Traveling China

Tommy Reinthaler Hour 6


地理 dìlî

  • Being about 9.6 sq. km, China is the third largest country in terms of land mass.
  • The Yangtze River, China's longest river, is 6,300 km long and is the 3rd largest in the world.
  • Heavy coal use has created dense air pollution in both northern and eastern China.
  • Another issue is the shortage of water in the North caused by pollution.
  • Deforestation has destroyed 1/5 of China's arable land because of soul erosion.
  • The west is mountainous and barren mountains and accounts for 70% of land.
  • China's highest point is Mt. Everest, the highest point on Earth.
  • China has 14 bordering countries.
  • Climate is severely impacted by location; in the North, temperatures can be almost subarctic. In the South, it's tropical.
  • Bordered by 4 bodies of water including: the East China Sea, Korea Bay, the Yellow Sea, and the South China Sea.


文 wén

Social organization- Most occupations are found in services-35%. China has a labor force of nearly 798.5 million.

Religion- Encouraged by the government to practice atheism, however cannot be forced as their constitution allows freedom of religion. 3 major religions are Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam.

Government- China has a communist government. Current President is Xi Jinping.

Economy- The currency is the Renminbi. Currently has a surplus of nearly $439.1 Million.

Language- Standard Chinese is spoken by over 70% of the population and is the official language. English is spoken in China by many business people.

Arts & Literature- Table Tennis is the official sport. Lady Meng-Jiang is a popular children's story told about the Great Wall.

Customs & Traditions- Chinese New Year is a time to honor ancestors and to have a new beginning in the new lunar year. There is also a pilgrimage to Confucious's hometown on his birthday, September 28th.


Questions 问题 wèntí

1. How many people did the video say were involved in building the wall of the Qin Dynasty?

Answer: 1/5 of the population.

2. The man mentioned a quote stating that if "China [closed] its doors to the outside world it would have a have no way out". Why do you think China would have a hard time developing without the outside world? How would it affect China today?

Answer: China wouldn't have the wealth or experience without trade from other nations. China today benefits from America greatly by exporting great amounts of products to the US.

Compare & Contrast

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