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About China
 

 
With a landmass of 9,600,000 sq km, China is the third largest country in the world, with a land boundary of some 22,800 km.

Located in the east of the Asian continent, on the western shore of the Pacific Ocean, the People's Republic of China has a land area of about 9.6 million sq km.

China's mainland coastline measures approximately 18,000 km.
A total of 5,400 islands dot China's territorial waters. The largest of these, with an area of about 36,000 sq km, is Taiwan.

At the end of 2003, China's total population in the mainland amounted to 1,292.27 million.
China is a united multi-ethnic nation of 56 ethnic groups. As the majority (91.6 percent) of the population is of the Han ethnic group, China's other 55 ethnic groups are customarily referred to as ethnic minorities.

China is a country of great religious diversity and freedom of religious belief.

The main religions are Buddhism, China's indigenous Taoism, Islam, Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity.

The Han people have their own spoken and written languages, namely Chinese. It is the most commonly used language in China, and one of the most commonly used languages in the world. Meanwhile courses are also set up to popularize Putonghua Chinese - the official national language -- which is commonly used throughout the country.

   
 
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