuang, Manchu, Hui, Miao, Uighur, Tujia, Yi, Mongol, Tibetan, Buyi, Dong, Yao, Korean, and other nationalities;
• Religions: Daoist (Taoist), Buddhist, Christian 3%-4%, Muslim 1%-2%;
• Languages: Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghainese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, minority languages;
• Government type: communist state;
• Capital: Beijing;
• Administrative divisions: 23 provinces, 5 autonomous regions, and 4 municipalities;
• National holiday: Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, 1 October (1949);
• National anthem: "Yiyongjun Jinxingqu";
• Currency: Chinese yuan (¥) (CNY);
• Time zone: UTC+8.


Top 10 Tourist Attractions:

1. The Forbidden City (Beijing);
2. The Great Wall;
3. The Terracotta Warriors;
4. Karst Mountains;
5. Hangzhou - Paradise on Earth;
6. Jiuzhaigou;
7. Potala Palace (Lhasa);
8. The Bund (Shanghai);
9. Giant Pandas and Chengdu;
10. Modernity in Hong Kong.


Sources:
http://www.indexmundi.com/china
http://gochina.about.com/od/whattosee/tp/ChinaTop10_2See.htm
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