Located in eastern Asia on the western shore of the Pacific Ocean, with an area of 9.6 million square kilometres and home to 1.4 billion people, China boasts time-honoured history, rich culture and fast development – a miracle to the world.
China enjoys various landscapes where the north, such as Heilongjiang, has shorter summers and longer winters while in the south, like in Hainan, you may find tropical beauty. The coastline runs along the east and you can find hills and mountains rolling on the west. Dense plains dominate Inner Mongolia, Gobi deserts are dotted in the northwest and thousands of rivers cross the south.
The east lies in the arm of the Pacific Ocean while in the west the highest mountain in the world, Qomolangma, stands at 8848 meters above sea level. The highlands and hill regions account for 65 percent of the country’s total landmass with more than 2000 lakes dotting it.
Among the 220,000 kilometres of rivers, the Changjiang (Yangtze) and Huanghe (Yellow River) are the most famous ones for being the cradle for the Chinese civilization for ages, as many cultural-historical sites along the banks can attest.