China (中国 - Zhongguo)
Officially known as the People's Republic of China (P.R.C.), the middle kingdom covers approximately 9.6 million square kilometers with a staggering population of over 1.3 billion (2011). The People's Republic of China is the world's second-largest country by land mass. China has the worlds second largest economy, the the U.S.A topping the scales.
China's landscape and biodiversity is vast, with subtropical forest in the south, alpine glaciers to the north-west, and enormous deserts like Gobi and Taklamakan to the north-northwest near Mongolia. The Yangtze and Yellow Rivers, the third- and sixth-longest in the world, have their sources in the Tibetan Plateau and continue to the densely populated eastern seaboard. China's coastline along the Pacific Ocean is 14,500 kilometers (9,000 mi) long—the 11th-longest in the world—and is bounded by the Bohai, Yellow, East and South China Seas.
Legendary Dynasties, The Great Wall, Genghis Khan, Confucius, Mao to Yao, and Olympic Games:
China has modernized at a world record pace with the worlds longest bridges, fastest trains, and astonishing skyscrapers are just frosting on the cake. The oldest continuous civilization is on the move, but it's rich antiquity gives the traveler endless riches to ponder: myths of the Forbidden City, legends of Genghis Khan, silence of the Terracotta Warriors, unique charms of Píngyáo, and the geology of Jiǔzhàigōu in Sichuan Province.
From the hot spices of Sichuan to the delicate flavors of Canton, China is famously fixated with food that is world renown. The Middle Kingdom cookbook has something for everyone, from Peking duck in Beijing, sizzling lamb kebabs in Kāifēng, Lánzhōu noodles on the Silk Road, Spicy Sesame Chicken (重慶口水雞) in Chengdu, to Crossing the Bridge Noodles (过桥米线) in Kunming.
Off-the-scale massive, China has a vast amount of things to see and do: island-hop in Hong Kong, gaze out over the epic grasslands of Inner Mongolia or squint up at the mind-blowing peaks of the Himalayas. Trek your way around Tiger Leaping Gorge or cycle between the fairy-tale karst pinnacles of Yángshuò. Ponder the desiccated enormity of the Taklamakan Desert or swoon at Huángshān's preternatural mists. Become entranced by the Yuányáng Rice Terraces of Yúnnán, size up the awesome sand dunes of Dūnhuáng, hike your way around the exquisite landscape of Déhāng or, when your energy fails you, flake out for a tan on the distant beaches of Hǎinán island.