China Brochure

Dartagnan Her Period 2

Geography

  1. China has a land area of 9,596,960 square kilometers (3,705,405 square miles).
  2. China is the world's third largest country (land).
  3. Most of China consists of mountains and plateaus
  4. China has 5 nearby waterways, those being East China Sea, Korean Bay, Yellow Sea, Taiwan Strait, and the South Chin Sea.
  5. China's coast line is 9,010 miles (14,500 km)
  6. 94% of the population of China live in Eastern China, with a wild coastal climate.
  7. China has 14 bordering countries.
  8. China's highest point is Mount Everest at 29,035 ft. (8,850 miles)
  9. China's lowest point is Turpan Pendi at -504 ft. (-154 miles)
  10. China has many important cities including Shanghai, Tianjin, and Shenyang, but Beijing is China's capital.

Culture of China

Religion
  1. 85% of Chinese have a religion while 15% are atheist
  2. Buddhism has developed into the most important religion with 185 million people

Economic

  1. China has labor force of 795.4 million people
  2. China has a large population, but has 6.4% unemployment.

Languages

  1. China has 292 live languages, with 1 extinct being Jurchen.
  2. Mandarin is the main land dialect, but Cantonese, Wu, Hakka, Min, Xiang, and Gan are also used.

Customs and Traditions

  1. Chinese new year is one of the most important holidays.
  2. Chinese characters date back to 3,500 years ago, and to read a newspaper more than 3,500 characters are necessary to identify words.
  3. Lucky number is 8, and the color red is considered luck and good.

Arts&Literature

  1. Poetry, Dance, Music, Painting, Architecture, and Sculpting are arts that people enjoy.
  2. It is believed 7000-8000 years ago dancing was started as a community activity.

Forms of Government

  1. China is a One party state, with most of the power lying in the communist party.
  2. National People's Congress is the only legislative house and holds the highest power
  3. China's president is elected by the National People's Congress for a 5-year term.

Social Organization

  1. The Chinese Hierarchy started from the Shi, to the Nong, to the Gong, to the Shang.
  2. Nong were farmers, Gong were artisans, Shang were merchants, and Shi were scholars. In modern terms Scholars-Farmers-Artisans-Merchants.

DBQs

1. Based on the bar graph above, which of the statements are true?
A-China is expected to be the world's largest economy in 2051+
B-China is least expected to be the world's largest economy in 2020-2024
C-China is currently the world's largest economy
D-China is expected to become the world's largest economy in 2020-2024 (correct)


2. Using the bar graph above, determine which of these statements can be qualified.
A-China is expected to become the world's largest economy within 10 years, and least expected in 20-30- years. (correct)
B-China is currently expected to becoming the world's largest economy, and is unexpected to lose power.
C-China is never going to become the world's largest economy until 2051+
D-China will become the world's largest economy in 20-30 years, and is least expected in the next 10 years.


3. Based on the bar graph above, which of these scenarios are possible/expected?
A-In 2024 China will take over all of Asia and march towards Europe. (correct)
B- In 2040 China will develope beyond all other countries in Asia.
C- China will start world war 3 in 2051 with the world's strongest military equipped with the finest technology.
D- In 2024 China will fall into the hands of North Korea and get taken over and dictated.

Compare and Contrast (Japan)

Differences

China
President (Xi Jinping)
Life Expectancy 79.990 years
Capital: Beijing
GDP per capita: $9,300
Literacy Rate: 90.9%
Currency: Chinese Yuan
Voting Age: 18
Drinking Age: 18
Age of Consent: 16
Unemployment rate: 6.5%
Japan
Prime Minister (Shinzo Abe)
Life Expectancy: 84.190 years
Capital: Tokyo
GDP per capita: $36,900
Literacy rate: 99%
Currency: Yen
Voting Age: 20
Drinking Age: 20
Age of Consent: 13
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

Similarities

Both China and Japan are part of the United Nations
Both believe in buddhism and consider it imporant
The Death penalty is legal in both countries
Japanese people uses the same characters (writing) as the Chinese
Both enjoy drinking green-tea and eating ramen (noodles), and rice.