China Map – Political shows the international boundaries, provincial boundaries with names, national capital and provincial capitals.
China is considered to be the most populated country across the world. The current population of China stands at approx. 1,439,323,776 (was 1.4 billion in 2019) and life expectancy at birth for both genders/sexes is 77.5 years. China is facing serious demographic issues due to its one-child policy and gender-biased abortion, resulting in 120 (boys): 100 (girls) ratio. The population of China has significantly been slowing down with the one-child policy; the population is anticipated to grow at continuous slower rates till 2030, after which the population might start decreasing as derived from China’s population trends.
China or PRC (People’s Republic of China) is located in East Asia and covers 9.6 million SqKm (Square kilometers), the 3rd or 4th largest country area wise worldwide. It occupies almost the entire East Asian area and nearly 1/14th of the entire earth. China has 14 (maximum worldwide) neighboring countries including Russia, North Korea, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The country has 33 administrative units managed by the central government: 5 independent regions; 22 provinces; 4 metropolises- Shanghai; Chongqing, Tianjin; Beijing and Macau, and Hong Kong are the 2 special directorial regions of China.
Economically, China is one of the most prosperous countries; mainly because of its cheap and abundant labor force mixed with low social costs. The people of China vary in ethnicity and geographically; as per the World Bank, China’s population represents 56 traditional minority groups. Han Chinese is the biggest group with almost 900 million people; followed by the Mongols, the Tibetans, the Naxi, the Manchus, and the Hezhen (the smallest group).
Traditionally, no other religion than Buddhism, Islam, Taoism, Protestantism, and Catholicism are considered legal in the state; however, the nation is progressively becoming more accepting of other religions too. Around 71.5% people speak Mandarin dialects; Wu (8.5 percent); Yue or Cantonese (5%); Xiang (4.8%); Min (4.1%); Hakka (3.7%) and Gan (2.4%).
Places to visit
Terracotta Army displays the fascinating 8000 army men frozen since 2000 long years. The place has the complete range of army including the generals, soldiers and horsemen sculptured to pay homage to the lost warriors for their sacrifices made for the first-ever known king of China, Qin Shi Huang.
Temple of Heaven
Constructed in Beijing nearly 600 years ago, the Temple of Heaven is a beautiful and highly sacred tourist place in China. This has recently been recognized as the world heritage site by UNESCO; the temple is highly influenced by Taoism with scenic beauty providing a great opportunity for photography to beauty admirers.
Great Wall Of China
The wall, stretched in the 6000-km area was constructed around 2000 years ago and is one of the 7 wonders of the world. This is one of the most popular monuments for its architecture; history and political importance and a must-visit place for those who love architecture and history.
The best time to visit China is anytime between September to initial November and between March to May, mainly during spring and autumn.