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China (People's Republic)

Background

China (People's Republic)

For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the Communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, MAO's successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight. China since the early 1990s has increased its global outreach and participation in international organizations.

About

China (中国; Zhōngguó) , officially known as the People's Republic of China (中华人民共和国 Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó) is a vast country in Eastern Asia (about the same size as the United States of America) with the world's largest population.

For other places with the same name, see China (disambiguation).

With coasts on the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, in total it borders 14 nations. It borders Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam to the south; Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to the west; Russia and Mongolia to the north and North Korea to the east. This number of neighboring states is equaled only by China's vast neighbor to the north, Russia.

For Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, please see separate articles.

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China (People's Republic)The Panglin Hotel 

2002 Jiabin Road
Lowu District
Shenzhen 518001
China (People's Republic)

Price (US$): $93 - $145 / night

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Location. The Panglin Hotel is located in Shenzhen's Luohu neighborhood, close to International Foreign Trade Center, Shenzhen Museum, and Luohu Border Crossing. Nearby points of interest also include Shun Hing Square and Shenzhen People's Park. Hotel Features. Dining options at The Panglin Hotel include 5 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves continental breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply).… more »

China (People's Republic)Sunrise on the Bund 

No 168 Gaoyang Road
Shanghai 200080
China (People's Republic)

Price (US$): $189 - $446 / night

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Location. Sunrise on the Bund is a business friendly hotel located in Shanghai's Puxi neighborhood, close to Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, The Bund, and Oriental Pearl Tower. Additional points of interest include Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park and Jin Mao Tower. Hotel Features. In addition to 6 restaurants, Sunrise on the Bund offers a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, a spa… more »

China (People's Republic)Gran Melia Shanghai 

1288 Lujiazui Ring Road
Shanghai 200120
China (People's Republic)

Price (US$): $213 - $763 / night

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Location. Gran Melia Shanghai is a business friendly hotel located in Shanghai's Pudong neighborhood, close to Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, Shanghai International Convention Centre, and Shanghai Stock Exchange. Additional points of interest include The Bund and Oriental Pearl Tower. Hotel Features. In addition to 6 restaurants, Gran Melia Shanghai offers a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day.… more »

China (People's Republic)Grand Bay View International Hotel Dali 

South Tai an Bridge, Xiaguan,
Dali 671000
China (People's Republic)

Price (US$): $107 - $169 / night

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Location. Grand Bay View International Hotel Dali is a business friendly hotel located in Dali's Xiaguan neighborhood and attractions in the region include Er Hai, South Gate, and Zhonghe Peak. Regional points of interest also include Three Pagodas. Hotel Features. Dining options at Grand Bay View International Hotel Dali include 2 restaurants. 4 bars/lounges are open for drinks. Room service is available. The hotel serves a complimentary full breakfast. Recreational amenities include… more »

China (People's Republic)Shangri-La Hotel Suzhou 

168 Ta Yuan Road
Suzhou New District
Suzhou 215011
China (People's Republic)

Price (US$): $147 - $208 / night

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Location. Shangri La Hotel Suzhou is a business friendly Suzhou hotel in the business district and close to Hanshan Temple, Lingering Garden, and Tiger Hill. Other area points of interest include Pan Gate and Beisi Pagoda. Hotel Features. Shangri La Hotel Suzhou's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a… more »

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China (People's Republic)

Full name
People's Republic of China
Capital
Beijing
Location

Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between North Korea and Vietnam

Geographic coordinates

35 00 N, 105 00 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than the US

Border countries

Afghanistan 76 km, Bhutan 470 km, Burma 2,185 km, India 3,380 km, Kazakhstan 1,533 km, North Korea 1,416 km, Kyrgyzstan 858 km, Laos 423 km, Mongolia 4,677 km, Nepal 1,236 km, Pakistan 523 km, Russia (northeast) 3,605 km, Russia (northwest) 40 km, Tajikistan 414 km, Vietnam 1,281 km

Coastline

14,500 km

Climate

extremely diverse; tropical in south to subarctic in north

Terrain

mostly mountains, high plateaus, deserts in west; plains, deltas, and hills in east

Lowest point

Turpan Pendi -154 m

Highest point

Mount Everest 8,850 m

Natural resources

coal, iron ore, petroleum, natural gas, mercury, tin, tungsten, antimony, manganese, molybdenum, vanadium, magnetite, aluminum, lead, zinc, rare earth elements, uranium, hydropower potential (world's largest)

Population

1,330,141,295 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Han Chinese 91.5%, Zhuang, Manchu, Hui, Miao, Uighur, Tujia, Yi, Mongol, Tibetan, Buyi, Dong, Yao, Korean, and other nationalities 8.5% (2000 census)

Religions

Daoist (Taoist), Buddhist, Christian 3%-4%, Muslim 1%-2%

Languages

Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect) (official), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghainese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, minority languages (see Ethnic groups entry)

Government type

Communist state

Independence

1 October 1949 (People's Republic of China established); notable earlier dates 221 BC (unification under the Qin Dynasty); 1 January 1912 (Qing Dynasty replaced by the Republic of China)

National holiday

Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, 1 October (1949)

Chief of state

President HU Jintao (since 15 March 2003); Vice President XI Jinping (since 15 March 2008)

Head of government

Premier WEN Jiabao (since 16 March 2003); Executive Vice Premier LI Keqiang (17 March 2008), Vice Premier HUI Liangyu (since 17 March 2003), Vice Premier ZHANG Dejiang (since 17 March 2008), and Vice Premier WANG Qishan (since 17 March 2008)

Internet country code

.cn

Internet users

389 million (2009)

Airports

502 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Dalian, Guangzhou, Ningbo, Qingdao, Qinhuangdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin

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