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Facts About China

Regional Population: 1,306,313,812

Local Currency: CNY

Latitude: 39.916667

Longitude: 116.383333

China, more formally known as the People's Republic of China, is a country in Eastern Asia. It is about the same size as the United States and has the world's largest population. With coasts on the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea and South China Sea, it borders Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam to the South. Other bordering countries are Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to the West; Russia and Mongolia to the North; and North Korea to the East.

Some of the most famous tourist attractions in China are Tibet (which shares Mount Everest with Nepal), the Great Wall of China, the Silk Road and the tropical paradise of Hainan Island. China is also home to dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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Articles About China

Jade: The Imperial Stone

Jade is the quintessential stone of China, but buyer beware ... there's more to purchasing jade than finding an eye-catching piece.

Zen and the Art of Travel in China

TravelMuse writers offer tips to help travelers stay balanced when facing potential cultural challenges on a first visit to China.

Family Adventure in the Middle Kingdom

If you think that travel in China isn’t family-friendly, think again. Just remember that you need a little bit of cultural understanding.

A Great Hike on the Great Wall

Walk along the world’s longest wall on a day trip from Beijing.

Travel Challenges in China

Navigating China can be tricky, not only with children but even for a travel pro. Learn how to handle the bumps along the way.

Cruising the Yangtze River

If you plan to take a Yangtze River cruise, plan ahead and make sure the accommodations match your expectations.

Beijing’s Ancient and Modern Family-Friendly Attractions

Beijing sights offer cultural insights from old to new, from historical sites to futuristic Olympics venues.

Experience Beijing: The Local Perspective

Discover the best of China’s capital while staying off the tourist-trodden path.

Beijing Travel Tips

Landed in Beijing and not sure how to get around? Follow these tips to ensure an enjoyable and relaxing vacation.

Summer Olympics Bound? Book Your Beijing Hotel Rooms Now

Finding a hotel room during the 2008 Olympics is easier than you might think, but act fast.

Beijing’s Top 10 Sights

There are plenty of additional historic and cultural attractions worth your while, but if visiting Beijing for the first time, here are 10 must-see sights to get you on your way.

Guilin: China’s Fantasy Land

With its lakeside parks, karst limestone mountains and caves, this area of China takes on a fairy-tale air.

Year of the Spud

The United Nations has designated 2008 as the Year of the Potato. Teach your kids some potato history during your family vacation this year.

Hiking Along the Great Wall of China

One teen hikes the Great Wall on her family vacation and takes a memorable zip-line flight off its edge.

Let the Beijing Games Begin

Old meets new, East meets West in this ancient city that has been transforming itself for the XXIX Olympiad, just a week away.