Continent: Asia

Region: East-Asia

Area: 3,722,029 square miles (ranked 3rd)

Capital: Beijing

Population: 1,339,724,852 as of 2010

Main Language: Chinese

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Major: Philosophy

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Fun Facts

  • China has 1.3 billion people, a little over 20 percent of the world's population.

  • The Chinese New Year is the first day of the lunar calendar based on the cycles of the moon. The date varies from year to year but typically falls in January or February.

  • The 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig, with each year represented by one of the animals. A full Chinese zodiac is 12 years. A complete calendar cycle is 60 years.

  • The money used in China is called renminbi, meaning the people's currency. The basic unit is the Yuan.

  • The Great Wall of China can be seen by the human eye from outer space.

  • The compass, paper, gunpowder and printing are called the Four Greatest Ancient Chinese Inventions. Other Chinese inventions include fireworks and ice-cream.

  • In China, a person's family name comes first, followed by the first name. There is no middle name.

  • The three most popular Chinese family names are Li, Zhang and Wang.