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A Virtual Tour of China: Essential Information About The Country of China, Along with a Recipe for Rice Mix for Lagniappe

This article provides an overview of China – the country, the culture, the people, and a recipe, too. It was prepared by Andrew Boyer while a General Studies major in the College of Business at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana.


    This article will include a brief history, interesting facts, and travel information to help you get around. Throughout history China has gone through radical changes to upgrade its countries status to developed nation. It on the other hand makes good on its cultural heritage for tourism and national identity. Today China has become a manufacturing giant and a real contender as a world power, but its beauty calls tourist to see its amazing history as well as its modern day luxuries.       

Country Information

  • Geographic Facts

Here are some geographic facts about China:

1.    With an area of 9.6 million square kilometers China is the third largest countries in the world. It stretches from Mohe in Heilongjiang Province in the north to Zengmu Ansha in its south, Pamirs to the west, and the pacific ocean to its east.

2.    China has 14 border countries: Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Russia. As well as 8 marine countries: North Korea, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

3.    Two- thirds of the country is made up of mountains and more than 50,000 rivers. The most famous of rivers are the Yangtze which is the longest in China and even in Asia, is the third-longest in the world and Yellow rivers Mother River of the Chinese People, and is just behind the Yangtze in size.

  • “Serious” Facts

Here are some serious facts about China:

1.    National anthem: March of the Volunteers, written in 1935, with lyrics by the poet Tian Han and music by the composer Nie Er, honoring those who went to the front to fight the Japanese invaders in northeast China in the 1930s. Decided upon as the provisional national anthem of the new China on September 27, 1949, at the First Plenary Session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the song was officially adopted as the national anthem of the PRC on December 4, 1982, by the National People’s Congress.

2.    Bird: More bird species live in China than any other place in the world. Shaanxi Province’s red ibis is also a national treasure. Only some 1,500 of this highly endangered bird species exist.

3.    National Day: Chinese celebrate October 1 as National Day in honor of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949. Other national holidays: Spring Festival (the celebration of Chinese New Year, generally between the last 10-day period of January and mid-February) and International Labor Day (May 1). Major holidays in China are occasions for family reunions and traveling. Starting in October 1999, China’s three official holidays became “Golden Weeks” each with seven days vacation made possible by working four extra days before the commencement of the holiday and afterwards.
4.         Language: There are about 40000 characters in Chinese language with 10 dialects. This means that even if you speak “Chinese” your dialect my prohibit communication. (Mandarin is the most used.)

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  1. erwinkennythomas

    On March 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    excellent piece

  2. A Bromley

    On March 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Well it has taken me several tries but I finally get the chance to say how much I enjoyed reading this. I have always been fascinated by China and I very much liked this article. Very well written. My like and comment keys aren’t working right, one minute they work and the next they don’t. I don’t have a clue. Anyhow, great article. Thanks.

  3. AndyB

    On April 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    China\’s history and landscape is absolutely facinating. It\’s really amazing that China is surrounding by so many different countries and that they have the worlds largest variety of birds. Also that even though China has such a large population, there are still such a high number of ghost towns.

    I had also heard that the Great Wall was able to be seen from space but apparently that\’s not true!

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