Asia, China

Coming soon: China

No Comments 3 October 2010

Coming soon: China

The Monkey traveled to China in 2006 and has many interesting tales to tell. Watch for his updates from the Middle Kingdom soon…


For now, here’s a taste of what’s in store from the Monkey’s travels in China…

Mao's portrait on the Forbidden City, Tienanmen Square, Beijing, China
Beijing’s Tiananmen Square epitomizes the monumentality of several centuries of Chinese regimes, from the imperial splendor of the Forbidden City’s outer gates to the monolithic Stalinist structures of the Communists. Here, the Monkey has a look at the Tiananmen Gate—an entrance to the Forbidden City, festooned for years with a famous portrait of revolutionary leader Mao Tsetung—as cyclists whir past.

Great Wall of China, China
Does it even need to be captioned? The Great Wall of China is one of the world’s most iconic places. Stretching over 6400 kilometers and visible from space, the Great Wall—built beginning in the 5th Century BCE and refortified repeatedly right through the 16th Century CE—is the longest human-made structure in the world. Here, the Monkey hikes a stretch of the majestic wall between Jinshanling and Simatai, some 110 kilometers north of Beijing. A truly unforgettable experience.



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China

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Population:

1,330,044,544 (2008)

Land area:

9,326,410 sq. km.

Capital:

Beijing (pop: 12,033,000; 2005)

Economy:

In 2006, China ranked 88th in the UNDP Human Development Index and 4th in total GDP, with a per capita GDP of $2,033.90. Public debt accounts for 18.4 percent of total GDP, while 8 percent of Chinese are beneath the poverty line.

Main language(s):

Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, several regional dialects and languages)

Monkey's name:

猴子 Hóuzi (in Mandarin; tones tricky to convey phonetically)

Fun fact:

There are over 60,000 characters in written Chinese, but only about 4,000 are commonly used. College graduates tend to know about 6,000 characters, and only a few people manage to learn more than 15,000.



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